Kalk Bay is a False Bay gem and we know exactly why – the little town has so much to offer its visitors and residents. It is known for its raw beauty, unique and quirky shops and an array of restaurants. With our guide, you won’t miss out on a thing. The distance from Cape Town to Kalk Bay is about 30km which will take you roughly 35 minutes. You can also Uber to Kalk Bay if you plan on enjoying some wine or a few cocktails.
Places to eat in Kalk Bay
1. Lucky Fish and Live Bait
If you want your fish and chips experience to be authentic then you are in luck – you can dine right in the harbour while watching the boats come in and viewing the resident seals.
This is a Kalk Bay institution and one you have to experience – locals and tourists alike will be found here. Kalky’s is situated right in the harbour and has none of those pretentious feelings that come with many Cape Town restaurants – bring your own wine, sit back and take in the views while you enjoy some of the freshest fish around.
3. Olympia Café and Deli
Olympia is one of the more popular places in Kalk Bay and we know why – the pure deliciousness that oozes out of its doors is addictive. The simple menu keeps people coming back and everything is prepared from scratch. This gem is small and popular so make sure you arrive early (before all the baked goods are sold) or head on over to the popular red door where you can buy fresh artisanal bread and yummy pastries.
4. The Brass Bell
The Brass Bell is well known for its live music, restaurant and Bikini Bar – it has something for everyone. The Brass Bell Grill is the main restaurant area with seating for 60, the elevated Captains Deck offers the same menu as the Grill, but with a bird’s eye view of the ocean. Visit this iconic venue for a cocktail and a bite to eat.
5. Cape to Cuba
This restaurant has a truly unique setting and one that can’t be missed. The restaurant/bar/party venue has been around since 1995 and if you want to experience the vibe then you need to book. You can enjoy drinks and cocktails at the bar or dinner overlooking the ocean and if you are looking for a good time then you can expect music and dancing.
If you are in the mood for authentic, delicious Italian then you have come to the right place. Satori is a gorgeous little restaurant that packs each dish with maximum flavour – just the way we like it. The staff are friendly and happy to go the extra mile to make your dining experience the best.
Things to do in Kalk Bay
1. Cave Exploring
If you are looking for a little adventure then you are in luck – there are a number of caves that are worth exploring in and around the mountains of Kalk Bay. However, it is best to take someone who is familiar with the area and the caves. If you are a novice hiker or in a group then the Boomslang cave hike is perfect – the start is at the Echo Valley sign on Boyes Driver and it’s about 4km long. The reward? Amazing views of False Bay and some epic cave exploring.
Kalk Bay has something for everyone when it comes to shopping – from beautiful antique furniture stores, nurseries, boutiques to jewellery shops. While walking the streets you may even find some unique art to take home with you.
3. Kalk Bay Theatre
The Kalk Bay Theatre is the place to be as all the shows are handpicked and many are sold out so make sure you book early if you want to make a night of it. The Tuesday two-for-one tickets is an amazing deal as you can have dinner at the venue beforehand, plus a coffee after the show while you mix and mingle with the crowd and artists.
4. Kalk Bay books
This could be considered as one of Cape Town’s best bookstores as they have made a decision not to push the typical commercial offerings, but rather the classics. There is also a collection of books by local authors – you will find something for everyone in this gem.
This little town has so much to offer, it would be a shame to give it a miss if you’re visiting Cape Town. It is easy to make a day out of your trip to Kalk Bay as you can walk the streets, take in the beauty of the old buildings and eat at some of Cape Town’s best restaurants. Live like a local and embrace the local culture – local is lekker after all!