Sea Point is the prime place to be if you’re looking to truly experience staying in a cosmopolitan city by the sea. It’s close to the City Bowl, Clifton Beach, and Camp’s Bay, and it’s also home to the city’s most bustling restaurant scene. Seriously, you can’t walk a few metres without encountering a bistro, deli, or restaurant.
Beach Road offers the classic beachfront experience while Main Road and Regent Road are at the heart of the Sea Point foodie district. Here are a few places you have to visit when you head this way.
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.
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).
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.
Scheckter’s Raw is the ultimate health food cafe. Almond milk? Of course. Quinoa? You better believe it. Probiotic cashew mayo, organic mesquite, and hemp protein tahini? Check, check and check!
Whatever organic craving you’re feeling, you can be confident that Scheckter’s Raw can satisfy it. Well worth the visit if you’re committed to a healthy lifestyle.
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.
Top of the Ritz
Perched on the 23rd-floor of the newly renovated Ritz Hotel, the Top of The Ritz is the only revolving restaurant in the Western Cape. This Sea Point gem has undergone some serious renovations and has become a must-visit spot on the Atlantic Seaboard. The restaurant’s views are exceptional and the food is just as impressive with a seven-course ‘Journey of Flavours through Cape Town’ on offer.
Rafael Lebanese Café
No multi-cultural foodie district would be complete without a good dose of labneh and falafel. Rafael Lebanese Cafe is a recent addition to the Sea Point cafe scene and is already getting rave reviews for its unique spin on traditional Lebanese fare.
Sea Point Swimming Pool
OK, straight talk: the drought hasn’t been great for the public swimming pools of Cape Town. While hotels have taken measures to ensure that they’re not affected, many of our public facilities have had to take a break. Thankfully the Sea Point Swimming Pool is an exception. This epic swimming pool complex, complete with Olympic-sized swimming pool, diving boards, and paddling pools uses sea water and is open for business.
La Mouette offers a French fine dining experience in a majestic old building in Regent Road. Offering both three-course and six-course menus, with a tapas lunch on weekends, it’s an inspired choice if you’re looking for somewhere classic and sophisticated.
The Sea Point Promenade
The Sea Point Promenade is the centre of the beachfront lifestyle in Cape Town. Hit the promenade at any time of the day and you’ll see runners, moms and dads jogging with prams, cyclists, and people exercising and doing yoga on the lawns.