With festive season approaching, everyone is looking for something fun to do. But what if you’re not going on a luxury vacation to the Seychelles? We’ve got you covered. We profile a few of Durban’s hottest spots, from turn-up to time out.
If you can’t go on holiday, you can at least hang out with tourists and pretend you are, right? Curiocity Backpackers is a super chilled out place to grab a drink, hang out and meet some people who are visiting the city. This spot also hosts a range of activities.
If you’re bored of the beach and looking to get creative and work on some art, you’ve gotta try SketchIN‘s live drawing classes. Here you can let your creative side flourish at the classes, where you get to draw a live model and have a feedback session after the class. It’s a great way to spend an evening. The classes cost R50 and the next one is on 10 December. — As recommended by Nkokheleng.
Glenwood Bakery is known for basically everything: delicious coffee and weekend breakfast benedicts, their sandwiches made on freshly baked bread, and in-house ice cream. On Monday and Tuesday evenings they offer pizza and “maybe” Middle Eastern flatbreads with slow cooked lamb. Yum.
Love Coffee is a vibe spot to get a hot beverage. It’s popular enough that you’re likely to run into someone you know, or meet some new people. Hang out, read a book, sip some coffee and spend some down time.
Eyadini Lounge is one of the hottest groove spots in uMlazi and describes itself as a “true Ekasi Shisinyama and premium lounging experience”. Eyadini also hosts regular events with some of South Africa’s best DJs, such as Black Coffee, and often with free entrance. Check out their Facebook page to keep an eye on upcoming events.
Infamous for being one of the only spots in Durban where people dress up, The Chairman is a sophisticated and cool jazz bar that’s a perfect night out to listen to music, meet some locals and “out of towners” and try out the extensive drinks menu. “Feel like getting dressed up, jazzed up and acting a little boujee? It’s the holidays — of course you do. Top jazz musicians, eclectic vibe and the perfect spot to grab a fine whiskey and cigar,” says local blogger Jenna Kelly.
I Heart Market
I Heart Market is a market that offers a variety of different products: crafts, fashion, jewellery, food, art and much more. Held in Moses Mabhida stadium, it’s a great way to spend some time and see the iconic stadium all at once. Spend your morning shopping, sit back and eat some food, or take a trip up the Skycar to see the beautiful Durban from a new perspective!
Learn 2 Surf
If you’re feeling hella adventurous but in a chilled out way, you should visit Learn 2 Surf, a surf school based on Addington Beach, just North of uShaka Marine World. The beach is protected from most of the bigger waves, which makes it ideal for learning. The school is run by Shaun Sellman, who has been a surfer and lifeguard his whole life — so you’ll be in good hands!
Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve
This idillic spot is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s hidden gems. Take a leisurely walk through the Hawaan Forest to the beach, where you can sunbathe and picnic at leisure. There might be a couple of naked people sunbathing, because this place is the “unofficial” nude beach. As long as you’re comfortable with that, this is a perfect spot for a day in the sun! — As recommended by Nkokheleng.
Header image by Russel Grant.