Verve Café is an awesome new coffee shop that opened recently in Umhlanga, and it has instantly become my favourite place north of the river. My judgement of a coffee shop is not usually based on just coffee, but on the location, the general vibe, decor, staff friendliness, and food/cake/coffee selection. They’ve done a fantastic job with the decor here, the most striking and defining factor of course being the very large art piece taking up a whole wall as you enter. The whole place has a comfortable, old feeling with lovely old furniture and items of interest all over. Those couches are just magnificent.
Verve is at 59 Meridian Drive in a little office park called Outlet Park (first shop on the left when you turn in). It’s just down the road from Duke & Duchess, my other favourite Umhlanga spot. They’re open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm.