Top 10 Restaurants in Rondebosch

Leafy Rondebosch, situated in the heart of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs, is a wonderful part of the city to spend time in.

Not only does it offer some great attractions and is but a relatively short drive from the City Bowl – it also has some top restaurants to enjoy!

So, if you’re peckish while in and around Rondebosch, here are some great food spots to check out:

#1 Al’s Place

Aside from Al’s Place being one of the best and most popular restaurants in the Southern Suburbs – in recent years, it has fast cemented itself in the hearts (and stomachs) of Cape Town diners from far and wide.

Headed up by the experienced and affable, Alan Tavares, Al’s Place offers a comfortable atmosphere, with great, reasonably priced food to boot!

If you are looking to enjoy a memorable meal, to celebrate with family and friends or are simply craving a quality steak, Al’s Place is the place to go (pun intended).

Contact: 021 686 8254,


Address: Al’s Place Restaurant, 24 Station Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Michael’s Kitchen and Bar

Immerse yourself in the beautiful and warmth atmosphere that exists Michael’s Kitchen and Bar. This pretty eatery offers casual, intimate dining at its best.

Here, visitors can sample a range of tasty food and drinks, including gourmet burgers, mouthwatering pizzas, dreamy milkshakes and more!

It’s a short drive from Claremont and perfectly situated as far as Rondebosch goes, so it is ideal for work lunches, catch-ups with friends or even cosy dinner dates.

Contact: +27 (021) 689 9188


Address: Michael’s Kitchen and Bar, 88 Campground Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Hussar Grill Rondebosch

First established in 1964, the Rondebosch Hussar Grill is one of Cape Town’s oldest institutions. And, as the original Hussar Grill, it embodies the the grill room’s best intentions and serves as the yardstick  against which the other branches are now measured.

Although Hussar Grill has evolved into a popular, quality franchise spread right across South Africa, there is no doubt that the original Hussar Grill offers a unique experience, worth enjoying for yourself!

Contact: +27 (021) 689 9516,


Address: Hussar Grill Rondebosch, 10 Main Road,
Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Hussar Grill via Facebook
The Hussar Grill via Facebook

#4 Some Oaks Bistro

Owned by father and sons team, Jeremy, Greg and Marc de Sadler, this laid-back, family-friendly restaurant in the Southern Suburbs is quite a special gem.

Serving up wood-fire pizzas, delicious gourmet burgers and tasty pastas to name a few meal options, there ia no doubt that Some Oaks Bistro is all about feel-good food fillers… so go on, dig in!

Contact: +27 (021) 689 1756/9,


Address: Some Oaks Bistro, 92 Campground Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Chuck Yang’s Chinese Restaurant

For those craving good, quality Chinese cuisine, Chuck Yang’s is one of the best places to find it in the Mother City.

Portions are generous and reasonably priced, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to choose from, as well as some meaty dishes too.

The restaurant isn’t fancy but it is child-friendly, which is a big plus. What’s more, service is friendly and the quality of the food here speaks volumes.

Contact: +27 (021) 689 7967


Address: Chuck Yang’s Chinese Restaurant, 93 Campground Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Govindas Pure Vegetarian Cafe

This small but quaint eatery has a major focus on Indian food – and that always means good food done right!

For vegetarians especially, Govindas is a true gem, as it offers a host of delicious, vegetarian-friendly dishes.

The food is great, meal variety is good and service is friendly – what more could you want?

Contact: +27 (021) 686 1179

Website: N/A

Address: Govinda’s Pure Vegetarian Cafe, 17 St Andrews Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 The Baxter Restaurant

The Baxter Theatre is one of the city’s most famous attractions – and while it needs little introduction, it is true that not everyone knows that it also houses its own restaurant.

Run by Theresa Peters – of the famous Maharajah brand – The Baxter Restaurant offers a buffet of delicious vegetarian lunch and dinner options for visitors to choose from.

Think everything from gorgeous curries to pastas and stir-fries – it offers this and so much more! The restaurant is firmly buffet-style, so you never miss a performance – or a good meal!

To reserve a spot, please contact the Baxter Reception on 021 685 7880 and ask to speak to Theresa Peters.

Contact: +27 (021) 685 7880


Address: The Baxter Restaurant, Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Maharajah Vegetarian Restaurant

For those seeking mouthwatering vegetarian Indian cuisine, Maharajah Vegetarian Restaurant should be your first port of call.

Inside, you find a neat, cheerful space, where friendly service and good food reign supreme. It is, in every way, pure, good Indian cuisine at its best.

The restaurant team strives to change the world, one meal at a time – and with food and service this good, they really do change the world for the better…

Contact: +27 (021) 685 7891


Address: Maharajah Vegetarian, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 The Creamery (Newlands)

While The Creamery has a host of delicious branches spread across the Southern Suburbs and the main city too, the Newlands branch is definitely one of their most beloved and buzzing of them all.

This airy, beautiful space is always full to the brim with people tucking into or leaving with a host of oh-so-good treats. These include ice-creams of all flavours (which change each month), ice-cream and glorious waffles and even excellent milkshakes and coffee.

The Creamery might not be situated in Rondebosch… but it’s definitely worth the short drive!

Contact: +27 (021) 686 3975


Address:The Creamery, Shop 4, Newlands Quarter, Dean Street,
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Common Ground Cafe

Situated at the Common Ground Church, this unassuming cafe opposite Rondebosch Common offers a unique experience, equipped with good food and quality service.

You can choose to sit inside, or outside on the balcony – but either way, you’re in for a memorable visit. The cafe’s cakes, Eggs Benedict and other delicious cooked and baked goods make it a place where everyone can find a common love for good food (and service).

And, perhaps best of all, all profits go to the local NPO, Common Good – so you can enjoy a lovely meal and do a good deed all at once… isn’t that special?

Contact: +27 (021) 686 0154,


Address: Common Ground Cafe, Common Ground Church, 23 Milner Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the gems you can enjoy eating at in Rondebosch – and believe us, they have plenty of heart, good food and friendly service to go around!

Top 10 Activities near Rondebosch

The Southern Suburbs are loved for their lushness, fun activities, cosy coffee shops and family-friendliness (and that includes our four-legged friends!).

But among all the popular, leafy suburbs – which include Newlands, Claremont, Rosebank and the like – we have the unassuming Rondebosch.

Not only does Rondebosch offer its own top-class activities, restaurants and experiences – but its close proximity to all the other areas means that, when you’re in the student hub of Rondebosch, you can easily ‘suburb hop’!

Here are some of the best activities to enjoy in and about Rondebosch:

#1 Catch a show at the Baxter Theatre

Ah, the Baxter… If ever there is a list of timeless experiences to enjoy in the Mother City – the Baxter Theatre is surely right at the top of it.

For years now, the Baxtre Theatre Centre has been entertaining both young and old with its wonderful, multi-cultural entertainment and performances.

Boasting a world-class theatre, concert hall and so much more, the Baxter Theatre is a firm favourite among both Capetonians and travellers to the city.

For those craving some incredible indoor entertainment, you simply have to head to the Baxter Theatre!

Contact: +27 (021) 685 7880


Address: Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Explore Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

While Kirstenbosch isn’t exactly situated in Rondebosch, it is close by – and it would be remiss to exclude it from any Southern Suburbs activity list!

This rich, world-acclaimed garden is a must-visit for locals and tourists. Not only is it the green heart of Cape Town (and something Capetonians everywhere are fiercely proud of) – but it is also one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world.

With wide open lawn spaces, different plant, flower and tree garden sections (each more interesting and fun than the next), summer concerts, educational insights and garden-centric shops… it’s not hard to see why this beautiful garden is so well-loved!

For a fun, family-friendly day out in the fresh air, pack a picnic and make for Kirstenbosch.

Contact: +27 (021) 799 8783


Address: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Stroll around Rondebosch Common

Dominic Chadbon via The Fynbos Guy
Dominic Chadbon via The Fynbos Guy

Rondebosch Common is a large, park-like public space in Rondebosch. Boasting lovely natural beauty and some stellar mountain views, it’s pretty popular among the locals. Not only is this National Monument free to enjoy but it’s safe too.

What’s more, every Saturday, you can also enjoy the Rondebosch Common parkrun here. Note: This 5-km event is free to join, but you will need to register beforehand.

Visit Rondebosch Common and enjoy some recreational fun – whether it’s running, walking, exercising, or simply enjoying a bite to eat, as you contemplate its peacefulness!



Address: Rondebosch Common, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Dine at Al’s Place Restaurant

This warm, popular restaurant – fronted up by the affable Alan Tavares (himself an award-winning chef-owner, with over 30 years’ restaurant experience) -is not to be missed, particularly when eating out in Rondebosch and surrounds.

Serving great food – with a focus on beautiful steaks, cooked to perfection – at reasonable prices, and offering a memorable, welcoming atmosphere, it’s no wonder that, more often than not, Al’s Place is packed to the rafters!

If you are looking for a hidden food gem, you need to book a spot at Al’s Place… You won’t regret it!

Contact: 021 686 8254,


Address: Al’s Place Restaurant, 24 Station Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Head to the Rondebosch Park Market

Park markets are always heaps of fun for the whole family – but, even as far as markets go, the Rondebosch Park Market is a pretty lovely one.

This markets takes place every second Saturday of the month and offers guests a unique shopping experience. Visitors can browse local handmade goods, clothing, jewellery, woodwork and so much more.

It is family and pooch-friendly too, so bundle everyone into the car and go enjoy a fun day at the market!



Address: Rondebosch Park Market, Corner of Campground and Sandown Roads, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Rondebosch Park Market via Facebook
Rondebosch Park Market via Facebook

#6 Potter about at Starke Ayres Garden Centre

Situated in Rosebank, this garden centre is an unmissable part of the Southern Suburbs, especially for nature lovers and green fingers.

For many years now, Starke Ayres has supplied the Cape Town public with a wide assortment of seeds, flowers, pot plants, trees and more. But, at the same time, they have also promoted a love for all things natural and green.

Whether you need some garden advice, wish to stock up on plants for your home – or simply need to pass a few peaceful hours at this garden centre, it’s hard to go wrong with Starke Ayres.

And the Fraiche Ayres Cafe & Restaurant is perfect for soothing those hunger pangs!

Contact: +27 (021) 685 4120


Address: Starke Ayres Garden Centre, Liesbeek Parkway, Rosebank, Cape T0wn, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Catch some cricket at Newlands

Again, it doesn’t lie in Rondebosch – but it’s a short drive or train/bus ride away, and is certainly one of the best experiences Cape Town has to offer loyal South Africans, foreign visitors and sports lovers alike!

Established in 1888, Newlands boasts a rich cricketing history. In those long years, has seen some incredible shows of sportsmanship, togetherness from the crowds – and just generally, some glorious days of sunshine, laughter and fun too!

Newlands is not just one of the world’s most beautiful cricket grounds: it is a place where Cape Town (and South Africa at large) comes together to support our ‘boys’, be they the Proteas or the Cape Cobras.

If you are lucky enough to be in Cape Town – and in the Southern Suburbs in particular – on match day or during a test, then you need to make a plan to head to Newlands to enjoy some great cricket – and a wonderful atmosphere to boot!

Contact: +27 (021) 657 2050,


Address: PPC Newlands Cricket Ground, 146 Campground Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Take some snaps at Rhodes Memorial

Another place in the Southern Suburbs worth visiting (if only for the incredible views and its ‘photo worthiness’) is Rhodes Memorial.

While we can all agree that Cecil John Rhodes probably has a few things to answer for… The monument itself is, nevertheless, an iconic part of Cape Town.

From its place on the northern flank of Table Mountain, it allows visitors to enjoy some amazing city views, as they climb its steps or pass through its pillars.

Located behind the memorial, you will also unearth a lovely, laid-back garden restaurant in Rhodes Memorial Restaurant… It’s worth stopping by, if just for a cup of tea and a slice of cake!

Contact (Rhodes Memorial Restaurant): +27 (021) 687 0000,

Website (Rhodes Memorial Restaurant):

Address: Rhodes Memorial,  Rhodes Avenue, Devil’s Peak, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. 

#9 Enjoy some beer at Newlands Brewery

Much like Newlands Stadium, for those exploring the Southern Suburbs, it’s worth travelling from Rondebosch into Newlands to enjoy this local gem.

Newlands Brewery has a long-standing, beloved history among beer lovers, with many having even visited it from across the globe.

In general though, this popular, fun brewery is the perfect place to go for some beer history (and drinking, of course!), a nice tour or even an exciting scavenger hunt… So, if (beer) supplies are low, you know where to go!

Note: Tours are based on availability, advanced bookings are required and closed, flat shoes must be worn on visits. Regrettably, the facility is not suitable for those in wheelchairs or with walking aids (crutches, walking sticks etc.).

Contact: +27 (021) 658 7511


Address:  Newlands Brewery, 3 Main Road, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Enjoy reading at Rondebosch Public Library

Rondebosch Library via Facebook
Rondebosch Library via Facebook

For the book worms, occasional readers and lifelong students among us, there are few places more delightful than a public, well-maintained and above all, good quality library – and Rondebosch Public Library is all that and more!

Found in the leafy heart of Rondebosch, it is easily accessible from both the Main Road and the train station.

It’s central, well-stocked and fun to visit, with helpful, friendly librarians on hand to assist. In fact, in 2013, this library even ranked among Cape Town’s top 18 circulating libraries!

For those in need of some quiet time, study assistance or even just their next book or magazine to devour – Rondebosch Public Library is there for you.

Contact: +27 (021) 689 1100,


Address: Rondebosch Public Library, off Belmont Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the top activities to enjoy in and around charming Rondebosch!

Top 10 Activities in Hout Bay

Hout Bay is a wonderful place for locals and visitors to Cape Town alike to enjoy. Almost its own republic, this part of the city offers a laid-back vibe, beautiful stretches of beach and coastline and above all, a host of fun, largely sea-orientated activities to enjoy.

So, if you are looking for some fun and excitement by the sea, look no further than these top Hout Bay activities:

#1 See the seals with Drumbeat Charters

Arguably one of the biggest attractions near Hout Bay is taking a boat trip out to see the seal colony that lives a few km offshore on an island.

At Duiker Island – also known as ‘Seal Island’ – you can enjoy photographing and watching the mass of Cape Fur seals, who swim in the ocean and move about on the island, from a close, yet safe distance.

To enjoy this experience, book a trip with Drumbeat Charters. They have been consistently operating since 1989 and their vessel is secure and safe. What’s more, with them, the experience is always a fun and educational one!

The boat trip lasts some 40-minutes and, as it is child-friendly, it is suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

Contact: (082) 658 7055,


Address: Drumbeat Charters, Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Visit Hout Bay Beach

While it may not be the most glamorous or densely populated beach in the Mother City, there is no question that Hout Bay Beach is a beautiful, lovely beach to visit with your family. It is also popular among dog walkers and kayakers.

Hout Bay Beach offers a protected bay, with calmer waters and shelter from Cape Town’s ever-changing weather patterns and wind.

There are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby too. So, when you’ve had your fill of this pretty beach, go enjoy some shopping or grab a bite to eat!

Contact: n/a

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Address: Hout Bay Beach, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Drive along gorgeous Chappies

Nothing says experiencing Hout Bay (and Cape Town) to the fullest like a drive along the world-famous – and much loved – Chapman’s Peak Drive.

This engineering gem is also a natural marvel, complete with incredible views of the mountains and ocean, exhilarating corners and curves, and some stellar picnic spots. These are especially perfect for a quick pit stop or for enjoying the incredible sunsets afforded to one here.

Chappies remains a life-changing drive – and one that everyone who resides in or visits Cape Town should experience at least once in their lives!

Note: If you venture far enough along Chapman’s Peak Drive (and we recommend that you do!), you will have to pay a minimal fee per vehicle to enjoy it. Also, ‘Chappies’ – which has a trying past – may not always be open. This is usually due to severe weather conditions or rock falls, so just check in advance to make sure!

Contact: +27 (021) 791 8222


Address: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Go sea snorkelling with Animal Ocean

Because seeing the seals from afar just isn’t enough for everyone, visitors to Hout Bay can also enjoy: sea snorkelling!

This incredible ocean experience allows you to get up close and personal, with these cute and playful creatures. Brave the cold Atlantic waters with Animal Ocean and snorkel among the Cape Fur seals… Or, if you prefer, stay on the boat and still enjoy a wonderful experience and boat trip.

The rates for 2018/2019 – valid from 1 September onwards – are R900 (sea snorkelling) and R600 (boat riders).

The trip lasts for some three hours, with participants spending an average of 45 minutes to an hour in the waters with the seals. You don’t need to be a professional – but good swimming capabilities are a must.

Note: Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before your trip’s booked time.

Contact: 072 296 9132,


Address: (meeting point) 8 Albert Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Enjoy beer with Urban Brewing Co

There’s nothing like good craft beer to hit the spot… and fortunately for us, the Mother City is blessed with some of the best craft beer breweries around – including Urban Brewing Co!

Drawing their inspiration from the environment and sourcing their natural spring water from the Hout Bay Mountains, Urban Brewing Co takes craft beer to the next level… The result? A new class of craft for you to enjoy!

Visit them in the Hout Bay Harbour district, where you can enjoy great service (with cool explanations), touring their brewery – and of course, sipping some quality beer(s)!

Contact: +27 (021) 791 1130,


Address: Urban Brewing Co, 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Catch a ride with City Sightseeing

City Sightseeing offers some of the most memorable and popular ways to enjoy the Mother City… And one of their best tour options is undoubtedly their Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, which provides travellers with a choice between 14 excellent city stops.

This fun bus tour takes you from the V&A Waterfront, through the inner city, past Kirstenbosch (where you can hop off for a few hours) and Constantia Nek too, before it curls along the coastline, through Hout Bay and beyond!

At any of the stops, you can get off and enjoy some good, separate meals, activities and more – or simply stay on the bus and enjoy a wonderful scenic drive, the choice is yours.

Notable Hout Bay stops run as follows: World of Birds, Imizamo Yethu Township and Mariner’s Wharf. Once you’re done, just hop back on and head home to the city – it’s as easy as that!

Note: Tickets can be purchased online or at their tour offices, located in V&A Waterfront, Long Street and Camps Bay. Tour buses arrive and leave every 25-35 minutes.

Contact: (021) 511 6000,


Address: City Sightseeing Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Head to the market

Bay Harbour Market via Facebook
Bay Harbour Market via Facebook

Bay Harbour Market – Hout Bay’s own vibrant market – has been a hit for many years now – and if you want to really immerse yourself in Hout Bay’s cultural heart and feel like a local, then be sure to head to the market!

Here, one can enjoy happy shopping, local live music entertainment, gourmet food offerings and a whole host of handcrafted goods up for sale too! There are over 100 traders, so you really are spoilt for choice too.

Visit this buzzing market – found at the Hout Bay Harbour in a cool, restored factory – every Friday (evening), Saturday and Sunday.

For more information and times, please contact Bay Harbour Market directly or visit their website and social media pages.

Contact: 083 275 5586,


Address: Bay Harbour Market, 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Hop into a sidecar with Cape Sidecar Adventures

With Cape Sidecar Adventures, you can experience amazing sidecar activities across the city (and province) – but one of their best trips has to be the Atlantic Seaboard and Chapman’s Peak Drive offering.

You get to enjoy a rich and wonderful trip along the Atlantic Seaboard, as you head to Chapman’s Peak lookout via Camps Bay and Hout Bay.

After a brief stop for photos, you will return to the city, passing through Constantia Nek and the Southern Suburbs beyond.

Soak up the scenery and enjoy the pleasure of being driven through some of the most gorgeous places in the Mother City… and don’t forget to pack a camera!

Note: Cost is R 1 050.00 per person with driver, and a minimum of two passengers per booking is required; rates do not include any additional fees, like toll, tasting or entry fees. Also, Cape Sidecar Adventures is a disabled-friendly experience.

For more information on this and other trips, please get in touch with Cape Sidecar Adventures or see their website.

Contact: +27 (021) 434 9855,


Address: Cape Sidecar Adventures, 1 Dickens Road, Salt River, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Explore World of Birds

Africa’s largest bird park, World of Birds, is a place that city explorers should definitely visit when in Hout Bay.

Filled with a rich array of over 3, 000 bird species and small animals, this incredible bird park makes for an insightful, educational and colourful experience, ideal for young and old.

World of Birds is especially great for nature lovers, travellers and photographers – and because it is also child-friendly, it is the perfect experience for family outings and school trips too.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 2730,


Address: World of Birds, Valley Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Visit Mariner’s Wharf

This harbour-front emporium offers Hout Bay visitors lovely ocean views, great restaurants and takeaway spots, markets and shops.

Browse for local crafts, walk around the harbour in between the colourful boats, or simply enjoy a delicious meal with your loved ones.

Whatever you do, you can’t go wrong with a few, fun hours at the popular Mariner’s Wharf!

Contact: +27 (021) 790 1100,


Address: Mariner’s Wharf, Hout Bay Harbour, Harbour Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the great attractions and memorable experiences in Hout Bay… Which will you try first?

Top 10 Restaurants in Hout Bay

Hout Bay is loved for its beautiful ocean views, fun activities and strong sense of community, which makes it almost feel like its own republic within the city of Cape Town… but what about eateries? What has it got to offer us on the food front, you ask?

Well, it’s pretty great in that sense too – particularly as Hout Bay offers a host of top-class, varied restaurant options!

#1 Quentin at Oakhurst

As something of a hidden Hout Bay gem, Quentin at Oakhurst is arguably one of the most underrated restaurants in Hout Bay – and yet, popular review (straight from the people) tells us that it is oh-so-good!

Buoyed by wonderful, rich farming at Oakhurst estate, this restaurant believes in sustainable practices and foods (where possible), a strong family team and food focused solely on the people for whom it is intended.

Their ethos is firmly inspired by their sentiments towards the foods they source, prepare and cook… which probably explains why it’s so great!

These values have held them in good stead, as they ensure a beautiful and quality restaurant offering, with tasty meals prepared with care and dedication.

For these reasons – and so many more – Quentin is one of Hout Bay’s truly unmissable eateries.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 4888, (072) 242 0264


Address: Quentin at Oakhurst, Oakhurst Farm, Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Cheyne’s

Own and run by talented chef, Cheyne Morrisby, this Asian fusion-meets-tasty-tapas eatery packs a big punch… In all the right ways!

Cheyne’s – a vastly popular local eatery – brings a range of delicious and creative dishes to the table, while catering to both meat-eaters and vegetarians in the process!

If you’re looking to experience a true Hout Bay favourite (and enjoy tucking into mouthwatering meals while you’re at it!), then Cheyne’s is the place to go.

Contact: (066) 412 3289


Address: Cheyne’s, Main Road, Scott Estate, Hout Bay,Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 La Cuccina

After 18 years of good, long-standing business, the same tried and trusted ways still play a key role at La Cuccina.

All meals are, as far as possible, prepared from scratch in the kitchen and healthy, natural flavours and ingredients are where it’s at.

The food – which is comforting, yet tasty- is as good as ever. It echoes of good, old-fashioned home cooking, while still incorporating some modern concepts!

For those craving a touch of mom’s cooking (with a modern twist) and a delightful restaurant ambiance, you need look no further than La Cuccina.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 8008


Address: La Cuccina, Victoria Mall, Corner of Victoria and Empire Roads, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Chapman’s Peak Restaurant

Established some 25 years ago, Chapman’s Peak Restaurant is something of a grand dame in Cape Town’s outdoor restaurant scene.

Famed for its fabulous calamari and superb seafood, it is blessed with one of the best settings in the Cape Peninsula – and to top it all off, it also offers guests a beautiful terrace, perfect for al fresco dining or sundowners.

Join them for a drink, a scrumptious seafood dish or even just a touch of atmosphere, complemented by a light meal just to tide you over… Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 1036


Address: Chapman’s Peak Restaurant, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Massimo’s

Combining their Italian and Liverpool roots, Massimo and wife Tracey are the passionate duo behind Massimo’s.

At Massimo’s, the food is honest, portions are generous and service is friendly, all of which ensure that this charming pizzeria is a winner.

And best of all, this popular Italian-style eatery is big on food – and even bigger on heart (they support some wonderful causes!).

Contact:  +27 (021) 790 5648


Address: Massimo’s, Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Spiro’s

This Greek restaurant is like walking straight into a Mediterranean dream… In fact, you could even call Spiro’s a ‘slice of Greece in beautiful Hout Bay’.

Its authentic Greek cuisine is made with love, so you’re guaranteed quality, and it also offers guests a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, with a fresh, almost youthful feel to it.

Seating options offer something for everyone to enjoy – whether you are after al fresco dining areas, an enclosed courtyard or intimate indoor spaces, perfectly primed for lunch and dinner.

Contact: +27 (021) 791 3897


Address: Spiro’s, 30 Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Ristorante Posticino

With a main branch first opened in Sea Point (which is still thriving, it must be said), Ristorante Posticino Hout Bay may have only been open since 2013 in Hout Bay, yet already it has become a local favourite.

Like its Sea Point sister, this restaurant offers a warm, welcoming family experience, with good food and quality service to match…

And given how it is located before the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, gorgeous dining views are a given too!

Contact: + 27 (021) 791 1166


Address: Ristorante Posticino, 6 Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Dario’s Cafe

Found in 2007, this cheerful, little coffee bar has fast become part of the Hout Bay foodie scene. Dario’s brings with it everything from good coffee and fresh sandwiches to decadent cakes and incredible pasta dishes – to name just a few tasty options!

This authentic Italian ‘bar’ experience offers guests a vibey atmosphere, tempting coffee aromas and a sense of coziness, without being invasive.

Join Dario’s for that catch-up with friends, casual work meeting or fun weekend treat, perfect for the whole family.

Contact: +27 (021) 791 0021


Address: Dario’s Cafe, Victoria Avenue, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Lucky Bao

Serving up Asian street food, the small but efficient Lucky Bao is another fine Hout Bay restaurant offering that comes courtesy of chef Cheyne Morrisby.

It might only be able to seat eight people, but, despite its size, it offers plenty of wondrous Oriental flavours and should be overlooked at one’s peril… As for what it lacks in space, it makes up for in food quality and flavour!

Contact: (064) 661 4415


Address: Lucky Bao, 1 Pam Arlene Place, Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Dunes Beach Restaurant

Dunes is, as they say, a right favourite among the locals… This casual, laid-back eatery – enviously located on the lovely Hout Bay Beach – is perfect for all kinds of occasions, be they social, personal or corporate.

It offers gorgeous views, good food and plenty of child-friendly fun, including a popular kiddies’ playground.

Dunes also offers a well-balanced, varied menu, with something for every type of eater to enjoy!

Contact: +27 (021) 790 1876


Address: Dunes Beach Restaurant, 1 Beach Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of many great restaurants to enjoy in charming Hout Bay – but you’re not going to want to miss this bunch!

Top 10 Restaurants near Durban Beachfront

Durban Beachfront is famed for its beautiful Promenade, gorgeous beaches and balmy weather, which is great right through the year… but did you know that it’s more than just a haunt for sun lovers and surfers? For here, tucked away most unassumingly, one finds some truly memorable restaurants…

The mood might be lighter than your average SA eatery – but trust us, at these top restaurants in and around Durban Beachfront, the food and ambiance are winners every time:

#1 Havana Grill

This world-class grill, situated at the Suncoast Casino, is one fine eatery to enjoy along Durban’s Golden Mile.

It overlooks the popular Suncoast Beach, boasting 180-degree views, which extend from the Bluff to Umhlanga Rocks.

Not only do they offer an interesting menu, but they also boast an extensive wine list, featuring some top South African wines… Because, at Havana Grill, quality is assured on all fronts.

Contact: +27 (031) 337 1305


Address: Havana Grill, Suncoast Casino, North Beach, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#2 Surf Riders Cafe

If you are looking for a relaxed, fun place to enjoy – and we quote – ‘just good chow’, then Surf Riders Cafe is the place to go for this… and more!

Situated on the Golden Mile, this beach-side cafe is a favourite for breakfasts by the beach, mouth-watering lunches and great drinks, which even include an award-winning wine list!

At Surf Riders Cafe, service is friendly and laid-back, helping to put you at ease and allow you to enjoy the cheerful cafe and all its offerings.

Contact: (062) 747 7037


Address: Surf Riders Cafe, 17 Erskine Terrace, South Beach, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

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Surf Riders Cafe via Facebook

#3 The Ocean Terrace

Found at the glamorous and oh-so-elegant Oyster Box Hotel, this beautiful restaurant is like something out of a dream… And while it is a little further on from the Durban Beachfront, it is certainly worth the journey!

With sweeping views across the warm Indian Ocean and truly stunning decor, The Ocean Terrace always ensures a memorable meal, whatever the occasion.

Serving up a bistro-style menu, this restaurant is perfect for special celebrations, family meals and al fresco dining. There is something for every palate to savour, from freshly baked pizzas to fish and chips or even some excellent seafood!

Other standouts include the popular Curry Buffet – which will tempt true Durbanites and new visitors alike with its sinfully good eats – and tantalising sundowners!

Contact: +27 (031) 514 5000


Address: The Ocean Terrace, Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa.

#4 Beach Bums

Beach Bums might require a bit of a drive but it’s definitely worth it! And, because it’s something of a Durban favourite, it is a great place to visit.

Forever chilled (since 1997), this restaurant and events venue is found on the shores of Casaurina Beach, and offers wonderful indoor and outdoor seating options alike.

For those craving both sand and sun, Beach Bums is the perfect place – and the meals are suitable for the whole family, meaning no one leaves without a full and contented tummy!

Contact: +27 (032) 943 1132


Address: Beach Bums, 65 Casuarina Beach Drive, Tongaat, KZN, South Africa.

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Beach Bums via Facebook

#5 Cafe Vacca Matta

This restaurant, martini bar and nightclub is synonymous with stylish nights, delicious food and a host of cocktail delights.

Here, prestige and opulence come together perfectly, but Cafe Vacca Matta still provides guests with a casual ambiance despite this.

It offers a choice between either fine dining or al fresco menus, and this Mediterranean-style restaurant can seat up to 120 people. This makes it ideal for functions and special events, no matter whether they are of a personal or corporate nature.

Note: Restaurant and club times are 8 till late.

Contact: +27 (031) 368 6535


Address: Cafe Vacca Matta, 153 Florida Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#6 Cargo Hold

Situated within the fun Ushaka Marine World, Cargo Hold is an entrancing dining affair on all accounts!

Dine with the sharks in one of Durban’s most refined and spectacular settings, which lies hidden away in the stern of the Phantom Ship.

And, not only is it elegant but it’s fun too – perhaps best of all though, Cargo Hold offers a great selection of culinary adventures for you to dive right into! They span from countries across the globe, providing a hint of spiciness, exoticism or fruitiness!

In addition to its normal dining options, Cargo Hold is also perfect for corporate affairs or year-end functions.

Please note: Children under 12 are not permitted for dinner, except on Mondays – and the dress code is smart-casual, with preferably no open shoes for the gentleman.

Contact: +27 (031) 328 8065/6/7


Address: Cargo Hold, Ushaka Marine World, 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#7 Wodka Restaurant & Bar

Wodka is a stylish offering and one which is complete with edgy urban decor and oh-so-palatable dishes. These factors combine to make this eatery at The aha Waterfront Hotel & Spa a worthy candidate for fine dining experiences in Durban.

This restaurant and bar overflows with vibrant urban energy, even as it provides guests with a choice between stunning indoor or outdoor spaces to choose from.

It’s perfect for year-round dining and is especially popular for after-work drinks… So be sure to give it a try!

Contact: +27 (031) 332 8190


Address: Wodka, The aha Waterfront Hotel & Spa, 40 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#8 The Grill Room

Yet another Oyster Box offering, The Grill Room, has been a local institution of note for over 70 years… So, with this restaurant, you know it’s the real deal.

The menu incorporates a variety of classic favourites – thought up by Bea Tollman and brought to life by executive chef, Kevin Joseph – as well as a selection of contemporary creations and signature dishes, which are carefully inspired by global food trends.

Join them for a touch of class and food history in Durban.

Contact: +27 (031) 514 5000


Address: The Grill Room, Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa.

#9 Cafe Jiran

Cafe Jiran is for the coffee lovers among us… that’s for certain! Situated across from the breezy Durban Promenade, this spacious, tasteful cafe is great for coffee connoisseurs or foodies with a discerning palate.

The menu offers a good choice of options, but choosing a few from them might just be the hardest decision of your day. Still, it will be worth it for whatever you do settle on!

They have everything from nibbles to proper meals and desserts, so whether you’re a health-conscious eater or a true gourmand, there is something here to tickle everyone’s taste buds.

Contact: +27 (031) 332 4485


Address: Cafe Jiran, North Beach, Durban Beach Front, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#10 Zack’s

This independent cafe, which first opened in 2001, is a true South African-style cafe… Open seven days a week, from 8 till late, Zack’s prides itself on its  flexibility and the ability to cater to every taste out there.

Meanwhile, their colourful, but deadly, cocktail menu keeps their loyal fan base returning for more!

And music forms an integral part of life at Zack’s, particularly as they support local musicians, giving them a stage to perform on.

Contact: (031) 305 1671


Address: Shop 23, Wilsons Wharf, 14 Boatmans Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

These are some of the best eateries in and around Durban’s beautiful Beachfront – and they are just waiting for you!

Top 10 activities in Sea Point.

In recent years, Sea Point has steadily become one of Cape Town’s most popular, outdoorsy and food-conscious suburbs.

Thanks to its gorgeous ocean and mountain views, impeccable sunsets and vibrant outdoor and indoor spaces – it makes for a very family-friendly and all-round great place to go for some food, fun and good times in the sun!

And here are the top activities to enjoy in Sea Point (and surrounds):

#1 Hit the Sea Point Promenade

Okay, so this one is practically a given… You simply cannot visit Sea Point without jogging, cycling or walking along the Promenade. (Even driving alongside it is a rewarding experience!)

Come rain or shine, you will always find Capetonians and tourists flocking the Sea Point Promenade – and for good reason!  It offers perfectly paved, lengthy walkways, superb ocean and mountain views and some recreational grassy areas too.

Happily, these areas are littered with benches, play areas, outdoor gym equipment and even some fascinating artworks – so be sure to hit the Sea Point Promenade to see just how much it has on offer!

Whether you want to walk your four-legged friend(s), enjoy some fun strolls with the family or exercise out in the fresh air, the Promenade is the answer.

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Address: Sea Point Promenade, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Get outdoors at Green Point Urban Park

This park remains one of the city’s finest additions. Not only is it perfect for pets and families to enjoy, but it also offers beautiful views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and even the Cape Town Stadium – and happily, it is even situated across from the Promenade.

It’s the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air, a carefully planned kiddies’ party or simply an interesting stroll among the plants and flowers, as you enjoy educational, eco-friendly gardens and walkways.

And the best part? This clean, well-maintained city park is completely free for one and all to enjoy!

Contact: (021) 417 0120


Address: Green Point Urban Park, 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Visit Mojo Market

This still-new and very exciting indoor lifestyle and food market is arguably one of the best things to have hit the city in recent years.

Not only is it well-situated along Sea Point’s famous Regent Road, but it also offers something for everyone and is open seven days a week, from 08:00 am – 10:00pm collectively.

Whether you’re after food, clothing, drinks or simply some local crafts and jewellery to buy, this market has you sorted with its selection of some 45 designer retail stores, 25 food stalls and even a fresh goods section!

It’s quickly cemented itself as a standard, buzzing part of everyday city in life in Sea Point now – and we couldn’t be happier!



Address: Mojo Market, 30 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Mojo Market via Facebook

#4 Take to the sea with Kaskazi Kayaks

For those who crave the open sea or even just something different to experience in the Mother City – Kaskazi Kayaks has you covered on both fronts. For over 15 years, they have been consistently delivering memorable and fun sea adventures in and around Sea Point.

Based in Three Anchor Bay, this dedicated sea kayak and adventure centre specialises in amazing kayaking experiences and training. Handily, they also stock a wide range of top kayaks, clothing, adventure gear and equipment.

So if you wish to take to the open sea or kayak around Sea Point, get in touch with them today!

Contact: +27 (083) 346 1146


Address: 179 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Putt putt fun in Mouille Point

For adults and children alike, putt putt can be a great and fun way to enjoy time together, relieve daily stresses or even just a way to practice your golfing skills in a non-judgmental and relaxing space…

And in the Mouille Point putt putt course, visitors can experience one of the more popular spots in and around Sea Point. It makes for cheap fun, is pretty easy to play, and allows you to get outdoors – what more could you need?

Their handy kiosk is also stocked up with some tasty eats and drinks, in case you require some sustenance, as you enjoy one of two 18-hole putt putt courses!

Contact: +27 (021) 434 6805

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Address: Mouille Point Putt Putt Course, Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Ride a bike with Up Cycles

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Cycling fans, lovers of the outdoors and travellers young and old, this one is for you! Up Cycles – a popular city cycle rental service – is one of the best known businesses in Sea Point (and beyond)!

Up Cycles allows you to affordably rent and cycle along the Promenade, V&A and a few other spots in the city. And, as they have stations based in Sea Point, V&A Waterfront – Silo 5, Breakaway Cafe and Camps Bay, they are centrally and easily accessible.

The process is simple: find a station, choose and pay for your ride and accessories (like child seats), ride about – and then just return everything afterwards! It’s sure to be a fun and memorable experience for all!

Please note: Rates start at R70 for one hour, and they offer half-day or multiple hour rentals. Up Cycles is open 365 days a year, barring in heavy rain or severe weather conditions.

Contact: (074) 100 9161 or (076) 135 2223


Address: Up Cycles, Beach Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Make a splash in Sea Point Swimming Pool

One of the most popular attractions in Sea Point, this public swimming pool is a hit every season.

It offers visitors an Olympic-sized swimming pool, springboard diving pool and two splash pools, perfect for the kiddies. Aside from the pools, the venue also offers a kiosk, some vendors, lawn area and gorgeous sea and city views.

Be sure to pay it a visit when it’s open and have fun making a true splash!

Please note:  Until further notice, it is closed for renovations from 9 April 2018 onwards.

And because of the severe Western Cape drought and water restrictions, the Sea Point Swimming Pool may be less accessible than usual upon its re-opening.

Also, there is a very minimal per person entry fee, charged according to age. (Pensioners enjoy free entry.)

Contact: (021) 434 3341


Address:  Sea Point Pavilion, Lower Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Enjoy Tea in the Park

Tucked away within the beautiful Green Point Urban Park, one finds the charming Tea in the Park by Reliance restaurant. Here, visitors can enjoy not only a great cup of tea – but a choice of hot and cold beverages, sweet treats, sandwiches and wraps in what is a truly lovely space.

And because it’s run by the same team who brought the beloved and whimsical Tree Under The Trees to Paarl, you are assured quality and tastiness, with good service to boot!

Please note: Tea in the Park is open seven days a week (weather permitting), Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 am – 17:00 pm.

Contact: (060) 997 6153, (086) 188 8784


Address: Tea in the Park, 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Feng Wong via Twitter

#9 Dine at a famous Sea Point Eatery

Sea Point is famous for its food, there’s no question of that! And with a host of popular new and time-honoured eateries alike, visitors to this trendy suburb are not short of great places to go for a good meal!

Although, as with everything, there are always a few that immediately spring to mind – and in this case, that has got to be La Mouette, Scheckter’s RAW and Three Wise Monkeys respectively.

Each eatery has its own trademark stamp, but quality service and food are guarantees at all three of these Sea Point eateries, so be sure to try them for yourself!

– La Mouette: +27 (021) 433 0856,
– Scheckter’s RAW: +27 (021) 434 1364,
– Three Wise Monkeys: +27 (021) 433 1837,

Website: (please see listed above)

Address: Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Do some City Sightseeing

Last but by no means least, we have the endlessly popular and oh-so-fun City Sightseeing tours, which run along and through the Sea Point stretch.

In particular, both the Red City Tour and Blue Mini Peninsula Tour respectively will take you from the V&A Waterfront, through the city to Camps Bay and then back through Sea Point and its surrounds. (There are multiple hop-on, hop-off stops available at every stage of the tour!)

All City Sightseeing tours are heaps of fun and best of all, each trip offers its own excellent service, comfort, stunning scenery, even as you enjoy easy city sightseeing, and interesting audio commentary, available in a host of different languages!

This type of family-friendly experience is a must for the memory books, trust us on that!

Please note: If you book online, you can enjoy discounted ticket prices; it’s a great way to save! Though per person tour prices range according to age group and chosen route.

Contact: +27 861 733 287 or (021) 511 6000


Address: City Sightseeing, V&A Waterfront & 81 Long Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the stunning city activities you can enjoy in Sea Point!

Top 10 Activities near Durban Beachfront.

Durban Beachfront is synonymous with, among other things, sunshine, good vibes and the beauty of the Indian Ocean mixed with perfect stretches of  coastline… But it’s also a hive of activity and fun, just waiting to be untapped!

Here are the top activities to enjoy in and around Durban Beachfront:

#1 Stroll along the Durban Beachfront

Now, when in Durban, make like the Durbanites and get strutting, cycling or jogging along the Durban Beachfront Promenade…

Spanning some six kilometres, and edged by constant, tempting stretches of beach, the promenade is perfect for a leisurely walk, sunset stroll or easy beach access – and happily, it is lined with ample parking spaces!

So, whether you want to take in the scenery, soak up some fresh air or see the city on foot – it’s perfect for all three!

Contact: (031) 322 4164


Address: Durban Beachfront Promenade, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#2 Surfs up at Dairy Beach

Not only is Dairy Beach – which forms part of Durban’s enviable Golden Mile – edged by buzzing restaurants and retail shops, but it’s also a really great place to catch some surf!

In addition to this, it’s a popular spot among sunbathers and swimmers – so whether you plan to be in on the surf action or simply want to sit in the sun and enjoy the wave entertainment, Dairy Beach is the place to go.

There are normally life guards on duty, so you can enjoy the waters without any unnecessary unease.

Contact: (031) 322 4164


Address: Dairy Beach, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3 Head to Bay of Plenty Beach

Another gorgeous Golden Mile beach is Bay of Plenty… This stunner is situated at the heart of the Durban beachfront and is known for playing host to many international surfing and beach volleyball tournaments.

What’s more, it’s known for having consistent surf, making it yet another worthy spot for surfing, while rock pools and golden sands can keep both young and old entertained for hours on end!

All round, Bay of Plenty is a (beach) winner – so be sure to check it out when you’re near Durban’s beachfront.

Contact: (031) 322 4164


Address: Bay of Plenty Beach, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#4 Explore Durban Habour

Few places in Durban are as iconic or famous as Durban Harbour. Not only is it a timeless tourist attraction and a constant hive of activity for obvious reasons, but it is also home to Africa’s biggest container terminal.

And, aside from the opportunity to bear witness to a host of harbour activities, Durban Harbour offers visitors a few ferry and cruise trips, which only adds another fun element to it!

Contact: (031) 322 4164


Address: Durban Harbour, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 Browse the I Heart Market

On the first Saturday of every month, this vibrant market takes place in the stunning Moses Mabhida Stadium. So, while it is not located right at Durban Beachfront, it is certainly worth popping by if you’re close by!

It brings together crafts, fashion, food and local design, creating a fun and safe space for families, friends and city visitors alike to enjoy together.

Note: The market runs from 9:00 am – 14:00 pm.



Address: I Heart Market, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#6 Visit Mini Town

If you want to feel ten feet tall, there’s no better place to go than to Mini Town. This mini city – in a city – is a fun place for young and old to enjoy exploring.

Immerse yourself in buildings that scarcely reach knee height and enjoy feeling like a proper giant! It’s an iconic part of Durban’s beachfront, so don’t miss popping by.

Note: There is a set entry fee for adults, children, teachers and student groups, and Mini Town is open Monday to Sunday, 09:30 am – 16:30 pm.

Contact: (031) 337 7892


Address: Mini Town, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#7 Be amazed at uShaka Marine World

As one of South Africa’s most beloved theme parks, uShaka Marine World is an unmissable experience for anyone visiting sunny Durban.

It’s arguably one of the hottest attractions along the Golden Mile, offering a fun, clean and safe environment for the whole family!

Enjoy day activities like Sea World and uShaka Beach, or be wowed by the nighttime festivities – either way, uShaka is hard to beat!

Contact: (031) 328 8000


Address: uShaka Marine World, 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point,
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#8 Don’t miss North Beach

Durban’s North Beach is a major attraction for surfing and body boarding – and because it’s yet another Golden Mile beach, the views aren’t half bad either!

Nearby, you will also find a snazzy boardwalk, as well as plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, so make the most of things by spending a day at North Beach.

Contact: (031) 322 4164


Address: North Beach, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Catch a rickshaw ride

Riding a rickshaw along the beach front is an unforgettable way to experience Durban.

What originally started as a means for providing a rich sugar magnate’s wife with comfortable transportation, has, over time, become rather a staple and a pretty normal sight in Durban.

While there are a host of different rickshaw pullers to choose from, each service provider has their own flair and is sure to make you feel quite kingly!

Contact: (031) 322 4164


Address: Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#10 Play mermaid at South Beach

If Durban’s North Beach is for the surfers and water sports enthusiasts -then there can be no question that South Beach is one for the swimmers among us!

This beach is considered a swimmers’ paradise… So even if none of Durban’s other beaches tempt you into the water, you can bet that this one will!

As a bonus, it lies a stone’s throw from Durban’s revamped Point area, where office spaces, apartments and shops reign.

Contact: (031) 322 4164


Address: South Beach, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just some of the hottest and most popular activities in and around the beautiful Durban Beachfront – but be sure to check them all out!

Top 10 Activities in the V&A Waterfront

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The V&A Waterfront has it all: amazing shopping, a world-class setting, with ocean and mountain views – and of course, some fine restaurants too… but what is there to keep visitors entertained beyond the shopping and food feasts?

Below, let’s take a look at the top 10 activities to enjoy in and around the V&A Waterfront:

#1 Visit the hot-and-happening Zeitz MOCAA

There’s no doubting that the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (or MOCAA) – an impressive architectural marvel and the world’s largest museum dedicated specifically to African contemporary art – has, since its opening in September 2017, become one of Cape Town’s most widely visited and talked about places.

And it’s really no surprise, as, in the centre of Cape Town’s Silo District, guests can enjoy visiting a marvellous and fascinating museum. It features over a hundred galleries (spread across nine different levels) and is equipped with the most amazing array of art you’ll find anywhere.

While you’re there, don’t forget to visit the museum shop for a take-home gift!

Note: Tickets cost R180 for adults, but the museum is free to children under 18.

Contact: +27 (087) 350 4777


Address: Zeitz MOCAA, V&A Waterfront, Silo District, Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Head to the Two Oceans Aquarium

Another Cape Town gem known and loved across the globe, the Two Oceans Aquarium is ideally situated a stone’s throw away from the V&A Waterfront proper.

It is a long-standing favourite, particularly loved for its penguin experience, predator exhibit, cool Clown Fish (aka Nemo) tank, diving experience, kelp forest and so much more!

Here, the fish, penguins and sharks are all just a glass tank or sealed enclosure away from you, making for a lifelike and incredible experience for both young and old!

The aquarium’s merchandise shop is another big hit among locals and tourists, and offers some amazing gifts and aquarium-themed goodies alike.

Contact: +27 (0)21 418 3823


Address: Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Immerse yourself in the Silo District

Ah, the Silo District… what’s not to love about it?

Not only is it home to two of the best hotels in the city and one of the world’s best museums now, in The Silo Hotel, Radisson RED and Zeitz MOCAA respectively – but it also offers travellers great foodie spots in Lindt Chocolate Studio, The Yard, Si! Cantina Sociale, Sushibox and Woolworths’ Now Now Cafe to name but a few.

And that’s before you even take The Silo Hotel or Radisson Red’s own cafes/restaurants, bars and accommodation offerings into account.

Dotted around the District, there are also top-class designer stores and galleries, including Guild and Opus.

If you’re short on things to do at the V&A Waterfront, then you clearly haven’t visited (or stayed in) the Silo District yet!

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Address: Silo District, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Ride on the Cape Wheel

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Whether you’re looking to spend a fun hour with the whole family ‘high in the sky’, or to catch a romantic sunset with the one you love – the Cape Wheel makes for a great experience for one and all!

It offers 360-degree panoramic views of Cape Town from the vibrant V&A Waterfront precinct and because it’s just outside a main V&A Waterfront entrance, surrounded by outer shops and eateries, it is perfectly positioned too.

Ticket prices are R60 for children, R130 for adults and R900 for VIP experiences.

Contact: 021 418 2502


Address: Cape Wheel, V&A Waterfront, Dock Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Grab a delicious meal at Firefish Restaurant

Since its opening in late 2017, this sensational, stylish addition to the V&A Waterfront restaurant scene has been making a real splash in the local restaurant scene.

At Firefish, visitors can enjoy mouth-watering, fresh seafood, sushi, salads or even vegetarian dishes, all while soaking up the sights and sounds of the nearby harbour and of course, Table Mountain in the distance too.

It’s definitely one of, if not the best, V&A Waterfront restaurants.

Contact: +27 (021) 286 4933


Address: Firefish Restaurant, Shop 154, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Take the kids to Hamleys

This wondrous toy store – thought up by William Hamley in 1760 and brought across to South Africa from the UK – has enchanted children for many long years… And now it can help to make the dreams of children (and adults) in Cape Town come true too!

It offers all kinds of toys and games imaginable – everything from gorgeous teddies to amazing LEGO creations and large kids’ cars!

It’s not just a slogan of theirs… this really is the finest toy store in the world – and now, you can find it inside the V&A Waterfront!

Contact: (021) 418 2927


Address: Hamleys, Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Visit the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

This interactive and engaging museum, found across the road from the V&A Waterfront, ensures a great experience for rugby fans and non-rugby followers alike.

The museum covers the history of rugby, covering all the rugby-playing nations, though it naturally has a big focus on South African rugby, the Apartheid Era – and of course, the famous South African 1995 World Cup victory.

Visitors can enjoy listening to insightful audio, marvelling at lifelike rugby statues of famous players or even trying some challenging rugby (but fun) trials.

Afterwards, stop by the store for some awesome rugby kits, balls or different gifts.

Contact: +27 (021) 418 4741


Address: Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, Portswood Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Hop on a Seal & Harbour Cruise

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City Sightseeing is one of the best guided, curated travel experiences locals and visitors can enjoy across the Mother City.

And while the famous red buses frequent the V&A Waterfront, bringing travellers closer to all of the tour company’s different routes – the Seal & Harbour Cruise is definitely one of the V&A Waterfront’s main City Sightseeing attractions.

When you hop on the harbour cruise, you can enjoy a pleasant, 25-minute-long ride around the harbour. Wave at the seals (who lazily dangle a flipper out the water), marvel at the surrounding city sights or simply enjoy listen to the excellent audio commentary provided by City Sightseeing and available in a variety of different languages.

Contact: +27 (0861) 733 287


Address: City Sightseeing, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, V&A Waterfront Ticket Office, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Stop by the V&A Food Market

Open seven days a week, this ever-bustling, popular street food and artisan retail market is a delectable delight for V&A Waterfront visitors to indulge in.

Shop for wonderful sweets, wraps, good coffee and a wide range of other foods, as well as some fresh produce and home gifts too.

After a hard day’s exploring or shopping, pop into the V&A Food Market and enjoy all the best food (and goodies) available!

Contact: +27 (021) 418 1605


Address: V&A Food Market, Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. via The Thai Hut Company Facebook via The Thai Hut Company Facebook

#10 Have a drink at Bascule Bar

Located at the oh-so-elegant Cape Grace Hotel, Bascule Bar is the perfect spot to head for chic, after-work drinks, a catch up with friends or even for a casually professional meeting.

Edging the V&A yacht marina, this suave spot offers over 400 types of whiskies (and many other drinks besides) for visitors to sip in style. Aside from the tipples, it also offers a great tapas-style menu, perfect for snacking and sharing.

Shared whisky tastings and experiences are also on offer, for R395 per person. (This is limited to twelve people, so book ahead and reserve a spot.)

All and all, it’s a perfectly delightful place to head for a well-deserved drink!

Contact: +27 (021) 410 7100


Address: Bascule Bar, West Quay Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

So, if you’re looking for something awesome in or near the V&A Waterfront, then check out these great activities, which cover everything from Cape Town’s hottest museum to fun harbour cruises!

Top 10 Restaurants in Sea Point.

Known for its old-school charms, beautiful beachfront vibes and wonderful outdoor spaces (like the Green Point Urban Park or Sea Point Promenade) Sea Point is a great place in the Mother City to explore and enjoy with your friends and family.

But with all these fun activities and so many places to see – what do you do when the hunger strikes? Well, you definitely don’t stress, that’s for sure – because Sea Point is blessed with some simply scrumptious eateries and restaurants!

Let’s take a look at the best restaurants in super Sea Point:

#1 La Mouette Restaurant

Not only is La Mouette one of the most elegant and stylish eateries in the Mother City – but it’s also a firm Sea Point favourite.

And with its stunning setting (which offers delightful indoor and outdoor seating options), seasonally-inspired menus and fine attention-to-detail when it comes to food, atmosphere and service, it’s not hard to imagine why it’s such a well-loved restaurant.

Anything off the menu is sure to delight both the palate and the eye – so sit back, order and enjoy a marvellous meal with La Mouette Restaurant!

Contact: +27 (021) 433 0856


Address: La Mouette Restaurant, 78 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Scheckter’s RAW

When Tony Scheckter spent some time living in New York, he was shocked to discover just how creative and inventive the health food scene in the city was.

Upon returning to SA, he was both frustrated and disappointed to discover how limited many local eateries could be… So, he decided to created his own food cafe to counter that.

And oh, has the city been grateful he decided to do that… If you’re a health fanatic, vegan or simply someone who loves fresh, delicious and healthy foods, then you need to head to Scheckter’s RAW… now!

This Sea Point-situated eatery serves up wonderful gourmet health food – curated by Tony Scheckter himself – and a whole lot of restaurant charm besides.

Contact: +27 (021) 434 1364


Address: Scheckter’s RAW, 98 Regent Road, Sea Point, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Three Wise Monkeys

This tiny, but popular restaurant is one of the city’s most beloved hole-in-the-wall eateries. And here, ramen and poke bowls reign supreme…

The food is delicious, affordable and filling (one bowl can sometimes be enough for two people to enjoy together) and the setting is relaxing, allowing you to really bond over a good meal.

Contact: +27 (021) 433 1837


Address: Three Wise Monkeys, La Rhone Building, 77 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.


At JARRYDS, balance is key, particularly in a place where food passion and quality meet… What’s more, JARRYDS believes in offering the freshest, healthiest and most mouth-watering offerings possible, by sourcing locally and seasonally as far as possible.

The menu presents a wide variety of healthy eats, and service will most likely always greet you with a smile… Honestly, overall, it’s the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat while happily exploring Sea Point.

Contact: (+27) 60 748 0145


Address: JARRYDS Sea Point, 90 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Kleinsky’s Delicatessen

If you are on the search for Cape Town’s best breakfast, add Kleinsky’s Delicatessen to your list of strong contenders… and don’t look back.

This gorgeous spot serves great coffee, perfect breakfasts and friendly service, all of which helps to provide visitors with a memorable meal. Their bagels are also particularly good – so be sure to give those a try while you’re there!

Contact: +27 (021) 433 2871


Address: Kleinsky’s Delicatessen, 95 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 La Boheme Wine Bar & Bistro

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As the only wine bar in the Sea Point area, this comfortable, warm bistro-style restaurant has a lot in its favour… And that’s even before you consider the creative menu (which changes daily; incorporating a fun variety of dishes), intimate restaurant atmosphere and mouthwatering tapas (perfect for sharing), meaty dishes and yummy salads and vegetarian options too.

If you’re looking to unwind with a glass of the good stuff (after all, they boast a top-notch wine list…) and some yummy snacks – then La Boheme is the place to go.

Contact: +27 (021) 434 8797


Address: La Boheme Wine Bar & Bistro, 341 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Posticino Italian Restaurant

This well-loved Italian eatery is a laid-back, family-friendly place, designed around a selection of tasty dishes, like salads, meat-orientated dishes, pastas and of course, thin-crusted pizzas.

The vibe is friendly, warm and homely, ensuring a pleasant meal out with friends, little ones and sweethearts alike.

Contact: +27 (021) 439 4014


Address: Posticino Italian Restaurant, 323 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Sundoo

Yet another fine offering from chef Seelan Sundoo, this New York-style eatery – which serves Indian and contemporary food – is a wonderful addition to the Sea Point food scene.

Offering an intimate space (capable of seating just 40 people), Sundoo has a big focus on breyanis, tandooris and delectable curries too… But they also have a range of tapas, fish and meat dishes, meaning they cater to many different tastes.

If you’re looking for something to help wash it down, Sundoo also makes great cocktails, and serves a selection of good wines.

Contact: +27 (021) 433 0542


Address: Sundoo, 77 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 NV-80 Grill & Bar

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The celebration of some 32 years in the restaurant industry, there’s no question that, when it was conceptualised by brothers, Naldo and Victor Goncalves – NV-80 was indeed inspired by a love of and passion for both good food and service…

Today, this stylish eatery offers lovely indoor dining, an alfresco balcony (which begs you to come enjoy sundowners out on it) and a chic central bar… Oh, and let’s not forget its delicious food (think: divine steak and seafood) too!

NV-80 is a classic grill and bar, with a stylish, thoughtful twist – and, since its opening in 2014, it has definitely ranked as one of the most popular restaurants in Sea Point.

Contact: +27 (021) 439 7112/4


Address: NV-80, The Point, Shop 8, First Floor, 76 Regent Road, Sea Point,  Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Strolla Restaurant & Bar

Literally positioned just off of Sea Point’s popular Promenade, Strolla Restaurant & Bar is a relaxing spot for loved ones and friends to enjoy a delicious coffee, breakfast or sunset dinner and drinks at.

It offers visitors good food, elegant, comfy seating options and great kiddies’ facilities too, ensuring an all-round, family-friendly dining experience in Sea Point… In fact, Strolla could just become your next local – even if you’re not from around town!

Contact: +27 (021) 430 7778


Address: Strolla Restaurant & Bar, 313 Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the hip and happening or long-standing favourites to enjoy in and around in Sea Point!

Top 10 Restaurants in the V&A Waterfront.

Few places in Cape Town are as popular among the locals and international visitors alike as the V&A Waterfront.

With its glamorous hotels, multitude of gorgeous, slick shops and stunning ocean-meets-(Table)mountain views and idyllic setting, it’s easy to see why the masses head to the V&A Waterfront…

And, if you plan to be among them, here are the top ten restaurants to enjoy in the V&A Waterfront (and surrounds):

#1 Firefish Restaurant

Firefish Restaurant, a stylish, seafood-orientated in the V&A Waterfront’s epicenter, is one of the best restaurants you will find in Cape Town.

With its lush interiors, beautiful Waterfront setting and mouth-watering menu (which includes seafood, sushi, vegetarian food and salads), it offers visitors the best of everything Cape Town has to offer.

So, if you are looking for an awesome restaurant in the V&A, be sure to pick Firefish.

Contact: +27 (021) 286 4933


Address: Firefish Restaurant, Shop 154, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Willougby & Co

This long-standing, ever-popular restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best sushi restaurants in Cape Town – but make no mistake, as there’s more than just good sushi to be found here!

Enjoy either lunch or dinner , tucking into sushi, tempura dishes, salads and soups, courtesy of a full Japanese kitchen.

It’s loved by the locals and buzzes with business seven days a week – if that isn’t a good indication of a top restaurant, what is?

Contact: (021) 418 6115


Address: Willoughby & Co, Shop 6132, Lower Level, Victoria Wharf, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Si! Cantina Sociale

Situated in the hot-and-happening Silo District – a new city focal point for foodies and art appreciators alike – this cool spot is perfect for chilling with friends, enjoying a relaxed business lunch or catching up over coffee.

Here, the food concept is farm-to-table (they source as organically as possible), meaning meals are made from locally sourced ingredients and prepared largely in-house.

If you’re game for drinks, then the cocktail and drinks selection at Si will make your week.

And with its rustic-meets-chic interiors and amazing wall murals, there’s plenty of heart and colour in this space to be had too!

Contact: (087) 4700 124


Address: Si! Cantina Sociale, Silo District Shop 5A1, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Den Anker

This Belgian-inspired beauty offers a setting second to none. Situated quayside at the V&A Waterfront, Den Anker offers great beer, a relaxed ambiance and above all, high quality food.

If good beer and (even better) food (like fish, oysters and other seasonal delicacies), tickle your fancy, then be sure to pay Den Anker a visit as soon as possible!

Contact: (021) 419 0249


Address: Den Anker, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Mar-e-Sol

At Mar-e-Sol, good, authentic Portuguese cuisine (with a distinct Mozambican flair) and perfect restaurant styles come together perfectly.

And, since its opening in November 2016, this wonderful eatery has generally been well-received in the city.

Contact: (021) 425 3385


Address: Mar-e-Sol, Slipway, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Bukhara V&A Waterfront

At Bukhara, classical India meets real South Africa. Since its inception in 1995, Bukhara has been a consistent SA favourite and a true measure of Indian cuisine done right.

With branches in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Joburg, you can enjoy Bukhara whether you’re exploring the Western Cape or Gauteng.

Bukhara specialises in a variety of Indian cooking methods, including charcoal tandoor and aromatic curries.

Contact: (021) 418 5600


Address: Bukhara V&A Waterfront, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Balducci

Balducci is, in so many ways, a true Cape Town institution. This Italian-themed restaurant provides diners with a wonderful choice of simple, everyday home cooked food, set in a stylish and elegant setting.

The food is creative, traditional and affordable, making it one of the best, most trusted choices at the V&A Waterfront.

Contact: (021) 421 6002/3


Address: Balducci, Shop 6162, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Seelan Restaurant and Bar

Tucked away in a sheltered part of the V&A, in front of the colourful harbour, Seelan is the epitome of dining grace and elegance.

With its contemporary decor (by Dennis Banks), sweeping views and a European-inspired menu, with a wide variety of authentic cuisine alongside an excellent wine menu (which includes Seelan’s own, locally made house wine), Seelan Restaurant and Bar is hard to beat.

And if prawn or lamb curry is your ideal food fantasy – then, at Seelan, you’re in luck because those are their food specialties!

Contact: (021) 421 4906


Address: Seelan Restaurant and Bar, Shop 8C, Quay 5, V & A Waterfront,
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Baia Seafood Restaurant

For those craving classical, contemporary cuisine, rare wines, gorgeous views and top service… Baia is the place to go.

Every meal is good and the setting is blissful, making it a dining experience not to be missed.

Contact: (021) 421 0935/6/7


Address: Baia Seafood Restaurant, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Harbour House V&A Restaurant

Known for its gorgeous fine dining and ideally positioned eateries, the Harbour House group offers diners a quality food experience.

And at the V&A branch (just like with their others), top cuisine, good wine and professionalism come to the fore.

Contact: (021) 418 4744 /(021) 418 4748


Address: Harbour House V&A Waterfront, Quay Four, Ground Floor, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

If you’re looking for stylish and well-positioned, good quality eateries, then know you can’t go wrong with these fine V&A Waterfront picks…