Did you know?
The first municipal tramline in South Africa was laid in Florida Road and used on 12 September 1892, with horses providing the motive power.
Feel the electric street vibe and unique, historic architecture on Florida Road as you explore a range of restaurants, galleries, boutiques, studios and bars. Florida Road has definitely earned its reputation as one of the city's trendiest streets, where people gather to shop, eat, drink, meet and enjoy Durban’s seemingly endless summer.
Stretching from Sandile Thusi Road to Innes Road, there are dozens of carefully preserved historic buildings, including typical Edwardian structures that are more than 100 years old.
It’s a feast for the soul as most of the restaurants on this road are among Durban’s best-loved. Some well-known establishments are the Mexican inspired Taco Zulu, Europa Food Emporium and House of Curries, where you can take a bite out of the Indian cuisine that Durban is famous for.
Vicky Christina's, opposite Mitchell Park at the top of Florida Road, is a good spot for afternoon drinks and cocktails that turn into dinner or you can try Mamma's for exquisitely prepared Italian fair. Whatever your desire you won’t be starved for choice as there are more than 30 exceptional restaurants to choose from.
When the kitchens close, the bars and clubs come to life. Florida Road offers options for most tastes so choose between the laid-back and sophisticated or the loud and proud party vibes at venues that stay open until the early hours of the morning. Remember to take the same precautions as you would when you are out late in any big city.
Boutiques like Gorgeous and The Smoke Shop are a must-visit for fashion lovers, offering a wide variety of clothing to choose from including collections from some of South Africa’s best designers.
Art lovers can explore the African Art Centre, the Artisan Contemporary Gallery and the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery on Florida Road. There are also salons like Africare, where you can indulge in pampering spa treatments.
Like the vibrant city of Durban itself, Florida Road is constantly evolving, so while you may not always know what to expect, you can rest assured that it will be well worth the trip.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Florida Road Marketing Information
Tel: +27 (0)83 263 9326 (Patrick)
Best time to visit
There is a buzz on the streets of Florida Road from mid-morning until late at night.
Around the area
Florida Road is a 10-minute drive from the centre of Durban, the Sun Coast Casino, Indian Ocean beaches, the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Kingsmead Cricket ground and the Greyville racecourse.
Take a walk along Florida Road and pop into its quirky boutiques to shop before settling down for a meal at one of its many restaurants.
Where to stay
The Benjamin and Quarters on Florida Road are two of the area’s best-known hotels. There are also smaller guest houses like the MyThai Guesthouse (with an authentic Thai cooking school on the premises).