For a while Muizenberg was sited as the poorer, scruffier neighbour of Kalk Bay, after hitting its peak as a holiday destination in the ’50’s and subsequently going into decline and semi-decay; but not anymore.
In the recent past there has been a lot of money and energy pumped into this lovely seaside spot and it’s evident in the upsurge of visitors that it’s working.
All around there are buildings being renovated, new restaurants opening and existing ones re-vamping themselves.
The beach has always been the drawcard at Muizenberg and boasts one of the best kite and surfing destinations in the world. There are plenty of surf schools to choose from and right here is reputed to be the birthplace of this sport in South Africa.
The area is also rich in history boasting one of the oldest buildings in South Africa – Het Posthuys which was built circa 1742; Rhodes Cottage (where he died in 1902) and the site of the Battle of Muizenberg.
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Tigers Milk – on the beachfront with amazing views over the ocean. Very funky and vibey serving great burgers and a good selection of craft beers. There is often live music in the evenings.
Blonde & Beard – great coffee and food stop – full of fun and energy just off the seafront with free wifi.
Joon – beautifully decorated bistro situated in Muizenberg village and serving wonderful pizza and specials of the day. Open Tuesday – Sunday.
Carla’s – an institution in Muizenberg, this restaurant has been around for nearly a decade. Known as ‘the Queen of prawns’, Carla presides over her domain where the food is inspired by her native Mozambique. Quirky and bohemian, this charming little eatery deserves a visit.
Oroboros – lively bar with seating on the street as well as inside. Great place for meeting friends over tapas and drinks. Open Tuesday – Sunday 4pm – 11.45pm.
The Striped Horse – a new addition to the very funky York Road. Craft brewery, pub and bistro with great decor. Open: Tues-Sun lunchtime til late.
Casa Labia – the grand old dame of Muizenberg that has been in the same family for generations. Worth a visit just to marvel at the rooms and decor although the restaurant is very good too and shouldn’t be missed.
Empire Building – this art deco block is situated across from the sea and has a range of good self-catering apartments. Close proximity to all bars and restaurants, not to mention the surf schools. Cape Stay is a good site to look at (the Empire doesn’t have one of its own) – they also highlight some other attractive alternatives.
Muizenberg Farmers Market – a small but vibey affair that operates in Palmer Road (in the village) every Saturday from 9am – 3pm offering lots of great homegrown products for sale.
Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market – this weekly market has increased in popularity over the years and is the place to be on a Friday night! Fabulous food stalls for eating in or taking away as well as craft beer, cheeses, breads and lots more non-food exhibits too. Friday’s 4pm until 11pm.
The Pot Spot – lovely ceramic shop selling stylish, functional homeware produced in the studio at the back. Difficult not to spend money here as the temptations are many! Open Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm and Saturdays 9am – 1pm.
The Masque Theatre – an institution and home to many amateur dramatic societies, this charismatic theatre offers an ever changing programme and a great evening out.
Het Posthuys, Rhodes Cottage & the battle site – discover the evocative history of the village with a visit to these historical places.
And so much more besides
There’s always something to occupy you in this burgeoning village, from eclectic eateries to beach activities or simply sitting and taking in the sea air.
Walking between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay on the boardwalk, right along the water’s edge, is a fabulous thing to do on a sunny day. Beware the incoming tide though as it’s easy to get soaked!
This pretty spot beside the sea is a lovely place to base yourself for exploring the surrounding area. It is happily on the up and up and it seems as if this southern belle is coming back to life in all her glory.
For more info visit their tourism website