Editor’s Pick: Exploring Durban’s Vibrant Coffee Culture

Durban, a city renowned for its stunning coastline and vibrant culture, has another treasure hidden within its bustling streets – a thriving coffee culture. Below is our Editor’s pick of vibrant coffee shops to visit! 

Words by: Carla Louise Gailey 

Ah, Durban – a city that weaves together its breathtaking coastline, vibrant culture, and a blossoming coffee culture that beckons to coffee lovers like myself. As the Editor of Purely Local KZN, I take it upon myself to explore the best that the city offers. I felt the need to share my thoughts on the diverse coffee scene, seeking out the very best coffee shops that would leave a mark on both my palate and my soul. Join me on this aromatic adventure as we delve into the exquisite coffee spots that have captured my heart. 

1. Doloras - Umdloti

Picture this: the sun kissing the waves, a gentle breeze in the air, and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting from Doloras in Umdloti. Tucked away in the scenic Umdloti, this charming wooden shed (home to my favourite brew in town), has become a regular meeting point for locals, a place where one can sip their cuppa after a morning surf and catch up with friends. The dedication to crafting the perfect cup of coffee here is unmistakable. Doloras captures the essence of coastal relaxation and community with a touch of caffeine indulgence.   

Instagram @doloras_coffee

2. Boston Brew - Durban North

As a dedicated coffee explorer, I’ve discovered a true gem in Durban’s coffee scene – Boston Brew. Situated in the heart of the city’s coffee hub, this coffee shop has a unique story. Named after the charming Boston Terrier breed, known for its friendly and calm nature, the cafe’s essence aligns with these qualities. Perched on the balcony of a historic Morningside house, Boston Brew is an escape from the hustle of Florida Road. It’s not just a coffee shop; it’s a retreat.  

What sets Boston Brew apart is their commitment to redefining the coffee experience. They offer a curated selection of coffee blends that transport you with every sip. In a sea of coffee shops, Boston Brew stands out for its blend of flavours, history, and a touch of canine affection. For a remarkable coffee and a serene break, look no further than Boston Brew. Your coffee perspective will thank you.  

Instagram @boston_brew_cafe 

3. Skyline Coffee Roasters - Berea

As a fellow coffee enthusiast, I get it – that quest for the ultimate coffee experience. That’s why Skyline Coffee Roasters, meticulously select, roast, and blend 100% Arabica coffee. It’s for the dreamers, the creatives and the rebels – people like you and me.  

The scent of freshly roasted beans enveloped me as soon as I walked into their shop, awakening my senses to the magic that happens behind the scenes. A space where community thrives, comfort reigns, and a consistently splendid cup of coffee awaits you every day. I couldn’t help but admire their dedication to the craft. Their commitment to roasting excellence ensures that every cup served is a testament to the journey from bean to brew. This is the very reason why Skyline is my go-to brew whenever I’m in the Morningside area.   

Instagram: @skylinecoffeeza  

4. Salt Rock Coffee Co - Salt Rock

You know, I used to think those scenes where people lock eyes with cute strangers in coffee shops and ride off into the sunset only happened in movies. But guess what? Us hopeless romantics aren’t out of luck! It happened right within the walls of Salt Rock Coffee Co. – the place where my own “meet-cute movie moment” unfolded, introducing me to the love of my life. 

Coffee’s like a magic potion that brings people together, no kidding. I keep coming back every week to Salt Rock Coffee Co., not just for their amazing almond flat whites and date balls, but because it’s like stepping into my second home. The owner, Cara, and her awesome crew are all about giving top-notch customer service, making you feel cosy, and dishing out cups of pure deliciousness that’ll have you hooked. You just can’t get enough!   

Instagram: @saltrockcoffee 

5. Moto Cafe - Umhlanga

Fuelled by a genuine love for coffee, this café is all about dishing out freshly brewed cups of joe and tasty bites every single day. Nestled right in the vibrant core of Umhlanga, you’ll find Moto Cafe – an absolute haven for anyone who’s all about that perfect coffee fix. The café’s super cool design and energetic vibe never fail to pull me in, and their menu is like a magnet that keeps luring me back for round after round of goodness.  

Instagram: @moto_cafe_dbn  

From the tranquil shores of Umdloti to the lively streets of Umhlanga, I found myself immersed in a world of flavours, passion, and community. Each coffee shop I’ve had the pleasure of visiting has its unique charm, leaving an indelible mark on my caffeine-loving heart. Whether you’re a fellow local or a curious traveller, I urge you to take a page from my book and explore the diverse and captivating coffee culture that Durban has to offer. Your taste buds and soul will thank you. 

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