dk villas Top 5 Reasons to Visit Hout Bay

It’s no secret that we love Hout Bay! This charming seaside neighbourhood is home to three dk villas properties: Harbour View Hout Bay, The Boardwalk Hout Bay and RivervieW Hout Bay. Hout Bay is full of views, charm and wonderful things to do!

The town of Hout Bay originated with the arrival of the Dutch settlers centuries ago and began as a settlement for the timber industry (Did you know that Hout Bay is named after the wood in the area which was used to build much of early Cape Town?). Today, the town is a popular travel destination in Cape Town, overflowing with charm and character!

Hout Bay Panorama

To celebrate this fantastic destination, we have put together a list of reasons to add Hout Bay to your travel wish list and make it your next holiday destination!

Top 5 reasons to visit Hout Bay:

1. The Location

You can’t discuss Hout Bay without talking about the views! Nestled on the Atlantic Seaboard and surrounded by impressive mountain ranges, Hout Bay boasts a stunning location. The golden beaches, deep blue waters and dramatic mountain drives are a photographer’s dream!

One of the most popular attractions in Hout Bay is Chapman’s Peak Drive and the viewpoints around the area. The road connects Hout Bay and Noordhoek and is a marvellous feat of engineering! Chapman’s Peak offers sweeping views of the town and the coastline. You’ll often see locals parking cars and tourists hopping off of the big red City Sightseeing busses to wander around the viewpoints and snap photos. Some of the most iconic images of Hout Bay include the majestic Sentinel peak at the western end of town.

Hout Bay Sunsets

If you don’t feel like doing the drive, you can park your car just before the road’s tollbooth and take a hike up to a wonderful picnic spot. Find out about more exciting Hout Bay hikes here.

While it’s surrounded by so much natural beauty, Hout Bay is also home to a working harbour which is fun to explore! (More on the restaurants, food and things to do around the harbour below).

One of the best things about visiting Hout Bat is that it is far enough away from the centre of town feel secluded, but is still a convenient distance to popular places like Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront and Camps Bay as well hotspots in the Southern Peninsula including Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Simon’s Town and the Constantia Wine Route. Gorgeous beaches such as Llandudno and Sandy Bay are also just around the corner! Sandy Bay is also a popular hike.

All in all, in our books, Hout Bay is one of the best locations in the Western Cape!

Chapmans Peak

2. The Outdoors

Hout Bay has no shortage of stunning outdoor spaces. Better yet, there is an abundance of fun outdoor activities to enjoy here! The beach is a great spot to soak up the sun and relax or embark on a stroll along the shoreline. Keen to take to the trails and go for walks, hikes or mountain biking? Hout Bay boasts a number of options. You can even go ziplining!

In the mood to explore the ocean? You’re in the right place! Go on a kayak adventure tour, enjoy a seal island cruise or even a seal snorkelling adventure!

Seal Island

3. Restaurants & Shopping

The food and shopping scene in Hout Bay is thriving! The town is home to quaint cafes, divine coffee shops, stunning seaside eateries and more!

Oh, and a few award-winning restaurants to boot! Perched above the town at Silvermist Wine Estate is La Colombe - a highly awarded restaurant that offers incredible gourmet cuisine! Closer to town is Massimo’s restaurant which was recently named the best pizzeria in Africa! Definitely a must-visit spot!


Head to Dunes Beach Restaurant and the Lookout Deck for seafood right by the sea!
For the best fish and chips in town, visit the restaurant at Mariner’s Wharf or the unassuming Fish on the Rocks (this small eatery really packs a punch!). If you’re looking for something more exotic, try Cheyne’s for fusion tapas or venture out and enjoy a hearty Sunday Harvest lunch at the nearby Suikerbossie restaurant. For something sweet visit IceDream and taste authentic Italian gelato.

Several fantastic wine farms are dotted along Constantia Main Road and Hout Bay Main Road, including Beau Constantia, Eagle’s Nest and Constantia Glen. Closer to the centre of town is Hout Bay Vineyards which is a boutique wine cellar that opened in 2001.

Mariner’s Wharf is a great place to eat and shop! Enjoy the restaurants, fresh fish market and antique shop while surrounded by the unique maritime atmosphere.

Finally, Bay Harbour Market is one of the most popular destinations in Hout Bay! Here, you’ll find a number of tantalizing food vendors, artisanal stalls and live music! Take note it is only open from Friday to Sunday.

Fish and Chips

4. The Culture

Hout Bay truly feels like a holiday getaway thanks to the relaxed atmosphere and laid back vibe of the locals! It has earned the nickname “Republic of Hout Bay” thanks to the feeling of community.

Get to know more about Hout Bay’s history, culture and people on a walking tour with City Sightseeing. The Imizamu Yetho township tour is included on the Citysightseeing route and offers insight into local life in this vibrant township. It is guided by an expert local guide and includes a visit to the Original T-Bag Designs workshop.

Hout Bay Sunsets

5. It’s Family Friendly

Ultimately, one of the best things about Hout Bay is that it is family-friendly! Choose a restaurant that the whole family will love, visit the beach, go see the seals, set off on an easy yet beautiful hike, admire the views and snap some great family photos! More venues that are fun for the whole family include World of Birds - Africa’s largest bird park, a wildlife sanctuary and a monkey park. Clay Cafe is the perfect spot to let your creativity flow while the kids can paint and play!

Hout Bay Yoga

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