Kalk Bay harbour lies on the East Coast of the Cape Peninsula and lies in the False Bay Gulf. Growing up in Cape Town, Kalk Bay has always been a great post for watching seals, eating out and watching the fishermen come in with the catch of the day. The harbour walks also offer relaxing views of the ocean and a nice break away from the city. Let’s discover more about this small spot in the Cape.
Kalk Bay or Kalkbaai was once a small fishing village of the False Bay coast, but has now become a suburb on the Cape Peninsula. Kalk is Afrikaans/Dutch for lime and refers to the large amounts of mussel shells found off the coast that settlers used to burn and make lime. The lime was later used for construction purposes.
The mountains here also house unique caves and there are few spots to have a steep hike up to enjoy the nature. I know there is a Bat Cave up along the popular Jacob’s Ladder walk here somewhere too. Jacob’s Ladder is a steep flight of stairs hat takes you up the mountain.
Today Kalk Bay is one of the main harbours on the peninsula’s coastline with many entertainment and restaurant areas that dot the main road.
How to get there
Kalk Bay is accessible by metro which runs from the main Cape Town city centre along the coastline. I also accessible by bus and car along the main road and Boyes Drive.
The harbour is undoubtedly the main attraction of the area. Many fishing boats line the quay and it’s always busy with fishermen hauling the catch of the day in. Fresh fish can also be bought on the spot for a really good price.
There are a few seafood restaurants right on the harbour and cater for all budgets and dining experiences.
You can always be sure to catch the Cape Fur seals frolicking in the bay or on the walk hoping for a free fish from the fishermen.
Almost everyone likes to walk along the stone Harbour up to the lighthouse and take in the views. On stormy days, you can see the huge waves crash on the harbour walk. They make for great photo opportunities
You can take boat rides and even go shark cage diving or watch the shark feed off the coast from Kalk Bay. The boat will take you out to Seal Island located in the middle of False Bay and you can witness some of the Great Whites have breakfast of one of the seals.
You can enjoy the natural pools around the area too. There little beach inlet at the harbour is usually packed to max in summer. There is a great surf spot too off the rocks around the corner from the harbour.
The food options in Kalk bay are amazing. Some of the best seafood restaurants can be found in this little area. You can find just about anything along the main road. At the harbour you can pick any of the 3 seafood restaurants and have a generous portion of fish and chips. Kalkies fish shop has been around forever, and has great seafood dishes for as little as R55 (around $5USD)! There two other restaurants nearby too. So good.
One popular restaurant that is popular with locals all year long is the Brass Bell. The Brass Bell is situated right on the beach front and accessible through the metro underground walkway. You can order anything from chai tea latte, fresh salad, pizza to seafood. They have a bar serving a big selection of wines, cocktails and beers too. There is even a natural sea pool among the tables. It’s perfect.
For the evening, the more upbeat Cape To Cuba bar and restaurant continues to be the most popular spot. They have awesome cocktail deals here in the weekday.
Kalk bay Main Road
Kalk Bay Main road has become a buzz with activity over the past few years. You can find a few clothing boutiques and second hand stores along the road. There are quite a few museums to browse in too. The main attraction for me personally, are the amazing restaurants and cool vibe the area has.
There is also plenty of accommodation hotels and BnBs for visitors who want a relaxing stay at the beach.
Kalk Bay is pretty cool, and just a fun spot to get good food and relax by the beach. It’s definitely a place to spend an afternoon in no matter what the weather is like!