Now appearing on various lists of the best and coolest places to visit, the city of Durban is experiencing a kind of rejuvenation and making its way into the hearts of local and international visitors. Known as one of the most diverse cities on the continent, food lovers have no shortage of delectable dishes to choose from when it comes to the restaurants, bistros, cafes and other eateries to which Durban plays host.

If you’re looking for some good restaurant ideas, paying a visit to one of SA’s most beloved and historic cities might just get the creative juices flowing. This week we’ll take a look at three of Durban’s most well-known eateries and what places them at the top of the list among so many other must-visit establishments.

Great culture means great food

Durban’s large Indian population means great food with lots of heat, rich textures, colours and flavour. Indian food is loved the world over, and if you haven’t yet been bowled over by the cuisine, Jeera at the Sun Coast Towers Hotel will give your taste buds pause for thought. With a menu that balances variety with sensibility, you won’t be overwhelmed by choice. Instead, you’ll find a balanced selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes tested and prepared by chef Sandren Govender and his brigade. Jeera boasts a warm décor with typically friendly local Durban waiting staff. The food adds to the authenticity of the place with great flavours, generous portions and fantastic desserts. Restaurant ideas should include Jeera’s three magic ingredients: great food, great people and great vibes.

Great surf ’n turf at California Dreaming

California Dreaming is the kind of place where you’re more than likely to end up overstaying your welcome. With great surf ’n turf offerings, a bar with a view over Durban’s famous beaches, a play section for the kids and a really relaxed and unassuming vibe, customers can be forgiven for wanting to stay long after the bill has been settled. When we’re talking great restaurant ideas, this is one place that’s really nailed it. California Dreaming has made a name for itself as the “place to hang out” for beach bums and surfers alike with its welcoming staff, great menu and reasonable pricing.

Indulge yourself at The Market in Ballito

Treat yourself to a day of indulgence by taking in all the gastronomical delights at The Market in the Ballito Lifestyle Centre. Start with the most delicious seafood and sushi from FISH. Then get a tantalising taste of Argentinian cuisine at Peron Peron for a cornucopia of meat and seafood options. Baked goods in the Parisian tradition from Yolis Artisan Bakery are guaranteed to make your taste buds sing. And finally, enjoy a unique experience of your favourite hot beverage from The Science of Coffee.

Hospitality lessons from Surf City

Warmth, friendliness, patience and a genuine love for people are must-have attributes for anyone in the hospitality industry. Very few places possess these qualities in abundance like Durban. With its diverse cultures, rich history, great weather and stunning beaches, this little piece of heaven on earth is a must-see for local and international tourists who have never had the pleasure of experiencing this charming city by the sea.

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Author : Rudi Badenhorst