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August 22, 2013

Top Places to be in Noordhoek

For years Noordhoek was a secret community of surfers and eco-lovers, but the word got out and now this nature-loving suburb on the Peninsula’s west coast is a magnet for family life, happy pets, surf and sand, outdoor living and great food.

Noordhoek in Cape Town has magical views and plenty of great things to see and do. Photo courtesy of coda

Noordhoek Farm Village is a central hub to stay in and visit. Think art and craft shopping, casual but top notch wining and dining options, a buzzing deli and a luxury hotel.

Shaded beneath the milkwood trees, The Red Herring Trading Post has interesting shops, hair and beauty therapists, an art gallery, crafts and a pottery workshop, a nursery and a restaurant.

Noordhoek Community Market is a new and very popular addition to the summer scene. Visitors can expect gourmet food stalls and a kiddies’ play area. The sunset views from its location at the Cape Point Vineyards are superb and the fun continues when the market is closed with lots of events at Cape Point Vineyards.

Long Beach is an 8km stretch of pristine white beach to be enjoyed on long beach strolls. Stop at the Kakapo shipwreck and turn around or carry on going all the way to Kommetjie beachfront.

Only the experienced should surf Noordhoek waters, with its Atlantic temperatures and wild waves. Alternatively, you can go horse riding on the beach with Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding (+27 (0) 83 261 0104) or the Imhoff Equestrian Centre (+27 (0) 82 774 1191).

Hiking and bird watching abounds. There are a variety of hiking trails in the mountains surrounding Noordhoek, from Silvermine to Noordhoek Peak, and bird watching can be undertaken at any point on these walks.

Spending some time indoors? Long Beach Mall is a convenient collection of mainstream retail shops, eateries, gift shops and restaurants.

Chapmans Peak Drive, affectionately known as “Chappies”, is a picturesque 9km route winding its way around the Atlantic coast between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. The small toll fare is worth the majestic beauty you will see, from the craggy and interesting rock formations to the expansive views of ocean.

Great to include as a stop on a Cape Point trip, make sure Noordhoek is on your itinerary.

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