Defined by its quaint original Victorian semi’s and tucked below the railway line, Muizenberg Village is such a well kept secret, that many Muizenberg residents don’t even know that it exists. The village is very community orientated and populated with artists, writers and creative types lending an arty atmosphere to the area. Some homes have been turned into gallery and creative studio spaces, adding further to the creative atmosphere.
The houses look unassuming from the outside but are much larger than they appear inside; some being beautiful enough to appear on the pages of glossy interior magazines. A place where property prices for 3 bedroom semi-detached cottages are still under the million rand mark due to the degradation of the area in the past few decades, young couples are moving to the village and investing in affordable property.
Hidden in a quaint enclave of semi-detached Victorian cottages in Muizenberg Village, is a street lined with small shops, businesses and restaurants. Blink and you’ll miss the turn off from Atlantic Road into Killarney Road, which brings you to Palmer Road. The first shop that greets you as you turn into Killarney Road is La Petite Boulangerie, possibly the smallest bakery in the world, yet known for making some of the best bread in the Western Cape. The express style bakery delivers fresh bread daily to well-known cafes and restaurants from Muizenberg through to town, including Superette in Woodstock.
The Melting Pot is a tiny music venue, playing host to some of the best musicians in Cape Town, who have all graced its small stage. Visitors to the venue have been treated to some memorable acoustic gigs and ‘open mic’ nights in the past few years. The first shop in Palmer Road worth mentioning is the Skermunkil jewellery store, a working studio and display space. The young creatives behind the Skermunkil brand make some of South Africa’s most beloved jewellery, easily recognized by their folky enamel pictures, heart shaped pendants, brooches and carved silver vintage cutlery.
The vegan restaurant Closer, has also helped to raise the tone of Palmer Road, with their modern interiors and purely vegan menu. Expect to be offered rice or soya milk and healthy alternatives to honey and sugar with your tea and coffee! The Closer menu offers delicious vegetarian burgers and curries that are very well priced and popular with the locals.
The Village Pizzeria, also a new addition to Palmer Road, is an endearing space furnished with mismatching vintage chairs and tables, with a chalkboard menu and stylish gourmet pizzas. Loved by locals for their delicious chicken, burgers and sidewalk style dining that spills out onto the walkway, Palmer Road Rotisserie, the newest kid on the block, is owned and run by an experienced restauranteur and people person. The rotisserie boasts homestyle food with a gourmet twist, including the hilarious (and delicious) ‘Muizenburger,’ and provides a much-needed evening venue for Muizenberg residents.
Just round the corner, in Albertyn Road, the coffee shop and Italian inspired express deli at Kitch Kombuis, combines excellent coffee with vintage, retro and antique furniture, resulting in a wonderfully kitsch concept. At Kitch Kombuis, you can expect to be greeted warmly by the owner and host, Derek Harrison, and be made to feel welcome.
Take a drive down to Muizenberg Village next time you’re thinking of heading out for the day and be a part of the vibe and energy of this quaint place.