Kalkbaai Travel Guide

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    by CatherineReichardt
  • Things to Do
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Things to Do
    by CatherineReichardt

Kalkbaai Things to Do

  • Look out for the local seals!

    (work in progress)One of the delights of visiting the Cape Town area is the high probability (which, if you visit the V&A Waterfront, rises to a virtual certainty) of seeing seals.Cape fur seals are common all the way around the peninsula coastline and up the West Coast - in fact, Robben Island is named after them (derived from the original name...

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  • A genuine fishing harbour on False Bay

    (work in progress)Kalk Bay (Kalkbaai in Afrikaans) is the only genuine fishing harbour left along the False Bay coastline of the peninsula, and is a rewarding place to amble around and enjoy its unpretentious ambience.The harbour itself is the hub of activity and is a colourful spot. There is a restaurant on the breakwater, and it's a nice place to...

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  • Whales

    Kalk Bay, like most places along the False Bay coast (possibly except Muizenberg) has a a grandstand view of the whales that come to calve in the shallow, relatively sheltered waters. Between July and November, the huge, gentle Southern Right Whales come to within a few metres of the shoreline all along the False Bay and Cape Atlantic coast to give...

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Kalkbaai Restaurants

  • new image, new owners

    After reading the review posted in 2006, I decided to see this place for myself. Apparentlythere are new owners and definitely a new vibe. Bright, light, and funky with Frida Kahlo everywhere. Had friendly service and awesome Margaritas. Lively music and relaxed customers added to a enjoyable visit. Chilli poppers that are a combination of tastes...

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  • Cafe Matisse

    Cafe Matisse is yet another funky restaurant on the short stretch of packed tourist stretch of Kalk Bay High Street. Although small ? and really a bit gloomy ? they serve excellent pizza and a variety of smaller snacks and afternoon bites.Cafe Matisse suffers, like several other restaurants on the west side of the high street from not having any...

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  • Habanero’s

    Habenro’s has the misfortune to be right next to one of the most popular cafés in the Cape Town area, the Café Olympia, yet makes little attempt to compete for the obvious custom in this dynamic little town. Despite some endearing wall frescos and mosaic features (check out the huge one just inside the door), the service is unacceptably slow and...

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  • Kalk Bay Expresso

    Kalk Bay ExpressoSqueezed into a tight alleyway and an old railway carriage (between Café Sirocco and an antiques shop) by Kalk Bay station is the Klak Bay Expresso, a friendly pancake-cum-coffeeshop-cum-restaurant. When the south-easters are blowing (often in summer!), the alleyway provides a pleasant, sheltered and – for much of the day – sunny...

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  • Cafe Scirocco

    Unmissable bright blue parasols, a bright blue floor and white tubs of plants and flowers make this attractive open-air coffee house worth a stop, even more so to taste probably the best coffee found in Cape Town. The service is quick but relaxed and friendly. Like many of the establishments along the False Bay coast, they close early (5pm most...

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  • Everything for Sale - A slice of Cuba in...

    Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Cigars, Cuban Furniture and Artifacts.Everything is for sale... The Chicken and Lime Soup with Avocado soup was amazing as well as the Aves Fiesta salad. The Mojitos are quite good as well.

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Kalkbaai Shopping

  • Antiques

    Kalk Bay is a great place for antiques: a kilometre of antique and junk shops guaranteed to keep the most hardened shopaholic occupied for days on end. Most antique shops also have a good selection of second-hand books (especially Quagga, next to Cafe Matisse).The shop on the next corner has a fair number of Clarice Cliff porcelain,and at prices...

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  • Kalk Bay Trading Post

    Kalk Bay is really not short of antique dealers, but this junk shop is probably the best of the lot. It has just about everything, and much of it from my childhood bedroom by the looks of it: Matchbox cars, matchboxes, old advertising hoardings, books, magazines, old records, porcelain, old bottles. You could spend a week browsing through the...

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