Traveling doesn’t have to mean giving up on your healthy lifestyle to wolf down every greasy, fried item you see in tourist trap restaurants. When it comes to visiting Durban, you have plenty of eateries to choose from to enjoy delicious meals, guilt-free. So kick back and enjoy the warm sun, the pristine beaches and the fabulous lifestyle that is Durban. Here are the top restaurants to stay healthy on your next trip to Durban, South Africa.
The Digs Kitchen
Check out Durban’s newest sensation, The Digs Kitchen that just opened in the city. The restaurant is located in a historical building and the menu is full of farm-to-table goods like pulled pork, beef briskets, smoothies and juice. Guests especially enjoy the rustic and urban vibe of the new restaurant accompanied with recycled wood tables, gorgeous mural art on walls, and a collection of exotic plants. If you’re not that hungry and you’re in the area, stop in for a cup of coffee as The Digs Kitchen is known for their innovative and high-end brews, too.
The Conscious Cafe
Looking for vegetarian and vegan-friendly fare? Then look no further than The Conscious Cafe in Hillcrest, a suburb of Durban. Guests will drive up to a secluded garden area with a stand-alone building in the back. Once inside, they’ll face displays of colorful local arts on its wall and furnishing made of reclaimed wood. The cafe grows many of its own ingredients in its garden to feed its guests and nearly everything is made from scratch. The Conscious Cafe operates as both a coffee house and a restaurant, where guests can kick back and enjoy a cup of Africano with avocado toast. Or order form its all-day breakfast menu where options include vegan Benedict or the vegetarian omelette with halloumi. Monitor it’s website to catch any upcoming events held at the cafe such as drum circles, movie nights and OHM chanting.
Another fantastic destination to eat incredible and locally-sourced food is at Parc Cafe in Glenwood. Items on its menu are seasonally rotated so diners will have nothing but a plate of the freshest ingredient that’s available locally. Each bit of produce and artisanal goods used in the kitchen are hand-selected by its chef every morning. While guests can order delicious food like bacon and brie, chicken salad, chicken banh mi and salted beef, there’s also tons of vegetarian and vegan-friendly items. Meat-free plates include a vegan power bowl, vegan BLT, and sweet potato cakes. While there, be sure to ask your server what the weekly special is, as they often include a new concocted recipe served with a drink.
Earthmother Organic Grocery and Cafe
Kill two birds with one stone by getting a nutritious meal and stocking up on organic snacks for the rest of your trip at Earthmother Organic Grocery and Cafe. The cafe slash grocery store is located in Glenwood (a suburb of Durban) and makes a popular hangout for locals living a healthy lifestyle. Guests can visit the cafe during breakfast and lunch hours to dine in its garden patio and enjoy a delicious meal of toasted sandwiches, superfood smoothies, plant-based quesadillas, raw oats and more. Afterwards, take home locally-grown produce and healthy snacks from its grocery store.
Tree Natural Health Cafe
Approximately 20 miles outside of Durban are the two small towns of Umhlanga and Ballito, where Tree Natural Health Cafe continues to feed its visitors some wholesome and nutritious food. The cafe is known for its impressively large menu serving everything from breakfast omelettes, to acai bowls, to poke bowls, to wraps, to green smoothies. Both meat eaters and vegetarians/vegans will find something right up their alley at the cafe. A grocery store is also available at the cafe for diners to stock up on healthy snacks. You’ll definitely want to check out its yoga studio and attend a course before eating a plate of organic eggs.
The Delish Sisters
Two young sisters got together and decided to create one of Durban’s most healthy cafes with intoxicating flavors. The Delish Sisters is a cozy, rustic cafe in Salt Rock serving gourmet breakfasts as well as specialties like zucchini fritters, chai tea infused rolled oats, shashuka, and much more. If nothing on the menu interests you, head over to its harvest table buffet to stock up on delicious goods that’s charged by the weight. It’s also common to see The Delish Sister’s pop up market in various locations such as Moses Mahiba Stadium and The Litchi Market, where you can take home healthy pre-made meals and snacks.
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