Hi, I’m Sharon Muller Berea, Durban.
BEREA IS BEST KNOWN FOR the friendliness of its people, the interesting range of its culture, and its wide range of tea gardens, coffee shops and restaurants, the latter especially in Florida Road and Davenport Road, where you will find menus from around the world.
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Botanic Gardens’ Orchard House with its magnificent display of beautiful orchards.
THE BEST DURBAN PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the top of the Arch of the Moses Mabhida stadium where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Durban and the sea.
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the Durban beachfront …
WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO take advantage of outdoor activities and peaceful places to chill out.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO go to the movies, visit museums and art galleries and go to one of the beachfront hotels at Umhlanga Rocks and watch the wild expanse of ocean!
I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS any time from April to December, because Durban has a great climate during those months. January to March are humid, but still great for holidaymakers. We’re a great holiday city all year round.
MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS Circus Circus in Musgrave Centre.
FOR LUNCH, I SUGGEST St Clement’s at 191 Musgrave Road.
MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS Harveys opposite Mitchell Park. Try sharing dishes with everyone in your party. Harveys encourages that (it’s quite expensive, though!).
BEST LATE NIGHT SNACK FROM Spiga’Dora in Florida Road for a really good Italian pasta or one of their tasty snacks like the Prego roll.
MY FAVOURITE VIEWING SPOT IS at the ‘Çube’ in Innes Road where you have a stunning view of Durban and the sea.
FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN TRY Bean Bag Bohemia in Windermere Road or if you enjoy gambling the Suncoast Casino with it excellent restaurants and cinemas.
IF YOU WANT TO MEET LOCALS, GO TO Mitchell Park on the Berea with its restaurant and coffee shop, fine old trees, open lawns, outstanding garden, aviaries and small wildlife.
BEREA’S BEST KEPT SECRET IS its natural lake with resident birds in the Botanical Gardens. Relax at the lakeside in the shade of the huge old trees.
MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH FRIENDS IS to meet to chat and dine. For some fine open-air concerts to suit all tastes, go to one of the concerts at the Botanical Gardens and take your supper and a rug and cushions with you.
TO RELAX AND RESTORE MY SOUL, I LIKE TO watch the sea.
IF YOU’RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS, TRY the Dangerous Creatures exhibit at uShaka Marine World.
MY FAVOURITE BOOKSHOP / COFFEE SHOP IS Adams at Musgrave Centre.
MY FAVOURITE PEOPLE WATCHING SPOT IS the Marine Parade.
IF YOU’RE HERE IN RUGBY OR CRICKET SEASONS, you’ll enjoy good matches at our great new sports stadium with its excellent facilities and easy access.
MY FAVOURITE MUSEUM IS the Science Museum in the City Hall. Check out the dinosaur model!
MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS the City Hall, famous for its symphony concerts, research and lending library and art gallery.
TRAVELLING WITH CHIDREN? A FUN OUTING IS the dolphinarium and aquarium at uShaka at the Point – also has its own beach where children are safe.
BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OUTING IS walking along the sea front or in the beautiful Botanical Gardens, where there is a tranquil tea garden, visited by many birds and friendly little vervet monkeys.
WHEN MONEY’S NO OBJECT, I LIKE TO browse at Gateway Mall, where there is a huge variety of shops.
THE MOST UNUSUAL THING I SEE HERE IS the wonderful warmth of the people and the way all ethnic groups get along.
MY FAVOURITE WEEKEND GETAWAY IS to the Drakensberg.
WHEN I WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, I donate to the SPCA and Hospice and give volunteer hours.
I Love Berea because it has a great mix of people, architecture from Victorian to Modern, many of the best schools, many great restaurants, a famous Botanical Gardens, and lots of coffee shops and other meeting places where friends can chat and relax.
Useful Berea & Durban Links
- Berea Attractions
- Berea Accommodation
- Durban Attractions
- KwaZulu Natal Accommodation
- KwaZulu Natal Hotels
Durban Botanic Gardens +27 (0)31 201-1303
Moses Mabhida Stadium +27 (0)31 582-8222
Circus Circus +27 (0)31 201-9996
St Clements +27 (0)31 202-2511
Harvey Wallbangerz+27 (0)31 312-5706
Bean Bag Bohemia +27 (0)31 309-6019
Mitchell Park +27 (0)31 303-2275
Durban City Hall +27 (0)31 311-2242
uShaka Marine World +27 (0)31 328-8000
Adams Book Shop +27 (0)31 261-2320