Berea, Dur­ban

On the ridge be­hind the CBD is one of the city’s old­est res­i­den­tial ar­eas, an ever-chang­ing, lively place that keeps up with the times. Chef MAR­CELLE ROBERTS gives us a lo­cal’s tour

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‘Sky­line Cof­fee Roast­ers is small and quirky and makes a mean cor­tado.’ 155 Gor­don Road (no phone, find it on Face­book) ‘Cof­fee Tree is a quaint hide­away off a busy street, with ex­cel­lent cof­fee. Owner Judd Camp­bell’s en­ergy and sense of hu­mour is con­ta­gious.’ 46 Prob­lem Mkhize Road, 084-587-0281


‘Mar­ket Restau­rant [in a 1930s build­ing] is my old boss An­dre’s new spot. It’s a beau­ti­ful oa­sis, with a lovely out­side court­yard area. It’s pop­u­lar as a day­time cafe and for fine din­ing un­der the stars.’ 40 Gla­dys Maz­ibuko Road, 031-309-8581


‘Cafe 1999 was opened in 1999 by An­dre Schu­bert. I started work­ing here as head chef in 2001, met my hus­band Sean, who was a waiter at the time, and we bought the restau­rant in 2004. The food is modern Mediter­ranean; our deep-fried cala­mata olives are a firm favourite, and our desserts are al­ways paired with ap­petis­ing home­made ice-cream. We’re quite happy for guests to let their hair down and have some fun. I love that Berea is close to ev­ery­thing; it’s go­ing through a lot of change at the mo­ment, with many new res­tau­rants, bars and apart­ments pop­ping up. Dur­ban, es­sen­tially, re­tains a vil­lage vibe – you can go for a walk on the prom­e­nade and bump into friends, which turns into lunch at a cafe on the beach. I love the ocean – I don’t think I could live far away from it.’ Sil­ver­vause Cen­tre, 117 Vause Road, 031-202-3406


‘Unity Brasserie is a cosy brew­pub that thrives on reg­u­lars. You’re guar­an­teed a good vibe and food made from scratch, plus great craft beer. The burg­ers are ex­cel­lent, and or­der­ing a ta­pas board makes for a tasty shar­ing op­tion.’ Sil­ver­vause Cen­tre, 117 Vause Road, 031-201-3470 ‘Dur­ban Botanic Gar­dens is nice for a re­lax­ing af­ter­noon – plus it hosts Mu­sic by the Lake, which is a lovely out­ing for the whole fam­ily [on 9 No­vem­ber it’s Bri­tish singer Calum Scott].’ John Zikhali Road, 031-322-4021


‘Vic­to­ria Street Mar­ket [the ‘pink palace’ built in 1910] at the bot­tom of Berea is a real melt­ing pot of Dur­ban cul­ture, spices, cloth­ing, crafts and “in­ter­est­ing” meat prod­ucts – not for the faint-hearted!’ Cor­ner of Queen Street

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