Morningside at a glance
With it's gorgeous green spaces and breathtaking views of Durban and the Indian Ocean, Morningside is one of Durban's best-loved suburbs. It is predominantly a residential area, with Florida Road and Lillian Ngoyi (formerly Windermere) Road providing bustling hubs of activity for residents to enjoy. It is a suburb in which beautiful historic homes have been transformed into restaurants, coffee shops and small businesses.
A brief history of the area
The story of Morningside begins with the story of Durban, which became an entity in 1835 on land ceded to European settlers by King Shaka. Many of the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian homes that can still be found in Morningside today have been lovingly restored. Originally, some of these would have been shipped over from England in the form of a kit that was unpacked and constructed upon arrival.
As a whole, Durban is known as being one of the most pleasant places to be during the winter months. With an average minimum temperature of 11°C in June and July, climbing to a maximum of 24°C, there can be few better places to be. January to March is the hottest time of the year, and during these months, temperatures frequently climb into the 30s. Durban experiences most of its rainfall in the summer months, and thunderstorms in the early evening are common during summer.
Schools in the area
Morningside has an abundance of public and private schools at which your child can get started on the road to greatness. Primary schools in Morningside and surrounding areas include Morningside Primary School, Durban Preparatory High School, Gordon Road Girls Primary School and Livingstone Primary School. A variety of private schools, including Maris Stella School, Durban Girls' College and Clifton School can be found in the Morningside area.
You won't have any problems crossing items off your shopping list in Morningside with Windermere Centre. If you're a fashionista looking for a fix in Morningside, check out the range of factory shops that line Mathews Meyiwa (formerly Stamford Hill) Road.
Distance from key points (Airport/CBD)
The distance from Morningside to King Shaka International Airport is 30km. This trip will take you roughly 27 minutes in average traffic. Durban's CBD is a mere 4.9km from Morningside - a drive that will take approximately 11 minutes when conditions are good.
Restaurants and Offices
Morningside's Florida Road precinct offers every type of cuisine from Italian and African to Thai and Mexican and everything in between. It is known as a hotspot of night life and the place to see and be seen. One of Morningside's culinary institutions, Spiga D'oro, has reopened in a new venue. You can now get your fix of Durban's best-loved Italian food at 465 Innes Road. Charlies Bistro is ideally located across the road from Mitchell Park as is Mark Gold and Vida e Caffe so you are spoilt for your choice of restaurants. The Victorian and Edwardian style buildings line Florida Road and have been wonderfully renovated and restored as part of an urban regeneration program, offering a combination of exclusive offices, restaurants and boutique hotels. The Quarters Hotel at 101 Florida Road and The Benjamin Hotel at 141 Florida Road offer stylish accommodation in beautifully renovated historic buildings. The Hacienda office suites at 281 Florida Road is a building constructed in the 1930's in the Spanish style and features design flourishes, elegant columns and corbels which has beautifully restored and repurposed into offices, retail boutiques and coffee shops. Florida Fields at 295 Florida Road is the latest addition to trendy hotspots. A previous parking lot was converted into luscious garden with shaded walkways. Florida Fields offers an assortment of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and retail outlets confirming Florida Road is fast becoming the most vibrant, exciting and diverse high street in the country.
1. Mitchell Park
If you're looking for somewhere in the Morningside area to take the kids on a Saturday, look no further than Mitchell Park. There's a sand-filled playground with slides, swings and jungle gyms to keep the little ones entertained - and one of the facts we love most about this place is that there is equipment especially designed for use by disabled children. Mitchell Park also has a much-loved zoo which is home to a variety of animals and birds.
2. Jameson Park
Looking for the perfect spot to go for a picnic? You'll be hard-pressed to find a better spot than Jameson Park. With its extensive rolling lawns, you are all set for an afternoon of relaxation.
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