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TThe buzz in Florida Road, Durban, starts in the early morning when the sidewalk cafes form the meeting point for friends, colleagues and shoppers alike. The energy continues throughout the day and well into the night, when the street’s clubs and bars come to life, earning Florida Road its reputation as one of Durban’s top night spots.
Feel the electric street vibe and unique, historic architecture on Florida Road as you explore a range of restaurants, galleries, boutiques, studios and bars. Florida Road has definitely earned its reputation as one of the city's trendiest streets, where people gather to shop, eat, drink, meet and enjoy Durban’s seemingly endless summer.
Stretching from Sandile Thusi Road to Innes Road, there are dozens of carefully preserved historic buildings, including typical Edwardian structures that are more than 100 years old.
IIt’s a feast for the soul as most of the restaurants on this road are among Durban’s best-loved. Some well-known establishments are the Mexican-inspired Taco Zulu, Europa Food Emporium and House of Curries, where you can take a bite out of the Indian cuisine that Durban is famous for.
VVicky Christina's, opposite Mitchell Park at the top of Florida Road, is a good spot for afternoon drinks and cocktails that turn into dinner or you can try Mamma's for exquisitely prepared Italian fair. Whatever your desire, you won’t be starved for choice as there are more than 30 exceptional restaurants to choose from.
When the kitchens close, the bars and clubs come to life. Florida Road offers options for most tastes so choose between the laid-back and sophisticated or the loud and proud party vibes at venues that stay open until the early hours of the morning. Remember to take the same precautions as you would when you are out late in any big city.
BBoutiques like Gorgeous and The Smoke Shop are a must-visit for fashion lovers, offering a wide variety of clothing including collections from some of South Africa’s best designers.
Art lovers can explore the African Art Centre, the Artisan Contemporary Gallery and the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery on Florida Road. There are also salons like Africare, where you can indulge in pampering spa treatments.
Like the vibrant city of Durban itself, Florida Road is constantly evolving, so while you may not always know what to expect, you can rest assured that it will be well worth the trip.
Every South African city has its own unique story to tell, and the best people to tell those stories are the locals themselves.