One of the excursions that all Capetonians undertake at some point, is driving to Hout Bay (or as the locals refer to it, the Republic of Hout Bay) for some fish and chips at the harbor. We decided to add an extra spin and take Chapman’s Peak Drive to Hout Bay. It is a rather big detour, but the views are worth it.
We drove along Chapman’s Peak from Noordhoek to Hout Bay. The views are really spectacular and the ocean was extra blue on the day. Make sure to stop at the view point ,were you get your first glimpse of Hout Bay, to take in the views and the magnitude of the Atlantic Ocean.
In Hout Bay, we drove to the harbor and enjoyed fish and chips from Mariners Wharf. Their fish and chips is delicious (a bit pricey, but you pay for the location) and you order it at the counter and enjoy at the tables outside. Mariners Wharf is right at the harbor wall, which makes it convenient to take a stroll between the boats or on the beach right next to the parking lot. There are also a few seals hanging out at the harbor.
From there we went to visit the Bay Harbour market. They have some awesome food stalls with an area where you can sit and enjoy all the delicatessens and craft beer or wines. There is also a small stage with some life performances. If you’re looking for some high quality handmade decor items or accessories or just some souvenirs form your trip, this is definitely the place to stop.
- Make sure Chapman’s Peak is open beforehand. They do close it from time to time for maintenance or due to weather, rock slides or fires. You can check the road status on their website.
- Chapman’s Peak has a toll booth on Hout Bay’s side. They charge R42 per light vehicle for access. Discounted rates are available if you are a regular user.
- Mariners Wharf has a down stairs take-away place where we bought fish and chips. But there is also an upstairs restaurant where they serve seafood on the deck.
- Snoekies is another fish and chips institution in Cape Town, they are closer towards Bay Harbour Market. They also have franchise stores around Cape Town nowadays.
- Bay Harbour Market is open Fridays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Visited: February 2012