An insider’s guide to Hout Bay

Chapmans Peak Drive
Chapmans Peak Drive {Photo credit: Tim Johnson}

First time visitors to Cape Town often choose to stay near the Waterfront and city centre. This is understandable however each part of Cape Town offers a unique flavour and it really takes a local to know all the ins and outs.
 
After staying in Hout Bay recently and thoroughly enjoying the experience, I wanted to showcase some of its magic. I asked MooiBaai owner and Hout Bay aficionado, Valérie Simons, to give us the low down on all things Hout Bay and tell us why it’s a destination in its own right.
 

As you’ll discover, a weekend stay is probably just enough time to tickle your tastebuds!

NATURAL BEAUTY

Chapmans Peak drive, one of the most iconic and scenic drives in the world, is a must. Even now still, when I take the drive to or from Noordhoek, it makes me feel small and humble, it is SO impressive.
 
Perfect for a 10km run too! From the beach to the view point and back.

INTO THE OCEAN

Hout Bay has all the sea life right here at its doorstep! Enjoy a whale watching or seal snorkelling adventure with Captain Jacks.
 

One of Captain Jack’s captains, James, also organises sunset cruises. James lives for the sea and the whales and thanks to this passion, he started the Harbour clean-up project, so we can all enjoy clean waters and protect sea life.
 

James has the perfect boat to take you on deep sea fishing excursion or simply to enjoy a sunset cruise to see Llandudno, Chapmans Peak and Kommetjie from another angle. Add some drinks and nice music, and you’ll have an experience you will cherish forever. 

Hout Bay Harbour
Hout Bay Coffee

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

Hout Bay has so many nice restaurants for all tastes and budgets.
 

Our own Hout Bay coffee roastery has THE best coffee in beautiful wide surroundings. Oh, and sourdough croissants!
 
Head to Deus Ex Machina for the urban vibe. Great bakery, bar, lunch, dinner, barber, shop for the cool kids – all in one!
 
A visit to Hout Bay is not complete without a visit to Dunes restaurant right on the beach front.
 
Enjoy a healthy lunch from La Cuccina’s buffet harvest table.

 

Constantia is just around the corner with so many vineyards and wine estates to visit. It’s also home to two of my favourite restaurants, Foxcroft and Botanicum.
 
For the wine lovers we also have Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek.

Deus Ex Machina
Deus Ex Machina
The Collective {Photo credit: The Collective}
Skotnes Restaurant

SHOPPING, ARTS & CULTURE

Hout Bay Harbour Market is a really nice alternative to the very busy Cape Town markets. Not to be missed during the weekends! Live music, local crafts and design, good food and a great atmosphere.

 
The Collective Hout Bay is a lovely shop showcasing local makers and creators of ceramics, gifts, furniture and more. Find them within La Cuccina.
 

Want to grab some culture as well? Norval Foundation is the place to be. Surrounded by a beautiful garden and a top notch restaurant this is also not to be missed.

Hout Bay Market
Hout Bay Market
Norval Foundation garden
Norval Foundation

FOR THE LITTLE ONES

Clay Café is your answer for the little ones and their play dates, and also for us bigger ones too. I painted some of MooiBaai’s cups and bowls myself at the Clay Café! Also a great outing for a rainy day.
 

World of Birds, my backyard neighbours, but that’s not the only reason to mention them. The park is funded entirely with private money and donations, and what the owners have created, is a fantastic home to a wide variety of animals. It is the biggest bird park of Africa! World of Birds has a no-refuse policy and takes care of all abused or wounded animals brought to them. So yes, many birds are in cages, but it helps to remind yourself that they all have a better life now than before.
You will definitely not regret a visit!

OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS

Hikers you are spoiled for choice… not only do we have Table Mountain, but also Vlakkenberg, Chapman’s Peak, Constantia Peak, and Karbonkelberg. If you would like a guide on your hike, Brent Thomas is your man! 

 

We have SUPing in the harbour (still waters) and surfing.

 

For the golfers, we have 4 courses just a short drive away: Steenberg, Westlake, Clovelly and Royal Cape.

Llandudno, the neighbouring bay
View of Llandudno, our neighbouring bay {Photo credit: Tim Johnson}

WHERE TO STAY

At MooiBaai of course! We have five unique rooms in a breathtaking setting. Enjoy the mountain vistas while unwinding alongside our swimming pool, or on your private terrace while enjoying a book or a glass of wine.

Hout Bay valley {Photo credit: Tim Johnson}

Photography: Lana Kenney {except where credited otherwise}


  1. Gail

    5 September

    It all looks so beautiful and well worth a visit after lockdown! ! A change of scenery will do one the world of good

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