The 6 Best Bakeries To Try in Durban

The Morning Trade is a popular spot for Durbanites to get freshly baked goods|© Leon Ephraim/Unsplash
The Morning Trade is a popular spot for Durbanites to get freshly baked goods|© Leon Ephraim/Unsplash
Durban has a lot to offer with incredible beach fronts, public spaces and local entertainment. But its foodie scene is often overlooked – so don’t miss these brilliant bakeries that offer the perfect spot to sit down with a cuppa and a piece of cake.

If Durban is on the agenda, make sure you pop in to one of these bakeries.

The Glenwood Bakery

Bakery, Cafe, Coffee, Snacks, $$$

Regarded as a traditional bakery, the Glenwood Bakery is known for its Western European-style classics. Alongside German and French baked goods and mouth-watering viennoiseries, it also offers New-York-style bagels. The bakery has a sit-down café with its own menu and is a popular place to grab a bit to eat (the full breakfast being a favourite with diners). In the evenings, it transforms into a bustling restaurant which produces some of the best pizzas in the city. Chef Adam Robinson trained professionally in European cuisine and gets the crowds in by constantly evolving the menu.

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Bread: the Artisan Bakery

Bakery, Coffee Shop, Bistro, French

Bread: the Artisan Bakery is a French-style bakery with a coffee shop and bistro. It specialises in handmade sourdough bread, bagels and croissants. In addition owner and chef, Peter Venter, offers his guests a variety of tasty goods such as smoked chicken and apple pie, and duck and orange pie. The bistro space seats around 20 patrons and offers a menu of baked goods, salads, coffees and teas, as well as a wonderfully-crafted breakfast menu.

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The Bread Mill

Bakery, Coffee Shop, South African, $$$

Known as the 24-hour bakery in Durban, the Bread Mill has become a popular place for friends and families to gather. It’s also one of the more reasonably-priced bakeries in the city, but doesn’t scrimp on quality. It offers a selection of cakes, pies and savoury products. It’s also a go-to for locals who use it as an alternative to supermarket baked goods. It offers customers a policy of fresh goods only. And the best thing? It also offers top-quality coffee.

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Reddy’s Bakery

Bakery, South African

One of the most popular family-owned businesses in Durban, Reddy’s Bakery has built generations of experience in taking the quality of baked goods to new heights. From fresh doughnuts to custom-made cakes, the bakery combines creativity, talent and effort to give customers a five-star experience. Locals love the innovative cakes and designs, and staff are considered some of the most helpful and friendly in the business.

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The Baking Pan

Restaurant, Bakery, South African

Here you’ll get everything from burgers and cakes to savouries and even sausages. Prices are reasonable and everything is good value for money. Locals rate the quality of food and the modern cakes. If you’re interested in getting something a bit different, custom orders are possible. It’s also brilliant for those with specific dietary requirements with lactose and glucose free menu items on offer. Whipping up something dairy-free is also no bother, making it popular with vegans.

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Country Bake

Bakery, Cafe, South African, $$$

With rave reviews for its breakfasts and stunning decor, Country Bake has become a prime spot for business people and visitors. Staff are known for their broad smiles and the breads, cakes and pastries on offer are up there with some of the best. If it’s a hot and sticky day in Durban (and there are plenty of those), Country Bake offers a cool place to escape for a couple of hours.

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These recommendations were updated on June 26, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.