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Hout Bay

Cape Town Central 7872, South Africa
+27 21 790 7278
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Enclosed by ocean, mountains and wine farms, the former fishing village offers a country affair with some adventure thrown in.
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“seal island” (207 reviews)
“fish and chips” (139 reviews)
“mariner's wharf” (35 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Cape Town Central 7872, South Africa
+27 21 790 7278
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place was very busy day and night. There are well know restaurants, local food and shopping plus access to the beach. Amazing sunsets too!

Thank ginger2003_98
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went to the night market at hout bay and had a fabulous time. Only open on Friday and Saturday check opening times. Food stalls and outlets for clothing and souvenirs etc. A great mix with live music.

Thank Kathyfitchett
Reviewed yesterday

Very beautiful scenery, and the boat ride to Seal Island was chilly (as to be expected), but exciting! On the way back end the mountains surrounding the bay as well as all the sail boats in the harbor, made for a picturesque view.

Thank labadie4563
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you want to see some seals, go to Hout Bay. If you want to do some shopping for souvenirs at the outdoor markets and don't mind all the begging go there as well. There's local people who bring fish to the seals and feed...More

Thank Jolie J
Reviewed 2 days ago

Had a wonderful trip out to Seal Island from here. Great to see so many of them lounging around on the rocks - although they did smell a bit. There were dolphins in the water as well. Enjoyed it. Bought a few souvenirs as well...More

Thank juliaelizabethann
Reviewed 4 days ago

A lovely drive to hout bay harbour. The fish and chips we had in the harbour were delicious. The seals were an exciting experience sunbathing themselves.

Thank tebohomokone001
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The roads leading to Hout Bay can be long and busy but the view and the setting on the way there is exceptional. Hout Bay itself is beautiful and has many decent shops and restaurants. It can get very busy but is definitely a must...More

Thank Lile P
Reviewed 5 days ago

A pretty place to visit for the day and only a twenty minute drive from the centre of Cape Town. We were lucky in finding a local antiques fair and spent a leisurely hour wandering around looking at the beautiful wares. Lovely day out

Reviewed 1 week ago

Hout Bay was well worth the visit with stunning coastal views. We used a Uber driver called Christian who took us on a tour of the Cape, Boulders beach and all of the must see places. He also located Baboons Ostriches Impala Penguins and other...More

Thank Rumbellis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lacking the beauty and the spread of restaurants/shops of other areas in and around Cape Town, Hout Bay is worth visiting for one thing: The Bay Harbour Market (which is only on Fri night, Sat morning, and Sunday morning). Dozens upon dozens of local vendors...More

Thank Mark M
Nearby Restaurants
348 reviews
1.09 km away
Mariner's Wharf
1 213 reviews
.23 km away
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741 reviews
.89 km away
The Lookout Deck Hout Bay Restaurant, Bar & Sushi
675 reviews
.50 km away
Nearby Attractions
Bay Harbour Market
399 reviews
.70 km away
Bay Harbour - The Market
221 reviews
.70 km away
Urban Brewing Co.
23 reviews
.68 km away
Visions Gallery
5 reviews
.99 km away
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patrick c
6 November 2016|
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Response from LJSJhb | Reviewed this property |
Apparently so. but doubt you will find a spot ! Extremely overcrowded
razan h
10 February 2016|
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Response from Nicholasdurhone | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Hout's Bay is some kind of village by the sea. You will definitely then need a car to go to the waterfront and back.
Michael e
30 January 2016|
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Response from Z7559PVmohamede |
There is very good and reliable bus service called the Myciti bus service.You can take the bus from Cape Town airport to the Civic Centre in town.From the Civic Centre there are many bus routes that can connect you to Hout... More