• Sometimes, it’s not possible to pack up the car and head out on a beach holiday. Luckily, if you find yourself in Durban, you can take yourself on a ‘mini-vacay’ and spend some time eating, drinking, and enjoying the sound of the waves and views of the ocean at these five beachside restaurants.

    1. La Spiaggia

    La Spiaggia
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    La Spiaggia places you as close to the ocean as it possibly can. This iconic family-style restaurant serves amazing Italian food and classics like burgers and toasted sandwiches. It’s situated right on the Umhlanga promenade, and big umbrellas are opened when the sun gets too warm.

    Times: Monday – Sunday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

    Address: 22 Lagoon Dr, Umhlanga, uMhlanga, 4320

    Contact: 071 246 0984

    2. Circus Circus

    Circus Circus
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    Take your dog on a walk along the Golden Mile and even a little run on the beach before stopping at Circus Circus for a bite. Their menu ranges from salads to curries, and their coffee and warm beverage menu is just as numerous if you’d prefer to stop for a quick break between your beach day.

    Times: Monday – Saturday, 6:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Address: 1 Snell Parade, North Beach, Durban, 4063

    Contact: 031 337 7700

    3. Foam

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    Whether you’ve chosen a smoothie, a simple avo on toast, or a decadent croissant, you’ll be eating your breakfast to the soundtrack of the ocean. Foam is one of Durban’s restaurants that is almost on the beach and keeps going during loadshedding (a definite win).

    Times: Monday – Sunday, 6:30 am – 4:30 pm

    Address: Shop 1B, 30 N Beach Rd, Umdloti Beach, eMdloti, 4350

    Contact: 083 351 2567

    4. Moyos

    Moyo Ushaka
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    Durban’s long Golden Mile offers numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and activities. One of these restaurants is Moyos, which is situated on a pier, so you can enjoy cocktails, get your face painted, and feel like you’re on the ocean.

    Times: Monday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

    Address:  uShaka Marine World, 1 Bell St, Point, Durban, 4001

    Contact: 031 332 0606​

    5. Sandbar

    Sandbar - Umdloti Beach
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    Sandbar’s large sliding windows make you feel like you’re sitting right on the beach. You also have the option to sit outside if you bring your furry friend along with you. Their food is delicious, and the drinks menu offers a wide range of cocktails to try out on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

    Times: Monday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

    Address: 30 N Beach Rd, Umdloti Beach, eMdloti, 4350

    Contact: 031 568 2140


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    Article originally written and published by Jordyn Johnson for Getaway Magazine. 

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