Kalk Bay, a hidden gem on the other side of the mountain

This is not the first time that I write about the “other side of the mountain”. For many the wrong side, for me most definitely the right side. Cape Town’s city bowl, waterfront and fancy beach suburbs like Camp’s Bay are lovely, but make sure you don’t miss the lesser known side of the mountain where Muizenberg and Kalk Bay reside.

Kalk Bay, one of the oldest working fishing harbours in Cape Town, is nestled below steep mountains that form part of Table Mountain National Park just where the mainland becomes the Cape Peninsula. You can buy fish fresh off the boat at the little market in the harbour; fabulous prices and they’ll fillet it for you at next to nothing! The village has a lovely hotchpotch of upmarket art galleries, souvenir shops, quirky “antique shops” (just old stuff really – but interesting nevertheless), cafes and restaurants. In terms of restaurants, don’t miss  iconic Olympia Cafe for breakfast or lunch with homebaked wares and Livebait at the base of the pier to the lighthouse (best views in Cape Town!).

Kalk Bay


Kalk Bay


Kalk Bay


Kalk Bay


Kalk Bay


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