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Glenwood is one of Durban’s oldest suburbs with tree-lined streets and colonial-style houses overlooking the picturesque port. The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal is situated in Glenwood and the residents include many academics, artists and designers. The position of this central suburb makes way for easy access to the city centre, the main beaches, and many other tourist attractions. Glenwood has a friendly and relaxed vibe with the hub of activity centred around Helen Joseph Road (formerly Davenport Road) and Bulwer Road, where restaurants, cafés, coffee bars, quirky shops, art galleries and antique stores provide characteristic shopping and cuisine, making Glenwood the hip place to be! Helen Joseph Road in particular, with its row of restored old Victorian style houses that line the street, has an alive and trendy atmosphere. Glenwood is turning a focus towards eco-friendly and environmental living and shopping.
This is a list of seven places that should not be missed on your visit to Glenwood, Durban.
Pizzetta pizzeria café is situated in the heart of Glenwood at 139 Helen Joseph Road. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, with the choice of indoor seating or tables outside on the balcony where you can feel a part of the street vibe. The pizzas come in two sizes 'bambino' or 'grande' and the bases are light and crispy with unique toppings. Some examples are the Gorgonzola-Onion Marmalade-Wild Rocket or the Prawn-Chourico-Danish Feta-Roasted Tomato! The menu also boasts delicious and unusual salads. They also offer dessert pizzas topped with choices of chocolate, marshmallows, nuts and either Italian ice-cream or mascarpone. Beer and Wine is on sale. Open for lunch and dinner. Tel: +27-31-2011019
Yossi’s is a day night café in a restored house at 127 Helen Joseph Road, Glenwood. The blend of furniture, couches and Persian rugs spills out onto the pavement with live jazz music on Wednesday nights. The food is a mixture of Moroccan, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes with emphasis on social eating. You can chill on a couch on the veranda and enjoy a hookah pipe with Turkish coffee or their house special Turkish Tiger shooter which is a condensed milk based nightcap. They also serve a selection of cocktails and smoothies. Open Tuesdays to Sundays till late. Contact Darryl on +27-31-2010090.
Euphoria is an eclectic selection of shops in one quaint house at 134 Helen Joseph Road. Each room offers something different – Last Chance Books is a second hand bookstore, Just Jackets boasts custom painted vintage jackets, Fuzzy Collection sells clothing, accessories and décor and at the back of the building there is a hairdresser and beauty salon. Euphoria’s restaurant, Star Café occupies one indoor room as well as the balcony and garden. Enjoy dinner while listening to live music every Tuesday and Friday night. Euphoria is open during the day 7 days a week, and at night from Tuesdays to Saturdays until 10pm. Tel: +27-31-2028931.
The Corner Café is a funky little eco-restaurant and coffee bar which is a must see! You can find it on the corner of Brand Road and Cromwell Street in Glenwood, within walking distance from Helen Joseph Road. Corner Café grow their own herbs, use organic where possible, make their own water out of air, use dolphin friendly detergents, utilise wind power, have a large worm farm and recycle all their waste. “Just ordinary people trying to save the planet one cappuccino at a time”. Their menu includes healthy sarmies, wraps, pizzas, soups and daily specials that are made with veg in season and freshly squeezed juices. The coffee is exceptional and Corner Café won the award for the best coffee in town in 2008. Sit inside next to the large open windows, out on the street under umbrellas or in the outside courtyard near the herbs. Constantly altering artworks on the walls are for sale. If you’re in Durban, get to The Corner Cafe – it’s an experience you don’t want to miss! Open for breakfast and lunch. Tel: +27-31-2010219. Website: http://www.cornercafe.co.za/
Earthmother Organic runs an all organic shop from a lovely old house at 106 Bulwer Road in Glenwood. Their shop has more than 700 organic items including cosmetics, dried food, fresh produce, diary, luxury items, drinks, baby food and much more. Their café and coffee bar is outside in the garden and is the closest to an organic café you will find in Durban. The food and cakes are an absolute delight and a pleasure for all palates. All the coffees and teas are organic and they will place a mark next to anything on the menu that is not organic. Three rooms in the house are occupied by local shops selling jewellery and clothing. Earth Mother has a fresh vegetable market on a Tuesday and Friday from 10am to 2pm. Open weekdays 9–4pm and Saturdays 9-3pm. Telephone Darren on +27-31-2021527. Visit http://www.earthmother.co.za/
KZN Society of Arts Gallery & Arts Café is a must visit for all art lovers. The large gallery exhibits world-class art and forms part of the KZNSA shop which sells a variety of locally produced goods, hand-made and recycled crafts. The Arts café is also on the premises. This popular day time café and coffee shop caters for both adults and children and has a dedicated play area for children as well as a kiddies menu. The menu boasts a wide selection of dishes including an array of delicious cakes. Feast your eyes on the art, pick up some great curios and stay for lunch. Open Tuesdays to Sundays. 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood. Tel: +27-31-2019969. Visit www.nsagallery.co.za
Mooi is a unique little shop on the corner of Bulwer and Clark Roads, Glenwood. Purely South African, Mooi specializes in homegrown fashion, funky revived goodies, cool kiddies stuff, hand-made jewellery, décor, retro ware and accessories. Their philosophy is the RESTORE-REVIVE-RECYCLE. Mooi also supports community based projects. Pop into this shop for a feast of unusual and interesting hand-made and restored items. There is something for everyone. Tel: +27-72-4026689. Visit their blog: http://mooi-mooiboutique.blogspot.com
Other restaurants in the area include: Deluxe Burger Bar (143 Helen Joseph Road +27-83-3215460), Hemingway’s Bistro and Café www.hemingwaysbistro.co.za/ (131 Helen Joseph Road +27-31-2024906), Olive and Oil Restaurant (corner Helen Joseph and Bulwer Roads +27-31-201 6146).