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Activities in and around Hout Bay


Hout Bay literally means 'wood' Bay, named by the Dutch settlers, who discovered the wooded valley from which much of the timber was used to build Cape Town. Hout Bay is an excellent base, offering easy access to all the attractions of the Cape Peninsula and, of course, the city of Cape Town itself.

Hout Bay is a lively, picturesque fishing village, situated 14km (approximately 25 minutes drive) from the centre of Cape Town and well known as the starting point for the world renowned Chapman's Peak Drive, arguably one of the most breathtaking and scenic coastal drives in the world. Click here for more details on the area. 

The harbour is a working harbour, for tuna and crayfish, but also home to many tourism activities such as boat trips to Seal Island, as well as diving and fishing excursions. Also located on the far side of the harbour is the locally renowned ‘Bay Harbour Market', open at weekends.

The surrounding mountains provide excellent hiking opportunities for keen walkers, boasting some of the most spectacular views of the Bay.

With so much to do in Hout Bay, below are a few recommendations, most within a 3km radius:


Eating Out


La Cuccina

“Food made with love” – Simply delicious food, preservative & colourant free. In-house deli too.
Open 07h30-17h00

Victora Mall, Victoria Road, Hout Bay,, Tel: 021 790 8008

Kitima at the Kronendal

Our favourite restaurant in Hout Bay! 17th Century Cape-Dutch homestead, serving Thai and Sushi cuisine in classical and rustic rooms. Sunday buffet 12h00-15h30. 
Open 17h00-01h00 Tues-Thurs
Fridays & Saturdays 17h00-02h00

140 Main Road, Hout Bay,, 021 790 8004

Deez Mexican Bistro

Situated in one of the oldest buildings in Hout Bay, Deez is the place to go for the best Mexican food around.

4 Fishermen's Cottages, The Promenade (off Main Road), Hout Bay, Tel: 021 790 3602


Italian through and through. Lively and welcoming. Ask to be seated outside if the wind allows! Open daily from 12h30-late.

6 Main Road, Hout Bay,, Tel: 021 791 1166

Grill Under the Milkwood

If it’s a great steak you’re after…Fine dining in the heart of the village. Open 09h30-23h00

Main Road, Tel: 021 790 0380

Mariner’s Wharf

Speciality wharfside grill, on the water’s edge. Booking recommended in season. Dine on the deck for amazing views. Open for lunch & dinner, Tel: 021 790 1100

The Lookout Deck

Restaurant, bar & sushi at the harbour. Sit out on the covered deck for awesome views of the Bay. Check their website for trading hours., Harbour, Hout Bay, Tel: 021 790 0900


Below are just a few suggestions of things to do in the area. We offer a personal tour guide service (advance request only) at a cost of R200 per hour which will include up to 5hrs dedicated sightseeing in and around Cape Town/Stellenbosch areas.  


Bay Harbour Market

Vibrant indoor market with over 100 stalls; shopping, local artisans and food, music and entertainment. Open Fri 17h00-21h00 and Sat/Sun 09h30-16h00, Harbour Road, Hout Bay

Original T-Bag Designs

Truly inspirational! Décor items and gifts made using used, decorated tea bags. Shop and workshop. Tour highly recommended., Klein Kronendal, 144 Main Road, Hout Bay, Tel: 021 7900887

Boat Trips to Seal Island

40min excursion to Duiker Island, home to the Cape Fur Seal. From the harbor.
Tel: 021 790 7278

Hout Bay Lions Craft Market Sunday Craft Market

Hout Bay Lions Craft Market, open on Sundays 10h00-15h00. Locally made souvenirs, food, clothing & collectables.
Main Road (on the common between Main Road and Baviaanskloof Road)

Constantia Wine Route

For wine lovers, tour round some of the most beautiful vineyards, home world-class and premium wines, including Groot Constantia, Silvermist, Steenberg, Constantia Uitsig& Klein Constantia
15 min drive to Beau Constantia. Check for details of individual vineyards.

Hout Bay Vineyards

Truly local vineyard in HoutBay, officially opened in 2007. Visits, tours & tastings by appointment only.
High Meadows, Grotto Road, Hout Bay,

Scenic Drives


Chapman’s Peak Drive

9kms of stunning coastal scenery, from Hout Bay through to Noordhoek. Check for more info.

Boulders Beach

Head round to Simonstown (South Africa’s naval base) and further up the road you will find Boulders Beach, where you can hang out with the penguins. There is a small charge to go onto this beach, but the penguins are happy to share, as long as you respect their

Cape Point

A spectactular view point at the most south-westerly tip of Africa, Cape Point is well worth a visit. Take the funicular up to the view point – though walking up is so much better.

Muizenberg beach

An easy 35 minute drive will take you to Muizenberg, a haven for surfers and beach lovers. A long sandy beach with slightly warmer waters.

Table Mountain

A visit to Cape Town would not be complete without a trip up the majestic Table Mountain. Check for information about the cableway opening times (varies according to season and weather).

Signal Hill

A drive up Signal Hill to view the glorious sunsets is a very popular excursion. Pack a picnic and get there early for a parking spot.
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