Kalk Bay

The picturesque Kalk Bay Harbour. Photo courtesy Ian Junor

false bay views

Enjoy the views of the beautiful False Bay coastline as you wind your way along Boyes Drive to the scenic town of Kalk Bay.

One of the most popular destinations along the False Bay seaboard, Kalk Bay’s Main Road is packed with antique stores, coffee shops, galleries, second-hand bookstores and restaurants.

Essentially a fishing village, Kalk Bay is still a lively working harbour and one of the best places to buy fresh fish straight off the boat. It’s also a great place to take photographs – it’s almost impossible to take a bad picture here!

Kalk Bay is a fun place to hang out and makes for a great day trip from Cape Town. It’s also known for its excellent choice of restaurants. For the best fish and chips this side of the mountain try Kalky’s at the harbour, +27 (0)21 788 1726. It’s also worth visiting the excellent Olympia Café and Deli, +27 (0)21 788 6396, on Main Road.

The Brass Bell, +27 (0)21 788 5455/6, is a Kalk Bay institution, sitting adjacent to the Kalk Bay Harbour – you’re literally on top of the ocean. Eating oysters and drinking G&Ts as you salute the sunset is compulsory on any decent itinerary. Harbour House Restaurant (+27 (0)21 788 4133)  is another spectacular place to view the ocean – and is known for excellent seafood.

When evening comes, there’s lots on offer in Kalk Bay – make sure you pop into Cape To Cuba along Main Road, +27 (0)21 788 1556. It’s all mojitos and Che Guevara attitudes. Why not book your space at the tango classes held there on Wednesdays?

During whale season, usually between May and October, Kalk Bay is the perfect place to be – take a stroll up Boyes Drive and check out the southern right whales as they frolic in the waves below.

If you’d like to spend the night there’s loads of accommodation available, including excellent bed & breakfasts and guesthouses. Contact Cape Town Tourism on +27 (0)21 487 6800 to help you make a booking or email us at info@capetown.travel.

  • Phone: +27 21 787 9140

Southern Suburbs

The Southern Suburbs are a tourist’s delight. The area, which stretches from the slopes of the Table Mountain range to the False Bay coast, offers natural attractions and a vibrant nightlife.

St James

Just a little further on from Cape Town’s well-known Muizenberg beach is St James. Home to a cluster of well-known and oft-photographed bathing boxes on the beach, St James is a picturesque area that offers beachgoers respite from the westerly wind.

Llandudno and Sandy Bay

Only 18km from the Cape Town city centre, an arc of fine white sand gives away the secluded location of one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Llandudno.

Macassar Dunes Project

The Macassar Dunes Project is located on the Cape Town coast adjacent to Macassar and Khayelitsha and is bounded by the Eerste River, Baden Powell Drive and False Bay.

West Coast Ostrich Show Ranch

For a tourism experience with a difference, visit the West Coast Ostrich Show Ranch. This family-owned ostrich business includes informative tours.

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