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Let’s Eat ! Ballito and Umhlanga


Experience discernment made simple at 45 on Eat Street – a place for Ballito families and friends to connect and feel comfortable in a sophisticated, yet casual environment. The attention to detail is evident in the stunning décor and design, the crockery and cutlery, the incredible food and plating, and the superb service, all culminating in a polished yet uncomplicated dining experience. At 45 on Eat Street you can be with the ones you cherish, share incredible food, great conversation and good music. Take it slow . . . and make it count! Details: Ballito Lifestyle Centre 087 460 0085 / [email protected]


Alchemy is all about celebrating craft booze! Inspired by tradition and moved by innovation, the team at Alchemy proudly stock craft drinks produced in South Africa, with a strong focus on gin, of course. And, you don’t need to be a ‘gintellectual’ to enjoy this complex spirit –simply try one of their house combos, gin-based cocktails, tasting boards, or check out the gin selection at the bar and speak to their team for inspiration. Soak up the drinks with some of their simple but delicious tapas-style snacks. Details: Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 032 648 0032 / [email protected]


Beira Alta is a family owned and operated restaurant that was established in 1999 and has been serving the Ballito community delicious, fresh and tasty Portuguese food since 2003. The team at Beira Alta take pride in using only quality ingredients with family recipes passed down from generation to generation, which have evolved over time into Portuguese cuisine with a distinct spicy African influence. Come sit back, relax and enjoy their flame-grilled free-range chickens or pan-fried prawns smothered in mom’s secret peri peri sauce! Details: Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 032 946 2388 / [email protected]

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Katmandu is a beautiful and interesting restaurant situated in the Ballito Lifestyle Centre’s Eat Street. The brain child of long-time restaurateur Robbie Mitchell, Katmandu tells the story of Johnny, a successful businessman with a keen eye for design who, at the age of 50, gave up a successful career and travelled to the Himalayas to ‘find himself’. Drawing from his favourite dishes from around the world, he has now created a restaurant with top international cuisine in an exquisite environment. With their own coffee blend and an in-house brewery, Katmandu is the perfect place to enjoy a lazy family lunch, romantic dinner or fun night out! Details: Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 087 460 0079 / [email protected]


LUPA Ballito is a neighbourhood trattoria that serves up delicious Italian food with generosity and warm hospitality. Whether you share in a casual family meal of pizza or pasta with a carafe of house wine, meet friends at the bar area for a craft beer or pre-or-post-dinner cocktails, or experience delectable shellfish with clients, LUPA is all about coming together, relaxing and sharing long meals and flavoursome food in a fun, inviting environment. Homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, organic free-range chickens and the finest veal all add to the authentic Italian experience.
Details: Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 087 357 7409 / [email protected]


Peron Peron is an authentic Argentinian grill with an emphasis on the flavours of Buenos Aires. Their forté is aged steaks cooked in front of you on open fires over wood and charcoal, and signature dishes include charcoal-grilled fillet on the bone, ribeye and picanha. They also have great whole baby chicken and prawns. The dishes are served with salt, chimichurri and a salsa criolla at your table, so you can enjoy the true flavour of the meat and produce. The restaurant is unique with amazing wall art and a mix of rustic and classic furnishings, truly bringing Buenos Aires alive. Details: Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 087 460 0053 / [email protected]


As one of South Africa’s oldest craft breweries, which pioneered bottle conditioned beers in South Africa and introduced beer lovers to IPA’s, Steam Beer and sparkling ales, Robsons is now firmly established in Ballito! Motivated by the wide variety of craft beers produced around the world, the Stewart family of Shongweni set out to create their own handcrafted beer using only the finest ingredients in natural processes, with no artificial additives. Just real, good beer for real beer lovers. Enjoy good food and fine craft beers in the beautifully fashioned Robsons restaurant and bar at the edge of The Market at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre. Details: Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 087 354 9075


Looking for a Mexican taste explosion? Salsa at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre offers authentic Mexican recipes and traditional cooking methods – all the way from the West Coast of the USA! But what makes the Salsa experience truly special is the inspired, healthy, modern twist they give each of their signature dishes. Of course, no fiesta would be complete without delicious refreshments!
Satisfy your thirst with fresh-pressed juices, signature cocktails and custom range of craft tequilas. Bring your tastebuds to the fiesta – and let the flavours of Mexican food dance upon your tongue!  Details: Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 032 815 0500 /
[email protected]


Zaras Café is a much-loved, trendy eatery at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre. Crisp and clean, the décor lends itself to blue skies and great weather – and you can choose to be seated indoors or out. Their well-thought-out menu offers a tempting array of continental-style dishes with Greek, Italian and South African influences that include extraordinary and unique breakfasts, salads, speciality meals, delectable pastries and breads, and rich aromatic coffees. Let Maro and her team introduce you to real, robust flavours and treat you to a bit of Greek passion and taste in Ballito!
Details: Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 032 586 3204


Incredibly delicious free-range chicken and satisfying hearty pizza are what the trendy Bird & Co have to offer! Well-known owner of BBM Café in Salt Rock, Christo, has been in the restaurant industry for more than 15 years and has rounded up some of his favourite mouth-watering dishes to bring his chicken and pizza concept to the Lifestyle Centre Market. On offer are: half chickens, chicken strips, wings, thighs, chicken livers, chicken burgers and, for the pizza lovers, choose from their Traditional Pizzas or Gourmet Pizzas or, why not try one of their special Bird & Co Signature Pizzas!
Details: The Market, Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 087 354 9067 / [email protected]


If you’re looking for delectably fresh seafood, then pay a visit to Fish at The Market at Ballito Lifestyle Centre. Local restaurateur Anton Petzer has collaborated with well-known food doyenne Jacqui Rey to bring the most delicious seafood and sushi to The Market. Diners can select their freshly-made sushi piece-by-piece, or tuck into lightly battered fish and chips, calamari or fishcakes with a Thai dipping sauce. You can also choose from a selection of fresh fish (caught and supplied daily) or frozen seafood to take home.
Details: The Market, Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 087 354 3927 / [email protected] /


Science of Coffee is the home of specialty roasters who love great coffee! The Science of Coffee store in The Market is operated by Yoli’s and sells only the highest quality coffee beans from Africa. Passionately driven by science, Science of Coffee micro-roasts coffee to an art. Sample coffee beans from different locations, pick up your favourite daily brew to enjoy on site or take with you, or select a specialty roast to enjoy at home. You’ll be sure to enjoy a chat with one of the baristas or bump into a friend while you do!
Details: The Market, Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 032 648 0031 / [email protected]


Established in Salt Rock in 2014, the team at Scoop make all of their ice creams by hand on the stove top – and they even bake and roll the cones by hand! The ice creams are made using fresh Jersey milk and cream from the KZN Midlands and the previously disadvantaged ladies in the Scoop kitchen conjure up to 15 incredible flavours at a time, including 70% Chocolate, Madagascan Vanilla and Butter Salted Popcorn, to name a few. They also have a wide range of sorbets (all vegan-friendly and made with real fruit) as well as delicious waffles, milkshakes or Steampunk Coffee!
Details: The Market, Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 082 307 1096


Taylor’s have become well known for their great breakfasts and classic wholesome restaurant food including; lamb chops, steak, chicken kebabs, pork ribs and marrow bones. Gather your friends and family, choose your cut of meat and do your next lunch or dinner shisanyama style. Taylor’s offers natural meat, which means it’s free from growth hormones, stimulants and routine antibiotics. They also offer grass-reared Greenfields free range beef, Wagyu beef and Angus – and all steaks are intentionally aged for a minimum of 21 days using both the wet aged and dry aged methods.
Details: The Market, Ballito Lifestyle Centre /  032 586 1799 / [email protected]


Located in a beautiful corner of The Market, The Deli offers all the wares you would expect to find in an authentic European deli, including delectable Italian cured meats, German smoked sausages and traditional salamis. They also have a wide range of local, imported and specialty cheeses and unique pickles and condiments to complement your meat or cheese board. The Deli has become famous for its delicious eisbeins and tasty sauerkraut, and has recently introduced other eat-on-site offerings such as Wurst Rolls, Piled-High Deli Rolls and cheese and charcuterie boards.
Details: The Market, Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 078 325 2973 / [email protected]


The Juice Kitchen is an organic, cold-pressed juice business born out of a genuine passion for providing the body with the highest quality nutrition available. The Juice Kitchen grows and bottles all their ‘liquid sunshine’ under organic principles on their farm in Summerveld, Hillcrest. The juices are raw, organic and cold-pressed and provide your body with the best possible nutrition. The Juice Kitchen is home to the famous ginger shot and they now also have a full vegan food offering, consisting of freshly-made Buddha bowls, vegetarian sushi, vegan sandwiches, protein balls, kale chips and soups. Details: The Market, Ballito Lifestyle Centre / [email protected] /082 344 8796 / 081 828 6387


Tree Natural Café’s philosophy is about living life naturally. In an age where so much illness and disease is present, Tree Café’s focus is on nutrient dense foods, juices and smoothies, prepared with thought and care. Come find health, happiness and delicious food at Tree Café today.
As a leading natural café, they are passionate about providing you with natural and fresh food to help you live a healthy lifestyle.
Details: The Market, Ballito Lifestyle Centre /078 325 2973



Yoli’s Bakery is a family-run artisan bakery that was established on the North Coast three years ago. Try their delicious breakfast bagels or a treat from their new sandwich menu. And don’t forget to add a steaming cup of freshly ground flavour from Science of Coffee. They are a theatre-style bakery where clients can witness the talented local staff in action. They produce everything from scratch on site and use only the best ingredients in their bakes – absolutely no premixes, preservatives or chemical enhancers. They offer a huge range of breads, sourdoughs, international favourites and also traditional SA bakes, not to mention some goodies truly unique to Yoli’s.
Details: The Market, Ballito Lifestyle Centre / 032 648 0031


If you’re looking for a luxurious, cosmopolitan French restaurant and bar overlooking Umhlanga promenade . . . then this is it. A fine dining restaurant that places as much importance on food and service as they do on the music, guests are sure to have a memorable night out at Café La Plage at The Pearls Mall. For exceptional service, delicious memories and the most exclusive vibe with their La Plage Records DJ’s & music, make your booking today! Details: Pearls Mall, 031 561 9999 [email protected] / www.cafelaplage.co.za / Instagram @laplagesa / Facebook Cafe La Plage


Established in 1986, Daruma was the first authentic Japanese restaurant in South Africa. With meals freshly prepared as you order them, this Japanese-owned restaurant allows guests to experience Teppenyaki prepared in front of them and has a Japanese head chef who uses only the best quality in-season ingredients. The qualified cocktail barmen and excellent service make this traditional restaurant a must-visit for locals and holidaymakers. Details: Pearls Mall, 031 561 1342/ Sarah [email protected]


The first serving of the brand in KZN, Doppio Zero at The Pearls Boutique Mall showcases a beautiful on-site bakery with freshly prepared artisan breads and retail items baked daily. The contemporary, open plan restaurant combines elegance with a relaxed, home-away-from-home style of dining. Best known for their great coffee, free Wi-Fi, delicious light lunches and moreish dinners, the location offers a wonderful dining experience for families and friends. A mere three-minute walk from the beach, it’s the perfect escape for healthy smoothies, a refreshing snack or a light beach lunch. Doppio Zero has you covered.
Details: Pearls Mall 010 900 3173 / [email protected]


Spanning over 10,000ft² in the Pearls Mall Umhlanga, Incredible India offers a unique fine dining experience. Come and enjoy true Indian style food and exotic dishes from the well-planned and perfectly balanced menu. All dishes are prepared and served fresh. The restaurant also makes for a perfect event and conferencing facility and can accommodate up to 150 people. Private rooms are also available for smaller functions.
Details: Pearls Mall 010 900 30 70 / Amit: 081 038 5152 [email protected] /
Sona: 083 7801777 / [email protected]


With their first store opening in Pretoria in 1994, Mochachos was one of the first outlets in South Africa to offer authentic Mexican dishes. The Mochachos Chicken Villages combine Mexican-flavoured flame grilled chicken with a specialised Mexican menu. The rich colours and warm ambience add to the Mexican vibe and the ‘real’ food experience. Not just about chicken, Mochachos is about pride, passion, courage, integrity and most of all, family.
Details: Pearls Mall / 010 900 3166 / [email protected] /


Established in 1989, Al Pescatore is nothing short of an institution in Ballito. The stunning Italian-inspired restaurant is situated upstairs on the beachfront and offers amazing close up views of the Indian Ocean and diners are often treated to a show by passing dolphins. The menu offers a range of tasty, creative meals with a twist and there are new specialities available every day. Make sure you pop in and enjoy one of their famous cocktails whilstsoaking up the breathtaking scenery.
Details: 14 Edward Place, Ballito / 032 946 357.


The award-winning Beverly Hills Hotel, which first opened its doors in 1964, has become synonymous with elegance, gracious hospitality and intuitive service. The hotel often plays host to royalty, celebrities and captains of industry and offers guests a choice of 89 beautifully appointed rooms. Their restaurants offer fine cuisine, coupled with superbly attentive service, from The Sugar Club’s signature seafood specialities, to trendy cocktails enjoyed at the cosmopolitan Elements Café Bar, there is something to suit every taste. For business and leisure guests alike, the Beverly Hills is sure to evoke an iconic sense of nostalgia, timeless elegance, and romance.
Details: [email protected] | 031 561 2211


Since 1997, Château Gâteaux’s skilled pastry team have been handcrafting their exquisite, superior range of quality gâteaux and desserts, using the most exceptional ingredients available. When you purchase a Château Gâteaux masterpiece, expect to indulge in a product bursting with flavour made from the finest fresh cream, chocolate, fruits and nuts. The delicacies are all handmade in a certified ISO22000 pastry kitchen, and every frozen factory sealed product is Halaal-certified. They’ve spent over two decades perfecting the art of sealed-in freshness through a unique fresh flash frozen process without any preservatives – and the retained flavour and quality is guaranteed.
Details: www.chateaugateaux.co.za


The Digs Kitchen is a family friendly restaurant with a fresh-from-the-earth approach where you can enjoy indulgent treats and healthy meals, as well as a range of kids’ options. It’s a space where everyone can relax with a great coffee and wholesome breakfast or lunch. Based at Sugar Rush Park, it’s also the ideal location for an action-packed day out with family or friends with a range of activities to choose from for both adults and children. At The Digs Kitchen you can expect a welcoming atmosphere coupled with delicious food and beverage offerings.
Details: 072 455 7285 / [email protected] / Insta: @digskitchensr


For over 20 years Impulse by the Sea has let you savour the unmistakeable flavour of the ‘pukka’ Natal Curry that has transcended boundaries to gain awe and recognition throughout South Africa and beyond. It has become a household name, not only in KZN, but across the country. Started on a whim by Neville and Shamen Reddi, Impulse by the Sea continues to be the favourite curry restaurant on the coast with their signature prawn curry, still a firm favourite, followed by lamb, crab, fish, chicken and prawn and butter chicken.
Details: 032 554 4626 / 072 790 8901 / [email protected]


Experience a touch of Africa just 15 minutes inland from Ballito. With its 300-hectare wildlife sanctuary, Rain Farm has an informal restaurant, situated alongside the rock pool, with a variety of mouth-watering dishes to choose from. Enjoy the views while you eat or take on a game of pool in the fully stocked bar while the little ones are kept busy on the jungle gym or playing mini golf. There are game drives and trail walks and you can book into a self-catering cabin or tree top tent for a wildlife getaway. Enquire about private bush dinners kids’ party packages!
Details: 032 815 1050 / 083 352 6830 / [email protected] / www.rainfarm.co.za




The popular Sawagat restaurant is located in downtown Ballito, a minute’s walk from the beach. With weekly specials and very competitive pricing, Sawagat also caters for functions, both inside and outside the restaurant, with great rates. Their Durban-style curries and bunny chows, as well as other North Indian delicacies provide for a variety of mouth-watering options. Enquire about your catering needs in store.
Details: 27 Sandra Road, Ballito / 032 586 1384 / www.sawagat.co.za


Simbithi Country Club incorporates a selection of eateries, wedding and conference venues and an unparalleled 18-hole executive Golf Course. The Fig Tree Restaurant (open to the public) is a place of community, family and relaxation. Couples enjoy romantic dinners, families gather over lunch and strangers leave as friends. The Drop Zone Bar is perfect for a round of drinks after golf or sundowners after work. Executive Chef Daryn Bowers (a member of the elite Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and the Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs (OMGD)) and his talented team make the Fig Tree an unforgettable place to dine.  Details: 032 946 5403 / [email protected] / www.simbithi.com


TOAST is a celebration of good old-fashioned values and the very best of local. Toast is a welcoming space that showcases the best of our local producers. You’ll find raw juices, freshly roasted coffees as well as all sorts of delicious meals and nibbles, from our famed artisanal sandwiches to our decadent classic cakes. And in between feasting, shop for bespoke, designer goods from homeware to gifts. A tribute to all things crafted, cared for and created from scratch, Toast is the perfect place to meet up, start your day or end it. Here’s to life, good food and great company.
Details: Ballito Lifestyle Centre / [email protected] / 032 648 0030 www.toastballito.co.za / Facebook: ToastBallito


The story of Turn ‘n Tender is the story of the four Aaron brothers who opened their first steakhouse in Johannesburg in 1977. It was a restaurant that redefined what an exceptional steakhouse experience could be. Their recipe for success is simple: serve up an unrivalled dining experience that revolves around a love of great steak and exceptional taste in wines. Take a seat in any Turn ‘n Tender branch and you’ll experience a stylish and sophisticated atmosphere, ideal for any occasion. What is certain is that Turn ‘n Tender offers an unmatched dining experience that you’ll remember long after it’s over.
Details: Ballito Junction / 032 586 0975 / [email protected] / Umhlanga – Chartwell Drive / 031 561 1031 / [email protected]rnntender.co.za


Don’t feel like eating out? Then eat in with We are Food. This is the place to find a variety of delicious home-cooked frozen meals ready to be heated and served – it’s like having a restaurant in the comfort of your home! Visit our stores at Ballito Lifestyle Centre and Glenore Centre, or order online at http://www.wearefood.co.za. Claim a 10% discount by presenting this voucher in store or use the coupon code EATOUT19 when you order online (one discount valid per customer until 31 May 2019). Details: The Market, Ballito Lifestyle Centre / Shop 10 Glenore Centre, Glenashley / 084 211 2312 / [email protected]

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