Eating Out in Hout Bay


Even More Places to Wine & Dine in the “790”

Last month, we posted a blog on some of dk villas’ favourite places to eat in Hout Bay (you can read that here) but our valley is such a little foodie paradise that we felt we had to publish a follow-up blog on some of the other amazing eateries there are to visit. Here are even more restaurants to eat at on your next visit to Hout Bay….

EAT Restaurant at the Hout Bay Manor

+27 (0) 21 790 0116

A gem among Hout Bay restaurants, EAT is an easy-going, versatile restaurant that prides itself on skilfully prepared, fresh, wholesome food and outstanding service. An old world with new flavours, the Hout Bay Manor’s whimsical venue gives guests the option of dining indoors or al fresco under shady plane trees or poolside when the weather is good. The menus are as generous as they are diverse, serving breakfasts, light lunches, lunch, tapas, dinner, snacks, Asian-inspired cuisine, and desserts. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to accompany their families!
Address: Hout Bay Manor, No. 5 Baviaanskloof Road, Off Main Road


Green Vine Eatery at Silvermist Wine Estate

T: +27 (0) 21 795 1013

Nestled amongst the Longkloof Mountain Range and overlooking the Constantia Valley, you’ll find the gorgeous Silvermist Organic Wine Estate. Silvermist’s restaurant is called the Green Vine Eatery and is owned and managed by Chessa Louw, who is passionate about natural flavours, raw foods, and visually appetizing dishes. The "Green Vine Experience" focuses on abundance and the freshest ingredients, which it delivers in a shabby-chic-meets-wine-farm setting with gorgeous views, raw wooden decks, rolling lawns, exposed wooden tables, and friendly, welcoming staff.
Address: Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia Main Road


La Cuccina

T: +27 (0) 21 790 8008

18 years on and so much has changed at La Cuccina, yet so much has remained the same. La Cuccina is serious about making people happy through their breakfasts and lunches, which are created to be “real and comforting”. They work with many small, local artisan food producers to prepare dishes that are as beautiful to look at as they are to sink your teeth into. You can order a la carte or have a go at their mouth-watering breakfast and lunch harvest tables (go hungry). Alternatively, you can order a healthy “ready meal” to take with you to work or to eat on the road if you’re exploring.
Address: Victoria Mall, Corner of Victoria and Empire roads


Lucky Bao

T: +27 (0) 64 661 4415

A baozi, or bao for short, is a type of filled bun or bread-like dumpling in various Chinese cuisines. Lucky Bao pays homage to this delicious anytime snack or meal with its Asian-inspired menu, featuring sticky duck bao, pork belly bao, ramen fried chicken bao, and more. Situated right next door to Cheyne's on Hout Bay Main Road, Lucky Bao is an intimate, eight-seater food bar that, in addition to its namesake dish, serves other Asian favourites, such as pork shio ramen, wagyu beef burgers, beef gyoza, and nori-dusted fries.
Address: 35 Main Road, Hout Bay


Pakalolo

T: +27 (0) 21 790 0700

Pakalolo is a restaurant and excellent bar that serves traditional pub favourites like burgers, bar snack foods, seafood, salads, and Mexican cuisine. Perched at the beginning of Chapman's Peak Drive, right opposite the beach, Pakalolo is reliably vibey with live local entertainment (music and comedy) on weekends and outside terraces, a chill-out lounge, a Bistro area with fireplace, and three big screens for sports events in full HD.
Address: 10 Main Road, Hout Bay


Papino’s Restaurant

T: +27 (0) 82 570 6320

At 34 years old, Papino’s family run Italian Restaurant is a legendary institution situated in the heart of Hout Bay. Here, owners Karen and Richard have created a restaurant that is all about delicious, traditional Italian dishes executed with a contemporary twist. The ochre walls are reminiscent of a Tuscan landscape and there is a romantic, almost sultry atmosphere, which, for decades, has made this restaurant a favourite with both locals and tourists.
Address: 14 Earl Street, Hout Bay


Piccolo Posticino

T: +27 (0) 67 393 1653

Piccolo Posticino was first opened in Sea Point in 1998 by Enrico and Gioacchino, but now has a branch in Hout Bay that offers authentic Italian cuisine. Situated on the right just before the famous Chapman's Peak Drive, Piccolo Posticino is run on a combination of love, great food, and a passion for everything Italian, from thin-based pizzas and fresh Italian caprese salads to indulgent lasagne and your favourite pasta dishes.
Address: 2 Shoreline Centre, 13 Beach Crescent, Hout Bay


Spiro’s Greek Restaurant

T: +27 (0) 21 791 3897

Opa! Spiro’s is a traditional Greek restaurant and relaxed neighbourhood spot with a full bar, charming courtyard, and kids’ play area. This lively taverna boasts a beguiling Mediterranean, beach-side feel that is consistent throughout its interior and outdoor seating areas. The menu pays full tribute to its roots in Greece, showcasing contemporary Greek street food with some Middle Eastern influences. For the full, authentic Greek experience, start your meal with a shot of ouzo (anise-flavoured aperitif).
Address: 30 Main Road, Hout Bay


Wharfside Grill Restaurant

T: +27 (0) 21 790 1100

Expect authentic harbourside ambience, spectacular bay views, and a delicious menu of fresh seafood and innovation creations like Calaprawnia, Houtbaisse, and Fisherman’s Baskets at The Wharfside Grill. Located at Mariner’s Wharf, the 350-seater restaurant features six private dining cabins themed to seafaring history and famous ships, such as the Queen Mary and those belonging to the Union-Castle Line, which frequented the Cape.
Address: Mariner's Wharf, Harbour Road, Hout Bay


Woodcutter's Arms

T: +27 (0) 21 791 0189

Conveniently located almost right opposite DK Villas’ Harbour View property on Hout Bay Main Road, Woodcutters Arms is a traditional English style pub offering home-cooked, British inspired dishes, a large selection of craft beer, an extensive wine list, and great service in a relaxed atmosphere. They also have a number of large TV screens so you can catch the game while sinking a few pints with friends.
Address: 37 Main Road, Hout Bay

Luxurious Escape to Dwarskersbos


dk villas’ Beach Cottage at Skilliepark

If you exit the city on the N7 and drive up the country’s west coast, past the West Coast National Park, through the town of Velddrif, and past a vast tract of low-lying marine scrub, you’ll chance upon the quaint seaside community of Dwarskersbos. Here, a clutch of residential homes and holiday cottages bathe in the gentle, ever-present purr of the ocean waves and the salty maritime breezes that blow off the Atlantic Ocean.


Dwarskersbos and its beach, Dolfynstrand, is a place to “get away from it all” - away from the city and the insanity. It’s a serene escape in which one can do a little reconnection with oneself, a loved one, and nature. And as a visitor to this far-flung portion of the Cape, there couldn’t be a better home-away-from-home to do it all in than DK Villa’s beach cottage at Skilliepark.


Chic beach cottage

DK Villa’s two-bedroom beach cottage is perfectly positioned near the beach to allow guests front-row seats to the sunset. And with a sheltered indoor braai area with eight-seater table and wrap-around windows, the show can be enjoyed irrespective of the season.

Inside, the cottage is decidedly chic and beach-themed with full attention paid to every detail concerning function, comfort, space usage, and aesthetics. When it comes to interior design, Petra has impeccable style and vision, while Johann is a self-admitted perfectionist! There is an open plan double volume living room and fully kitted-out kitchen that includes high-end appliances, a coffee and tea-making station (and Ouma rusks, natuurlik), as well as heaps of storage space.

DK Villas’ beach cottage at Skilliepark has two bedrooms, both with queen-size beds and one with an open plan en-suite bathroom with a bath. In terms of amenities (and luxuries), no detail has gone without consideration by Johann and Petra. The apartment is flush with everything one could possibly want and need to enjoy a luxurious stay in the fairly remote coastal village of Dwarskersbos. This includes complimentary Wi-Fi, an enormous flat screen TV with DSTV, and Egyptian cotton towels and sheets so soft your biggest challenge will be getting out of bed in the morning. There are event reference books for birding and nature enthusiasts to peruse.

Master bedroom (with en-suite)

Second bedroom


Surrounding attractions

The most immediate diversion to be enjoyed in Dwarskersbos is its beach, Dolfynstrand, which lies a short two-minute walk from the Skilliepark beach cottage. This broad and mostly deserted expanse of white sand is littered with mussel shells and patrolled by Kelp Gulls and African Black Oystercatchers. It offers kilometres of pristine beach to stroll on or a romantic spot for a picnic or sundowner drinks.

The area is home to a number of nature reserves (the West Coast National Park and Rocherpan Nature Reserve), as well as the Berg River and its estuary, so it is quite a haven for nature lovers. Between the months of June and September, Southern Right whales frequent the coast and in August to September, the West Coast landscapes erupt into colour as the wildflowers bloom. There are also plenty of walks, hikes, nature trails, birdwatching, and even Berg River boat cruises to explore.


Wine and dine

Truth be told, the true allure of Dwarskersbos is its remoteness and tranquillity and so you won’t find any kind of restaurant strip or nightlife here (aside from the odd Barn owl or fiery-necked nightjar). If you can’t be bothered to drive more than a few minutes for a hearty plate of food, try the See Kaia (+27 (0) 83 276 3115 or +27 (0) 71 742 8593), which serves unpretentious, rustic cuisine like pizzas, burgers, toasted sandwiches, and breakfasts.

A short 10 to 15-minutes’ drive away, Velddrif and Port Owen offer up a much greater diversity of restaurants, pubs, and casual eateries, such as Russells on the Port (+27 (0) 22 783 0158), Charlie’s Brewhouse (+27 (0) 22 783 0448), Ek en Djy Vissery (+27 (0) 82 781 3878), Lavender & Lime Coffee Shop (+27 (0) 78 203 8374), and many more. Check out our blog about places to eat in and around Dwarskersbos!


Why Dwarskersbos should be your next weekend getaway

DK Villas’ beach cottage at Skilliepark has been set up in such a way that even if it stormed the entire weekend, you wouldn’t care because the tranquillity you seek can be found within its walls and within its luxury sheets. And this is what Dwarskersbos offers, really: tranquillity. Too often, we seek peace on our travels only to end up spending time, money, and energy on being tourists. While there is much to do and see on the Cape’s stunning West Coast, Dwarskersbos’ relative remoteness makes it easy to spend a day lying on the beach or in bed reading a book; to go for long walks through the veldt or just watch the day ease into night.

DK Villas’ guesthouse has every amenity and luxury one could possibly need to enjoy the peace this part of the world has to offer. It is, above all else, a restful and luxurious home for the heart and the soul, and the perfect getaway for anyone – Capetonian or tourist – in pursuit of rejuvenation.


For more information on our Skilliepark property or to make a booking, go to www.dkvillas.co.za, email info@dkvillas.co.za, or call Johann de Kock on +27 (0)82 922 0775.

The Booze Traveller’s Guide to Hout Bay

Booze tends to get a back rap because of its intoxicating effects but inebriated shenanigans aside, tipple (when enjoyed in moderation) provides us with a charming peek under the skirts of a country’s culture. The gorgeous Hout Bay valley fairly represents the Cape and country’s ardent love for beautiful wine, craft brew, and artisanal spirits. It’s also home to the “smallest pub in Africa”, so line up an Uber because we’re going to take you on a boozy tour of Hout Bay!


Wine, glorious wine

Positioned right next door to the world-famous Constantia wine region, Hout Bay boasts a cool, maritime climate perfect for the cultivation of classic Bordeaux grape varietals, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. There are three wine estates in the valley, all of which can be visited under special circumstances (either by appointment or at certain times of the year, etc.)


Hout Bay Vineyards

T: +27 (0) 83 790 3303

Perched high atop the northwest-facing slopes of Bokkemanskloof, Hout Bay Vineyards make full use of the valley’s favourable terroir to produce a delicious boutique range of wines, which can be sampled in an intimate tasting setting in the cellar. Winemaker and owner Cathy Roeloffze hosts the private tastings (by appointment only) and guests are welcome to enjoy a glass of their favourite wine afterwards. Tastings cost R50 per person with a minimum charge of R300.


Ambeloui

E: wine@ambeloui.co.za

Ambeloui is a small boutique wine cellar and farm that produces delicious, high quality Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) in the traditional Champagne method. The only caveat here is that the farm only opens its doors to the public once per year on the first weekend of November – this year, 2nd November 2019 – where you can sample and buy their bubbly. Stocks are limited and are sold on a first come, first served basis!


Silvermist Wine Estate

T: +27 (0) 21 794 7601

Silvermist is a family owned organic wine estate at the top of the Hout Bay valley, where it melts into Constantia. The farm falls within the Table Mountain National Park, so there’s plenty of birdlife about and the panoramic views of the Twelve Apostles Mountain range, Constantia Valley, False Bay, and Hottentots Holland Mountains are truly spectacular. Silvermist Wine Estate is open for tastings during high season (1st November 2019 to 28th February 2020) from Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 to 17:00; mid-season (1st March 2020 to 30th April 2020) from Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 to 17:00; and low season (1st May 2020 to 30th September 2020) from Friday to Sunday, 11:00 to 16:00.


Constantia Wine Route

Still thirsty? Why not explore the rest of the Constantia Wine Route, which sprawls out just on the other side of Constantia Nek? There are 10 wine estates here with a history that dates back to the very origins of winemaking in South Africa, as established by the first Governor of the Cape, Simon Van Der Stel. For more information on the Constantia Wine Route and it’s oldest farm, Groot Constantia, click on the relevant links.


It’s Craft, Bru

Located in the heart of Hout Bay’s historic harbour, very conveniently side-by-side to each other, you’ll find the Urban Brewing Co. and Hout Bay Harbour Distillery, where quality, artisanal craft beers are brewed and gins are distilled respectively.


Urban Brewing Company

T: +27 (0) 21 791 1130 or +27 (0) 82 474 9745
The Urban Brewing Co. offers visitors tours of their craft beer operation, which is right next door to the vastly popular Bay Harbour Market. The tour includes a beer tasting, a complimentary beer of your choice, a tour of their facilities, and a short talk on the process of craft beer production.


Hout Bay Harbour Distillery

T: +27 (0) 82 443 9360
If you prefer a G&T to beer (or in addition to), the Hout Bay Harbour Distillery crafts true artisanal gin at its tiny operation, which shares a space with a gorgeous art gallery. They too offer very informative tastings, which conclude with a delicious gin cocktail of your choice.


Bay Harbour Market

Open every Friday from 17:00 to 21:00, and Saturday and Sunday from 09:30 to 16:00, the refurbished fish factory in the old part of the Hout Bay harbour comes to life with hundreds of craft stalls and a mouth-watering selection of food and beverage vendors. The Bay Harbour Market offers the perfect opportunity and setting in which sit down to a delicious lunch after a gin and/or beer tasting, accompanied by more craft beer, cocktails, and wine of course!


Bar Scene

The Workshop Pub (the Smallest Pub in Africa)

T: +27 (0) 21 790 1747

Lovingly known as the “Smallest Pub in Africa”, the Workshop has long been Hout Bay’s casual, go-to watering hole. The bar is truly tiny, but an outside tented area (with big screen TV’s playing sports) offers sheltered seating for many patrons. The drinks are cheap, the laid-back vibe infectious, and there’s an ancient Dukebox you can attempt to coerce into playing your favourite songs.


Woodcutters Arms

T: +27 (0) 21 791 0189

Woodcutters Arms is a traditional English style pub on Hout Bay’s Main Road, almost right opposite DK Villas’ Harbour View property. Here, you can expect home-cooked, British inspired dishes, a large selection of craft beer, an extensive wine list, a relaxed atmosphere, and, when there’s a game on, hot-blooded patriotism!


Pakalolo Hout Bay

T: +27 (0) 21 790 0700

Pakalolo is a restaurant and excellent bar that serves a constellation of cocktails and shooters in addition to the usual assortment of beverages. Perched at the beginning of Chapman's Peak Drive, right opposite the beach, Pakalolo is reliably vibey with live local entertainment (music and comedy) on weekends and outside terraces, a chill out lounge, a Bistro area with fireplace, and three big screens for sports events in full HD!

The Nature Lover’s Guide to Dwarskersbos and the Cape West Coast

Dwarskersbos and its surrounding area is a magnet for nature and birding enthusiasts. Because much of the West Coast has been left untouched by development, its flower-carpeted plains, estuaries, mudflats, and indigenous coastal scrub and fynbos are in a pristine state. They also support a myriad of animals and birdlife, many species of which are endemic to this region and found nowhere else in South Africa, or indeed the world.

Here are a few must-go places and attractions for visitors to Dwarskersbos who love to get out into nature!


The Berg River and Estuary

The Berg River is a 294 kilometre-long waterway that drains a mountain catchment area of 7,715 km². Dwarskersbos is located a stone’s throw to the north of the Berg River mouth, where it feed into the Atlantic Ocean at Velddrif, forming an estuary that is an important ecosystem for a diverse number of aquatic bird, animal, and plant species. Not surprisingly, this area attracts hoards of birdwatchers but for those who just like to experience the beauty of the Berg River – and perhaps catch a sunset in the process - there are boat cruise operators to call upon.
Tollie’s Boat & River Cruises depart morning and late afternoon from the Port Owen Slipway at the Riviera Hotel in Velddrif for a leisurely 1.5 hour cruise. The boat, captained by the amusing and informative Captain Tollie, accommodates 32 guests, and is child friendly. Find them on Facebook or contact +27 (0) 79 763 6966.


Diverse Birdlife

Speaking of bird life, located on the West Coast near the mouth of the Berg River and the Langebaan bird sanctuary, Dwarskersbos is a prime location for birds and birding. The area’s mudflats, estuaries, coastal scrub, and fynbos offer a wide variety of habitats, where 127 different species of water birds and 93 terrestrial birds have been identified. These include 25 species that are considered to be of national importance and at least five ‘Red Data’ listed species. For more information about birdwatching in the lower Berg River wetlands, please click here.


Beach lover’s paradise

Dwarskersbos is bordered along its western periphery by the Atlantic Ocean and a lovely white sand beach called Dolfynstrand. Every morning, evening, and, of course, throughout the day, this quiet beach offers a picturesque setting for long walks, romantic picnics, or, if you can brave the cold, a revitalising ocean dip.


Whale watching

Being an important upwelling zone, the Benguela current nurtures a thriving ecosystem, which means rich marine life and the potential to spot big ocean mammals like dolphins, porpoises, and whales. Species such as southern right whales can be spotted from the beaches, while humpbacked whales can be seen further out to sea. And don’t worry: the water here is typically too cold for great white sharks!


Flower season

The West Coast practically has an international reputation for the annual blooming of its wildflower. Every August – towards the end of the month – millions upon millions of bulbs and seeds that have lain dormant in the soil erupt into a celebration of colour, carpeting the West Coast in swaths of orange, purple, red, and white. Visitors are encouraged to get out of their cars and walk through this wonderland, to take pictures with the flowers, and smell the Hesperantha (aandblom) and Babiana (Bobbejaantjie). For more information on the area’s incredible flora, check out the Velddrif Tourism Website.


West Coast National Park

Located less than an hour’s drive south from Dwarskersbos is the West Coast National Park, undoubtedly one of the Western Cape’s most beautiful nature reserves, where the indigenous coastal biome, fauna, and flora have been pristinely preserved. Within this 36,260-hectare park, which runs the length of the cool Atlantic Ocean from the town of Yzerfontein to the Langebaan Lagoon in the north, there is a cacophony of indigenous birdlife, several large antelope species, and a spectrum smaller mammals and reptiles. The park is best known for its many hiking trails, spectacular flowers in spring, swimming spots, and many endemic bird species that you won’t see anywhere else. Visit the South African National Parks website or contact +27 (0) 22 772 2144.


Salt pans at Cerebos

Cerebos, the market leader in the retail salt market in South Africa, has many salt pans near the mouth of the Berg River, which attracts beautiful birds such as greater and lesser flamingo, great white pelicans, and chestnut banded plovers. In October, birdwatchers visit the pans in the hopes of spotting the rare and elusive red-necked phalarope.


Rocherpan Nature Reserve

Rocherpan is a coastal nature reserve (part of the Cape Nature Group) teeming with birds and colourful wildflowers, particularly in the spring. The 930-hectare reserve, which lies 10 km north of Dwarskersbos, consists largely of a seasonal vlei that is usually dry between March and June but, over winter, receives the water it needs to host a vibrant array of fauna and flora. Rocherpan was established as a nature reserve in 1966, and the adjacent section of the Atlantic Ocean was declared a marine reserve in 1988. Visit the Cape Nature website or contact +27 (0) 79 203 1092.


Just ask us!

For more information on Dwarskersbos and its surrounding activities, places to eat, and things to do, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Johann de Kock at info@dkvillas.co.za.




Eating Out in Hout Bay


dk villas’ Favourite Restaurants in Hout Bay

Hout Bay is a top tourist destination for so many reasons. It has a bustling harbour area, which sees fishing trawlers departing daily, a vastly popular weekend market, embracing mountains criss-crossed with hiking trails culminating in spectacular views, and the world famous Chapman’s Peak with its scenic drive that competes, and possibly beats, the world’s best. In short, Hout Bay makes for an enchanting getaway for any visitor to the Cape or even for locals looking for a little change of scenery. But amongst the top reasons to visit this enchanting valley is its eclectic and seafood-focused dining scene! Here are some of our favourite restaurants to visits in Hout Bay….


Chapman’s Peak Restaurant

T: +27 (0) 21 790 1036

Opened over 25 years ago, the Chapman’s Peak Restaurant (and hotel) is considered the grand old lady of outdoor seafood restaurants in Cape Town, with a formidable reputation for fresh seafood, from calamari and West Coast crayfish to prawns and fresh-caught linefish. There are also grilled steaks and delicious salads to choose from. The sun-bathed terrace boasts spectacular beach, harbour, and ocean views and is ideal for hot summer days and lingering sunsets, while the romantic, fire-lit interiors caters for those cooler days.

Address: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay


Cheyne’s

T: +27 (0) 66 412 3289

Cheyne’s is known and loved for its fresh approach to cooking and a cuisine focus on Pacific Rim dining inspired by flavours from South East Asia and Japan. The trendy, modern, and artsy décor compose an atmospheric and chic venue in which to enjoy a menu of dishes that are inventive and packed with intriguing, exotic ingredients. The menu itself is creatively divided into tapas portions of sea, land, earth, and happy endings (desserts), making a meal here an engaging experience.

Address: Main Road, Scott Estate, Hout Bay


Dunes Beach Restaurant & Bar

T: +27 (0) 21 790 1876

Located right across the road from Hout Bay beach – and with an outdoor seating area right on the sand – Dunes Beach Restaurant & Bar has long been the go-to spot for fresh seafood lunches and dinners, and sundowner cocktails. The vibe is casual, yet you can also dress up and enjoy a sophisticated evening out if you want to, and the uninterrupted views of sea, sky, and mountain are as welcome an accompaniment to the food as the varied wine list. For families with children, there’s a popular playground adjacent to the terrace.

Address: 1 Beach Road, Hout Bay


Fish on the Rocks

T: +27 (0) 21 790 0001

For decades, this tiny ramshackle fish and chips shop perched on a jettison of rocks at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean has served delicious, steaming takeaway and eat-in seafood caught fresh that very morning. Today, the aptly named Fish on the Rocks is a veritable institution and no visit to Hout Bay is complete without fresh hake and chips or calamari enjoyed here.

Address: 1 Harbour Road, Hout Bay


La Colombe

T: +27 (0) 21 795 0125

Considered one of the top restaurants in the world, La Colombe delivers a multi-sensory, multi-course fine dining experience you’ll never forget. This Cape Town icon treats guests to a truly epic food experience that lasts several hours and is unrelenting in its perfection. Locally, La Colombe consistently blows the competition out of the water, routinely appearing in Eat Out Awards’ Top 10 Restaurants list. It may cost a pretty penny, but it’s wholly worth every cent!

Address: Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek


The Lookout Deck

T: +27 (0) 76 172 7765

Perched right on the water’s edge in Hout Bay Harbour, The Lookout Deck is a restaurant adored for its harbour atmosphere, fresh sea air, views of the bay and Chapman’s Peak, and delicious menu of grilled seafood, sushi, oysters, wood-fired pizzas, and ice-cold beer, wine, cocktails, and beverages. With its location in the heart of the harbour, you can watch the fishermen in action; loading or unloading their trawlers, or you can even hop on a Seal Island sightseeing cruise before your meal!

Address: 65 Harbour Road, Hout Bay Harbour


Massimo’s

T: +27 (0) 21 790 5648

Massimo’s is an Italian restaurant in the truest sense of the concept. Owned and run by an Italian husband-and-wife team (and voted “Best Pizzeria in Africa” by 50TopPizza), Massimo’s serves fresh, delicious, authentic Italian pizzas, pastas, and salads, with plenty of vegan options too. The restaurant is located at the Oakhurst Farm and offers a charming, rustic ambiance with historical photos of the owners’ folks back home. At dinner, there are even silent old school movies projected on the walls!

Address: Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay


Quentin at Oakhurst

T: +27 (0) 21 790 4888

Also located at Oakhurst, one of Hout Bay’s original farmsteads, Quentin at Oakhurst serves a mix of traditional and modern cuisine with a focus on sweeping, mouth-watering buffet-style lunches and dinners. The restaurant and cellar follows in the footsteps of generations of family food farming and cooking traditions, delivered in a beautiful, classic setting with warm hospitality.

Address: Oakhurst Farm, Dorman Way, Hout Bay


Suikerbossie Restaurant

T: +27 (0) 21 790 1450

Established in 1937, Suikerbossie Restaurant in Hout Bay has, for more than 70 years, has enamored visitors with its unparalleled views of Hout Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the dramatic peninsula mountains. Today, it is a vastly popular family-friendly restaurant for weekend breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, delivering a feast for both the stomach and the eyes.

Address: 1 Victoria Drive, Hout Bay

Where to Stay in Hout Bay


dk villas’ Two Beautiful Properties

Hout Bay is a dramatically beautiful Atlantic Ocean harbour and heavily forested valley that, several centuries ago, became a coveted location to settle for its ample source of timber, sheltered bay, fresh water, fertile soils, and fishing. And what began as a fishing and agricultural community over three hundred years ago today stands proud as a top Cape Town tourist attraction, although the community’s roots in fishing still run deep. Shopping, eating out, beaches, wine tasting, bird and wildlife sanctuary, arts and crafts, and more…with so much to do and see in Hout Bay, nothing short of a weekend stay (or longer) will do.

When you visit Hout Bay, DK Villas has two beautiful properties for groups of four or six to enjoy the best the valley has to offer!


dk villas The Boardwalk Property

3 The Boardwalk, 3 Oxford Street, Hout Bay
Two bedrooms, two bathrooms

Located a short walk from Hout Bay beach and the surrounding restaurants and shops, DK Villas Boardwalk property is a trendy, modern, fully furnished and spacious self-catering apartment with two bedrooms that sleep a total of four guests. From the contemporary yet homey lounge area, guests can marvel over views of the bay and Chapman’s Peak, which turns beguiling hues of pinks and crimson as it catches the light of the setting sun.


There isn’t a modern amenity or luxury that isn’t represented here, with all furnishings, appliances, and electronics being sourced from high-end manufacturers. A fully equipped kitchen complete with SMEG appliances, washing machine, and tumble dryer enables guests to fully cater for themselves.


Alternatively, if you can’t be bothered to cook and do the dishes, there is a smorgasbord of Hout Bay restaurants to choose from, from casual eateries to fine dining restaurants, such as La Colombe, which has made the “Top 50 Restaurants in the World” list (make sure you book well in advance).


DK Villas Boardwalk property also packs two bathrooms, safe basement parking, free Wi-Fi, a gorgeous lounge and dining area, DSTV package, and beds dressed with poofy duvets and Egyptian cotton so soft, your biggest challenge will be getting up in the mornings. And while the property is self-catering, the husband-and-wife team behind the magic ensure that guests arrive with everything they need to sink right in and enjoy their stay, from high quality towels and designer toiletries (soap, cream, shampoo) to milk, tea and coffee, and even a bottle of bubbly!


The Boardwalk is the perfect base for couples, families, and friends to explore the splendour of the Hout Bay valley.


dk villas Harbour View Property

9 Harbour View, 46 Main Road, Hout Bay
Three bedrooms, two bathrooms

On the opposite side of the valley to the Boardwalk property, with direct views of The Sentinel Mountain and Hout Bay’s beach and charming harbour, you’ll find the beautiful and spacious Harbour View. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom self-catering apartment is another masterpiece by the DK Villas team, and a seamless blend of luxury furnishings, high-end electronics and appliances, gorgeous views, and home-style convenience.


A generous and fully kitted out modern kitchen and state-of-the-art appliances such as SMEG washing machine, tumble dryer, and dishwasher empower guests to prepare full meals and treat this space as a home-away-from-home. But, if it’s a restaurant you’re after, Hout Bay has a vast spectrum to choose from, including the nearby Spiro’s Greek Restaurant, Dunes (right on the beach), and ever-popular Chapman’s Peak Hotel.


The bedrooms are the epitome of oases with their soft colour palettes, natural textures, Egyptian cotton bedding, luxurious furnishings, and designer room fragrances; an aesthetic and feel that is echoed by the two bathrooms, one full and one en-suite.


Finally a stylish open-plan lounge and dining area with seating for eight guests, large TV (DSTV), and Wi-Fi round out the offering. For your safety and peace of mind, DK Villas’ Harbour View property has 24-hour camera security, electric fencing, and a secure undercover parking bay.



Want to book your stay?

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Heading West: Top Things to do in and Around Dwarskersbos

Dwarskersbos is a quaint seaside community where the only thing loud enough to break the silence is the rhythmic crashing of the Atlantic Ocean against its bordering beach, Dolfynstrand. Having said that, there is plenty to do in the area! Located a short 15-minute drive from the slightly larger coastal village of Velddrif and its Port Owen, where the Berg River meets the ocean, there is a vast spectrum of enchanting outdoor and leisure activities to keep the whole family entertained. Here are a few of our favourites!


Picnic or sundowners on Dolfynstrand

The whole community of Dwarskersbos is bordered by the white sands of Dolfynstrand and the Atlantic Ocean, both a short walk away from almost any starting point. Of course, when it comes to what there is to do on the beach, you are limited only by your imagination! Go for a swim or a romantic walk, read a book on the sand, take a picnic, watch the sunset, or all of the above.


Treat yourself to a spa day

The Port Owen Marina Resort & Spa is located a short 15 minute’s drive from Dwarskersbos, in the neighbouring town of Velddrif. La Vita Spa features two single treatment rooms, hydro facilities, and a variety of treatment options so you can de-stress, get your muscles untangled, and settle into your visit or holiday in luxurious style. Operational hours are 08:00 to 22:00 daily. For more information, refer to their website or contact +27 (0) 22 783 1144.


Berg River cruises

Tollie’s Boat & River Cruises depart morning and late afternoon from the Port Owen Slipway at the Riviera Hotel in Velddrif for a leisurely 1.5 hour cruise up the beautiful Berg River. The boat, captained by the amusing and informative Captain Tollie, accommodates 32 guests, is child friendly, and affords wonderful birdwatching opportunities, as well as spectacular sunset views! Find them on Facebook or contact +27 (0) 79 763 6966.


A birdwatcher’s paradise

Located on the West Coast near the mouth of the Berg River and the Langebaan bird sanctuary, Dwarskersbos is a prime location for birds and birding. The area’s mudflats, estuaries, coastal scrub, and fynbos offer a wide variety of habitats, where 127 different species of water birds and 93 terrestrial birds have been identified. These include 25 species that are considered to be of national importance and at least five ‘Red Data’ listed species. For more information about birdwatching in the lower Berg River wetlands, please click here.


Go river or deep-sea fishing

A member of Velddrif Tourism, A&M Fishing Charters offers enthusiasts a fully equipped boat and the deep area knowledge and seasoned experience of Skipper Andry Barnard. So, whether you want to head inland on the Berg River or strike out west to go deep-sea fishing or whale-watching, A&M Fishing Charters is your port of call. All you need is your fishing and bait licence, which is available at the local Post Office. To book, visit the website or contact +27 (0) 71 550 8491.


Eat out

Dwarskersbos and the neighbouring Velddrif are home to a constellation of humble, home-style restaurants, seafood shacks, and bars where you can count on a quintessential West Coast welcome and delicious cuisine! For something a little fancier, head to Russells on the Port or Charlie’s Brewhouse in Port Owen. And for a more detailed list of places to eat in and around Dwarskersbos, check out our previous blog post.


Visit the Rocherpan Nature Reserve

Rocherpan is a coastal nature reserve (part of the Cape Nature Group) teeming with birds and colourful wildflowers, particularly in the spring. The 930-hectare reserve, which lies 10 km north of Dwarskersbos, consists largely of a seasonal vlei that is usually dry between March and June but, over winter, receives the water it needs to host a vibrant array of fauna and flora. Rocherpan was established as a nature reserve in 1966, and the adjacent section of the Atlantic Ocean was declared a marine reserve in 1988. Visit the Cape Nature website or contact +27 (0) 79 203 1092.


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For more information on Dwarskersbos and its surrounding activities, places to eat, and things to do, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Johann de Kock at info@dkvillas.co.za.


Eating out in Dwarskersbos

dk villas’ Favourite Restaurants in the Dwarskersbos Area

Located up the West Coast, past the West Coast National Park and the coastal town of Velddrif, lies Dwarskersbos, a quaint seaside community and the ultimate escape from anxiety-ridden city living. Here, the perpetual purr of the ocean waves and the caw of seagulls serve as the soundtrack to a perfectly relaxing holiday. And when you’re ready to emerge for a little something to eat and drink, here are some fine establishments to visit in and around the area. Because Dwarskersbos is so small, with limited options for dining out, we have taken the liberty of including restaurants and bars from the neighbouring much larger town of Velddrif, located a short 10 to 15-minutes’ drive away.


Russells on the Port

T: +27 (0) 22 783 0158 | www.russellsontheport.co.za

Nestled into the picturesque Port Owen Marina in Velddrif, a short drive from Dwarskersbos, you’ll find Russells on the Port, a sophisticated and intimate 90-seater restaurant. Head chef Charl Coetzee crafts globally influenced contemporary dishes that are inspired by the seasons and fresh, local produce. Think West Coast seafood, lamb rump, crispy pork belly, and locally sourced game.

Address: 1 Bronwen Avenue, Port Owen Marina, Velddrif


Charlie’s Brewhouse

T: +27 (0) 22 783 0448 | www.charliesbrew.co.za

From the same entrepreneur who brought Velddrif Russells on the Port comes this vivacious, family-friendly establishment with panoramic views of the Port Owen Marina. Here, Head Chef David produces a gastronomic fusion between British pub fare and the finest West Coast flavours, such as sea-fresh West Coast mussels, beer prawns, pulled pork sandwiches, burgers with juicy homemade patties, Eton mess, and silky-smooth homemade ice cream.

Address: 1 Marina Centre, Port Owen Drive


See Kaia Restaurant

T: +27 (0) 83 276 3115 or +27 (0) 71 742 8593 | Facebook Page

Step into what feels like your neighbour’s home and take a seat at a ramshackle table in a colourful lounge as this friendly couple whips up delicious, homemade meals. The Sea Kaia serves unpretentious, rustic cuisine like pizzas, burgers, toasted sandwiches, and breakfasts that will have you rolling out the door, all with a side of West Coast country hospitality at its best!

Please do note that the Sea Kaia is not licensed to serve alcohol.

Address: Hoofwegs (Main Road), next to the Dwarskersbos Beach Resort (Caravan Park)


Soetcase Coffee Shop

T: +27 (0) 83 229 4131 | Facebook Page

A combined arts & crafts store and coffee shop, Soetcase serves a lovely variety of breakfasts, light lunches, pizzas, milkshakes, sweet treats and snacks made with love, and of course coffee. While you wait for your meal, why not take a little meander around the arts and crafts shop? You might find the perfect birthday or anniversary gift!

Address: Pretkor Centre, 8A Main Road, Dwarskersbos


Die Vishuis Restaurant

T: +27 (0) 22 783 1183 or +27 (0) 82 450 5053 | www.dievishuis.co.za

Die Vishuis Restaurant is a typical West Coast jewel, where you can sit down to a scrumptious menu of fresh, local fish and seafood. The restaurant was once a real “vishuis” where fisherman used to salt the Harders (fish) they caught. Today, several features of the original property have been preserved to create a historic, quirky atmosphere with stunning wetland views of the Berg River and its birdlife.

Address: Bokkom Avenue, Velddrif


Teyana’s Restaurant & Pub

T: +27 (0) 22 783 2055 | Facebook Page

Tenyana’s Restaurant & Pub is a casual eatery located on the banks of the Berg River, affording guests beautiful river and wetland views. Immensely popular with locals, you can expect the full spectrum of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, coffees, and drinks with a cuisine focus on fresh, local seafood.

Address: Pelican Harbour, Voortrekker Road, Velddrif


Ek en Djy Vissery

T: +27 (0) 82 781 3878

To steep yourself in quintessential West Coast culture, you’ve simply got to stop in at Ek en Djy Vissery (“me and you fishery”) in Velddrif. This quirky and wholly charming fish shop sells everything from fresh daily caught fish, mussels, pickled fish, roll mops, dried fish (bokkoms), and sea salt to refreshments, Velddrif souvenirs, arts and crafts, and handmade baked treats and jams.

Address: Bokkom Avenue, Velddrif


Die Vis Vlekhuis

T: +27 (0) 71 917 4521 or +27 (0) 22 783 0553 | Facebook Page

Die Vis Vlekhuis is a well-known family restaurant and take away seafood spot located in Laaiplek Harbour. With sweeping Atlantic Ocean views, this landmark site serves delicious fresh fish and seafood, caught that very morning and prepared according to multi-generational recipes. If you’re not a seafood lover, there are the restaurant’s legendary ribs and chips to chow down on. There’s also a bar serving a variety of cocktails, ice cold beverages, beers, and wine.

Address: 43 De Villiers Street, Laaiplek, Velddrif


Lavender & Lime Coffee Shop & Nursery

T: +27 (0) 78 203 8374, | Facebook Page

Towards the back of this verdant heaven of flowers, herbs, succulents, and trees you’ll find a coffee shop that serves all-day breakfasts, light lunches, beverages, and absolutely gorgeous cakes. Lavender & Lime is widely known for its breakfasts and, while waiting for your food to arrive, why not take a picture underneath their enormous Bobbejaandruif Boom (Belhambra tree)? It’s the biggest and oldest one in the region!

Address: 135 Voortrekker Road, Velddrif

What is there to do in Hout Bay?

We’re so glad you asked…
10 Awesome Activities in Hout Bay

Spectacular nature, sweeping beaches, world famous drives, colourful markets, fine dining, ocean adventures, private wine tasting, retail therapy, and even craft breweries and distilleries…when it comes to Hout Bay, there is absolutely no shortage of exciting activities and experiences to keep visitors busy. Here are 10 of our recommended activities in Hout Bay:


Retail therapy at the Bay Harbour Market

T: +27 (0) 83 275 5586

From Friday to Sunday every weekend, the refurbished fish factory in the old part of Hout Bay’s historic harbour comes to life with scores of craft stalls and food and beverage vendors. Peruse the extensive collections of boutique clothing, local art, handmade jewellery, quirky trinkets, and other crafts before sitting down to a delicious meal of freshly made, multi-national dishes from the various food stalls, which you can wash down with wine, craft beer, a cocktail, or healthy fruit smoothie. The Hout Bay Harbour Market is a firm favourite of Capetonians!


Lunch at Fish on the Rocks, a Hout Bay institution

T: +27 (0) 21 790 0001

For decades, this tiny ramshackle fish and chips shop perched on a jettison of rocks at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean has served delicious, steaming takeaway and eat-in seafood caught fresh that very morning. Today, the aptly named Fish on the Rocks is a veritable institution and no visit to Hout Bay is complete without hake and chips or calamari ordered here and enjoyed in the brisk sea air with sweeping views of Chapman’s Peak and the entirety of the bay. Fish on the Rocks is open 365 days a year, from 09:00 to 20:00 (in winter) and 21:00 (in summer).


Take a scenic meander along Chapman’s Peak Drive

Chapman’s Peak Drive hardly needs an introduction. Regarded as one of the most dramatically beautiful drives in the world, the road winds its way around the steep cliff faces of Chapman’s Peak with spectacular, panoramic views of Hout Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. There are plenty of places to stop off to admire the view or even enjoy a picnic.


Go for a private wine tasting at Hout Bay Vineyards

T: +27 (0) 83 790 3303

Located right next door to the world-famous Constantia wine region, Hout Bay boasts a cool, maritime climate perfect for the cultivation of classic Bordeaux grape varietals. Perched high atop the northwest-facing slopes of Bokkemanskloof, Hout Bay Vineyards make full use of the valley’s favourable terroir to produce a delicious boutique range of wines, which can be sampled in an intimate tasting setting in the cellar. Winemaker and owner Cathy Roeloffze hosts the private tastings (by appointment only) and guests are welcome to enjoy a glass of their favourite wine afterwards. Tastings cost R50 per person with a minimum charge of R300.


Visit Hout Bay’s Cape fur seal colony

T: +27 (0) 21 791 4441

Right around the corner – the Sentinel Mountain - from Hout Bay Harbour is a large, noisy, and rather odorous colony of Cape fur seals, a visit to which makes for a lovely 1-hour boat outing! Drumbeat Charters South Africa offers daily scenic cruises to Duiker Island’s seal colony, where visitors can watch the mammals basking in the sun, frolicking in the waves, and honking at each other. Drumbeat Charters also do a variety of other cruises in and around the bay, including a one-hour trip to see the shipwrecks along the Kabonkelberg mountain range. More information here.


Go snorkelling with seals

T: +27 (0) 72 296 9132

If you’re a bit of an adrenalin addict and want to get closer – much closer – to the seals, then how about climbing into the water with them? Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling takes visitors on an unforgettable half-day, eco-friendly adventure to Duiker Island, where you’ll actually jump ship to snorkel with the seals. You can even hire waterproof go-pros to record the experience of swimming with curious seals and the kelp forests and colourful ocean life that swishes in the currents beneath your flippered feet.


Eat out in style at one of Hout Bay’s top restaurants

While a little more rustic and casual in its dining scene, Hout Bay has its share of popular, lauded restaurants. Quentin at Oakhurst serves a mix of traditional and modern cuisine in one of Hout Bay’s original farmsteads. Cheyne’s is all about Pacific Rim dining (and they’ve just launched their spring specials!) Considered one of the top restaurants in the world, La Colombe delivers a multi-sensory, multi-course fine dining experience you’ll never forget. For something a little more casual yet still sophisticated, there’s Dunes Restaurant right on the beach; Chapman’s Peak Hotel with its stunning views and great vibe; the Lookout Deck in the harbour area; Massimo’s for Italian cuisine; and a bevvy of others.


Walk on the beach to Mariner’s Wharf

T: +27 (0) 21 790 1100

Conceptualised and built during the 1980s by Hout Bay’s very own Stanley Dorman, Mariner’s Wharf Harbourside Emporium boasts restaurants, shops, and markets steeped in a beguiling maritime ambience. In other words, it’s the perfect place to end up for a meal or an ice cream after a walk along Hout Bay beach.


Go on a Boozy Tour in the Historic Harbour

Hout Bay Harbour Distillery: +27 (0) 82 443 9360

Urban Brewing Co.: +27 (0) 21 791 1130 or +27 (0) 82 474 9745

Located in the heart of the historic harbour, the Hout Bay Harbour Distillery offers visitors a combined tour of their gin distillery and Urban Brewing Co.’s craft beer operation, which is right next door. The tour includes a gin and beer tasting, a complimentary beer of your choice, a tour of both facilities, and a short talk on the process of gin and craft beer production.