Rain or shine, you’ll find no shortage of things to do and see while staying in Cape Town self-catering accommodation. Sometimes you need a break from the city beat though and that’s just when you should head off to Kalk Bay.

Here’s the top pick of things to do in this seaside hamlet just half an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

Eat Up

The first choice for diners visiting Kalk Bay is always Kalky’s. This eatery is famous far and wide for its fish and chips, but you can also enjoy calamari and prawns at this harbour front location.

Similarly, Live Baitoffers equally delectable upmarket seaside dining with ocean views through plate glass windows. Order classic fish and chips, nibble on calamari steaks or go all out on oysters or fresh from the ocean sushi while watching the whales at play.

Every respectable small town needs at least one traditional ice cream parlour and in Kalk Bay’s case, the Ice Caféis it. These delicious treats are egg- and gelatine-free and come in coffee, coconut, Black Forest and peanut butter varieties.  The scoops are huge, and the cones are sugar-coated – who could ask for more?

There are a host of other eateries in town including SALTfor health buffs, Cape to Cubafor Mexican tapas and cocktails, Lekkerfor a local feast, and Satoriif you’re into Italian.


Kalk Bay is packed with boutiques, bohemian shops and art galleries. These are some of the best: 

  • Catacombesfor quirky clothing, jewellery and decor
  • Casa Bohowith its heaving shelves of ceramics and homewares
  • Artvark Gallery, a fascinating local art emporium
  • Global Beadsfor bits and bobs
  • Papagayowhere you can pick up imported clothing, textiles and handicrafts

Even if you’re not in the market for any knick-knacks, browsing among these artistic treasures is inspirational in itself.


Get Active, Or Not


While Kalk Bay lends itself to more sedentary pursuits, you can work up a sweat hiking up to Boomslang cave. It’s a two-hour journey but you’ll be rewarded with wonderful views over the town when you reach your destination.


Afterwards, take a dip in one of Kalk Bay’s gorgeous tidal pools or walk along the shores in search of the whales that romp offshore during the spring.


For more insights about what to do while staying in Cape Town self-catering accommodation, keep reading our blog or get in touchto book an unforgettable trip to the Mother City.


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