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May 14, 2013

Five spots in Muizenberg

Muizenberg was often referred to as the jewel in the False Bay crown – the quaint seaside village was a holiday resort for the wealthy; it was also where Cecil John Rhodes died and where a historic battle for the control of the Cape was fought. 

Muizenberg: a surfer's paradise. Photo courtesy of African Budget Safaris

Today the village is a decidedly bohemian surfer's paradise and a much-loved family destination. But its past is still preserved in the historical mile. The water here is warmer than the chilly Atlantic and it is one of the best swimming beaches in Cape Town.

There are myriad activities in Muizenberg, from mini-golf to surfing. We found some ideal activities that will appeal to everyone.

Where to stay

The five-star Colona Castle has views of the ocean, Table Mountain and the Winelands. The boutique hotel prides itself on its tranquil surroundings, fine dining and being close to a number of attractions. The hotel is filled with antiques and objets d'art collected over many years.

Where to take the kids

Pack a picnic basket and board a Southern Line train, disembark at Muizenberg and enjoy a day at the beach. You can also learn to surf.

Where to eat

Eating out can be a great adventure, with an array of eateries catering to everyone's taste. I suggest the Casa Labia café for breakfasts, high tea and weddings.

Where to shop

It's a seaside town, so head off to Down South Scuba for all the gear you'll need.

Where to drink

Johno's Bistro is an intimate space in Beach Road that offers a substantial menu.

Muizenberg has a decidedly bohemian flair. Photo courtesy of SA-Venues.com

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