Kalk Bay is one of my favourite places in Cape Town. It’s such a unique and charming little town, don’t you think? I just love the eclectic mix of artsy people, cobbled streets, historic buildings, excellent restaurants, bohemian bric-a-brac shops, vintage bookstores, art and antique galleries and colourful fishing vessels! The next time you take a drive out to the South Peninsula, stop by this quaint little suburb – it has so much to offer! These are my top ten favourite things to do in Kalk Bay.
#1: Have coffee and a croissant at C’est La Vie
C’est la Vie is a gorgeous little French-inspired café right opposite the Dalebrook tidal pool – one of the four tidal pools in Kalk Bay that are safe for swimming. Go here to enjoy excellent coffee, raw juices, fresh croissants and artisanal bakes. It’s the perfect place to pop into after a brisk walk along the seaboard or simply for a long, lazy breakfast!
#2: Enjoy classic fish and chips at Kalky’s
Edwin and Liz Rosslind’s large, casual cabin-like restaurant right on the harbour quay offers the best fish and chips on this coastline! The battered hake and chips is a dish to-die-for – but then again, the calamari, kingklip, yellowtail and prawns are divine, too. A waitress shouts out your order number when your grub is ready and you then tuck in at your plastic-covered table, or head over to the harbour’s edge to enjoy.
#3: Indulge in fine wine and seafood at Live Bait, Harbour House and Polana
These three sea-facing restaurants, all in the same building and owned by the same group, offer top-notch wine and seafood for a stylish and sophisticated dining experience. The building towers over the bustling fishing pier and boasts the most incredible panoramic views of the mountain and sea. Be sure to take a walk along the pier after your meal – the sea spray and salty air is a simply wonderful tonic!
#4: Go shopping at ANPA Jewellery
ANPA Jewellery is the most divine little contemporary jewelry design shop that offers bespoke pieces. Whether it’s a statement necklace or a delicate ring you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something that wows you! The jewellers combine rare, high-quality gems with gold and silver the make the most exceptional pieces. Other materials they use include leather, silk, African Blackwood and even peacock feather.
#5: Get artsy at The Potter’s Workshop
The Potter’s Workshop has the most stunning ceramics, pottery and glazes from famous local ceramicists on offer. It’s something quite awe-inspiring! Pick up something for to decorate your home, or take home materials to make your own. This place is certainly any artsy girl’s haven!
#6: Unleash your inner booklover at Kalk Bay Books
This little bookshop offers the most spectacular sea views in the country… If not the world! It’s a gathering place for booklovers to browse and buy books. The store also regularly hosts book launches and discussions, in which case locals scramble for a place on the plush leather sofa with a glass of red wine in hand. If this sounds like your thing, pay them a visit!
#7: Sip cocktails at Brass Bell and La Parada
Sea views and great cocktails are a match made in heaven… And these two local hotspots offer just that! What’s more, is you can also expect delicious tapas as well as the most spectacular mountain backdrop at both of these laidback establishments. I’d recommend either one for a late boozy lunch or a relaxed romantic dinner.
#8: Tuck into a breakfast, lunch or dinner special at Olympia Café & Deli
Olympia Café & Deli has got to be the most popular eatery in Kalk Bay! The rustic café is well-known for its home-baked breads and pastries, as well as a blackboard of breakfast, lunch and dinner specials that change daily for when you’re on a budget. Don’t leave without visiting their bakery shop, which is behind the red door around the corner, to buy a flaky pain au chocolat or a freshly-baked ciabatta!
#9: Treat yourself to the best ice-cream at Ice Café
Right opposite the train station is one of the most amazing little ice-cream parlours in Cape Town – yup, it’s Ice Café! They have the most delectable ice-creams and sorbets on offer. I’m still dreaming about the raspberry-rosewater with toasted almond ice-cream I had the last time I popped in there!
#10: Watch a play at Kalk Bay Theatre
Kalk Bay Theatre is a unique and intimate little 72-seater theatre, which was once a historic church. They stage excellent plays with a special supper club experience, giving a real sense of community to the area. On Tuesdays, they offer a two-shows-for-the-price-of-one deal. Score!