A Fusion of Arts, Crafts & the Great Outdoors
KALK BAY: Fast becoming one of the trendiest seaside villages in the Cape, Kalk Bay is a vibrant fishing community that reflects its cosmopolitan heritage through art, architecture and local cuisine. The Main Road and harbour are renowned for the variety of their restaurants (everything from Cape to Cuban) and the annual Kalk Bay Fish Fare (February/March) is one of the main events on the Peninsula’s culinary calendar. Antique shops, delicatessens, bric-a-brac and curio stores line the Main Road and narrow side streets, whilst the village’s biggest attraction is its working fishing harbour - which is best visited at lunchtime when the fishing boats return with their catch and fresh fish is sold at the harbour-side market. Hand line fishing and whale watching from the harbour wall are great ways to while away an afternoon and to get to know the locals.
ST JAMES: The seaside suburb of St James, which boasts a number of B&B’s and guest houses, is a popular destination for its safe bathing beach, tidal pool and colourful bathing boxes.
MUIZENBERG: Offering one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches - with 36km of white sands, safe bathing and a beachfront Pavillion offering a swimming pool, waterslide and putt-putt course - Muizenberg was once considered a most fashionable resort town, and this legacy lives on in its many gracious buildings. Take the 30 min walk along the seafront between Muizenberg and St James - it’s excellent for whale watching between June and November - or a train ride to Simon’s Town for its views of this picturesque coastline.The Muizenberg Toy Museum houses a fascinating collection of early toys as well as a shop dealing in modern toys and collectors’ items. The Natale Labia Museum - a satellite of Cape Town’s National Gallery - houses superb temporary and permanent art exhibitions. The collections in the South African Police Museum include many pieces of interest pertaining to the early days of policing in this country and is housed in the old Magistrate’s Court and Carnegie Library. For a glimpse of local history - and to learn more about the Battle of Muizenberg (1795), South Africa’s only important naval engagement - visit Het Posthuys Museum, which is housed in a fortress thought to have been built as a look-out post in 1673.