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December 13, 2013

We tracked down of Durban’s coolest gals, Nadia and asked her for some insider secrets into her super fun city. Here is what she recommends:


The best pool to hang out at: The Square Hotel (below) has a beautiful rooftop pool with a view of Durban. It’s the perfect escape. For an old school, yet elegant swim visit the Blue Waters Hotel’s indoor pool. 

The best place to hit for cocktails: It’s no secret that the best spot for cocktails is the Oyster Box Lighthouse Bar (below). It’s beautiful and has that perfect holiday atmosphere, they mix a mean cocktail and the view isn’t bad either. The Blue Dolphin bar is also the perfect setting for a relaxed sundowner.

The best beach to visit: I personally love Battery Beach as it isn’t as crowded as the main beaches over the holidays. It’s close enough to walk to Cafe Jiran for lunch or to rent a bike at the Skate Park.

The place that serves the best breakfast: I love Cafe Jiran’s breakfasts as well Spiga’s (below) well-known cornetto Italian pastries, get there early as they sell out. Another favourite is Parc Cafe in Glenwood or next door at Glenwood Bakery. 

If you eat out once this holiday you have to make a booking at: Remos in Umhlanga. The old-world Italian feel and Durban’s balmy nights will have you dreaming of a faraway escape. 

A destination worth driving to: The Ruby Orchard in Howick for  spoils. The Midlands offer the ideal countryside haven.

If you searching for wifi you have to hit: The Sett – It’s the perfect spot for getting some work done.

Keen to get out into the nature, then you must try… An early morning beach walk. I always find that the ocean refreshes a tired soul.


If you are in the need for some last minute Christmas gifts you have to head to… 

Anthology pop-ip shop created and curated by local artist Terry Angelos. It has a great array of creative products at different prices. I heart Market is also on every Saturday of December leading up to Christmas.


Did you miss our Joburg Inside, Emma’s tips? Read them here.

PS. Read Nadia’s blog here.