Backing onto Signal Hill, and just a few kilometres from the city centre, Sea Point has a past that is as colourful as its present. Neighbouring areas like De Waterkant, Green point and even Mouille Point are easily accessible via the bus, or even on foot.
Pocket-Friendly Sea Point
In this episode of the Pocket-Friendly Challenge, The Ongenda family meets Hannah, a solo traveller from Ukraine, and together they explore the relaxed, cosmopolitan, and family-friendly Promenade in Sea Point. Watch the amazing day they had for R150 per person!
Distance from Cape Town CBD: 5km (Around 10 minutes)
Where to play
The Sea Point Promenade
The Sea Point promenade, which stretches for several kilometres along the Atlantic Ocean, is perhaps Sea Point’s most famous landmark, along with its public swimming pool at the Bantry Bay end. The pool complex at the Pavilion has two children’s pools, a diving pool and an Olympic-sized pool. It is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm.
An early morning stroll on the promenade is recommended, even when it rains, is quite delightful. Punctuate your day with frequent stops at the many cool hangout spots along the way.
The Mojo Market is the Sea Point take on the Cape Town market experience. It’s open every day of the week and is often buzzing with the after-work crowd looking for a drink and a bite to eat. The market has dozens of retail stalls, as well as great sushi, ramen, and ice cream.
Where to eat
Main Road is thick with restaurants serving global cuisine – Greek, Italian, and all kinds of Asian – as well as bars, watering holes and shops. It’s a road filled with character and quirkiness.
3 WISE MONKEYS
The ramen revolution has taken Cape Town by storm over the past couple of years and there are now a few places where you can get good traditional ramen bowls. 3 Wise Monkeys doesn’t have a huge menu, but it puts a lot of effort into its offering, making a great option if you’re after Asian food. They also offer poké bowls, the trendy dish usually containing tuna or salmon. There are no bookings and it can get really full so make sure you have a plan B (there are plenty of nearby options to chose from).
This little Greek family gem has been in the same spot for thirty years. You feel the sense of history in the comfortable ambience of the place. Expect traditional Mediterranean food, and be sure to try their signature dish, a lamb shank slow roasted in a lemon sauce.
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Ever go to a restaurant and get frustrated by the fact that they don’t have a good selection of wine available by the glass? La Boheme is a cosy bistro with a seriously impressive wine list with over sixty wines that you can order by the glass. The food is hearty and delicious and it has a sophisticated but cosy ambience.
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