Durban’s Top 5 street food spots

Durban’s Top 5 street food spots

 Enjoy ready to eat food wherever you go in Durban…

People eating at restaurant / iStock
People eating at restaurant / iStock

Durban’s street food culture has received praise from all over the world.

CNN rated Durban as one of the best street food cities in the world in 2016.

The east coast city made the cut in 2018 as well, coming in at number four - behind Bangkok, Tokyo and Honolulu.

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“Perhaps it's because of Durban's lovely year-round weather, or maybe it's the Indian influence, but the city is southern Africa's reigning street food champ,” CNN writer Griffin Shea said.

Afro’s Chicken and Sunrise Chip & Ranch (Johnny's Rotis) got a mention in CNN’s list.

Here’s a look at other great street food places in Durban.

The Golden Mile

One of the best places to get a taste of what food Durban has to offer is the city’s golden mile. The popular stretch of beachfront has a big selection of street food options that will suit every taste. Enjoy spicy pineapple masala kebabs while you take in the sites or try a delicious bunny chow from one of the local takeaways with an amazing view of the ocean. 

Little Gujarat

If you love Indian food, then Little Gujarat is the place to be. Their affordable food selection might be all vegetarian, but you will find several meat lovers lining up for delicious sugar bean curries, bunny chows, samoosas, pakoras and bhajis, roti breads and breyani. You can find them in Durban’s CBD and Umhlanga area near Gateway. 

Durban CBD

Street vendors are situated on just about every corner in Durban’s CBD, particularly the Warwick Junction area. You can buy freshly fried vetkoek and polony, street-side mielies and other local treats while walking around the city centre. 

Max’s Lifestyle

One of the best places to enjoy a delicious shisa nyama (braai/barbeque) in Durban is Max’s Lifestyle in Umlazi. Enjoy traditional “kasie” (township) culture while eating the best meat in town. 

Local markets

Weekly and monthly markets like the ‘I heart Durban’ market also offer great street food. The ‘I Heart Durban’ market takes place on the first Saturday of every month at Moses Mabhida Stadium. The market, which has been running for over 10 years, offers local design, craft, fashion and food. 

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