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The Florida Road Strip

From its intersection with Sandile Thusi (Argyle) Road to where it meets Innes Road, the Florida Road strip has been the social heart of the Berea and Morningside since restaurants and clubs started opening here a dozen years ago. The area has continued to grow and is known particularly for its bustling nightlife. These stops on the strip are listed in geographical order.

African Art Centre carries an outstanding collection of art and crafts from local artisans. It'll ship overseas. 94 Florida Rd., Morningside, Durban, 4001. 031/312–3804 or 031/312–3805. www.afriart.org.za.

The small Elizabeth Gordon Gallery carries a wide selection of work—including prints—by local and international artists and photographers. 120 Florida Rd., Morningside, Durban, 4001. 031/303–8133.

The Space carries fashion from the best Durban designers, with a few quirky accessories and collectibles thrown into the mix. 150 Florida Rd., Morningside, Durban, 4001. 031/312–7565. thespace.co.za.

Asian-fusion restaurant and bar/lounge Society is just that, a see-and-be-seen place for the mover and shakers, swathed in elegant-yet-funky South Pacific decor. 178 Florida Rd., Morningside, Durban, 4001. 031/312–3211.

Super-stylish interiors store Cécile & Boyd's cleverly combines the best of African and colonial design in a contemporary space. 253 Florida Rd., Durban. 031/303–1005. www.cecileandboyds.com.

Vida e Caffè, just across the street from Mitchell Park, sells perfect coffees in various forms (accompanied by a piece of Lindt chocolate), and freshly squeezed orange juice, muffins, rolls, and a few pastries. Shop 2, Oakwood Centre, 465–471 Innes Rd., Morningside, Durban, 4001. 031/312–4606. www.caffe.co.za.

Mark Gold Jewels sells contemporary handcrafted pieces, many featuring diamonds. Oakwood Centre, 469 Innes Rd., Morningside, Durban, 4001. 031/303–4177. www.markgold.net.

If you want to stay in the middle of the action, try one of two small hotels in the road: Quarters or The Benjamin.

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