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Kalk Bay

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Kalk Bay

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Kalk Bay is a small fishing harbour along the east coast of the Cape Peninsula to the south of Cape Town. In recent times it has become a very hip and trendy place, with a fine selection of restaurants, coffee shops and bistros, and a number of eclectic, alternative shops along the Main Road on either side of the train station.

Get in

By car

Kalk Bay is easily accessible from Cape Town by car. Follow the M3 south until it ends at the junction with the M42 (Steenberg Road). Turn left/east onto the M42 then right/south onto the M4 (Main Road) through Muizenberg. Kalk Bay is a few kilometres south of Muizenberg.

By train

MetroRail operates frequent and regular trains to Muizenberg from Cape Town via Muizenberg (to the north) and Simon's Town via Fish Hoek (to the south) every day. The station is on Main Road, right in the centre of town.

Get around

Kalk Bay is small enough that you can cover the entire village on foot with ease.


Watch the incoming boats and the sale of fresh fish.


  • Bible Institute of South Africa, 180 Main Road, +27 21 788 4116 (fax: +27 21 788 7289), [2]. Post-school Christian education.


Walk up the small, twisting alleys on the mountain-side of Main Road and look at some of the old houses built by fishing folk. Many of these have now been converted to yuppie apartments or shops but some still remain in their original state.


Kalk Bay offers a wide selection of shops from hippie clothing to designer labels, from antique shops to contemporary jewellery designers.

  • ANPA Jewellery, 44 Main Road, [3]. Innovative jewellery design in silver gold & platinum with a strong focus on South African gemstones.


Be sure to taste some fresh fish in the fish restaurants next to the harbour.

  • Brad's Bistro, 19 Main Road, +27 21 788 3885. In a semi-enclosed garden environment.
  • Brass Bell, Kalk Bay Station, +27 21 788 5456. An ever-popular complex of restaurants and pubs.
  • Cafe des Arts, 22 Main Road, +27 21 788 3765. Light meals and coffee in an art gallery.
  • Habonero's, 138 Main Road, +27 788 6967. Mexican and vegetarian food in an eclectic setting.
  • Harbour House, Kalk Bay Harbour, +27 788 4133. Seafood with sea-spray hitting the windows ; expensive but delicious.
  • Kalk Bay Expresso, 71 Main Road (next to the train station), +27 21 788 8843. Coffee, tea and pastries in an old train carriage converted into a restaurant.
  • The Klipkantein, 122 Main Road, +27 21 788 2848.
  • Live Bait, Kalk Bay Harbour, +27 788 5755. Fabulous views of False Bay.
  • Olympia Cafe, 134 Main Road, +27 21 788 6396. A perennial favourite, with a bakery, early-morning breakfasts, lunch and dinner.
  • Satori, 76b Main Road (opposite the train station). Pizza, pasta and Lavazza coffee.
  • Sirocco, 73 Main Road (next to the train station), +27 21 788 1881. Open-air coffee shop ; closed in winter.
  • Theresa's, Clairvaux Road, +27 21 788 8051.
  • The Timeless Way, 106 Main Road, +27 21 788 5619. Traditional Cape cuisine.
  • Winesense, Majestic Precinct, 126 Main Road, +27 21 788 1869. Wine-tasting while you eat ; very stylish.


  • Brass Bell
  • Cape to Cuba drinks with atmosphere and view.


  • Vrede Huis Guest House, 4 Clairvaux Road, +27 21 7885167, [4]. We are positioned on the mountainside directly overlooking Kalk Bay harbour.
  • Chartfield Guest House, 30 Gatesville Road, +27 21 782 3793 (, fax: +27 21 782 8674), [5]. From R90 to R300 per person.
  • The Inn at Castle Hill, 37 Gatesville Road, +27 21 788 2554 (fax: +27 21 788 3843), [6]. From R350 per person.
  • The Pink Palace, 136 Main Road, +27 21 788 2760 (, fax: +27 21 788 2760), [7]. Backpacker's accommodation for women only.
  • Water's Edge, 250 Main Road, +27 21 782 4337 (, fax: +27 21 782 4337). Directly above the sea, overlooking False Bay.

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