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

Website: www.sanparks.org

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, info@capepoint.co.za

Website: capepoint.co.za

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

Website: www.seaforthrestaurant.co.za

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

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#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

Website: www.scratchpatch.co.za

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

Website: www.simonstown.org

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

#6 Visit the SA Naval Museum

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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

Website: www.simonstown.com

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.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.simonstown.com/just-nuisance

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

#8 Immerse yourself in The Heritage Museum

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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, heritagest@eject.co.za

Website: www.muslim.co.za

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, info@heatherauer.com

Website: heatherauer.com

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 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

Website: www.thelighthousecafe.co.za

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

Website: www.simonstown.com/listings/winedine/sweetest/index.html

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

Website: www.saveur.co.za

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

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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

Website: www.seaforthrestaurant.co.za

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, monocleandmermaid@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/Monocle.Mermaid

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

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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, reservations@blackmarlin.co.za

Website: blackmarlin.co.za

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

Website: onethreesix.co.za

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

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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

Website: www.pescados.co.za

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, info@ilovewaffles.co.za

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/ilovewafflessa

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

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/tasty.table.brands, www.tastytable.co.za

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!