Every weekend sees surfers and beachgoers alike flock to Muizenberg to take a dip. But the relatively warm waters are not Muizenberg’s only attraction… once you’ve shaken the sand from your toes there’s plenty more to get up to in this trendy, hipster town.
GO ON A TOUR
Every day, the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society hosts a walking tour through 350 years of extraordinary history. Each tour is unique, with the route depending on the day, but you can expect to visit and hear about Rhodes Museum, Posthuys, Muizenberg Village, Shark Spotters, the Battle of Muizenberg Site and plenty more.
Where: Meet at the surfer’s tribute circle at Surfer’s Corner, Beach Rd, Muizenberg.
When: Every day at 10am (except public holidays)
What to bring: Though the tour is free, donations are welcome. Don’t forget to take comfortable shoes, hat and a water bottle.
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HIT THE MARKET
A cornerstone of the Muizenberg community, the Blue Bird Garage Food & Goods Market is found in a beautiful old postal plane hangar on the edge of the urban village. The space is filled with a collection of local artisans, speciality cooks, bakers, producers and designers. Handpicked South African wines, craft beer, delicious food, and a creative kids area are all part of the tapestry that makes for a great Friday night out.
Where: 49 Albertyn Rd, Muizenberg
When: Every Friday from 4pm until 10pm
What to bring: Yourselves, good company, and cash on hand.
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TUCK INTO SEA-VIEW SUSHI
From a table overlooking the crashing waves and the colourful Victorian huts of Muizenberg beach, you can dive into a selection of sushi platters at Live Bait, with the prices being well worth what you’re paying for. Salmon roses are always a must-have, and 6 pieces (most places usually sell 3 or 4 pieces at a time) cost just R78.
TAKE A HIKE
Surfing isn’t the only way to get in some exercise – Muizenberg Cave is found on the slopes of Kalk Bay Peak, and offers breathtaking views overlooking False Bay. With several routes to the caves, we recommend you start at Bailey’s Kloof, which is well-marked off Boyes Drive. Though it is a moderate walk, the ascent and descent are pretty steep – best for children who are 6 years and older.
Where: Boyes Drive at Bailey’s Kloof – park just a little way up from the Shark Spotter.
When: All year round, although best to go early on summer days to escape the heat
What to bring: Your own water (there is water available but its safety is uncertain), hats, sunblock, hiking shoes and a torch or headlamp
BEER & PARTY
The always-buzzing, always-vibrant Tiger’s Milk has an extensive range of draughts on tap. But if you’re looking for a quiet place to get away from the noise, this won’t be it. Fun, music and dancing late into the night, and good grub at decent prices are guaranteed.
Where: Corner of Beach & Sidmouth Rds, Muizenberg
When: Mon to Fri 11am to 2am, Sat & Sun 8am to 2am
Menu: Take a browse through the menu here
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SHOP LOCAL CRAFTS
If you’re looking to get some retail therapy away from the bigger, busier stores, Gina’s Studio is the perfect, quaint, bohemian spot to shop for local, hand-made items. Her fibre art, quilts, stitched jewellery, and other travel-inspired works make for a great sentimental gift.
Where: 38 Palmer Rd, Muizenberg
When: Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm, Sat 1pm to 2pm (or by appointment)
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