Hout Bay

Hout Bay, Cape Town Central: Address, Phone Number, Hout Bay Reviews: 4.5/5

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Enclosed by ocean, mountains and wine farms, the former fishing village offers a country affair with some adventure thrown in.
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Eileen
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Apr 2022
Lovely little fishing town - well worth making a stop to walk around the shops, the beach and also the harbour area. Lots of good restaurants, we only visited two, but both were really good. We had no problem with safety, parked and walked to a restaurant one time, and had to ask for directions. Never felt unsafe.
Interesting point - because it is on the other side of the mountain from Cape Town, the weather may be completely different! We woke up on a cloudy, overcast day in Llandudno, drove to Hout Bay and it was blue skies and sunny!
Written 28 April 2022
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Stephen Morris
Dubai, United Arab Emirates43 contributions
Mar 2022
A perfect stop off in a day tour from Cape Town Waterfront to Cape Point.
Hout Bay is a lovely working fishing town with small curio shops on the quayside and views of the seals basking in the bay sunshine
Written 21 March 2022
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tanya d
Johannesburg, South Africa65 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Best fish and chips. On every visit to Cape Town this is one of our first stops to enjoy great seafood and the beautiful view. Always see some seals lazing around . Can be very busy at peak times . We usually go during the week lunchtime and the que is not too bad . But it’s worth it . Relaxed atmosphere.
Written 27 February 2022
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Ben
London, UK2 contributions
Feb 2022 • Business
Questionable how safe Hout Bay is, while staying in Cape Town I cycled through Hout Bay on the main roads on a Sunday morning and was heavily hit by people on the side of the road throwing large rocks attempting to knock me off, I was luck to get away. I would stay well clear of the area.
Written 13 February 2022
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gastropod
Hout Bay, South Africa24 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
We are a bunch of open water swimmers, we had a wonderful swim across the bay and back (about 1.4km) we were lucky with a warm day and still waters. The pandemic hasn't been kind and businesses have closed etc. It would be great to see support for this stunning location and its great locals.
Written 9 December 2021
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NauticalVoyager
Camperdown, South Africa1 384 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Was really looking forward to a visit as had heard this was such a quaint village. Disappointed to discover beggars everywhere .. literally at every traffic light and stop street. Pushy vendors approached us the moment we parked our car at the beach front to try sell touristy wears and to be honest it did make us feel uncomfortable as we felt we were being constantly watched. The beach was littered with bottles, plastic and other rubbish and so we decided to cut our day visit short. I am sure this place once had charm especially around the port area but we certainly did not enjoy our experience.
Written 2 December 2021
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 142 contributions
Nov 2021
About 20 km south of Cape Town's center is Hout Bay. A small town with a port in a spectaculair setting of mountains, bay and ocean, the place itself is not that interesting, buy okay and pretty relaxed. There are (fish) restaurants and cafés, supermarkets, some schools, police station and even a small, but interesting museum. The main attraction is the port area with beach. Boats to Duiker island depart from here, but small vessels and yachts are plentiful.

Overall well worth a visit. MyCiTi buses 108, 109 and 118 connect Houtbay to Cape Town central. Buses are frequent except on Sundays.
Written 20 November 2021
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Cindy D
Port Elizabeth, South Africa12 contributions
May 2021
such a beautiful; place clean and friendly people was really very awesome to experience. Will definitely recommend a trip here
Written 20 May 2021
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Janavdv
Pretoria, South Africa119 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Oh my, yet another beautiful place and best fish and chips I ever had. I love this place. Would absolutely visit again.
Written 28 January 2021
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yhismail
Centurion, South Africa15 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
Beautiful place to see, great atmosphere. Must eat at 'Fish on the Rocks'. Any fish fresher is probably still swimming. Take pics with seals, see the fisherman leaving and docking. A must see
Written 4 January 2021
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