ON BOTH ENDS
No visit to Cape Town is complete without taking in the scenery Chapman’s Peak Drive between Hout Bay and Noordhoek.
The road, that was completed and opened in 1922 after 4 year of manual labour, still stands as a major engineering accomplishment from the previous century. Both ends of the road offer interesting destinations and gatherings to consider when taking the road, making it a full day trip.
Hout Bay End
The small Hout Bay Harbour is a sailing point to Duiker Island – inhabited by a large colony of young seals that are here to mature before they join other colonies around the Cape. There are a few boat operators that offer a tour onboard.
The harbour is also home to The Lookout Deck, a favourite restaurant among locals and the one any family will bring its’ visitors to. Specialising in sea food and enjoying the direct connection to fishermen, freshness is a guaranteed. Booking is recommended when visiting over weekends and holidays. Live music is played over weekends too.
On the high end of the scale, Silversmith Wine Estate in Constantia Nek, just above Hout Bay, is home to La Colombe Restaurant. A culinary icon that often graces international lists and gradings of the best eateries in the world. Chef Scot Kirton’s philosophy and approach lies in the fusion of Asian and French cuisine and the pursuit of excellence and perfection on each plate. Offerings include a full vegetarian menu alongside the classical one. Booking is a must!
If you happen to visit the area over the weekend, don’t miss the Bay Harbour Market. A great mixture of local traders that sell hand-made, hand crafted and local designs of clothing, personal and home goods. The far end of the market offers plentiful food stands with flavours from around the world. All fresh, all made to order. Live music and communal seating areas complete the market vibe.
Right next to this end you’ll find the southern-most wine estate of the Cape Peninsula, the Cape Point Vineyard, with a large veranda and lawns that roll down towards the dam and overlooks the ocean.
The estate is known for the big range of white wines which can be explored via a tasting experience, accompanying a meal in the restaurant or alongside a picnic basket. Between 1 November and 31st May a community pop-up market happens every Thursday evening from 16:30 – 20:30, offering tastes of local cuisine and a guaranteed breathtaking sunset.
Up the road is the location of the Noordhoek Farm Village. It is the home to several local vendors and a safe ground to let small children play around. It is also the home of the Foodbarn.
The Foodbarn Restaurant offers casual fine dining in a relaxed and characterful old barn and is a well-known awarded establishment. It was joined in recent years by the Foodbarn Deli where you can stock up on fresh local goods or sit down for a light meal. At night the deli is transformed into a tapas bar serving inspired dishes with amazing textures and flavours.
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