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From the '''south''' : Via the Main Road (M4) along the east coast of the peninsula. From Cape Point you will pass through [[Simon's Town]] and [[Glencairn]] before you get into Fish Hoek.
 
From the '''south''' : Via the Main Road (M4) along the east coast of the peninsula. From Cape Point you will pass through [[Simon's Town]] and [[Glencairn]] before you get into Fish Hoek.
  
From the '''west''' : Via Kommetjie Road (M65), which leads from [[Kommetjie]], [[Noordhoek]], [[Sun Valley]] and [[Tokai]]. Note that the road round the west coast of the peninsula from Hout Bay, Camps Bay and Clifton to Noordhoek (Chapman's Peak Drive, the M6) is closed due to rockfalls. It is scheduled to re-open sometime in 2009.
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From the '''west''' : Via Kommetjie Road (M65), which leads from [[Kommetjie]], [[Noordhoek]], [[Sun Valley]] and [[Tokai]].
  
 
===By Train===
 
===By Train===
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==See==
 
==See==
  
Fish Hoek is rated as a great place for whale-watching and is only a few minutes drive from a colony of penguins at [[Boulders|Boulders Beach]]. From [[Simon's Town]] which is about a 15 minute drive there is and shark-diving and a boat trips to see the seals. There are loads of excellent restaurants in Fish Hoek, [[Glencairn]], [[Simon's Town]], [[Noordhoek]], [[Muizenberg]] and [[Kalk Bay]], all of which are within 15 minutes drive of Fish Hoek.
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Fish Hoek is rated as a great place for whale-watching and is only a few minutes drive from a colony of penguins at [[Boulders|Boulders Beach]]. From [[Simon's Town]], about a 15 minute drive from Fish Hoek, there is shark-diving and a boat trips to see the seals. There are loads of excellent restaurants in Fish Hoek, [[Glencairn]], [[Simon's Town]], [[Noordhoek]], [[Muizenberg]] and [[Kalk Bay]], all of which are within 15 minutes drive of Fish Hoek.
  
The Solole (Khoi San for Buffalo) Game Reserve with its freely roaming game is near Longbeach Mall on Kommetjie Road (M65), as is Imhoff's Farm, which has monkeys, birds, camel rides and a snake park. Unfortunately Solole Game Reserve was liquidated late in 2006 ; a restaurant still operates on the premises but the fate of the reserve and the animals within is unclear.
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* <see name="Pride Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary" address="6 Wood Road (just off Kommetjie Road (M65)">Contains buffalo, eland, springbok, bontebok, bushbuck, ostrich and other species. There is a restaurant on the premises (Peacocks Family Restaurant, phone +27 21 785 5123). Formerly known as the Solole Game Reserve.</see>
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* <see name="Imhoff's Farm" address="Kommetjie Road (M65)">Monkeys, birds, camel rides and a snake park as well as several restaurants and craft shops.</see>
  
 
* <see name="Peers Cave" url="http://www.antiquityofman.com/Peers_Cave.html" phone="+27 (0)21 782-4531" email="nfofishhoek@xsinet.co.za" directions="A short climb up the dunes above 19th Avenue">In 1926/7 Victor Peers and his son Bertram excavated the cave now known as Schildersgat, which later became known as Peers Cave. They found many stone tools and the remains of nine people, one of whom became famous as Fish Hoek Man. The skull has the largest brain area of any skull of its age found up until that time, and has been dated at 12,000 years old. In January 1941 Peers Cave was declared a National Monument. The location affords beautiful views across the peninsula to both oceans from across the valley and a peep into stone-age history.</see>
 
* <see name="Peers Cave" url="http://www.antiquityofman.com/Peers_Cave.html" phone="+27 (0)21 782-4531" email="nfofishhoek@xsinet.co.za" directions="A short climb up the dunes above 19th Avenue">In 1926/7 Victor Peers and his son Bertram excavated the cave now known as Schildersgat, which later became known as Peers Cave. They found many stone tools and the remains of nine people, one of whom became famous as Fish Hoek Man. The skull has the largest brain area of any skull of its age found up until that time, and has been dated at 12,000 years old. In January 1941 Peers Cave was declared a National Monument. The location affords beautiful views across the peninsula to both oceans from across the valley and a peep into stone-age history.</see>
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Fish Hoek valley boasts three principle shopping nodes, namely, Longbeach Mall and Sun Valley Mall in the west, the Fish Hoek Shopping District in the east, adjacent to the beach, and Valyland which lies between the two.
 
Fish Hoek valley boasts three principle shopping nodes, namely, Longbeach Mall and Sun Valley Mall in the west, the Fish Hoek Shopping District in the east, adjacent to the beach, and Valyland which lies between the two.
 
* <listing name="Triangle Square Market" address="Corner of Dunster & Main Roads, Fish Hoek" email="info@trianglesquare.co.za" phone="+27 (0)82 990-5292" hours="Open every Saturday from 09:00 to 14:00">Triangle Square Market is an indoor (covered) market that provides a platform for local businesses and farmers to sell their produce, food and crafts to the public.</listing>
 
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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Some of the better-known places to eat in Fish Hoek include :
 
Some of the better-known places to eat in Fish Hoek include :
  
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* <eat name="Barracudas" alt="" address="Corner of Recreation &amp; Beach Roads" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 782-3066" url="http://www.baracudas.co.za" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Excellent family restaurant.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Betty's Coffee Shoppe" address="Town Square, 63 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-5628">Light meals and cakes.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Betty's Coffee Shoppe" address="Town Square, 63 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-5628">Light meals and cakes.</eat>
* <eat name="Bihari" address="120 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-1525">Indian food. Very small - bookings are essential.</eat>
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* <eat name="Bhandaris" address="146 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-1525">Indian food.</eat>
* <eat name="Bohemian Yard" alt="" address="16 Kommetjie Road" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 782-7773" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Closed down.</eat>
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* <eat name="Billy's" address="7 The Arcade, 104 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-4640">Sandwiches, muffins, fruit salad, yoghurt. Opens very early in the morning.</eat>
* <eat name="Cafe on Main" address="81b Main Road" directions="Next door to Standard Bank" phone="+27 (0)21 782-5723">Coffee shop by day and "cafe by night" after 6 PM. Excellent food, with a slimmers menu and fully licenced. Open for breakfast and lunch all year round, and for dinner from 1 September to 31 March. A must if you are in Fish Hoek.</eat>
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* <eat name="Blue Gecko" address="81b Main Road" directions="Next door to Standard Bank" phone="+27 (0)21 782-5723">Opened in May 2011.</eat>
* <eat name="Cafe by Night">See "Cafe on Main" above.</eat>
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* <eat name="Cake Creations Bakery & Bistro" address="11 Recreation Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-8011">Coffee shop and bakery.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Capone's Pizza" address="Shop 25, Valyland Shopping Centre, Ivanhoe Street" phone="+27 (0)21 782-7695" hours="11:30 till 22:00">Sit down, take-away and delivery 7 days a week.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Capone's Pizza" address="Shop 25, Valyland Shopping Centre, Ivanhoe Street" phone="+27 (0)21 782-7695" hours="11:30 till 22:00">Sit down, take-away and delivery 7 days a week.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Chit Chat Coffee Shop" address="Recreation Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-3050">Light meals.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Chit Chat Coffee Shop" address="Recreation Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-3050">Light meals.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Copper Creek Spur" address="Town Square, 63 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-2631" url="http://www.spur.co.za">Part of the popular "Spur" franchise.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Copper Creek Spur" address="Town Square, 63 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-2631" url="http://www.spur.co.za">Part of the popular "Spur" franchise.</eat>
* <eat name="Don Vito" address="The Arcade, 104 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-9466">Pizzeria and espresso bar. Excellent pizza and fantastic Lavazza coffee. Closes at 8 PM.</eat>
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* <eat name="Espresso" address="The Arcade, 104 Main Road">Coffee shop and light meals. Recently re-modelled and enlarged.</eat>
* <eat name="Espresso" address="The Arcade, 104 Main Road">Coffee shop and light meals. Their coffee is terrible but the pastries and cakes are delicious.</eat>
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* <eat name="Excalibur" address="90 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-3649">Formerly just a quiet restaurant and coffee shop, it is now a busy popular pub with live entertainment some weekends.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Excalibur" address="90 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-3649">Formerly just a quiet restaurant and coffee shop, it is now a busy popular pub with live entertainment some weekends.</eat>
* <eat name="Fish Hoek Fisheries" address="43 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-2314">The most fantastic fish and chips take-ways in the south peninsula. Always popular with locals.</eat>
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* <eat name="Fish Hoek Fisheries" alt="" address="43 Main Road" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 782-2314" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The most fantastic fish and chips take-ways in the south peninsula. Always popular with locals. Closed on Sundays.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Fish Hoek Sushi Bar" address="The Arcade, 104 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)78 619-1388">Seafood.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Fish Hoek Sushi Bar" address="The Arcade, 104 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)78 619-1388">Seafood.</eat>
* <eat name="Francois" address="2 Recreation Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-3066">Anything from breakfast through to dinner 6 days a week. Family steakhouse with a large menu and attentive staff. Exceptional pizzas and the freshest seafood. Don't forget about the steaks! Fully Licensed. Also provides take aways.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Fresh Stop" address="7 The Arcade, 104 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-4640">Sandwiches, muffins, fruit salad, yoghurt. Part of the well-known "Fruit & Veg City" retail group. Opens very early in the morning.</eat>
 
 
* <eat name="Imperial Garden" address="38 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-9677">Chinese food.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Imperial Garden" address="38 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-9677">Chinese food.</eat>
* <eat name="Krauts Eatery" address="65 Main Road" phone="="+27 (0)21 782-5915">Take-aways. Bratwurst & Sauerkraut. This eatery serves authentic German food and an applestrudl (apple crumble) to die for. Also catering.</eat>
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* <eat name="Krauts Eatery" address="65 Main Road" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Take-aways. Bratwurst & Sauerkraut. This eatery serves authentic German food and an apfelstrudl (apple crumble) to die for. Also catering.</eat>
* <eat name="McLeod's Coffee Shop" address="Shop 23, Valyland Shopping Centre, Ivanhoe Street" phone="+27 (0)21 782-5388">Light meals and fantastic home-baked cakes, cookies and pastries.</eat>
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* <eat name="Napoli Pizzeria" address="53 Main Rd" phone="+27 (0)21 782-6962">Probably the oldest surviving restaurant in Fish Hoek, serving Italian pizza and pasta.</eat>
* <eat name="Napoli Pizzeria" address="53 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-6962">Probably the oldest surviving restaurant in Fish Hoek, serving authentic Italian pizza and pasta.</eat>
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* <eat name="Peacocks" address="6 Wood Road, Sunnydale" phone="+27 (0)21 785-5123">In the Pride Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly called Solole Game Reserve).</eat>
* <eat name="Shin Thai" address="10 Beach Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-3406">Thai, Chinese and Japanese food.</eat>
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* <eat name="Portuguese Ambassador" address="16 Kommetjie Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-7738">Affordable Portuguese cuisine.</eat>
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* <eat name="Sandi's Bistro" address="Valyland Shopping Centre, Ivanhoe Street" phone="+27 (0)21 782-6809">Coffee shop.</eat>
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* <eat name="Shin Thai" address="10 Beach Road" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 782-3406">Thai, Chinese and Japanese food. Warm welcome. Excellent set menu available (ask for it). Closed Mondays.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Steers" address="Town Square, 63 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-9397">Hamburgers, chips, etc.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Steers" address="Town Square, 63 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-9397">Hamburgers, chips, etc.</eat>
 
* <eat name="St Elmo's" address="Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-4325">Pizza, take-away and delivery.</eat>
 
* <eat name="St Elmo's" address="Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-4325">Pizza, take-away and delivery.</eat>
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* <eat name="The Loft" address="AP Jones, 102 Main Road">Inside (upstairs on the first floor) the well-known AP Jones department store.</eat>
 
* <eat name="The Loft" address="AP Jones, 102 Main Road">Inside (upstairs on the first floor) the well-known AP Jones department store.</eat>
* <eat name="The Galley" address="directly on the beach" phone="+27 (0)21 782-3354">Fabulous views of False Bay. Service is very slow, particularly in summer and over holidays.</eat>
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* <eat name="The Galley" address="directly on the beach" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 782-3354">Fabulous views of False Bay. Service is sometimes a bit slow, particularly in summer and over holidays, but the food is excellent.</eat>
* <eat name="Windsor Garden" address="83 Main Road" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 782-3931" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Breakfast, light lunches, sunday roasts.</eat>
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* <eat name="Windsor Garden" address="83 Main Road" phone="+27 (0)21 782-3931">Breakfast, light lunches, Sunday roasts.</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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The residents of Fish Hoek were determined to keep bottle stores out of the town. In 1956, after having opposed many license applications they formed an association called The Defenders of Fish Hoek. They succeded in getting the Liquor Act amended so that no further applications would be allowed. Under our new Constitution the Act fell away and after consultation with the local Magistrate residents voted for restaurant and bar licenses only.
 
The residents of Fish Hoek were determined to keep bottle stores out of the town. In 1956, after having opposed many license applications they formed an association called The Defenders of Fish Hoek. They succeded in getting the Liquor Act amended so that no further applications would be allowed. Under our new Constitution the Act fell away and after consultation with the local Magistrate residents voted for restaurant and bar licenses only.
*<drink name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></drink>
 
*<drink name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></drink>
 
*<drink name="Cafe on Main" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Cafe by Night is new in Fish Hoek. Menu changes every month. Excellent food and good value for money (comfort food).
 
 
1st September to end of March (closed for winter)</drink>
 
 
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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* <sleep name="Tudor House by the Sea" url="http://www.tudorhouse.co.za" phone="+27 (0)21 782-6238" email="info@tudorhouse.co.za" address="43 Simon's Town Road (Main Road), Sunnycove" price="From R650per night">Luxury self-catering apartments. Tudor House is perched on the hillside above False Bay and has stupendous views looking north over the sea.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Tudor House by the Sea" url="http://www.tudorhouse.co.za" phone="+27 (0)21 782-6238" email="info@tudorhouse.co.za" address="43 Simon's Town Road (Main Road), Sunnycove" price="From R650per night">Luxury self-catering apartments. Tudor House is perched on the hillside above False Bay and has stupendous views looking north over the sea.</sleep>
*<sleep name="False Bay Accommodation Network" alt="False Bay Accommodation Network" address="Fish Hoek, Simon's Town, Muizenberg" directions="Cape Peninsula" phone="" url="http://www.falsebayaccommodation.co.za" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A network of various self catering and B&B accommodation places around the False Bay region from Simon's Town to Muizenberg, Kommetjie, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and St James. </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Summerfield Cottage" alt="" address="Castleman Rd, Fish Hoek" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.summerfieldcottage.co.za" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Summerfield Cottage is a charming fully furnished self catering home from home, situated on the slopes of the Fish Hoek mountainside in the Western Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, South Africa. It is set in a tranquil garden in a quiet and secure area of Fish Hoek.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="False Bay Accommodation Network" alt="False Bay Accommodation Network" address="Fish Hoek, Simon's Town, Muizenberg" directions="Cape Peninsula" phone="" url="http://www.falsebayaccommodation.co.za" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A network of various self catering and B&B accommodation places around the False Bay region from Simon's Town to Muizenberg, Kommetjie, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and St James.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Summerfield Cottage" alt="" address="15 Castleman Road" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 785-3039" email="daveve@iafrica.com" url="http://www.summerfieldcottage.co.za">Summerfield Cottage is a charming fully furnished self catering home from home, situated on the slopes of the Fish Hoek mountainside. It is set in a tranquil garden in a quiet and secure area of Fish Hoek.</sleep>
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==

Revision as of 21:24, 13 September 2012

Fish Hoek is a picturesque town situated about halfway down the Cape Peninsula, between Cape Town and Simon's Town. It is well known for its beach, which gets jam-packed on sunny days.

Fish Hoek is renowned for its friendly hospitality, proximity to all sorts of tourist attractions and activities besides boasting one of the best swimming beaches in the Cape. There is also a good suburban railway [1] link with Cape Town to the north and Simon's Town to the south. As a coastal suburb of Cape Town, Fish Hoek is popular as a residence for commuters and holidaymakers alike. The traditional industries of 'trek' fishing and angling co-exist with the leisure pursuits of surfing, kayaking, sailing and sunbathing.

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History

Fish Hoek or Vissers Baay or Visch Hoek appears on the earliest maps of the Cape. The arrival of European settlers in 1652 forced the indigenous population to leave the area, and during the 1700s farmers appeared in the Noordhoek area. Fish Hoek beach was used on an informal basis for whaling and fishing, but it was not until 1918 that it was laid out as a township.

The first grant of Crown Land in Fish Hoek was granted to Andreas Bruins in 1818. The land was sold several times before being bought by Hester Sophia de Kock in 1883. She was then a spinster of 51 years old. In 1901, late in life, she married a local farmer, one Jacob Isaac de Villiers who came to live with her on the farm.

Although she farmed wheat and vegetables she started providing accommodation for people who wanted to stay in Fish Hoek, and so became the first local tourist entrepreneur. Fish Hoek has remained, with its situation and views, a beacon of extra-ordinary accommodation ever since. Having realized that Fish Hoek was becoming popular she left instructions in her will that the farm was to be surveyed and the land sold as building plots, after the deaths of Hester and Jacob, the land was sold off, the first sale taking place in 1918.

This was the beginning of the town of Fish Hoek. Initially people built holiday cottages but as there was a good train service to Cape Town a more permanent community soon arose. By 1940 it was big enough to be declared a municipality and was administered by the Town Council until 1994. It is now part of the City of Cape Town.

Hester and Issac de Villiers, with other members of their family are buried in the small graveyard next to the NG Kerk (Dutch Reformed Curch) in Kommetjie Road.

The farmhouse on the site of the present Homestead Naval Mess near the railway crossing became an hotel. The original building subsequently burned down in 1947.

Open boat whaling took place in Fish Hoek from 1817 to 1868 where Southern Right and Humpback whales were targeted. The whalers would attack female whales who had arrived to calve, and their newborn. Eventually all the whaling operations were closed down, and nowadays the whales know that it is safe return, and come to False Bay to calve. Whales can be seen from about August to the end of November, however sometimes they arrive as early as June.

In the early days of European settlement False Bay was teeming with fish. Trek fishing has taken place ever since. Harders and yellowtail are the fish most frequently caught but nowadays in greatly reduced numbers. "Trek" is dutch for pull and refers to the pulling in of the net.

The original barn of the Fish Hoek Farm now called Mountain View can be seen in Cottage Lane. It has been converted into two cottages and is not open to the public.

Get in

By Car

There are 3 main routes to Fish Hoek :

From the north : Via the Main Road (M4) along the east coast of the peninsula. From Cape Town you will pass through Cape Town's southern suburbs before reaching Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Clovelly followed by Fish Hoek.

From the south : Via the Main Road (M4) along the east coast of the peninsula. From Cape Point you will pass through Simon's Town and Glencairn before you get into Fish Hoek.

From the west : Via Kommetjie Road (M65), which leads from Kommetjie, Noordhoek, Sun Valley and Tokai.

By Train

MetroRail [2] operates frequent and reliable trains from Cape Town to Fish Hoek ; the route goes through the southern suburbs then via Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Clovelly to Fish Hoek. From Fish Hoek the train goes on to Glencairn and Simon's Town. The section from Muizenberg to Simon's Town is right next to the sea and is very scenic. The station is on the corner of Beach and Station roads, one block from the Main Road and a 3 minute walk from the beach itself. Scheduled train times for this route can be found here (look for the "Cape Town-Wynberg-Simon's Town" link).

By Bus

Golden Arrow [3] operates frequent buses to Fish Hoek along the Main Road (M4) from Muizenberg to the north and Simon's Town to the south. Buses also ply the route from Kommetjie and Sun Valley (via Kommetjie Road, the M65), Noordhoek (via Noordhoek Main Road, the M6) and Tokai (via Ou Kaapse Weg, the M64). Buses arrive at and depart from the train station (see above).

Get around

Fish Hoek "town centre" (the area around the beach, Main Road and train station) is small enough that it can all be covered on foot very easily.

Valyland Shopping Centre is about 15 minutes walk from the beach up Recreation Road.

Longbeach Mall (a large, relatively new shopping centre) is just over 4 km from the beach, westwards on Kommetjie Road (M65). Frequent buses and taxis ply this route ; both leave from and arrive at the train station.

See

Fish Hoek is rated as a great place for whale-watching and is only a few minutes drive from a colony of penguins at Boulders Beach. From Simon's Town, about a 15 minute drive from Fish Hoek, there is shark-diving and a boat trips to see the seals. There are loads of excellent restaurants in Fish Hoek, Glencairn, Simon's Town, Noordhoek, Muizenberg and Kalk Bay, all of which are within 15 minutes drive of Fish Hoek.

  • Pride Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, 6 Wood Road (just off Kommetjie Road (M65). Contains buffalo, eland, springbok, bontebok, bushbuck, ostrich and other species. There is a restaurant on the premises (Peacocks Family Restaurant, phone +27 21 785 5123). Formerly known as the Solole Game Reserve.
  • Imhoff's Farm, Kommetjie Road (M65). Monkeys, birds, camel rides and a snake park as well as several restaurants and craft shops.
  • Peers Cave, (A short climb up the dunes above 19th Avenue), +27 (0)21 782-4531 (), [4]. In 1926/7 Victor Peers and his son Bertram excavated the cave now known as Schildersgat, which later became known as Peers Cave. They found many stone tools and the remains of nine people, one of whom became famous as Fish Hoek Man. The skull has the largest brain area of any skull of its age found up until that time, and has been dated at 12,000 years old. In January 1941 Peers Cave was declared a National Monument. The location affords beautiful views across the peninsula to both oceans from across the valley and a peep into stone-age history.

Do

Next to the beach is the famous catwalk from which you can explore the rock pools and get great views across the bay. Unfortunately a severe storm in 2008 caused a lot of damage to the catwalk. It has since been repaired. Note that there are sections without handrails - potentially dangerous for children or the elderly.

Fish Hoek beach is rated as one of the most beautiful and family friendly beaches in the Western Cape ; along with Boulders Beach near Simon's Town it is probably the best and safest swimming beach in and around Cape Town.

The beach has restaurants and shopping close by, and has changing rooms, showers and an excellent group of lifeguards.

Buy

Fish Hoek valley boasts three principle shopping nodes, namely, Longbeach Mall and Sun Valley Mall in the west, the Fish Hoek Shopping District in the east, adjacent to the beach, and Valyland which lies between the two.

Eat

There is an excellent selection of dining opportunities available within the Valley, with multiple coffee shops, restaurants, snack bars and take-aways providing a wide variety of choice which should satisfy everyone's tastes.

Some of the better-known places to eat in Fish Hoek include :

  • Barracudas, Corner of Recreation & Beach Roads, +27 (0)21 782-3066, [5]. Excellent family restaurant.
  • Betty's Coffee Shoppe, Town Square, 63 Main Road, +27 (0)21 782-5628. Light meals and cakes.
  • Bhandaris, 146 Main Road, +27 (0)21 782-1525. Indian food.
  • Billy's, 7 The Arcade, 104 Main Road, +27 (0)21 782-4640. Sandwiches, muffins, fruit salad, yoghurt. Opens very early in the morning.
  • Blue Gecko, 81b Main Road (Next door to Standard Bank), +27 (0)21 782-5723. Opened in May 2011.
  • Cake Creations Bakery & Bistro, 11 Recreation Road, +27 (0)21 782-8011. Coffee shop and bakery.
  • Capone's Pizza, Shop 25, Valyland Shopping Centre, Ivanhoe Street, +27 (0)21 782-7695. 11:30 till 22:00. Sit down, take-away and delivery 7 days a week.
  • Chit Chat Coffee Shop, Recreation Road, +27 (0)21 782-3050. Light meals.
  • Copper Creek Spur, Town Square, 63 Main Road, +27 (0)21 782-2631, [6]. Part of the popular "Spur" franchise.
  • Espresso, The Arcade, 104 Main Road. Coffee shop and light meals. Recently re-modelled and enlarged.
  • Excalibur, 90 Main Road, +27 (0)21 782-3649. Formerly just a quiet restaurant and coffee shop, it is now a busy popular pub with live entertainment some weekends.
  • Fish Hoek Fisheries, 43 Main Road, +27 (0)21 782-2314. The most fantastic fish and chips take-ways in the south peninsula. Always popular with locals. Closed on Sundays.
  • Fish Hoek Sushi Bar, The Arcade, 104 Main Road, +27 (0)78 619-1388. Seafood.
  • Imperial Garden, 38 Main Road, +27 (0)21 782-9677. Chinese food.
  • Krauts Eatery, 65 Main Road. Take-aways. Bratwurst & Sauerkraut. This eatery serves authentic German food and an apfelstrudl (apple crumble) to die for. Also catering.
  • Napoli Pizzeria, 53 Main Rd, +27 (0)21 782-6962. Probably the oldest surviving restaurant in Fish Hoek, serving Italian pizza and pasta.
  • Peacocks, 6 Wood Road, Sunnydale, +27 (0)21 785-5123. In the Pride Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly called Solole Game Reserve).
  • Portuguese Ambassador, 16 Kommetjie Road, +27 (0)21 782-7738. Affordable Portuguese cuisine.
  • Sandi's Bistro, Valyland Shopping Centre, Ivanhoe Street, +27 (0)21 782-6809. Coffee shop.
  • Shin Thai, 10 Beach Road, +27 (0)21 782-3406. Thai, Chinese and Japanese food. Warm welcome. Excellent set menu available (ask for it). Closed Mondays.
  • Steers, Town Square, 63 Main Road, +27 (0)21 782-9397. Hamburgers, chips, etc.
  • St Elmo's, Main Road, +27 (0)21 782-4325. Pizza, take-away and delivery.
  • The Loft, AP Jones, 102 Main Road. Inside (upstairs on the first floor) the well-known AP Jones department store.
  • The Galley, directly on the beach, +27 (0)21 782-3354. Fabulous views of False Bay. Service is sometimes a bit slow, particularly in summer and over holidays, but the food is excellent.
  • Windsor Garden, 83 Main Road, +27 (0)21 782-3931. Breakfast, light lunches, Sunday roasts.

Drink

Fish Hoek is a "dry" town, which means that there are no bottle stores selling alcohol. You can however order beers, wine and other spirits when in a restaurant or pub.

The reason for this lies in the Deed of Grant when the land was granted to Andreas Bruins, it contained a clause that there should be no wine house on the property. This old law was introduced at the time when wagon deliveries to Simon's Town were common and it served to prevent the drivers from stopping off for a drink (or two or three) and arriving in an intoxicated state in Simon’s Town.

The residents of Fish Hoek were determined to keep bottle stores out of the town. In 1956, after having opposed many license applications they formed an association called The Defenders of Fish Hoek. They succeded in getting the Liquor Act amended so that no further applications would be allowed. Under our new Constitution the Act fell away and after consultation with the local Magistrate residents voted for restaurant and bar licenses only.

Sleep

A wide variety of accommodation types are available in Fish Hoek, from self catering, to guest houses and hotels.

  • A Whale of a time, 11 Echo Road, +27 (0)21 782-5040 (), [7]. 4 star self catering or B&B accommodation in Fish Hoek. Ever since 1901, when Hester de Villiers opened her home to guest accommodation, Fish Hoek has remained, with its situation and views, a beacon of extraordinary accommodation. A Whale of a Time continues the tradition, offering superior self-catering and bed and breakfast accommodation. From R895 per cottage (sleeps 4 to 6).
  • Avenue Hotel, 7 First Avenue, +27 (0)21 782-6026 (), [8]. 51 luxury en-suite rooms, one block from Fish Hoek Main Road and 3 minutes walk from the beach. From R440 per room per day.
  • Calders Hotel & Conference Centre, 1 Recreation Road (corner of Beach Road), +27 (0)21 784-2400 (), [9]. Luxury hotel and conference centre across the road from Fish Hoek beach. 26 rooms.
  • Fish Hoek Manor, 37 First Avenue, +27 (0)21 864-3774 (), [10]. Well-appointed guest house a block away from Fish Hoek Main Road and a short walk from the beach. From R208 per night.
  • Tudor House by the Sea, 43 Simon's Town Road (Main Road), Sunnycove, +27 (0)21 782-6238 (), [11]. Luxury self-catering apartments. Tudor House is perched on the hillside above False Bay and has stupendous views looking north over the sea. From R650per night.
  • False Bay Accommodation Network (False Bay Accommodation Network), Fish Hoek, Simon's Town, Muizenberg (Cape Peninsula), [12]. A network of various self catering and B&B accommodation places around the False Bay region from Simon's Town to Muizenberg, Kommetjie, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and St James.
  • Summerfield Cottage, 15 Castleman Road, +27 (0)21 785-3039 (), [13]. Summerfield Cottage is a charming fully furnished self catering home from home, situated on the slopes of the Fish Hoek mountainside. It is set in a tranquil garden in a quiet and secure area of Fish Hoek.

Get out

Kalk Bay a small picturesque fishing village is just around the corner. It has a whole row of quaint little shops and a couple of great eateries, situated right on the sea, where we can drink the great Cape Wines, eat fresh seafood and watch the fishing boats coming in. St James is really great for the littlies, with a safe tidal pool and little changing boxes! Muizenberg has a magnificent beach that goes on for miles, with surfing and good swimming.

Towards Cape Point is the historical village of Simon's Town, a South African Naval base, which is great fun to visit. There is a statue of Just Nuisance, a Teddy Bear Museum and a Gemstone Factory.

A little further on is Boulders Beach, which has a resident Jackass penguin colony. The penguins come right up onto the beach and among the resident's gardens, where they nest. Then on to Cape Point, where two oceans meet there are baboons and lots of wild flowers and animals in the Game and Nature Reserve. Curios are available from the African Arts and Crafts village. Kommetjie is famous for surfing (large waves), crayfishing and bird life.


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