Durbs is known for its sunny weather but, as my mom has always told out-of-towners, Durban can get chilly when it rains. In honour of the rainy season and the forecast for the rest of the week, I thought I would suggest some rainy day activities for any poor tourists who were counting on the beach.

Have something yummy at Cacao Chocolate Bar

Gateway’s Cacao Chocolate Bar is really quite fabulous. With a tagline of “It’s not a sin to love chocolate,” just about everything on the menu has a chocolate twist to it. There are some ordinary meals, just in case you have to have something decent to eat before you indulge. The menu consists of all things chocolate, including chocolate cocktails and a “chocolate hit” – a glass of concentrated chocolate served over a flame and sipped through a straw. It’s like sucking the chocolate out of a melted bar through a whole in the corner of the wrapper but way more classy and less messy! There are also such delectable choices as Death by Chocolate Tart, Magnificent Chocolate and Honey Moussse and Cacao Chocolate Hot Pot. Perfcct for rainy day, no? Cacao Chocolate bar is situated upstairs near @Home at Gateway. For more information see http://www.cacao.co.za/

Visit the Durban Art Gallery and the Natural Science Museum

Housed in the same building, these two fascinating museums are made up of some of the finest collections of art and artifacts you will find in South Africa. The DAG’s main gallery showcases high-profile works by well-known artists, sometimes in the form of travelling exhibitions and sometimes carefully curated displays from the gallery’s permanent collection. The Natural Science Museum is equally fascinating (probably more so for the kids) with its stuffed animals and recreations of the natural habitats of thousands of four-legged and winged creatures. There are often lectures and multi media displays which enhance the experience. The DAG and Natural Science Museum are situated at City Hall and can be accessed from West Street, opposite the Playhouse and the Royal Hotel. The museums are open from 8:00 – 16:00 Monday to Saturday and from 11:00 – 16:00 on Sunday. Telephone 031 311 2256 or see www.durban.gov.za/durban/discover-durban/enjoy/museums/nsm for more information.

The DAG's famous circular gallery

 Go and see a matinee

The Playhouse and Elizabeth Sneddon Theatres have weekend matinee perfomances which are perfect for rainy afternoons. Call the Playhouse on 031 369 9555 and the Sneddon on 031 260 2065 to find out what is showing on your particular rainy Sunday.

Have High Tea at the Oyster Box Hotel

It’s the perfect place to while away a rainy afternoon. Tea is served from 2:30 – 17:00 and consists of every savoury and sweet treat your heart could desire as well as limitless tea coffee and fruit juice. See my post  of a couple of weeks ago for more information.

This weekend, go to the Good Food and Wine Show

This weekend Durbanites are in for a treat with the Good Food and Wine Show being held at the Durban Exhibition Centre. There is so much to do, see and sample that a rainy day will disappear in a flash. You could attend a hands-on workshop or watch a masterchef at work. There are lots of stands and stalls for you to browse through and there are many spots to meet up with friends for a bite to eat. Durban Diva will be the MC at the Master of the Tongs Theatre so if you’re there, come by and say hi! See my post on the GFWS for more info or click here.  

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