Freedom Cafe was one of the first container-styled cafes to carve its mark in the Durban scene. Five years and a refurbishment later, the cafe is still going strong and has cemented itself as a firm favourite for those looking for a good meal and a good vibe.

The perfect venue

A perfect venue for functions and right next to the gorgeous Concierge Boutique Bungalows, the cafe got more than just a fresh lick of paint earlier this year. The red shipping container was completely gutted and fitted with a new Marley tile patterned floor, and the interior refashioned to reflect a conservatory-inspired style. Think a palette of rich greens, and plenty of indoor foliage and florals.

The chow

When it comes to the food, the cafe prides itself on being “very chilled and very Durban”. The cuisine is modern cafe food with a touch of Asian. The Vietnamese summer rolls, Sri Lankan lamb and cucumber curry, and the authentic short rib ramen are just a few of the mouthwatering dishes you can expect.

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If you head to the cafe, then the FC team highly recommend that you try the Freedom Lager and Freedom Ale. Refreshingly crisp and just in time for spring, both beers are brewed locally and most people enjoy the wild and weird logo – a rearing unicorn zebra unshackling its leg irons, depicting a very clear (albeit crazy) image of the feeling of freedom. I guess this is just a perfect example of the unexpected vibe and essence of the cafe.

What’s next?

The cafe is also launching a mini beer festival soon and is able to accommodate any functions from weddings to Bat Mitzvahs and Bar Mitzvahs as well as bachelorette parties. So if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion or simply while away a few hours underneath the wild fig tree, then make sure to check out Freedom Cafe.


Freedom Cafe

031 309 4453

Words: Jenna Kelly  | Images: Supplied

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