Just a few pics from The Morning Trade opening, this past weekend. Incase you missed every other Durbanite’s Instagram feed.
It’s a really exciting time to be in Durbs and I am overjoyed at the fact that we’re getting our own arts and culture hub.
It was pretty darn impressive to see the high attendance at the opening of this art and foodie market. Durban stereotype – completely blown out of the water. The masses came out to support this venture and I see this as a very good sign of things to come. You go on with your bad self, Durban!
With so much else on the cards for the Rivertown Precinct as well an exciting piece of local history being unearthed, we really have a lot to look forward to over the next few months. Cape what? Johannes who?
Head to 8 Morrison Street every Saturday for artisan produce, a good cuppa, foodie heaven and maybe even a sneaky mimosa or two. Let’s hear it for morning drank!
Speaking of drank, don’t forget The Archiball at the John Milne Street Beer Hall this evening. We’re gonna party on school night!
Morning Trade Market
Durban getting it’s own version of Maboneng is the best news I have heard in a while. Our very own Rivertown kicks off with the Morning Trade Market this Sunday and offers you cool kids, fresh artisan produce.
Situated in Durban’s new arts and culture precinct, The Morning Trade is going to have you foodies chomping at the bit for organic and artisan veggies, meats and more.
Two things I generally find about “cool, hip” Durban restaurants:
1. They are fantastic but assume that you don’t need food or coffee on a Sunday and decide to close on the most important day of the weekend. (Brunches, coffee dates, eggs benny hangover cures etc are not necessary on the Sabbath, apparently…)
2. They have this amazing and trendy concept/decor but food that doesn’t come out the kitchen tasting quite as impressive as you’d hope for after all the hype.
Well Parc Cafe happens to be:
A. A unique Durban restaurant
B. That has food equally as amazing as the decor and vibe (Fa’real!)
C. Which you can get, even on Sunday! HEY HEY!
While this may be old news to some, it was a surprise to most that their favourite local haunt was open when they most needed it. Good food, value for money, amazing staff and a vibe upbeat enough to make me forget about the mistakes I had made with vodka the night before. I can’t wait to go back and try out the avo shake!
Oh hi! Just me, keeping you up to date with Durban ongoings as promised. Here’s a little breakdown of what has/is/will be going deown for the rest of this month.
“The written word envelops Durban as nineteen writers from South Africa, Africa and abroad, gather for a thought-provoking week of literary dialogue, exchange of ideas and stimulating discussion at the annual Time of the Writer International Writers Festival. The festival, hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), with principal support by National Lottery Distribution Fund, features a diverse gathering of leading novelists, social commentators, activists, playwrights and short story writers.”
“Catch Madala Kunene,the undisputed King of Zulu blues in a series of gigs at The Upstairs during the month of March! Madala’s distinctive style has opened the door to some of the most unique and spontaneous collaborations with other artists, often leaving the audience completely mesmerised.”
“In mid 2013 we dropped an EP. We felt like a real band. It felt pretty good. In an attempt to chase/match that first high; we’ve decided to double the dosage and release our first ever full-length.”
“As we draw nearer to the winter months… OTR will ensure that the heat stays on… at least on our platform!”
A few weekends ago I had the experience of heading into the “seedy” depths of Pinetown to watch my (wait for it) boyfriends’ sister-in-laws’ father play some pretty dang incredible jazz music.
I fell in love with this colourful venue almost instantaneously. What a beautiful vibe, mind blowing music and delicious traditional food. I couldn’t have felt more at home at a glorified beer-hall if I tried.
We got buzzed on some quartz, ate beans with steamed bread and chatted to a few colourful characters before only heading home late afternoon.
Without getting too soppy, I have to say that I left feeling like I had a truly South African experience – one where colour, age or wealth genuinely had no baring and everyone was relaxed in each-others company. There was such a surprisingly diverse mix of people, all just happy to chow down and appreciate good jazz. Everyone I interacted with, was friendly and helpful – which is sadly not a common experience to have these days.
I can’t wait to venture back and I’d love it if more people would support such a historical and culturally rich venue such as this. In fact, I’m sure we all would.
Nick and I decided to pack a picnic and head to Inanda dam for a day in the sun and water.
What a fun way to spend the public holiday! We ate bounties of fruit, fooled around on paddle-ski’s and attempted the world’s worst crossword.
You definitely don’t need to own a boat or a fishing rod to enjoy the dam.
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