Over in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, Durban is an eclectic coastal city with a lot to offer. Well known for the region’s diverse influences, from Indian and colonial to surrounding African regions, Durban’s diverse personality shows through not only its city attractions and history, but most significantly through its culinary offerings.
With a focus on local, seasonal and fresh cuisine, Circus Circus is a great stop for an authentic Durban experience. With a long list of options, you can please the range of eaters in your group, from vegetarian to carnivores. The restaurant utilizes the coastal town’s plethora of fresh seafood and seasonally fresh ingredients across its four branches. Read through the rotating menu of diverse offerings for any meal of the day, including breakfast, lunch, brunch, deli, dinner, dessert and coffee. Sit and eat with the kids on a break from sightseeing, or take away and explore your local surroundings.
For cheap eats and a whole lot of flavor, Afro’s Chicken Shop offers a wide variety of options. Choose from casual fare, including sandwiches, burgers, salads, platters, strips, sides and bietjies, or bits. This shop is another great grab-and-go locale, with the option to sit and dine — all on a budget in a super low-key atmosphere.
Something a little (okay, a lot) more upscale, The Chefs Table is a great one-stop shop for an elevated atmosphere, curated menu and treat yourself moment. Enjoy a high-end family dinner with exceptional, innovative local cuisine in the luxury comforts of swanky décor and chic vibes.
Located in Essenwood, Market Restaurant is a staple for visitors and locals alike. The Mediterranean blend offers plenty of hearty vegetarian and vegan options, along with cuisine for the carnivores like lamb burgers and pan-seared duck. Let the kids run free and choose from what their hearts desire, as this establishment almost exclusively offers locally sourced, nutrition-forward options. The restaurant may be down a website, but you can find more information here, thanks to a user review.
Enjoy the experience of Roma Revolving Restaurant with views of the bay to one side, city to the other and a rotating panorama throughout. The kids will love the slow-motion ride and unique experience with a menu of safe, family-friendly options. Parents and adult children, enjoy great local wine while everyone noshes on Italian cuisine and takes in the ever-changing, 360-degree view of the city. Even for novelty’s sake, this restaurant is a fun stop for the family and the only one of its kind in the area.
As a fan of train travel, I often choose a ride on rails over a drive or flight, especially in Europe, where I always relish the high-speed trains. In Tokyo, I once appreciated a speedy, efficient and easy-to-understand experience; but, speed isn’t the only appealing aspect of train travel. From Venice to London, on the Venice Simplon Orient Express, we traveled through the coastal cliffs of the Cinque Terra and dined in formal opulence; from Whistler to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer, we sipped tea while viewing the spectacular scenery.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
While considering dreamy destinations for a romantic rendezvous, Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo immediately came to mind. I convinced my late husband, Bob, to take me there after a solo trip to Monaco (via helicopter from Nice-Cote d’Azur) on my first trip to the South of France. Our stays together left such an indelibly delicious memory that I’ve returned multiple times, including in 2018 and 2019. It’s a venue I recommend at any time, especially Valentine’s Day.
When considering a new destination for your family’s vacation list, solo trip, romantic getaway or just something to watch between trips, this list of wanderlust-inducing films should help. Watch a few of the family-friendly options with the kids and make it a movie night:
With the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games taking center stage for travelers passionate about Japan or sports, the Tokyu Hotel Group generated some excitement of its own in Osaka after unveiling its luminous Osaka Excel Tokyu Hotel in November 2019.