Where to Eat in Pietermaritzburg: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 18, 2017 Matilde Konrad

Pietermaritzburg (/ˌpiːtərˈmærɪtsbɜːrɡ/; Zulu: umGungundlovu) is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was founded in 1838 and is currently governed by the Msunduzi Local Municipality. Its Zulu name umGungundlovu is the name used for the district municipality. Pietermaritzburg is popularly called Maritzburg in English and Zulu alike, and often informally abbreviated to PMB. It is a regionally important industrial hub, producing aluminium, timber and dairy products, as well as the main economic hub of Umgungundlovu District Municipality. The public sector is a major employer in the city due to the local, district and provincial governments being located here. It is home to many schools and tertiary education institutions, including a campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It had a population of 228,549 in 1991; the current population is estimated at over 600,000 residents (including neighbouring townships) and has one of the largest populations of Indian South Africans in South Africa.
Things to do in Pietermaritzburg

1. Mugg & Bean

50 Sanctuary Road | Liberty Midlands Mall, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Serves Alcohol Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +27 33 342 8278
Excellent
42%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 102 reviews

Mugg & Bean

Reviewed By Bill434 - Cape Town Central, South Africa

During our conference visit to Maritzburg, we needed to shop at the Midlands Mall...so it was fortuitous to find a convenient Mugg and Bean, for a relaxed snack and coffee.

2. Rosehurst

239 Boom Street, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +27 33 394 1443
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 155 reviews

Rosehurst

Just google it - Rosehurst Pietermaritzburg

Reviewed By NacquitaK - Pretoria, South Africa

Rosehurst is definitely a hidden gem! Located within the City Centre, we found it a little difficult to locate.
Their menu is vast offering good food with a variety of bold flavours, it does not disappoint.
Hang around afterwards to take a little meander through the onsite 'trinket' shop

3. Coffeeberry Cafe

23 McCarthy Drive | Cascades Centre, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$118 +27 33 347 0708
Excellent
43%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 188 reviews

Coffeeberry Cafe

Coffeeberry Cafe is obsessed with great coffee and good food. The cafe is located at the Cascades Centre in Pietermaritzburg and serves a variety of dishes, including breakfast (served all day), light meals (freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, burgers and pasta) and a tempting array of more substantial signature dishes. Favourites at Coffeeberry are the award-winning cappuccinos, giant gourmet pancakes and gorgeous, freshly-baked cakes and pastries. Coffeeberry Cafe only serves fair-trade certified coffee; farm-fresh, hormone-free chicken, free-range beef and eggs and certified sustainable seafood. Wherever possible, the cafe sources locally grown, organic produce. The cafe is open 7 days a week; Mon-Sat: 07h00 to 21h00; Sun: 08h00 to 20h00.

Reviewed By NJC112

Arrived at very busy cafe. However was lead to a table very quickly. Drinks arrived quickly but we were told that there would be a delay with the food, which was not an issue. However there was no r delay and the scrumptious food arrived...MoreHi there. Thanks so much for your awesome review of Coffeeberry Cafe. We're so delighted you had a good time.

4. Olive & Oil

23 Mc Carthy Drive | Cascades Shopping Centre, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, European, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$78 - HK$126 +27 33 347 1131
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 352 reviews

Olive & Oil

Whatever the occasion, when dining at Olive & Oil, we aim to imbue our Guests with a sense of well-being and comfort. Our friendly staff will be on hand to indulge you with the finest traditions of the Mediterranean – exceptional food and unrivaled hospitality. Our motto is simple; comfortable food made exceptionally well!

Reviewed By Donna M - Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

We have visited Olive and Oil a few times, the service is always good. The food is delicious and presentation well thought through. Highly recommended.

5. Tandoor Kitchen

319 Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +27 33 342 8853
Excellent
55%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Tandoor Kitchen

Reviewed By delaine c - Durban, South Africa

Epic north Indian cuisine deliciously prepared to nourish and keep you coming back for more. My faves at Tandoor is the uncle with the turban, always warm and welcoming. Then the paneer pakora for starters with the mint sauce, sweet n sour sauce and lime pickle relish. I always tend to go for a palak paneer mains which is Indian cottage cheese blocks in a rich pureed spinach green sauce. We also had dhingri muttar which is made with fried crumbed mushroom filled with paneer and dunked in a pea and chutney dish. My friends enjoyed their chicken korma and butter chicken with prawns. However, the yummiest discovery was the Amritsari naan which is filled with dried fruit, nuts and coconut and drizzled with honey. Absolutely mouth-watering. Tandoor is also licensed. The service was great and the patron all seemed to be having a terrific Tandoor experience. Compliments to the chef!

6. Pizzology

120 Victoria Road | The Edge Lifestyle Centre, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast HK$8 +27 33 345 0024
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Pizzology

Serious about pizza, Pizzology strives to make the thinnest, crispiest pizza bases. We import ‘Tipo 00’ flour from Italy, top the bases with the freshest local produce and then wood-fire each pizza to perfection in a replica Pompeii oven.

Reviewed By AntWillow - Durban, South Africa

Top food and tasty pizza, paired with ice cold craft beer, if you please, in a retro setting, with great service. A must visit to experience proper pizza, made properly with proper fresh ingredients, to suite all taste and dietary preferences.

7. Cafe Tatham

Chief Albert Luthuli Road, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa Seating, Waitstaff Cafe Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast +27 33 342 8327
Excellent
40%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Cafe Tatham

Reviewed By delaine c - Durban, South Africa

I went here on an early Saturday morning and found that I was one of two patrons at Cafe Tatham. I only got to try their toasted cheese and tomato with a mug of coffee but can confirm that it was all top notch. The service was awesome and the nicest part was sitting on the upper verandah overlooking to early morning Saturday market outside City Hall. Afterwards, it was incredible to browse through the various elements of the art gallery and absorb the immense South African artistic talent found throughout Tatham.

8. Bangkok Wok

16 Chatterton Road | Shop 9, Invesco Centre, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Chinese, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +27 33 342 2713
Excellent
27%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Bangkok Wok

Reviewed By mergalin - Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Family of six ordered different dishes and shared amongst each other. Whilst there were some favourites all of us enjoyed most of the dishes. The freshness of the ingredients and the mixture of spices were authentic and flavoursome. An enjoyable eating experience.

9. The Fat Aubergine

155 Boom Street, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +27 33 342 3046
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

The Fat Aubergine

Reviewed By random_tourist - london

This was like sitting in someone's garden. Everyone seemed to know each other-clearly a regular local crowd. Seemed Popular with young families. Was a bit hard to find. Quaint.

10. Flavour Cafe

Dunrobin Centre 31 Warwick Road, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +27 33 347 0142
Excellent
38%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 78 reviews

Flavour Cafe

Flavour Cafe is a trendy coffee shop situated in the leafy-green suburbs of Montrose. It has a chilled vibe and an excellent outdoor setting. There is something for everyone! Bring your kids to enjoy our play area or simply enjoy something delicious off our menu.

Reviewed By delaine c - Durban, South Africa

There's few things as nice as lunching at Flavour Cafe midweek. It is fairly quiet and very laid back with good attentive service. The setting is quite exquisite bordering on the nursery which is a small time attraction in itself and definitely a huge drawcard for the gardening enthusiast. Their lunches and light meals, even brunch or a snack are always great. They are flexible with menu items and ever willing to put out a great vegetarian dish with substituting and making it work. They are well priced too and the nicest part is that you will be served a meal that is different and delicious. I like it here!

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