Last week, for a belated birthday celebration, I went on an outing to Kalk Bay (the quaint Cape Town costal town between Muizenburg and Fishhoek) with my parents. The harbour in Kalk Bay has always been popular for a day outing offering scenic sea views, coastal walks, good food and easy accessibility by virtue of a train station. I have memories of riding the train to the Brass Bell for a UCT big bash on my 18th birthday, romantic dinner dates at Harbour House and Cape to Cuba, drinks for some-one’s birthday at Polana and holding hands while ambling along the main road stopping for lunch.
In recent years, Kalk Bay has transformed itself into a mini-foodie and fashion mecca which substantially enhances the outing experience beyond just a meal and a walk along the coast. It also has been able to retain its small-town appeal with a maximum of three-storey high buildings on the main road and the traditional shop front facades, second-hand shops and even some more quirky offerings of palm reading and angel guidance. Breakfasts and lunches are possibly the better option when the shops are open and the seascapes can be appreciated. But having sundowners next to the ocean with the twinkling lights of Fishhoek in the distance is always romantic and you can also catch a play at the Kalk Bay Theatre.
Where to eat?
There are now a plethora of foodie options such as the well-established Harbour House, Olympia Café and Cape to Cuba, as well as a number of new establishments such as Lekker and the Courtyard Cafe. Or if you are feeling less foodie and want to go to for the more traditional fish and chips, Kalky’s or the Brass Bell offer the standard fare.
On my outing to Kalk Bay last week, I indulged in browsing all of the clothing shops conveniently located next to each other on the main road. There was the vintage (or second-hand) clothing from the 70s and 80s. Bold and bright prints originating from India and Thailand for a more festival outfit look. High quality cotton, soft colour palettes and loose-flitting flowing designs. And the traditional African prints and very trendy more modern designs. There are also some second-hand shops and a stunning book shop for those who are less clothing inclined.
Once you have finished your meal and browsed the shops, perhaps grab a delicious ice-cream from the Ice Café and walk to the Kalk Bay Harbour to see some local fisherman in action. Or walk a bit further along the main road either way to for a sea side coastal walk.
Where to swim?
Best swim spots would be the Kalk Bay tidal pool in front of the Brass Bell or nearby St. James tidal pool or Fishhoek beach. Always bring a costume with you just in case.
How to get there?
You can easily drive the coastal route to Kalk Bay from Muizenburg or bypass the traffic by using Boyes Drive. Or for the more adventurous catch the Southern Line train that departs from Cape Town, to Wynberg, to Simon’s Town and that stops off in Kalk Bay.