Taste Durban’s delights

Posted on 10 June 2020

Dining in Durban is not all bunny chow and beers. From a decadent new bakery to a stylish new cafe, the food coming out of Durbs is delighting the locals – even during lockdown*.

Words by Lauren Dold

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*With the easing of lockdown restrictions, these local businesses are finding ways to deliver familiar favourites which Durbanites have missed out on during levels three and four…

Dough Girl

Essenwood in Durban

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Courtney Stuart was just a girl, standing in front of a salad, asking it to be a doughnut. And so she started Dough Girl to satisfy what she calls the ‘fat-kid cravings’ of her fellow Durbanites. She even has a signature pastry called ‘the Courtssant’. The offerings change daily, but indulgence is always on the menu.

LOCKDOWN You can order some freshly baked goods online, using the lockdown order form. 

CONTACT 076-812-1183, doughgirl.co.za


Mahā Café

Durban Point Waterfront

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A casual neighbourhood cafe at the waterfront, Mahā is already a favourite spot to brunch. Enjoy beautifully plated food in a stylish setting. Chef Charlie Lakin takes pride in serving locally sourced produce.

LOCKDOWN Order a tasty meal online.

CONTACT 082-817-2957, mahacafe.co.za


Zululand Brewing Company

Chartwell Drive in Umhlanga

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Known for its flagship beer, the Zulu Blonde, Zululand Brewing Company has opened a restaurant bar in Umhlanga. No longer will Durbanites have to cross the Tugela to get a cold one! Pop in for Happy Hour every day 4–7pm, and arrive hungry.

LOCKDOWN Order a bottle of your favourite brew online.

CONTACT 031-350-4407, zululandbrewco.co.za


The Fat Goat

Chartwell Drive in Umhlanga

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Another great addition to the Umhlanga food scene, The Fat Goat offers feasts for the whole family. The fare is simple but hearty, suitable for even the fussiest little eaters. Best adhere to the instructions on the menu: loosen that top button.

LOCKDOWN The Fat Goat is still fattening up for Level 2. Stay tuned for more updates on Facebook.

CONTACT 031-942-0021


This article was first published in the April 2020 issue of Getaway magazine.

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All prices correct at publication, but are subject to change at each establishment’s discretion. Please check with them before booking or buying.


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