Top 10 Activities near Simon’s Town

Cape Town’s naval suburb, Simon’s Town, is one of the city’s best places for young and old to explore.

With fascinating, beautifully preserved history, gorgeous beaches (inhabited by adorable African penguins) and its location within driving distance of tourist attractions like Cape Point – it must be said, Simon’s Town has some pretty choice experiences to enjoy in and around it.

Here are the best activities near Simon’s Town to whet your adventurer’s spirit:

#1 Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach

This is pretty much a no-brainer – after all, Boulders Beach is probably the biggest attraction in Simon’s Town!

Not only is it child-friendly and safe but it’s great year-round. So it’s no wonder this beach draws tourists and locals back again and again.

This gorgeous, protected beach – blessed with sheltered coves, marvellous granite boulders and adorable African penguins who live around and swim near the beach – is one of the city’s most special experiences.

If you’re keen to splash in its beautiful waters, swim with the penguins or relax on its smooth, sandy shores or boulders, simply head there today!

Note: Boulders Beach is a paid beach and costs R76 per adult and R41 per child; prices valid until 31 October 2018.

Contact: +27 (021) 786 2329


Address: Boulders Beach, Kleintuin Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Make a trip to Cape Point

After Boulders, Cape Point – situated within the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, in Table Mountain National Park – is probably the best place to visit around Simon’s Town.

This spectacular, wild place has it all: rich flora and fauna (particularly its ostriches and baboons!), dual lighthouses, glorious,’ocean-meets-cliff’ scenery, a classy restaurant – and wonderful picnic sites, hiking trails and accommodation, too!

If you do any one thing while you’re in the Deep South, head to Cape Point. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family.

Contact: +27 (021) 780 9010,


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

#3 Lunch at Seaforth

This outstanding seafood restaurant is one of the best picks in Simon’s Town. Not only does it overlook Seaforth Beach (another local attraction) but it’s within close distance to Boulders Beach too.

But it holds more allure than just that, as it offers some of the best service, interiors and fresh, delectable food you will find anywhere in the Mother City.

When you’re feeling peckish, make a stop at Seaforth and, while you dine, soak up the natural beauty!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 4810


Address: Seaforth Restaurant, Seaforth Beach, Seaforth Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Dig around in Scratch Patch

Found in the V&A, Ostrich Farm and Simon’s Town, Scratch Patch is an incredibly fun and educational centre for both parents and kiddies alike.

Discover the magic of minerals, as you dig about among gorgeous gem stones, trying to find the most beautifully coloured, unique or cool ones to take home with you. Yes, that’s right – because you pay for them, you get to keep them!

This space is pretty vast – and the stones are endless! It’s great fun for everyone, particularly for the little ones.

And when you’re done, why not grab a bite to eat or browse for more gemstone-orientated goodies?

Contact: +27 (021) 786 2020


Address: Scratch Patch, Dido Valley Road, Simon’s Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Explore the incredible Warrior Toy Museum

This wonderful toy museum is a delight for young and old. Within its cosy confines, you can find some 4000 model cars, 500 teddies and dolls, two fully operational railroads and so many more toys on display!

Revisit your best childhood memories, as you share in your child’s precious ones… And for those passionate about collecting toys, there is even a sales section.

Whatever tickles your toy fancy, no one will leave without a dash of stardust and childlike wonder back in their eyes…

Note: There is a small per person entry fee of R10 for adults and R5 for children.

Contact: +27 (021) 786 1395


Address: Warrior Toy Museum, St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Visit the SA Naval Museum

Whether you are fascinated by our naval history or not, this museum is an insightful, neat and wonderfully presented slice of local history.

The museum is wonderful – and so is the chapel. What’s more, the curatorship is excellent and really ensures a memorable visit.

The items on display are rich and plentiful, while the venue’s old-world charm enchants and allows you to really step back in time.

Contact: +27 (021) 787 4686


Address: SA Naval Museum, St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Hike to Just Nuisance

The grave of Just Nuisance, a charming dog enlisted into the Royal Navy, might not seem like a really exciting thing to visit – but he made up a unique part of Simon’s Town and forms part of its very real, raw history.

This lovable, clever pooch was a true local legend and was even laid to rest with full military colours and a dignified send off.

He held a special place in the heart of this naval place and it’s worth climbing the stairs up Red Hill to pay your respects – and enjoy the views.

Note: The hike is suitable for children some ten years and older, and makes for an easy hike/walk overall.

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Address: Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Immerse yourself in The Heritage Museum


This unique museum highlights the widespread plight and segregation faced by so many during the Apartheid Era.

Here, you will learn the pain of the past, even as you marvel at its more beautiful side, which includes many special photos and memories.

Each room is filled to the brim with a sense of culture and remembered history, making the museum entirely worth the visit… if only to remember and learn from the terrible mistakes of South Africa’s past.

Contact: +27 (021) 786 2302,


Address: The Heritage Museum, Amlay House, King George’s Way, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Head to the Heather Auer Art & Sculpture Gallery

First established in 1989, this charming gallery is located at the home studio of Heather Auer. It is stocked with a wide array of original art, from some great South African artists.

You can also enjoying some of Heather’s best paintings and bronze works, as well as some special Township Art.

So, whether you’re an art expert or simply an art appreciator, add this to your list!

Note: Visits by appointment only.

Contact: +27 (082) 779 2695,


Address: Heather Auer Art & Sculpture Gallery, 10 Forrest Way , Glencairn, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Glencairn Tidal Pool

On its own, Glencairn forms a delightful part of Cape Town, and its beach is perfect for dog walking, swimming, snorkelling and long strolls by the sea…

What’s more, near Glencairn Beach, visitors can enjoy a lovely tidal pool. It is perfect for safe swimming – or even just a good time out in the open air.

For those looking for something fun and free to do outdoors, look no further than this pretty tidal pool.

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Address: Glencairn Beach, Glencairn, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the super experiences you can enjoy in Simon’s Town. Which is first on your bucket list of adventures?

Top 10 Restaurants in Camps Bay

Camps Bay is one of Cape Town’s most glamorous suburbs… In fact, with its beautiful beach(es), gorgeous mountain and ocean views and pricey, seaside mansions, it’s the envy of many across the world.

And while there’s plenty of outdoor fun, luxury and beach glamour to enjoy here, there’s also some great food and drinks in the mix.

Here are some of the best restaurants in Camps Bay… And they are sure to keep you happy and inspired long after the sun has set!

#1 Bilboa

If you’re craving a restaurant that’s elegant, chic and blessed with an enviable location, then you need look no further than Camps Bay’s beautiful Bilboa.

This relatively new, seaside offering provides visitors with fresh, tasty food, contemporary chic decor and a sensational setting.

It’s quickly cemented itself as one of the best restaurants Camps Bay has to offer… so isn’t it time you popped by?

Contact: +27 (021) 286 5155,


Address: Bilboa Restaurant, Shop 120, First Floor, The Promenade,
Victoria Bay, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Azure Restaurant

This five-star restaurant needs no introduction. It’s not only one of the most sumptuous and lovely in the Camps Bay strip, but also in the entire Mother City.

Here, fine dining meets incredible views – and the result is quite spectacular. Choose between local or international dishes, which include seafood, meat and vegetarian options.

And don’t forget to save space for dessert… Bea’s double baked cheesecake (preferably enjoyed out on the terrace…) is sure to hit every sweet spot!

Note: The dress code is semi formal – and for men, trousers and closed shoes are required.

Contact: +27 (021) 437 9029,


Address: Azure Restaurant, Twelve Apostles Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 The Hussar Grill Camps Bay

Steak lovers, this one is just for you… And, as it serves up great meals (especially those incredible steaks) with good consistency, it’s small wonder that this Hussar Grill branch is one of the most popular eateries in Camps Bay.

Visit it for a memorable meal in a fun surrounding, with good service and quality all around.

And sure, Hussar Grill might be found across SA now – but this branch is pretty special, take it from us…

Contact: +27 (021) 438 0151


Address: The Hussar Grill Camps Bay, 108 Camps Bay Drive, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Paranga

Paranaga has been impressing for a few years now – and when you visit it, it’s clear to see (and taste) why.

Here, prime views, classy decor and a great menu are assured… Oh, and don’t forget a great vibe to really seal the deal!

Paranga’s ideal setting makes it even better… This one is a must-visit for sure!

Contact: +27 (021) 438 0404/9224


Address: Paranga, Shop No. 1, The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.


#5 The Raj

Bringing the finest tastes of Northern India to the Mother City, The Raj is the place to go for some of the best Indian food around.

If Tikka Masala or Vindaloo (and so much) are your go-to, date night meals, then prepare to fall in love with The Raj.

At The Raj, it’s all about service with a smile, a gorgeous setting and amazing food.

Note: The Raj also caters to events and functions, so be sure to contact them for all your catering needs.

Contact: +27 (021) 438 4555


Address: The Raj, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 The Leopard Bar

Found within the enviable Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, The Leopard Bar is a great place to head for a drink or two… with some tasty food thrown in for good measure!

Its relaxed, yet upbeat environment adds to the appeal, making it a great place to unwind – especially around sunset.

It offers an excellent range of cocktails, cognacs and ports for you to enjoy – but, if you get the chance, don’t miss out on the tasty snacks and famed Tea by the Sea.

Contact: +27 (021) 437 9029


Address: The Leopard Bar and Conservatory, Twelve Apostles Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 The Roundhouse Restaurant

As one of Cape Town’s oldest institutions (with an incredible history to boot), The Roundhouse is worth visiting if only to soak up some of the city’s classic beauty and timeless history.

Today, The Roundhouse is a classy restaurant, where good food, fine wine and spirits and welcoming restaurant staff await you.

Sit inside or enjoy the laid-back, outdoorsy Rumbullion, which offers its own tapas-style menu – and plenty of charm besides…

Note: The Roundhouse is closed for renovations until 31 July 2018.

Contact: +27 (021) 438 4347,


Address: The Roundhouse Restaurant, Round House Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Roundhouse
The Roundhouse

#8 Zenzero

Offering Italian flavours and Camps Bay style, Zenzero packs a really good punch with its delicious food, made from the fresh ingredients around (with some zesty, spicy undertones thrown in to really impress your tastebuds).

Whether you order the chargrilled Lamb Chops, grilled Norwegian Salmon or mouthwatering pastas, you’re sure to leave with a happy, full tummy – and a desire to return again soon.

The homemade desserts at Zenzero are an equal joy… so don’t leave without savouring some of them too!

Contact: +27 (021) 438 0007,


Address: Zenzero, Shop 2A, The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 La Belle Bistro & Bakery

At La Belle Bistro & Bakery, visitors really are spoilt for choice. This is yet another classy Camps Bay offering, with stunning decor and gorgeous views – but what really sets it apart is that it offers something of everything good for guests to enjoy.

Whether you stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just drinks – prepare to be wowed by the tasty food and drink(s) available here.

Grab a sandwich, enjoy a light bite or tuck into grilled Kingklip – the food options are endless… and all worthwhile!

Note: La Belle also has a lovely Constantia-based branch to enjoy.

Contact: +27 (021) 437 1278,


Address: La Belle Bistro & Bakery, 201 The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Codfather

Last but by no means least, we present the well-loved Codfather, a space where fresh seafood and incredible sushi hit the mark every time!

The food and service here are top class, so it’s no wonder that, to date, Codfather remains one of the longest standing, most popular Camps Bay restaurants around.

Tuck into a veritable seafood feast, made up of fresh fish, shellfish and innovative sushi – or create your own platter to enjoy… The choice is yours and the options are pretty endless, it must be said!

Contact: : +27 (021) 438 0782/3,


Address: Codfather, 37 The Drive, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the stylish, seaside eateries to enjoy in Camps Bay – and we recommend checking each and every one of them off your foodie list!

Top 10 Simon’s Town Restaurants.

It might be the naval suburb of Cape Town, but Simon’s Town is about so much more than the famous Boulders penguins, naval ships and deep-seated sea history.

And while it offers plenty to see and do, with world-famous attractions like Boulders Beach and Cape Point all within easy driving distance – it’s the good food that takes everyone by surprise.

Here are the top 10 restaurants in Simon’s Town:

#1 The Lighthouse Cafe

Boasting fabulous food, people and vibes, The Lighthouse Cafe may have only been around for a few years now – but it has fast cemented itself as one of the most popular eateries in Simon’s Town.

This pretty, airy space – bursting at the seams with laid-back, charming decor – has both a Provencal and coastal feeling to it… Best of all, its menu is as relaxed as its interiors. Meal choices are short but stellar and varied, ensuring there is something to satisfy all stomachs.

Dishes are freshly prepared, service is sound, reviews are solid and complimentary and the wine list is good… What more could you need from a cosy, local cafe?

Contact: +27 (021) 786 9000


Address: The Lighthouse Cafe, 90 St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 The Sweetest Thing

Famed both locally and internationally for its delightful sweet treats, The Sweetest Thing is indeed aptly named.

The focus is on breakfast, lunch and of course, coffee time – ensuring you’re well looked after right throughout the day.

This wonderful patisserie provides customers with quality cakes, pies and pastries, with all food items (excepting the chocolate truffles) skillfully prepared on the premises.

We would go so far as to say that this sweet delight would impress Willy Wonka himself!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 4200


Address: The Sweetest Thing, 82 St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Saveur

Hailing from the Saveur Restaurant Group, Saveur Simon’s Town might be brand spanking new (having opened in April 2018) – but already it’s proving a big hit with locals and visitors alike!

Overlooking the beautiful harbour, the views could not be better and the restaurant’s own relaxing atmosphere only adds to the peaceful mood.

The menu, which offers an array of dishes, is sure to delight, with its generous portions and reasonable prices.

Service is good, the staff are friendly and the restaurant setting (previously noted) couldn’t be better…

So if you haven’t tried this newcomer yet, be sure to visit it as soon as possible!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 1919


Address: Saveur, Shop WC2A, Simon’s Town, Boardwalk Centre
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Saveur Restaurant Simonstown via Facebook
Saveur Restaurant Simonstown via Facebook

#4 Seaforth

This elegant, bustling restaurant – situated just across from Simon’s Town’s Seaforth Beach – is sure to delight with its excellent range of primarily seafood-orientated options.

Seaforth is a well-run establishment, found in a prime location (it’s within close walking distance to both Seaforth and Boulders Beach). Add to that, efficient service, a solid menu and great food – and it’s hard to lose.

Oh, and did we mention it offers stunning views of the nearby beach and ocean?

When in Simon’s Town, this sensational seafood restaurant is a safe bet every time.

Contact: +27 (021) 786 4810


Address: Seaforth Restaurant, Seaforth Beach, Seaforth Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Monocle & Mermaid

At Monocle & Mermaid (or M&M, as it’s fondly referred to as), there is an intense passion for coffee, burgers and beer – which, as many will agree, are three of life’s finest things.

Situated close to the Simon’s Town train station, M&M is big on its breakfasts, lunches and burgers… and it shows! The food is delicious, interiors are trendy and service is great, ensuring that the whole M&M experience is smooth from start to finish.

Whether you visit it for a flat white, mouthwatering burger or some good beer, you will leave M&M with a full tummy and a desire to return soon!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 1370,


Address: Monocle & Mermaid, Shop No. 1, St George’s Building, St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Monocle & Mermaid via Facebook
Monocle & Mermaid via Facebook

#6 Black Marlin Restaurant

Located between Simon’s Town and Cape Point, one can find the delightful Black Marlin Restaurant.

The food focus here is firmly on great tasting, quality seafood meals, served in a beautiful and fun setting at Miller’s Point.

Once a whaling station, it is now a place of joy and good food, with views to rave about. And, during whale season, guests can even do some whale watching while they dine – talk about meals to remember!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 1621,


Address: Black Marlin, Miller’s Point, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 One Three Six Restaurant

One Three Six is yet another Simon’s Town restaurant blessed with perfect sea views.  Far more than that though, this still-new restaurant impresses from its location at the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre.

It is popular with both locals and tourists, particularly as it offers everything from daring starters (think braised rabbit ravioli) to filling, sensational mains, like the Wild Sea Bass or Peppered Ostrich Fillet. Last but not least, the desserts will leave a sweet taste on your lips!

If the views and the food at One Three Six don’t delight you – then few restaurants will!

Contact: +27 (021) 180 4776


Address: One Three Six, Shop GF09B Harbour Bay Centre, Corner Dido Valley & Main Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

One Three Six Restaurant Simon's Town via Facebook
One Three Six Restaurant Simon’s Town via Facebook

#8 Cafe Pescado

With its pizzas, burgers, steaks and delicious seafood, this family-friendly eatery has something to keep everyone happy.

Prices are good, staff are warm and friendly and the vibe inside Cafe Pescado is cosy, comfortable and welcoming, making you feel instantly at home.

Whether you pop in for lunch, a romantic (pizza) date night or supper with some live music. At this warm eatery, you won’t be left wanting… that much is certain!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 2272


Address: Cafe Pescado, 118 St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 I Love Waffles

Calling all waffle-, muffin-, ice cream-, pancake- and coffee-lovers… Gather round because I Love Waffles is the place to cure all cravings!

This bright and cheerful place is where culinary magic happens… After all, who doesn’t love good coffee or a sweet treat (or better still, a bit of both)?

But it’s not just for sweet tooths, as I Love Waffles serves up the likes of salads and sandwiches too, helping to keep all kinds of hunger pangs firmly at bay.

So whether you need a coffee fix, sweet indulgence or quick snack, I Love Waffles has you sorted!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 9361,


Address: I Love Waffles, Shop 6 & 7, Quayside Centre, Wharf Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

I Love Waffles via Facebook
I Love Waffles via Facebook

#10 TastyTable

Those looking for a homely restaurant with good bites need look no further than the family-run TastyTable.

This contemporary-style bistro offers fresh, artisanal food with an honest and fun approach. What’s more, the service is attentive and helpful, catering to your every food need.

Locals and online reviewers praise TastyTable across the board – and it’s not hard to understand why.

Contact: 076 933 7643


Address: TastyTable, 132 St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These restaurants are just some of the many reasons to make Simon’s Town your next port of call!

Top 10 Activities near Camps Bay

Camps Bay is arguably one of Cape Town’s most enviable and affluent suburbs.

It’s always on the ‘must-visit’ list of every tourist and local who comes to the Mother City – and with its alluring stretches of beach, relaxed and trendy lifestyle and gorgeous mountain views, it’s really not hard to understand why!

But it’s not just the playground of the rich and famous, or for passing travellers to enjoy – you, too, can spend some time in the sun or by the seaside in superb Camps Bay… and here are the best things to do while you’re there:

#1 Head to Camps Bay Beach

Sure, this one is pretty much a given but it ranks in at number one because everyone who comes to Camps Bay, almost certainly heads to its beach!

Whether you brave its icy Atlantic waters, pose for some pics or sprawl across the awesome, huge granite boulders, which dot its smooth, silky sands, you really can’t lose with Camps Bay Beach.

Add to that trendy restaurants, buzzing, seaside cafes and gorgeous hotels a hop, skip and jump away – and you’re all set for a memorable day by the beach!

Note: For a price, you can even rent umbrellas and sun chairs, or buy snacks, drinks and sun hats from local sellers, who frequent the beach and its surrounds.

Contact: n/a


Address: Camps Bay beach, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Tea by the Sea at Twelve Apostles Hotel

If there’s one place in Camps Bay that oozes quality, credibility and beauty it is the Twelve Apostles Hotel.

And The Leopard Bar and Conservatory make for the perfect places to enjoy their tempting tea by the sea.

The Tea by the Sea experience is famed for its delicious eats, tasty treats – and of course, the finest selections of teas and coffees possible. Modern decor, stunning sea views and exceptional service and food ensure a memorable teatime affair, through and through.

It can be enjoyed daily for R325 (per person), from 10:00 am – 16:00 pm, and group bookings are welcome.

So go on, spoil yourself and those you love with this gorgeous teatime treat!

Contact: +27 (021) 437 9029


Address: The Leopard Bar and Conservatory, Twelve Apostles Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Hike to Tranquility Cracks

Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust
Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust

Although in recent times, a few of Cape Town’s ‘influencers’ have made Tranquility Cracks relatively famous across Instagram, it is still one of the city’s lesser known (but oh-so-worthwhile) hiking attractions.

These unique cracks, which have formed fascinating fissures in the mountain, are tall and wide enough to climb in with ease… In fact, there are even trees and shrubs growing amid them!

To reach the Cracks, it’s a good but not too difficult hike up the Pipe Tracks and then via Corridor Ravine. Once you crest it, the views of Camps Bay, Muizenberg and Table Mountain are incredible!

The hike to Tranquility Cracks may take some four to five hours there and back, and requires hikers to be of moderate to good fitness. Pack in some lunch and enjoy a memorable time on the mountain.

Note: Please never hike alone and be vigilant even in groups. Also, pack in plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks and warm clothing, as temperatures can drop a few degrees when you reach the top!

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Address: Tranquility Cracks, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Dine at Bilboa

This still-new and elegant seaside restaurant offers its own kind of contemporary chic decor, enviable setting and delicious, fresh menu.

These elements combine to bring you one of the most popular eateries in the sensational Camps Bay strip.

Book your spot today to enjoy tasty food, gorgeous sea views and good service in a calm and elegant, sea-facing restaurant.

Contact: +27 (021) 286 5155,


Address: Bilboa Restaurant, Shop 120, First Floor, The Promenade,
Victoria Bay, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Bilboa Restaurant via
Bilboa Restaurant via

#5 Be wowed at the Theatre On The Bay

Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay needs little introduction, for it offers an exciting blend of some of the best drama, cabaret, comedy and musicals in the Mother City.

And – while it is currently enjoying some pretty major renovations and exciting face-lift changes – we are certain that the Theatre On The Bay will be back better than ever in no time! (At this stage, the aim is for September 2018, so watch their space…)

Besides, no list on Camps Bay is worth its salt without a mention of this popular theatre.

Contact:  +27 (021) 438 3300


Address: Theatre On The Bay, 1 Link Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Braai and swim at Oudekraal Beach

If there is one beach in Cape Town that is sorely overlooked, it is the absolutely beautiful Oudekraal Beach.

You can enjoy fabulous swimming, exploring on huge granite boulders and braaing up a storm (or having a picnic) in this pretty, clean and SAN Parks-protected bay and beach. Best of all, it’s only a few minutes’ drive beyond Camps Bay.

There is a small entry fee to enter Oudekraal (currently R41 for adults, R26 for children) but it’s worth every penny. Oudekraal really is one of the most special and beautiful beaches in the Mother City!

Contact: +27 (021) 438 9555


Address: Oudekraal, Picnic Resort, Post Restante, Camps BayCape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Holiday Bug
Holiday Bug

#7 Walk the Pipe Track

If you are looking for an easy, scenic and relatively child and dog-friendly trail (provided you don’t go too far in), then the Pipe Track is the answer for you.

Starting near the top of Kloof Nek, just above Camps Bay’s mountain-sitting houses, this gentle and easy walk is perfect for your daily exercise, nature photography or weekend adventures. What’s more, the views of Camps Bay below and the Twelve Apostles mountain range are incredible.

If you’re fit and eager enough, there are also other longer routes, which feed out from this pretty track.

Also, if you head far enough along, you will see that it really is lined by old pipes. (During the 19th century, these were used to carry water from Disa Gorge to the Molteno Reservoir.)

Note: Please always be vigilant when hiking and don’t hike or walk in the mountains alone, and always carry water and sunscreen with you.

Contact: +27 (021) 712 0527,


Address: Pipe Track, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Feel royal at The Roundhouse Restaurant

The Roundhouse is one of the Mother City’s longest standing, most noble buildings.

Not only does it enjoy an incredible history, beautiful views and a prime location- but it remains one of Camps Bay’s most iconic attractions… and rightly so!

Over time, The Roundhouse has evolved from a guardhouse to a hotel to a dance hall and perhaps most famously, into Lord Charles Somerset’s very own hunting lodge! Today, however, it is happily the elegant restaurant visitors come to know and love.

In this historic, tranquil space, good food, fine wine and spirits and warm hospitality come together perfectly.

Dine inside its finery – or sit outside in The Rumbullion, a spacious lawn area, with equally stunning views and a laidback, tapas-style menu.

Note: The Roundhouse is closed for renovations from 3rd to 31st July 2018.

Contact: +27 (021) 438 4347,,


Address: The Roundhouse Restaurant, Round House Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Roundhouse
The Roundhouse

#9 Good steak at The Hussar Grill

The Hussar Grill restaurant franchise may have spread across South Africa – but there’s no question that the Camps Bay branch is a wonderful and popular place to head for the perfect steak or a great meaty meal.

In fact, as recently as 2014, TripAdvisor rated this eatery as the ‘Best Restaurant in Camps Bay’… And, more to the point, many Cape Town locals consider it to be their favourite restaurant!

Head to The Hussar Grill Camps Bay for a delicious meal in lovely surroundings, in a place where quality service is assured.

Contact: +27 (021) 438 0151


Address: The Hussar Grill Camps Bay, 108 Camps Bay Drive, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 City Sightsee your way into Camps Bay

For those craving more adventure or the wind in their hair, City Sightseeing Cape Town offers some great trips through and via Camps Bay.

The unmistakably characteristic red buses offer some fun stops, top on-board service, effortless online booking (with great discounts) and even some good and insightful audio commentary, in a wide range of languages!

Curl the Cape Peninsula or simply hop on and off for a fun day at the beach – whatever your travel mission, you won’t be disappointed by these excellent tour bus operators.

Contact: +27 (021) 511 6000,


Address: Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the unmissable, stunning attractions and activities one can enjoy in the trendy and suave Camps Bay!

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.

Surf Riders Cafe via Facebook
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.

Beach Bums via Facebook
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

Mojo Market via Facebook
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,

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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!