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The first municipal tramline in South Africa was laid in Florida Road and used on 12 September 1892, with horses providing the motive power.
With its warm street vibe and unique, historic architecture, spending time on Florida Road in Durban is an atmospheric experience. Home to a range of restaurants, galleries, boutiques, studios and bars, Florida Road has earned its reputation as one of they city's trendiest streets, where people gather to shop, eat, drink, meet and hang out.
Stretching from Sandile Thusi Road to Innes Road, there are dozens of carefully preserved historic buildings on Florida Road, including typical Edwardian structures that are more than 100 years old. Contrasting with the urban buzz that emanates from the street's many restaurants and cafés, the nostalgic charm of these old buildings is another distinctive feature of this fashionable Durban street.
Many of Durban’s best-loved restaurants have a Florida Road address. Some well-known establishments are the Mexican-inspired Taco Zulu, Europa Food Emporium and House of Curries, where you can enjoy some of the authentic Indian cuisine for which Durban is famous. 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 try Mamma's for Italian fare. In fact, there are more than 30 restaurants to choose from in the area – to suit all tastes.
When the kitchens' close, the bars and clubs on Florida Road come into their own. You can choose between laid-back, bohemian vibes, chic sophistication and techno temptations at venues that stay open until the early hours of the morning. Take the same sensible precautions you would when out late in any big city.
Along with all the dining and entertainment establishments on Florida Road, boutiques such as Gorgeous and The Smoke Shop offer fashion-lovers a wide variety of clothing to choose from, including collections from South African 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.
All these venues are just a taste of what this iconic street has to offer. Like the vibrant city of Durban itself, Florida Road is constantly changing.
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).