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Explore Picturesque Kalk Bay With Our Quick Guide

Here are the top 10 spots you need to visit in Kalk Bay, an eclectic destination that forms part of Cape Town’s popular False Bay precinct.

Greg Cox

Kalk Bay was once a sleepy fishing village, and is now one of the Cape's most popular weekend destinations for locals in search of a place to while away the day with a good dose of strolling, shopping and eating. Like its next-door neighbour, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay is a picturesque and vibrant coastal spot situated along the False Bay coastline of the warm Indian Ocean.

Be sure to scroll down to the end of this story to be inspired by our quick video tour of the False Bay area.

10 Spots That Should be on Your Kalk Bay To-Visit List:

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1. Bob’s Bagel Cafe

Snugly nestled adjacent to The Pottershop – and just over from a very appealing public park – is Bob’s Bagel Cafe. Its homemade bagels are perfectly chewy and sport an array of fillings, and there’s also coffee roasted on site as well as chocolate brownies and fudge. This is the perfect place to take a break, grab a bite and give the kids time to let off steam in the park. 6 Rouxville Road, Kalk Bay.

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2. The Pottershop

Even if you aren’t in the mood for a bagel, you should still pop into The Pottershop for a browse. It sells a variety of glazes as well as a wide range of unique and one-off ceramics by local artisans. 6 Rouxville Road, Kalk Bay.

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3. Ice Cafe

Both locals and tourists flock to the Ice Cafe for a scoop or two of ice cream in cups or sugar cones. Often you will find the queue spilling out of the door – and for good reason. The ice cream is delicious and there are numerous flavours from which to choose, including vegan options. 92 Main Road, Kalk Bay. 021 788 1995

4. Dalebrook Tidal Pool

Dalebrook is one of the best tidal pools in the Cape Peninsula: there are lovely shallow spots if you want to splash around with the kids, as well as a decently sized area for more ‘serious’ swimmers. Plus, the shore is a great place to set up camp and enjoy a day at the seaside, but there isn’t any shade, so be sure to take your own in the form of an umbrella. Find it off Dalebrook Road.

5. Dalebrook Café

Opposite the tidal pool you’ll find Dalebrook Café, a delightful place that sells homemade baked goods, healthy, wholesome dishes, and ready-made meals for home. This new addition to Kalk Bay is headed up by Charmaine Lilje of Chardonnay Deli fame, and is housed in a magnificent historic building. Go for breakfast and lunch daily, and dinner from Thursday to Saturday. 20 Main Road, Kalk Bay.

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6. Kalk Bay Garden Shop

Gardening and houseplant lovers will adore Kalk Bay Garden Shop. It has a varied selection of leafy offerings (including some unusual ones), as well as all the accessories you might need, whether you have a small indoor garden or a big outdoor one. 67 Main Road, Kalk Bay.

7. Kalk Bay Harbour

One simply doesn’t go to Kalk Bay without visiting the harbour. Check out the fishing vessels, take in the views, buy the freshest fish direct from the boats or enjoy some old-school fish and chips at Kalky's. And if you’re lucky, you might just spot a couple of seals playing in the water near the pier. Off Main Road.

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8. Whatnot and Chinatown

A chaotic treasure trove of antiques, Whatnot and Chinatown is situated in an old house that’s been transformed into the sort of vintage store you don’t find all that often these days. Explore room after packed (and we mean packed) room of beautiful crockery that ranges from royal memorabilia to ceramic dragon teapots. There are loads of other interesting bits and bobs too – you just have to hunt for them. 70 Main Road, Kalk Bay.  

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9. Olympia Café and Deli

Olympia Bakery is a Kalk Bay institution and has been serving excellent coffee and divine baked goods for more than 20 years. The café has a wonderfully rustic feel and the food is consistently good. Plus you can pop round the back to shop at Olympia’s hole-in-the-wall Bakery Shop, where you can get breads, biscuits, tarts and savoury treats to go. 134 Main Rd, cnr Windsor and Main roads, Kalk Bay.

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10. Kalk Bay Books

With its heartwarming slogan ‘where everyone has a story’, Kalk Bay Books will excite any book lover and feels like an ideal location for a movie meet-cute. Elegant wooden tables and shelves are stacked with the latest releases, a thoughtful selection of classics and more. This is where you’ll find that fun holiday read, the perfect literary gift or a chic coffee-table tome. 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay.

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