Top Ten To-Dos In Kalk Bay

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Kalk Bay is one of my favourite places in Cape Town. It’s such a unique and charming little town, don’t you think? I just love the eclectic mix of artsy people, cobbled streets, historic buildings, excellent restaurants, bohemian bric-a-brac shops, vintage bookstores, art and antique galleries and colourful fishing vessels! These are my top ten favourite things to do in Kalk Bay.

1. Have Coffee And A Croissant At C’est La Vie

C’est la Vie is a gorgeous little French-inspired café right opposite the Dalebrook tidal pool – one of the four tidal pools in Kalk Bay that are safe for swimming. Go here to enjoy excellent coffee, raw juices, fresh croissants and artisanal bakes. It’s the perfect place to pop into after a brisk walk along the seaboard or simply for a long, lazy breakfast!


2. Enjoy Classic Fish And Chips At Kalky’s

Edwin and Liz Rosslind’s large, casual cabin-like restaurant right on the harbour quay offers the best fish and chips on this coastline! The battered hake and chips is a dish to-die-for – but then again, the calamari, kingklip, yellowtail and prawns are divine, too. A waitress shouts out your order number when your grub is ready and you then tuck in at your table, or head over to the harbour’s edge to enjoy.


3. Indulge In Fine Wine And Seafood At Live Bait, Harbour House And Polana

These three sea-facing restaurants, all in the same building and owned by the same group, offer top-notch wine and seafood for a stylish and sophisticated dining experience. The building towers over the bustling fishing pier and boasts the most incredible panoramic views of the mountain and sea. Be sure to take a walk along the pier after your meal – the sea spray and salty air is a simply wonderful tonic!


4. Go Shopping At ANPA Jewellery 

ANPA Jewellery is the most divine little contemporary jewelry design shop, offering bespoke pieces. Whether it’s a statement necklace or a delicate ring you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something that wows you! The jewellers combine rare, high-quality gems with gold and silver … and they make the most exceptional pieces. Other materials they use include leather, silk, African Blackwood and even peacock feather. 


5. Get Artsy At The Potter’s Workshop

The Potter’s Workshop has the most stunning ceramics, pottery and glazes from famous local ceramicists on offer. It’s quite awe-inspiring! Pick up something to decorate your home, or take home materials to make your own … this place is certainly any artsy girl’s haven!


6. Unleash Your Inner Booklover At Kalk Bay Books

This little bookshop offers the most spectacular sea views in the country … if not the world! It’s a gathering place for book lovers to browse and buy. The store also regularly hosts book launches and discussions, in which locals scramble for a place on the plush leather sofa with a glass of red wine in hand. If this sounds like your thing (and how could it not?), pay them a visit!


7. Sip Cocktails At Brass Bell And La Parada

Sea views and great cocktails are a match made in heaven … and these two local hotspots offer just that! What’s more is you can also expect delicious tapas as well as the most spectacular mountain backdrop at both of these laidback establishments. I’d recommend either one for a late boozy lunch or a relaxed romantic dinner. 


8. Tuck Into A Breakfast, Lunch Or Dinner Special At Olympia Café & Deli

Olympia Café & Deli has got to be the most popular eatery in Kalk Bay! The rustic café is well-known for its home-baked breads and pastries, as well as a blackboard of breakfast, lunch and dinner specials that change daily (for when you’re on a budget). Don’t leave without visiting their bakery (behind the red door around the corner) to buy a flaky pain au chocolat or a freshly-baked ciabatta!


9. Treat Yourself To The Best Ice Cream At Ice Café

Right opposite the train station is one of the most amazing little ice cream parlours in Cape Town – yup, it’s Ice Café! They have the most delectable ice creams and sorbets on offer … I’m still dreaming about the raspberry-rosewater with toasted almond ice cream that I had the last time I popped in there!


10. Watch A Play At Kalk Bay Theatre

Kalk Bay Theatre is a unique and intimate little 72-seater theatre, which was once a historic church. They stage excellent plays with a special supper club experience, giving a real sense of community to the area. On Tuesdays, they offer a two-shows-for-the-price-of-one deal … score!

by Candice

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24 November 2015 at 04:03 pm
Cape Town's Darling Hi Charley, thanks for your feedback. However, La Parada and C'est La Vie are both still around (C'est La Vie is just currently relocating for the second time this year - I'll update you when they reveal their new address). Furthermore, the Potter's Workshop is in fact called the Potter's Workshop rather than the "Pottershop" (you can double check that on their website). If you'd like any further info, please feel free to mail And yes, you're right - Bob's Bagel Cafe is divine! 😊

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