Things to do in Hout Bay
Hout Bay is a coastal suburb in Cape Town with a laid back vibe and plenty to offer. Only 20km from town it feels like you are in a small surfing town somewhere. Don’t let it’s relaxed feel fool you though. This vibrant valley with it’s stunning views has plenty to offer.
Here are a few cool things to do in Hout Bay on your next visit:
Make something at Clay Cafe
Clay cafe gives you the chance to unleash your inner artist or just have some good old fun! A hit with old and young alike you will see this spot packed most weekends so book in advance. You can make your own ceramic masterpiece while indulging in some delicious food and drinks from their Deli. Easily book your table online by clicking here.
You can’t miss visiting the rescue animals at DARG while in Hout Bay. This pro-life non profit organisation in Hout Bay is the best place to find a loving pet or simply spend some time with the animals. We got our lovely cats from there and it is the best thing we ever did! You can help out by taking food or donations or even shopping at their second hand market on weekends. They can only exist with your help so click here to find out more.
Hike Little Lions Head
One of our absolute favorite hikes is Little Lions Head. This relatively easy hike has some gorgeous views of Hout Bah and Llandudno and is the perfect way to spend a sunny day.
Go eat fish and chips
Going for a bite to eat at one of the local harbour side fish and chip shops is something you have to do when visiting Hout Bay. Fish on the rocks, Snoekies and Mariners wharf are the favorites. They all serve really good authentic “slap” chips and battered hake. Grab it as a take out and sit on the harbour wall watching the boats sail past!
Stroll around the Bay Harbour Market
If artisanal food, handmade crafts and live entertainment is your thing the Bay harbour market is the place to go. Situated in the harbour area in an old revamped fish factory this vibrant market definitely has a bit of everything.Put it on your list of things to do in Hout Bay right away!
Visit World of birds
World of birds is the largest bird park in Africa and one of my favorite places in Cape Town. It usually isn’t on the tourist list but it definitely should be. It isn’t a zoo, it is a sanctuary that has helped birds and reptiles for plenty of years. They do research and rescue and care for the birds.
Go out on a Charter boat
See the breathtaking scenery of Hout Bay from the Atlantic by going on a charter cruise with Drumbeat. I love going out on the ocean with the fresh air and dramatic views of the coastline. They do different trips as well and you can choose a 40 or 60 minute cruise.
Drive along the scenic Chapmans Peak drive
Chapmans Peak drive is one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world. Hugging the side of the mountain with sheer cliff faces and dramatic drops it will really take your breath away. This road does have a toll gate but you can go halfway with a free day pass. This is perfect for picnics or to go hike Chapmans Peak. If you pay the toll you can drive the road all the way to Noordhoek which is always what I recommend as the road and views are the best after the view point.
Go snorkelling with seals
The ultimate bucket list activity! Snorkelling with seals is an amazing experience especially if you love the ocean. This eco friendly interaction is guided by passionate marine guides and is an ultimate underwater wildlife adventure.
Get an ice-cream at Mariners wharf
Grab an ice-cream and join locals and tourists alike by taking a walk around the bustling beachfront area. This harbour side emporium was built in the 1980’s and has stood the test of time.
Visit the art galleries
There are a few interesting art galleries to visit on your next trip. A great way to spend a Saturday morning but watch out, you might just be tempted to make some purchases!