Find fine (fishy) food in seaside Kalk Bay

The colourful seaside suburb of Kalk Bay is one of the most popular destinations in Cape Town. And, luckily for hungry travellers, there’s no shortage of great restaurants on offer.

With its charming harbour and array of eclectic shops, it’s no surprise that many Sunday day-trippers and tourists like to spend a day in the seaside suburb of Kalk Bay along Cape Town’s False Bay coastline, exploring the many galleries, boutiques and restaurants on offer.

Once the shopping’s done you’ll be looking for a bite to eat and luckily this enchanting corner of Cape Town comes with plenty of great restaurants to choose from.

If you’re looking for a light meal with plenty of local character, Olympia Café & Bakery is your best bet. Alongside a good selection of vegetarian options, the fresh yellowtail – a local fish that’s best served grilled – with crushed potato and the roasted pork belly are both excellent. The signature dish, however, is the generous bowl of mussels cooked in garlic, cream and white wine. Served with bowls of fresh ciabatta bread baked on site it’s one of the best restaurant dishes in Kalk Bay.

For something more laid-back, The Brass Bell across the road offers upmarket bistro dining right on the False Bay seafront. The beer is cold, the menu is well priced, and a spacious outdoor area makes this a good spot for the whole family.

Kids will also love exploring the colourful fishing harbour of Kalk Bay, where you’ll find the gorgeous Harbour House Restaurant. Decorated in a cool nautical theme with blue hues and white furniture, the panoramic sea views will almost distract you from your plate. The catch of the day, often delivered fresh from the restaurant’s own boats, is offered on a chalkboard of daily specials.

Head out of town to tune in to The Deep South’s musical riches

Only 30 minutes drive from the city centre, the southern part of the Cape Peninsual — known as The Deep South — boasts some of Cape Town’s best scenery. It’s also where good food and great music live in harmony.

Octopus’ Garden in the Old Post Office building at St James train station serves up a menu as eclectic as its décor and its entertainment offerings, with live music ranging from solo original artists to cover bands.

Built in 1939, the Brass Bell is considered an entertainment icon in entertainment in the area that stretchinges roughly along the False Bay coast from Muizenberg to Simon’s tTown. Located in the trendy harbour town of Kalk Bay and surrounded by rolling waves and tidal pools, this venue boasts 7seven different dining and entertainment areas. From karaoke to some of Cape Town’s best live music shows, it offers something for everyone.

Next door, you will find more laid back vibe of at Cape tTo Cuba, with its colourful déecor featuring an impressive hodgepodge collection of devotional objects and references to Ernest Hemingway and Cheé Guevara. Cape to Cuba hosts live music on Sundays only.

A little further south, The Annex in Simon’s Town hosts orginal live bands every Saturday night, as does.

Head even further south, to The Cape Farmhouse, which lies between Simon’s Town and Scarborough for family-friendly afternoon gatherings with local bands.

The Courtyard café: Kalk Bay’s hidden gem

While most visitors flock to the quaint fishing harbour for lunch in the Cape Town suburb of Kalk Bay, hidden across Main Road is the charming Courtyard Café, which dishes up top-notch food, especially for vegetarians.

The coastal road from the Constantia winelands to Cape Point is one of the most scenic touring routes in all of Cape Town, taking visitors through the charming suburbs of Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town.

With the sea just metres to your left it’s not surprising most travellers choose to stick close to the ocean when looking for a lunch spot. But sea views and great food don’t always go hand in hand.

They do at The Courtyard Café, however, situated between the charming Artvark Gallery and the Kalk Bay Theatre on Main Road. The view may only be from a few tables, and from some way back, but the top-notch fare from the kitchen makes it worth the sacrifice.

The menu stretches from breakfast to light bites, but the real magic is in the vegetarian options. Cape Town restaurants are known for their creativity when it comes to meat-free meals, and here you’ll be spoilt for choice. Alongside a range of sandwiches is a wide range of adventurous salads: think red quinoa with broccoli, fennel and feta, or perhaps barley with rocket, pecan nuts and green olives.

If you really need something meaty you’re in luck too, though: ostrich meatballs, Asian chicken strips and hearty burgers all make for a fine lunch on the road. Get there early and you can have the best of both worlds: lovely views from the charming courtyard tables and delicious fresh fare from the kitchen.