My post on Top Things to do in Joburg this summer was so well-received, that I thought I’d follow it up with a post on my home city Durban. I’ve written about My Top 12 Things to do in Durban, but it’s been a while since I’ve updated you on what’s new and happening in the 031s.
You all know I LOVE DURBAN. It’s my hometown, I visit my family there a lot, and I just love it’s beach vibes, food and general chillaxed (Durban slang y’all) attitude. So here’s the low down for summer in no particular order:
1. 8 Morrison Street, Rivertown Triangle
8 Morrison is an co-office, retail, design and events space in the trendy Rivertown Triangle in the Durban CBD. From food markets to music gigs to workshops, the creative vibes are happening in this vibrant space.
2. Station Drive Precinct
The Station Drive Precinct in Morningside is Durban’s hip new creative district. The precinct is home to The Morning Trade – a Sunday foodie & artisanal craft market, a craft brewery, tattoo parlour, cool retail shops a juice bar and the Distillery031 gin bar!
3. Priority Zone Rooftop Garden
Prioirty Zone is a rooftop garden in the heart of the city. They grow veggies to feed the homeless, and sell the excess. The garden is based on green design concepts with solar panels, rain-water colelction systems, composting, and a recycling programme. It’s a great spot for an urban picnic, and they hosts events !
4. Khaya Records
The super dope Khaya Records is not just a place to stock up on your favourite vinyls, they also host regular events from underground comedy to music nights.
5. Moses Mabhida SWING!!
I mentioned a visit to Durban’s iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium in my last post, but since then I’ve actually done the epic stadium swing from the arch of the stadium. Yes I’m terrified of heights, but if I can do it so can you!
6. Play and Stay at Curiocity Durban
Centrally located, Curiocity Durban, Durban’s newest poshtel is located at the iconic Ambassador House building in Monty Naiker Rd. The hostel has a range of private rooms, shared dorms as well as yoga facilities, an urban spa and a co-working space.
Have a cocktail at the uber cool Bar Curio with its chic design or chill out in one of the lounge spaces. Curiocity also offers daily Inside Tracks city walking, city cycle tours every Thursday and daily surf excursions with local NGO Surfers not Street Children.
Check out this cool #MannequinChallenge video at Curiocity Durban…
7. Live music and good times
Florida Road, Durban North, Umhalnga and Glenwood have their fair share of hip and happening bars and eateries. One of my fave places in Durban for live music is The Chairman on Mahatma Gandhi road. Also check out the newly opened 127 on Davenport for good food and good times, Durban style! For more on Durban’s hottest live gigs, check out Durban in Yours.
8. Durban’s famous Bunny Chow
If there’s one thing you can’t miss in Durban is crushing a bunny chow. Everyone has their favourite bunny spots, but perhaps the most famous of all are the bunnies at Brittania Hotel. They even have a tripe bunny!
Epilogue: A little tribute to Andy Carrie
Andy Carrie is one of the coolest Durbanites I
know knew. He passed on yesterday in a tragic car accident. Andy loved Durban and shared his love for travel with people across the world. I thought it would be fitting to share with you guys this little video of Durban that he made with his friend Calvyn Justus.
I love this pic of Andy, looking over the Durban skyline. His caption “Life is fleeting, make moments count” is so fitting. Andy had an inconquerable energy and lived every moment. So, let’s take a page from his book… go forth and explore my friends.
Durban locals, have I missed anything cool? Let me know in the comments below…