Over the years, I’ve written countless blog posts on cool Durban spots but still find myself compiling a messy list of links and websites every time someone new asks me “So, what’s there to do ’round here?”.
Kick off your Saturday nice and early with coffee, capoeria and chow.
Try this new spot out for size. It’s like, erm, so hot right now!
The Boiler room is fast becoming one of the most Instagrammed things in Durban since sunset shots of the stadium. It’s not our own local version of underground music site, Boiler Room, but rather a sweet spot to grab some decent chow. As per usual, I had to try and not be the very last person to check it out so I rounded up a few work homies from Friday night’s jol, for a Saturday morning hangover breakfast.
This place has an effortless industrial edge about it and an open and airy atmosphere. It’s the second child from the creators of 9th Avenue Bistro, and caters to a much more relaxed crowd who still like to enjoy some good, good eatin’. We loved our coffee and croissants so much that we sat there for over 2 hours taking in the place and chugging back our dark roast cappuccinos. (Which is notably, much better than the medium roast dear Coffee Addicts Anonymous.)
Hit it up for your next laid back lunch or get out of the friendzone by taking your crush on a date to the 031’s hippest restaurant. They’ll be so impressed that you aren’t taking them to Dropkicks, or to the stadium at sunset.
Tel: 031 3129134
Address: Lion Match Office Park,
892 Umgeni Rd,
Mon – Fri 7:30 – 3:30
Sat: 8am -2pm
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So my beloved Mac, crashed and burned, leaving me to blog and edit from some rather obscure sources.
Not going to lie, I have done some shady stuff lately for Lightroom.
This is why, two weeks after the event happened, I am letting you good people, know how it went.
I’m talking about the Threads: Art on Apparel exhibition that went down at the Factory Cafe -organised by Onlypeople and Yard Zine.
It was the usual recipe for a successful jam at TFC. Food, drinks, chunes and art. The twist was the the art and photography were displayed on sweaters, shirts and New Balance sneakers up for sale and silent auction.
I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
You can always trust the Factory Cafe to put on a stellar collaboration event.Different Durban creatives coming together, is never a bad plan in my books!
Work the Line had absolutely everything that this girl could want- tattoo artists,illustrations,flat peaks and coffee. I was so stoked to see something like this come together so well. The vibe picked up really early and all three tattoo stations were abuzz ( literally) with customers getting chopped and potential bookings making inquiries. I have to say that I was so proud to see Lola Malone doing big things with their stall. When I worked for LM,it was just after their relaunch and I was so stoked to see how they have expanded since then,with two new artists in the team and the whole bunch such a solid group of guys. I also got to finally book my new ink for this week,so I left a very happy Jenna!
I was also happy to learn about some other talented tattoo artists in the biz. Ink and Oil and I Art Ink,were there doing their thang. A flat peak competition had guys getting their creative on while the rest of the crowd ambled in-between the artworks of very talented illustrators.
Can’t wait for the next one!
I organized a little get together for my friends, so that they would finally have to make the trek up to my side of the world. Makaranga Lodge seemed like the perfect place as central Durbanites appear to be blissfully unawares about this magical location.
Makaranga has a guest lodge, pool spot ,deli, and restaurant. What more could you want or need?Makaranga has a distinctly quaint and rather posh vibe, given it’s situation in the affluent Kloof suburb.None the less ,families come to play in the pool and the restaurant is prime for any occasion.
We ended up having such a beautiful day, sipping wine and savoring delicious food. Pizza, baked camembert, spatchcock chicken- you name it! I also happened to be starting a new job the following day so my dear friends bought me a bottle of pink champagne to toast the occasion. What a lovely slow Sunday afternoon, drinking and eating and laughing for three and a half hours!
After the day drunk buzz wore off, we headed to the deli and bought an assortment of cakes and cupcakes to accompany us as “padkos” for our garden walk. The gardens are really a sight to see! Eight different garden environments,including a woodland, japanese garden and cycad bed.We were in such a sunlight and champagne daze that we were admittedly rather tempted to nap under one of the leafy trees.
It really was one hell of a way to spend a Sunday, and we finished the afternoon back at my place for tea,coffee and biscuits.
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