Eating out in Durban is deliciously diverse. In KwaZulu-Natal's culinary capital you can try traditional Zulu fare, enjoy a delectable Indian curry or sample seafood platters with a sea view. There’s also a choice of takeout joints and fine dining establishments, each with its own unique ambience.

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The bunny chow has its roots in a time when apartheid legislation prevented Zulu people from eating inside restaurants owned by South Africans of Indian origin. An edible takeaway vessel was devised and curry in a half loaf of white bread is now the quintessential taste of Durban.

 

Durban's restaurants, eateries and hospitality establishments reflect the cosmopolitan diversity of South Africa's port city where a year-round summer climate lends itself to al fresco dining.

When eating out in Durban (eThekwini), your choice of cuisine is extensive, with African, Indian, Mediterranean or European-inspired menus, or perhaps you're in the mood for more traditional or contemporary fare.

Trendy and busy dining hubs are to be found in Florida Road, Lilian Ngoye Road (formerly Windermere), Umhlanga north of Durban and in Hillcrest.

Florida Road standouts include Quarters Hotel Brasserie, a trusted fine dining option; Butcher Boys classic steakhouse; House of Curries; Spiga d'Oro for Italian fare; Bangkok Wok for Thai fusion food and Cubana for an eclectic African vibe. The road is long and jam-packed with eateries. Nearby, the 9th Avenue Bistro is an award-winning restaurant, while Delfi specialises in Greek delicacies.

In and around Lilian Ngoye Road bars and cocktail lounges vie for patrons alongside restaurants such as Vintage India, which caters to discerning curry lovers; Society for sushi and tapas; Billy the Bums for American-inspired dishes and La Brasseries for a la carte magnificence.

Umhlanga offers diners everything from the Cuban cool of Little Havana to the old-school charm of French-Creole fine dining bastion, Ile Maurice and the elegant tradition of the Oyster Box. Franchise, Olive & Oil also has an excellent reputation for great food and good service.

For an unbeatable view head skywards to the Roma revolving restaurant overlooking the harbour or sit at the waterside at Wilson's Wharf and listen to laid-back vibes as you sip on a long draught.

Adventurous foodies shouldn't forgo a visit to the shabby-chic Britannia Hotel. Do not be put off by the fact this gracious 19th century hostelry is hemmed in by light industrial workshops; rather concentrate on the best bunny chows in town – half-loaf of bread filled with curry.

For a taste of traditional township shisanyama (meat cooked over an open fire) try the trendy Max's Lifestyle Tavern in Umlazi township – comes with live traditional music!

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