10 Of The Best Durban Coffee Shops

A staggering amount of great quality coffee shops have opened around Durban over the past 3 years, and each has its very own artisan feel. From Glenwood to Umhlanga, and even to the tranquillity of Kloof, here are 10 of the top Durban coffee shops.

Factory Café, Umbilo

Factory Cafe, Umbilo, Durban.

Factory Cafés reputation for being ahead of the coffee trend in Durban is widespread. The ambiance is welcoming, and the fresh smell of coffee is what makes this café a must visit. Set in an old factory, with working machinery, and home to Colombo Coffee Roastery, this is one Durban coffee shop that exudes passion and a true love of good coffee.

Contact Factory Café: 031 205 3283 | View location

Coffee Tree, Glenwood

Coffee Tree is in Glenwood, Durban.

Perfectly located below a block of flats, this residential coffee spot is a quiet retreat from the busyness of everyday life. Coffee Tree serves a fruity Kenyan blend of coffee from Colombo. Coffee Tree is a quirky café with its bright red heart logo, rustic coffee bar interior, and eco friendly conscience.

Contact Coffee Tree: 031 201 0219 | View location (approximate)

Bellevue Café, Kloof

Bellevue Cafe, situated in Kloof, is a popular Durban coffee shop and eatery.

Durban’s upper highway area boasts a few great cafés; however the one that makes it into this list is Bellevue Café. A cosy café nestled up in Kloof, Bellevue make an easy to drink cup of Lavazza Coffee. If you don’t feel like the hustle and bustle of a mall or busy roadside café, this spot is the perfect hideaway for you. Sit outside under the trees, or cosy up inside under a warm heater, with a cup of coffee and a sweet treat from their cake table.

Contact Bellevue Café: 031 717 2780 | View location

Bean Green, Glenwood

Bean Green, a coffee shop and roastery in Glenwood, is best known for its Bluff Bru coffee beans.

Bean Green, a coffee shop and roastery, is best known for its Bluff Bru coffee beans. Bluff Bru is available in a number of blends, and, with its African origins, the coffee is superbly rich and flavoursome. Bean Green is a quaint little hideout on the streets of Glenwood, and is the perfect pit stop for that lunchtime pick me up or an after work wind-down.

Contact Bean Green: 031 201 8122 | View location

The Bike & Bean, Country Club Beach, Durban

Bike & Bean on Country Club Beach is a Durban coffee shop come bike rental shop with a bicycle theme.

As of late it has become increasingly popular to ride bicycles along the Durban promenade and bicycle hire shops are popping up all over the place. Best of all, in my opinion, is Bike & Bean, a combination of coffee and bicycles. The Bike & Bean opened in 2013 and is located at Country Club Beach, just north of Suncoast Casino. Bike & Bean’s resident Barista, Themba, serves up a magnificent cappuccino. He uses a variety of Colombo Coffee beans and really knows how to pull a delicious espresso shot.

Contact Bike & Bean: 082 773 6870 | View location

Jacksonville, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

Jacksonville Coffee at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Jackonsville is run by Clint Walters, a true coffee connoisseur and passionate coffee drinker. The coffee shop is located at the majestic Moses Mabhida Stadium, perfectly positioned for tourists and visitors to Durban. Jacksonville serve up a number of different espresso based drinks, using their aromatic medium roast bean. I have it on good authority that you should definitely try their Zim Shot … a shot of espresso and condensed milk! YUM!

Contact Jacksonville: 031 940 5556 | View location

Verve Café, Umhlanga

Verve Cafe, Artisan Coffee & Tea, Durban.

Verve Café is an artisan tea and coffee shop in Umhlanga. New to the Durban coffee scene, Verve have already built themselves a great coffee reputation amongst the locals. Verve Café are currently serving Coffee Merchant’s delicious single origin bean from Nicaragua, but you can expect a range of different espresso blends from this artisan café. They have a light menu on offer for those feeling peckish too. The service is friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed, a perfect combination in Durban.

Contact Verve Café: 031 566 2334 | View location

Savior Coffee Co, Durban

Savior Coffee Co, Durban.

With their cool branding and trendy location, Savior Coffee is a favourite in Durban. Savior Coffee are 100% committed to being relevant in their community. Max, the owner, describes Savior Coffee as a means to serve the community and be part of the upliftment process of Durban city and surrounds. The barista at Savior Coffee, Sifiso, pours a great espresso shot. Sifiso is pouring a Burundian single origin bean from Colombo Coffee, and soon will also be pouring the Empire Coffee blend from Coffee Merchant.

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Corner Café, Glenwood

Corner Cafe, coffee shop in Durban.

Corner Café is the perfect spot to spend a Saturday morning in Glenwood. This eco-restaurant stock Colombo Coffee and produce a well-bodied blend of Malawian, Burundian and Ethiopian beans. Corner Café is one of the oldest favourite coffee shops in Durban, and their welcoming atmosphere is definitely a component of this favour. Sometimes I think we all need a little devotion to a place that has great tastes, delicious smells and a mellow vibe. This, in my opinion, is the epitome of Corner Café.

Contact Corner Café: 031 201 0219 | View location

Jooma Coffee Café, Kloof

Jooma Coffee Cafe in Kloof, Durban.

Jooma Café is appreciated by the residents of Kloof as the place to grab a good coffee. Serving good quality, 100% Arabica coffee, Jooma Café pride themselves on quality and happy customers. The service is quick, and the baristas know how to pull a good espresso shot. A great pit stop on your way up the highway, or a morning spot to take some timeout in the suburbs.

Contact Jooma Café: 031 764 5828 | View location


Durban’s artisan coffee scene is growing by the day, and these 10 Durban coffee shops are leading the pack as they serve the city’s coffee lovers with flavour-full espresso based drinks. The next time you visit Durban be sure to stop in at any one of these coffee shops for a refill of great tasting coffee.

Our Readers Comments

  1. You obviously haven’t visited Duke & Duchess.. Motorbikes, amazing food, friendly service and best of all “Punch in the Mouth” Coffee that will blow your mind.

    • Duke & Duchess is also one of Durban’s best that is true.

  2. Well done to the top ten! but The Coffee Theatre In Amanzimtoti is also great and amazing! Best Cappuccino’s

    • They are very good too, and on my list of South Coast coffee shops for sure.

  3. Please try out Mayfair Cafe. They serve Bean There coffee and it’s awesome. Woolworths centre Mackeurtan Ave Durban Norh.

    • Have been to Mayfair and they are such a friendly bunch. Enjoy popping in there when I can 🙂

  4. Duke & Duchess and Larnies are also awesome.

    Please do a top 10 coffee shops in Durban that are open till late?

  5. What about Jumeli? Still one of my favourites xxx

  6. I <3 My Coffee is an amazing hidden Gem in Fairway Green Office Park, in Abrey Road, Kloof, KZN.

    Daily Specials, Columbo Coffee, Healthy Food and Everything is baked on site.

  7. I have been to most of them but for me the coffee at Bean Green is the most outstanding. It is purely Ethiopian and I regularly buy their fresh roasted beans and ground blends.

  8. Keep the blogs coming. Fan from London.

    • Hey Barry,

      Thanks for the awesome feedback! Will do so. Always here to try put as much information out to our clients and readers!

      Take care!

      Marcelle

  9. coffee stree @ glenwood is the best nice place and the best barista

  10. I have enjoyed coffee at most of these venues and have always enjoyed the high quality coffee served. Factory café and Bean Green are my favourites. I did see one or two coffee shops on your list that I have not yet tried so will no doubt be visiting them soon. Thanks for the great list of coffee shops.

  11. Bellvue cafe is a must….excellent service. Awesome food great ambience. Well worth the visit.

    • Hi Tina,

      Thanks for the info.

      Will be sure to stop by when visiting in Durban again.

  12. So Wipped café gateway I would say the best purely because the stock Urban Grind Roasters coffee.

    There is no coffee roasting company that can come close with 22 single origins and several blends.

    I tried the blend called the Judge which purely did justice.

    Try it out people!!!

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