I Love Muizenberg Because …
Hi, I’m Heleen Bron from Sonstraal Guesthouse in Muizenberg.
Muizenberg IS BEST KNOWN FOR its endless and unspoilt beach (with Blue Flag status) and for having a good surf on the long running waves.
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT sunrise on the beach which gives not only a variety of colours in the sky and sea, but also on the magical Hottentot Holland Mountains.
THE BEST scenic PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Boyes Drive (the road halfway up the Muizenberg mountain) which gives spectacular views over False Bay and Zandvlei.
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS can be taken on the Zandvlei with the majestic mountain range along it.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO walk on the beach at low tide and look for shells between the rocks. A swim and diving into the often high waves is always exciting and not to forget, in considerably warmer water than on the City/Atlantic side!
WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO go to the Water Treatment Plant at Zeekoevlei (a 10 minutes’ drive) where you can do bird watching from your car. With every turn you might see different birds, but the pelicans and flamingos are always there. Of course you can also go shopping in the just renewed Blue Route Mall in Tokai (a 10 minutes’ drive).
I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS all year around, BECAUSE all the attractions are open the entire year. The Cable Way to go up to the Table Mountain, all the museums, all the wine estates and don’t forget to go the World of Birds in Hout Bay, the largest bird park in Africa.
MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS the ever popular Knead Bakery which is situated on the beachfront.
FOR LUNCH, I SUGGEST going to the Casa Labia Cafe on Main Road which is also a cultural centre with a variety of art exhibitions.
MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS ARE: There are several new restaurants on the Beachfront who are all quite popular, not in the least because of the wonderful view over the beach and sea. You have Lucky Fish & Chips, Primi Piatti and just over the railway pedestrian crossing, the Empire Cafe who is one of the few ‘old’ Muizenberg remaining restaurants and still popular as well.
MY FAVOURITE fast food SPOT IS the Majestic Café; Muizenbergs’ oldest establishment and still furnished in the 1930 style – it’s a must see spot. Don’t forget to ask for crispy chips – delicious!
IF YOU WANT TO MEET LOCALS, GO TO Surfer’s Corner and have a cup of coffee or lunch at Gaslight Café … the only venue with a seperate smoking area outside.
MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH FRIENDS IS still the Zandvlei which is the only lagoon in False Bay that is open to the sea … and an area which is much bigger than first meets the eye. It is also a nature reserve with approximately 150 bird species. However, ‘the Village’ which is situated at the back of the Beachfront is often overlooked as well. In Killarney Road you have the tiny organic bakery and further down in Palmer Road MM Galleries, coffee shops, a pizzeria and several other shops.
FOR SOME CULTURE I LIKE TO GO TO the Masque Theatre with their affordable prices – even for a Cape Town City Ballet performance!
TO RELAX AND RESTORE MY SOUL, I LIKE TO go to Maxine’s Hair & Beauty Studio on Main Road for a massage.
IF YOU’RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS, TRY kite surfing when there is enough wind … and from September until late March the notorious South Easter can often be blowing in Muizenberg!
MY FAVOURITE WALK IS the St James Walk along the sea with some perfectly unspoilt views. A walk in the Tokai Forest (15 minute drive away) is definitely a wonderful experience; you will find dozens of difference eucalyptus, oak and cypress trees from all over the world.
MY FAVOURITE bakery SHOP IS Knead.
MY FAVOURITE DRIVE is the Baden Powell Road all along the False Bay coast towards Stellenbosch. You may be lucky and see what the ‘treknet’ fishermen caught in their nets.
IF YOU’RE HERE IN October, JOIN IN THE FUN AT the Kite Festival which is a major event in Muizenberg and happens on the Zandvlei. The Muizenberg Moonlight Meanders which take place every Saturday closest to the full moon are also becoming very popular – bring your family, friends and dogs and enjoy a moonlight walk along the beach!
MY FAVOURITE MUSEUM IS Rhodes Cottage on Main Road – its well worth a visit for those interested in Rhodes and Cape history. CHECK OUT THE fine indigenous mountainside garden. The opening hours are from 10h00 to 16h00 in summer with reduced opening hours in the winter.
MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS the railway station, FOR ITS fine Edwardian design and impressive clockwork. However, the four Herbert Baker designed houses on the beach road are also beautiful.
TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN? A FUN OUTING IS the water slide or the putt putt for the older children and for the very small ones a safe splash pool with a tiny water slide in the municipal swimming pool.
BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OUTING IS the Blue Bird Garage Market on Albertyn Road from 16h00 to 22h00 on a Friday. Also dont miss the big Sunday market (09h00 to 17h00) on Sunrise Circle – this is a typical local market with a variety of very cheap goods.
THE MOST UNUSUAL THING I SEE HERE IS a Fish Eagle flying over the Zandvlei.
WHEN I WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, I bring all my excess clothes, linen, shoes etc to the ‘Help a Rural Child’ charity shop in Retreat. Also, every year the St Lukes’ Hospice sells, via an online auction, two nights accommodation at Sonstraal.
I Love Muizenberg BECAUSE of its amazing and unspoilt beauty, not only the beach, sea and mountains, but also the unique fynbos which grows all along the entire coast of the Western Cape. Search on the internet for Floral Kingdoms and you will see how special this Kingdom here is and because Muizenberg is centrally situated to all attractions from the penguins, Cape Point, Winelands and city attractions, as well as the airport. Most of them are only a 30 minute drive away.
Sonstraal Guest House
Sonstraal Guesthouse is well known because of its charming and characteristic architecture from the 1930’s. There are still Art Deco elements in some bathrooms. The house kept its own style, which gives all spaces (especially the big dining room and lounge) a comfortable and cosy atmosphere. Sonstraal Guesthouse has a unique location in Muizenberg with its fantastic view over the Vlei (lagoon), mountains and False Bay. You have only to cross the street and a two minutes walk through the wonderful fynbos brings you to the beach. At the back of the house there is a covered terrace and a braai (barbeque) area.
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Knead – +27 (0)21 788-2909
Casa Labia Café – +27 (0)21 788-6062
Johno’s Bistro – +27 (0)788-6441
Gaslight Café – +27 (0)21 788-6994
Masque Theatre – +27 (0)21 788-6999