The Best Breakfast Spots In Durban, South Africa

Photo of Corlena Bailey
12 January 2017

A late breakfast or brunch is always a good idea after a fun night out in the charming city of Durban. If you’re dying for a hot or cold beverage and a warm meal to appease your morning hunger, read on to discover the best places where you can have breakfast or brunch in this South African city.

Joe Cool’s Durban

Nightclub, South African, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
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This trendy haunt is located right on the beach front. Joe Cool’s is a stylishly decorated establishment where you can enjoy a variety of sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, seafood and other delectable dishes perfect for brunch. The place may need a little refurbishing, but once you’ve indulged in some of their tasty cooking, prepared by expert chefs, you will want to stay here for the rest of the day. Join your friends later at the bar for some refreshing wine and cocktails.

Beach Bums

Bar, Cafe, American, European, Seafood, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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Located along the shore of Casaurina Beach, Beach Bums is a fun-filled family-friendly restaurant and bar where you can enjoy mouthwatering dishes and refreshments. They serve some delicious pizzas and burgers, or you could try other menu highlights such as their succulent peri peri chicken. Enjoy your meal outdoors under the swaying palm trees with a beautiful ocean view. If you like the place you can come back in the evening for dinner and experience the vibrant atmosphere.

Circus Circus Beach Café

Cafe, European, African, Vegetarian, Coffee, Tea , Seafood, $$$
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Another great place to enjoy a late breakfast or brunch right on the beach is Circus Circus Beach Café. Circus Circus offers a wide range of delicious salads, steaks, pastas, seafood dishes and curries. A perfect place for families, their breakfast menu is extensive, including vegetarian options. Highlights include treats such as creamy scrambled eggs, creamed mushrooms, fried egg with lamb sauce, eggs Benedict, omelettes, spicy chicken liver, whole wheat toast, mashed avocado, crispy bacon and feta, and much more. Order your meal with a choice of coffee, tea, smoothies, shakes or juices.


Coffee Shop, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, South African, $$$
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If you love surprises, then Sprigs is the perfect place for you to enjoy a good brunch. The cafe and food store serves healthy meals which vary according to the season, so there is no telling what will be on the menu. Their freshly baked bread is loved by customers and they offer a delightful choice of meals perfect for a late breakfast. They also serve tea, coffee and their ever popular cakes.


Restaurant, South African, Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Wine, Beer
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Zack’s, Durban
Zack’s, Durban
Zack’s is an independent cafe located along Boatmans Road, from where you can watch Durban’s rich and famous mooring their luxury yachts, and the huge container ships moving in and out of the city harbor. The place has a welcoming environment perfect for families with children during the day, especially on a Sunday morning. The restaurant serves generous portions. Visit Zack’s and try the cajun chicken pasta or the blackened chicken breasts.

Café Saint Germain

Cafe, French, $$$
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If you are in the mood for some delicious French cuisine for breakfast, then Café Saint Germain is the perfect choice. This casual French cafe, restaurant and bakery serves unbeatable homemade croissants and they cook some tasty omelettes, all of which you can order with a cup of Illy coffee. If you’re after a more filling brunch, you can also order meals from the lunch menu, such as chicken breast in mushroom sauce or hake fillet served with lemon butter. You will be delighted to learn that Café Saint Germain bakes everything from scratch and uses fresh products where possible.

Café Jiran

Bistro, Cafe, South African, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Located along Durban’s Golden Mile beach front, Café Jiran is a must visit if you are a true coffee lover who appreciates Europe’s bistro culture. They serve excellent coffee prepared from 100% Arabica coffee beans. You can choose from a selection of wraps, burgers, salads or anything that pairs well with your beverage.

The Corner Café

Cafe, European, Mediterranean, Coffee, Tea , $$$
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Located in Glenwood, The Corner Café is a trendy eco-friendly establishment with a small-neighborhood charm. Enjoy delicious, freshly made breakfast meals such as eggs Benedict, Welsh rarebit, boiled eggs, marmite soldiers, poached eggs and minted hollandaise. Try some freshly baked homemade muffins with toppings like cheddar, butternut and onion. Order your food with a cup of their coffee, which is one of the best in the area. You can also stop by later for dinner or to enjoy some craft beer or wine.

Bellevue Café

Cafe, European, South African, Contemporary, Vegetarian, $$$
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Bellevue Cafe, Kloof
Bellevue Cafe, Kloof

Enjoy a late breakfast in an exotic setting surrounded by natural trees growing indoors in this spacious and contemporary dining establishment. Bellevue Café is always busy and serves breakfast up until 11:30am. Their varied menu caters for every appetite. You can order traditional breakfast items such as poached eggs, roasted cherry tomatoes, creamy mushrooms and the potato rosti with bacon – 0r you could go for a more elaborate option like the brioche French toast with honey vanilla mascarpone and berry compote.