Cool things to do in Camps Bay
I have been living in Camps Bay my whole life and when I travel I always miss this beautiful corner of the world. Not only are the views breathtaking but there is also loads to see, do and eat of course! If you find yourself in Cape Town definitely don’t miss out on what this gorgeous suburb wedged between Table mountain and the deep blue Atlantic has to offer.
Here are a few things you can enjoy in Camps Bay!
1.Take a stroll on the pipe track
The pipe track is a easy hike that hugs the base of the Twelve Apostles from Table Mountain road all the way past the end of Camps Bay. It is perfect for kids or as a relaxed Sunday morning stroll. If you are up for a bit more than just a walk this is also the perfect trail for a run!
2.Go for a sundowner at the iconic Cafe Caprice
Cafe Caprice has been in Camps Bay for as long as I can remember and has turned into a bit of an iconic sundowner spot. When the weather is good you will see the crowds spilling over the sidewalk. The fashionable Cape Town set mixed with foreigners make up an interesting crowd. Book a table or simply walk in and enjoy the vibe at the bar. Sunday nights are for parties so bring your dancing shoes and be ready for a fun filled night!
3.Go for a morning walk along the beachfront
Early mornings are best to be enjoyed walking along Camps Bay all the way to the coastal road leading to Hout Bay. Feel the fresh ocean breeze on your skin and enjoy the outdoor vibe.
4.Try vegan food at Plant Cafe & Jesse’s Waffles
If you are keen to try some delicious plant based restaurants Camps Bay wont let you down. Head to Plant Cafe for the best burgers, wraps, nachos and basically anything else your heart ( aka stomach ) might desire. Then finish it off with a decadent waffle or milkshake at Jesse’s Waffles. Just don’t blame me if you end up going there three times a day!
5.Go for a picnic in The Glen
The Glen is a perfect chilled out spot for a picnic on a hot Summer Day. It get’s loads of shade and is dog friendly so bring the family for a day out. Just remember to clean up after yourself so everyone can enjoy it.
6.Go to the market at The Lawns
The Lawns in Camps Bay has markets that happen all the time. In Summer you can enjoy their night markets and they also have a market every Sunday weather dependant.
7.Hike up Kasteelspoort
One of my favorite very scenic hikes in Cape Town is Kasteelspoort. This hike takes about an hour and a half to the top if you are doing it at a regular pace. When you get to the top you will be rewarded with stunning views of Camps Bay. You can also check out the old cable station remains a popular rock called the diving board as well as two of the huge Table Mountain reservoirs. This is definitely a very cool thing to do in Camps Bay if you have the time!
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8.Go for a swim at the Tidal pool
Keen for a dip but scared of waves, sharks and basically everything else that comes with the ocean? Head to the tidal pool in Camps Bay for a relaxed swim. The tidal pool also has a small beach as well as a jungle gym close by which makes it ideal for families with smaller children.
9.Watch the sunset at Maidens Cove
Maidens cove is a very popular spot for sunset in Camps Bay. From it’s stunning vantage point you can see all the apostles lined up with Camps Bay glittering below them. It is also a great place to watch surfers do their thing at Glen beach or see the clouds roll over the mountain when the South Easter blows.
10.Go for a chilled dinner at The Surf Shack
If you are looking for a great restaurant with a upmarket beach vibe then I know just the place. With it’s panoramic vistas and cool vibe it is the place to enjoy lunch or dinner on the famous Camps Bay strip.
11. Grab an early morning croissant and coffee at Maison J
I can’t go without good coffee and Maison J makes some of the best on the strip. They are also eco friendly and make mostly vegetarian goodies like filled croissants and quiches. I love grabbing a chocolate croissant and a cup of coffee and soaking up the early morning rays on one of the rocks on the beach.
12. Soak up the sun at Glen Beach
Glen beach has always been known as the surfers beach and for good reason. Since the beginning surfers have been catching waves at this locals only beach. Don’t worry though they are friendly unless you steal a wave! Glen beach doesn’t get as crowded as Camps Bay which makes it a firm fave in my books.
13. Buy a day pas and chill at the Sandy B Beach club
If you are more a pool and deck chair person then go to Sandy B beach club for the day. Enjoy cocktails, laze in the sun and swim ocean side at this beach club situated in The Bay Hotel on the Camps Bay strip.
14. Rent a bicycle from Up Cycles
If you are feeling active and adventurous rent a bicycle and explore a bit! You can rent a bicycle from Up Cycles in Camps Bay and then go for a ride along the ocean. I suggest heading to Sea point Promenade and just dropping it off at their stand there when you are done!
15. Watch a show at Theatre on the bay
Theatre on the bay is a great place to end off your night after a meal at one of the awesome restaurants in Camps Bay. Just remember to book in advance as the shows sell out pretty quickly!