A Durban phenomenon, trendy Florida Road is where you can eat Thai or Italian, shop South African, get a tattoo, braid your hair, party ‘till 5.30 am and get breakfast at 6. Slightly over 1km in length, Florida Road is home to 27 buildings of national significance (most are over 60 years old), and as many kinds of cuisine. Brash bohemian flair, yesteryear elegance, and the patronage of Durban’s glamour set all add to this road’s reputation for being fabulous.
More than an entertainment strip, Florida Road is a lifestyle, so if you’re after a ‘nice cup of tea’, best look elsewhere – this thoroughfare is home to sidewalk crowds, noise, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Irreplaceable heritage architecture includes Hollis House, and two Edwardian villas, dated 1900 that, after the Second World War, were converted into a private hotel.
Florida Road has been flaunting its colonial charm since 1890, and ‘trendoids’ love its retro street culture; while foodies gather at long-loved eateries like Mo’s, Bistro 136 or Christina Martin’s.
From the Quarters and the Benjamin boutique hotel’s 5-star hospitality; to art-kitsch, fine art; and flashy gay nightclubs, it’s all happening here - you can do diamonds and tiaras or jeans and takkies (sneakers) - just get down to Florida Road.