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Robyn’s guidebook

Robyn

Robyn’s guidebook

Food scene
If you are looking for some more traditional South African food, in a beautiful setting, this Melkbosstrand restaurant is highly recommended. The building is an original fisherman cottage, hundreds of years old, and it is situated by the beachfront. Try their desserts which are handmade on the premises!
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Damhuis Restaurant
32 Beach Rd
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If you are looking for some more traditional South African food, in a beautiful setting, this Melkbosstrand restaurant is highly recommended. The building is an original fisherman cottage, hundreds of years old, and it is situated by the beachfront. Try their desserts which are handmade on the premises!
Another old fisherman's cottage, situated in Blouberg, about 15 minutes drive away. On a beautiful day, try to get an outside table to enjoy the sea views. Try the traditional South African dishes or seafood to get the best food here. My favourite is the mussels which come in a creamy smokey sauce served in a mini poitjie pot.
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Ons Huisie Restaurant
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Another old fisherman's cottage, situated in Blouberg, about 15 minutes drive away. On a beautiful day, try to get an outside table to enjoy the sea views. Try the traditional South African dishes or seafood to get the best food here. My favourite is the mussels which come in a creamy smokey sauce served in a mini poitjie pot.
Looking for the best takeaway fish and chips in the area? Come to Melkbos Fisheries and eat like the locals do. Grab your food and take it down to the beach to enjoy the sunset. Based in Melkbosstrand, around 5 minutes drive away.
Melkbos Fisheries
Looking for the best takeaway fish and chips in the area? Come to Melkbos Fisheries and eat like the locals do. Grab your food and take it down to the beach to enjoy the sunset. Based in Melkbosstrand, around 5 minutes drive away.
The best burgers served with tasty sides, and a large craft beer selection. Great vibe with views over the ocean. Be sure to book at table - it gets busy at all times of the year, and especially in the summer months.
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Jerry's Burger Bar Blouberg
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The best burgers served with tasty sides, and a large craft beer selection. Great vibe with views over the ocean. Be sure to book at table - it gets busy at all times of the year, and especially in the summer months.
We don't mind that its the only place in walking distance to get a restaurant meal or take-away, because this pizza place ROCKS! Wood fire pizzas and proper Italian meals. The restaurant is owned and operated by an Italian family so this is the real deal. Just 5 minutes walk away, in the same shopping centre as the OK minimart by Pelican Parade.
Forneria Pizza
We don't mind that its the only place in walking distance to get a restaurant meal or take-away, because this pizza place ROCKS! Wood fire pizzas and proper Italian meals. The restaurant is owned and operated by an Italian family so this is the real deal. Just 5 minutes walk away, in the same shopping centre as the OK minimart by Pelican Parade.
Shopping and more
Just a 10 minute drive away, sits Eden on the Bay, a small beachside shopping centre. It has some cute speciality shops to look around, as well as plenty of cafes and restaurants to grab some food or just a cocktail. Especially popular on weekends as the sun goes down, but a local favourite at all times. You can also hire surfing, kite surfing and SUP boards, or even take a lesson. The bay is protected from big waves so its a nice place for kids (of all ages!) to enjoy the water.
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Eden On the Bay
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Just a 10 minute drive away, sits Eden on the Bay, a small beachside shopping centre. It has some cute speciality shops to look around, as well as plenty of cafes and restaurants to grab some food or just a cocktail. Especially popular on weekends as the sun goes down, but a local favourite at all times. You can also hire surfing, kite surfing and SUP boards, or even take a lesson. The bay is protected from big waves so its a nice place for kids (of all ages!) to enjoy the water.
This large shopping centre opened in 2018 and has a great selection of chain stores common in South Africa. It includes Pick n Pay, Checkers and a large Woolworths for your supermarket shopping. Parking outside is free, and if you go to the underground parking you can get free parking for 1.5 hours if you shop at one of the supermarkets and scan the parking code on your till receipt.
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Table Bay Mall
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This large shopping centre opened in 2018 and has a great selection of chain stores common in South Africa. It includes Pick n Pay, Checkers and a large Woolworths for your supermarket shopping. Parking outside is free, and if you go to the underground parking you can get free parking for 1.5 hours if you shop at one of the supermarkets and scan the parking code on your till receipt.
Wine Farms
Head to Diemersdal if you want to see an old, traditional wine estate. There is a tasting room where you can sample their wines and also buy some bottles to take away. Follow your tasting with a restaurant meal (book ahead, it gets busy.) This is currently my favourite local winery as I enjoy all the different wines they make and they are sold at reasonable prices. Plus its a beautiful setting.
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Diemersdal Wine Estate
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Head to Diemersdal if you want to see an old, traditional wine estate. There is a tasting room where you can sample their wines and also buy some bottles to take away. Follow your tasting with a restaurant meal (book ahead, it gets busy.) This is currently my favourite local winery as I enjoy all the different wines they make and they are sold at reasonable prices. Plus its a beautiful setting.
A great winery to have a few casual drinks in their wine tasting/bar area. Has great views of the Durbanville Wine Valley. Beer tasting and wine tasting on offer. I just really like their wines at the moment!
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Signal Gun Wines
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A great winery to have a few casual drinks in their wine tasting/bar area. Has great views of the Durbanville Wine Valley. Beer tasting and wine tasting on offer. I just really like their wines at the moment!
Durbanville Hills Winery has had a recent revamp, and its designed to impress in a modern building with stunning views. You can try a wine pairing tasting with chocolate or biltong.
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Durbanville Hills Winery
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Durbanville Hills Winery has had a recent revamp, and its designed to impress in a modern building with stunning views. You can try a wine pairing tasting with chocolate or biltong.
Local activities
If you're looking for a fun activity during your stay, Sandboarding Cape Town is less than 15 minutes drive away. Absolutely no experience necessary, the guides will show you the ropes. 4x4 drives are also on offer if you're not up for the sandboarding. Best enjoyed on a windless day - keep in mind the wind tends to pick up in the afternoon, so mornings would be best.
Sandboarding Cape Town
If you're looking for a fun activity during your stay, Sandboarding Cape Town is less than 15 minutes drive away. Absolutely no experience necessary, the guides will show you the ropes. 4x4 drives are also on offer if you're not up for the sandboarding. Best enjoyed on a windless day - keep in mind the wind tends to pick up in the afternoon, so mornings would be best.
A few minutes drive down the road, Koeberg Nature Reserve is a great place for a hike or mountain bike ride. Park at the visitor centre and pick up a map to guide you on one of the trails. Entrance is free, but you will be asked to register if the visitor centre is open, so bring ID or passport with you. https://www.westcoastway.co.za/koeberg-nature-reserve/
Koeberg Nature Reserve
A few minutes drive down the road, Koeberg Nature Reserve is a great place for a hike or mountain bike ride. Park at the visitor centre and pick up a map to guide you on one of the trails. Entrance is free, but you will be asked to register if the visitor centre is open, so bring ID or passport with you. https://www.westcoastway.co.za/koeberg-nature-reserve/
This park is quite large so plan to spend the whole day here. There is only a small restaurant, I would recommend bringing a picnic with you to make the most out of the various picnic areas and natural beauty. You should get to see plenty of animals such as zebra, ostrich, springbok and eland. There are hiking trails, view points and beaches to enjoy. On a warm day bring a swimsuit and enjoy the lagoon or natural sea pool. We've also had great fun kayaking on the lagoon there (you need to bring your own kayak, none available for rent). In August and September an extra part of the park is opened to visitors to enjoy the most magnificient display of wild flowers. There is a fee to enter the park, but its worth it in my opinion.
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West Coast National Park - West Coast DC
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This park is quite large so plan to spend the whole day here. There is only a small restaurant, I would recommend bringing a picnic with you to make the most out of the various picnic areas and natural beauty. You should get to see plenty of animals such as zebra, ostrich, springbok and eland. There are hiking trails, view points and beaches to enjoy. On a warm day bring a swimsuit and enjoy the lagoon or natural sea pool. We've also had great fun kayaking on the lagoon there (you need to bring your own kayak, none available for rent). In August and September an extra part of the park is opened to visitors to enjoy the most magnificient display of wild flowers. There is a fee to enter the park, but its worth it in my opinion.
Goa Yoga welcomes drop in visits from locals and tourists alike and has a schedule posted on their website www.goayoga.co.za From beginners to more advanced, all are welcome. A lovely, peaceful and clean facility to find your inner zen.
Goa Yoga
Goa Yoga welcomes drop in visits from locals and tourists alike and has a schedule posted on their website www.goayoga.co.za From beginners to more advanced, all are welcome. A lovely, peaceful and clean facility to find your inner zen.