Being a runner who normally enjoys completing at least 10kms through the suburbs before the birds have even stirred, breakfast becomes one of the most important meals of my day – and occasionally even becomes a topic of discussion when running with friends and people alike!
It is for this reason that it has become a weekly tradition for us to go in search of Durban’s top breakfast spots – which will help fill the exercise-induced hole in our stomachs, while not packing on unhealthy pounds at the same time! (In other words, oily bacon and overcooked eggs just won’t cut it!)
Remo’s in Umhlanga | 14 Flanders Dr, Umhlanga, Durban 4301, Umhlanga Rocks
One of the few Italian restaurants that I will actually go to, Remo’s Villaggio is a great restaurant, deli, bakery and home to one amazing Lavazza cappuccino! The traditionally built Italian café has a wide variety of meals to choose from and I simply love their homemade honey-glazed muesli (which you could really taste was homemade – no store bought, sugar-packed version here!), plain yoghurt and mixed fresh and crisp seasonal fruit.
Zara Café | Shop 90, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Main Road, Ballito, 4420
A place that is always buzzing and bustling with people – and rightly so! I always make a point of stopping here whenever I am finishing up a 20km trail run at Holla Trails and am in the Ballito area. The super-attentive staff and very talented kitchen always have me leaving with a smile on my face! It is one of the few places that I will ever consider eating sweet treats for breakfast – but their freshly baked Carrot Cake is just so worth it! Another highlight on their menu which I just love is the Granola Basket – which is literally a basket made out of granola and filled with delicious yoghurt, nuts, fruit and cranberries.
Freedom Cafe | 37-43 St. Mary’s Avenue, Greyville
You know that you are in for a treat when you arrive at this red shipping container that has been converted into a quaint hotspot, and you are greeted by their large ceramic Dachshund benches! Nevertheless, whether you go purely to sit and enjoy one or two cuppas, or tuck into their perfectly poached eggs that just ooze over the toasted seed bread, your stomach will be thanking you for frequenting this wondrous place!
Antique Café | 93 Churchill Road, Morningside, 4001
This hidden little gem situated on Churchill Road, off Windermere, is a secret spot that I was recently introduced to – and can’t get enough of! Hidden in an old house, this vintage café offers divine and reasonably priced breakfasts, which you can enjoy within their quaint courtyard garden, whilst enjoying the sounds of the fountain. Breakfasts are served on delicately detailed antique plates and I always go for their scrambled eggs on rye toast.
The Giba Café | 110 Stockville Rd Westmead 3610
And Shongweni Farmer’s Market | Cnr Alvestone and Kassier roads, Shongweni
Saturdays spent running along the Giba trails are always a real treat for me – and mountain bikers are also spoilt with a great single track! After a morning exploring around 15 – 20kms, we normally treat ourselves to a delicious breakfast at the local café or head to the Farmers Market. The one thing I really must point out is that The Giba Café makes one wicked cheesecake – the perfect accompaniment for a delicious cappuccino that is served in a mug (not traditional but worth deviating for!).
If you decide to head to the market then you can treat yourself to a variety of hearty, homemade breakfasts that have been made with love and goodness from the local community in the area.
Café Jiran | 151 Snell Parade, North Beach, Marine Parade, 4056
Located parallel to Durban’s promenade, Café Jiran is perfect after a run along the beachfront promenade – and if you just so happen to be as much of a tea and coffee-addict as I am! On a busy morning, service is a bit slow but the quality of food doesn’t suffer and I have never been disappointed. I have always enjoyed their omelettes, which usually come popping with ingredients of choice and the eggs cooked just right. Their muesli, yogurt, fruit and honey mix also always hits the spot!
So if you are ever hungry and looking for something a little different in Durbs, make a note of these spots and I feel like you definitely won’t regret it!