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Muizenberg is a suburb in the southern part of Cape Town, South Africa.

Understand[edit]

It is located on the southern coast of Cape Town, which makes it perfect for a stay in Cape Town that includes trips round the Cape Peninsula and the Cape Winelands.

Muizenberg from Boyes Drive

Get in[edit]

Map of Muizenberg

By car[edit]

From Cape Town go south towards Simon's Town and the Cape of Good Hope on any of De Waal Drive/Blue Route freeway (the M3), Main Road (the M4) or the M5 freeway. The town is north of Simon's Town, at the point where the Cape Peninsula starts.

From Strand, Somerset West, Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands drive west on Baden Powell Drive (the R310) next to the False Bay coastline. Muizenberg begins at the traffic circle where the R310 meets the M5.

By train[edit]

MetroRail operates frequent commuter trains from Cape Town to Muizenberg. During peak hours (early morning and late afternoon, Monday to Friday) there are trains every few minutes. At other times during the week there are 3 or 4 trains per hour ; they are less frequent on Saturdays and Sundays. The journey takes about 45 minutes. There are also MetroRail trains to Muizenberg from the other direction (Simon's Town, Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay), usually 2 or 3 per hour. This journey takes about 20 minutes.

If heading to northern parts of the town, it might be better to alight at the anterior False Bay railway station.

  • 1 Muizenberg railway station, 177 Main Rd (Centrally located, just metres away from the beach, on Main Rd).
  • 2 False Bay railway station, 33 Main Rd.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Rhodes Cottage Museum

The colorful changing rooms of Muizenberg can be found on nearly every postcard. Take some photos with you, the scenery and some of the houses.

  • 1 Rhodes Cottage Museum, 246 Main Rd, +27 21 788 79140. 10AM-4PM daily. A small house on the seafront that Cecil Rhodes bought as a holiday cottage and this was where he died in 1902. The house is preserved as a museum dedicated to Rhodes' life. Free entrance.
  • 2 South African Police Service Museum, 186 Main Rd. Showcasing the history of policing in South Africa. Free entrance.
  • 3 Het Posthuys, 182 Main Rd. One of the oldest buildings in South Africa, originally erected in February 1673: a year before the Castle in Cape Town was occupied. It was built by the Dutch East India Company, originally as a three-roomed signal station, and used as a military observation post, and subsequently used as a toll-house to levy a tax on farmers passing by to sell their produce to ships lying in Simon's Bay.

Do[edit]

  • Muizenberg has a magnificent beach which is very popular (especially in summer and on weekends). It is excellent for surfing; there are many different surf schools at the beach front (also called Surfer's Corner).
  • There is supertube (water slide) and a putt-putt (mini-golf) course at the beach.
  • There is a scenic walkway from Muizenberg south to St James, right next to the sea.
  • Kitesurfing is popular during summer on the east side near the large traffic circle (Sunrise Beach).
  • Rock climbing and hiking are possible on Muizenburg Peak and the surrounding cliffs.

Surf School[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Dance[edit]

Yoga[edit]

  • Sangha Spot yoga and wellness centre, 20 Fraser rd, +27 83 556-3756. A yoga and wellness centre offering Ashtanga, Sivananda, Vinyasa and Jivamukti yoga suitable for beginner and intermediate students. We also offer BSR - Body Stress Relief Therapy.

Learn[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • The Corner Surf Shop, 143 Main Rd (Opp. Muiz. Park & Bowling Greens), +27 21 788-1191. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-4:30PM, Su 9:30AM-12:30PM. Cape Town's oldest and most famous surf shop. Established in 1971 by Peter Wright and still under the same ownership. Great range of surfwear, as well as wetsuits and surfing equipment. Take a look at what is probably the world's biggest collection of surfboards made by John Whitmore - the father of South African surfing. Friendly and helpful staff.
  • [dead link] Rattlesnake Books, Rare Books and Africana, 7 York Rd (2 doors up from the Empire Cafe), +27 74 924-9287, . 9-4 every day. From paperbacks to rare Africana and first editions; maps; art; rebindings.
  • J'adore grocery store, 165 Main Rd (Inside The French Courtyard), +27 21 709 0996. Lovely little deli which sells many of the local market suppliers' products as well as fantastic freshly baked French bread and Truth coffee.

Eat[edit]

  • Bella Pizza, Lakeside Shopping Centre, 60 Main Rd, Lakeside, +27 21 788-3032.
  • Carla's, 9 York Rd, +27 21 788-6860. Mozambican food.
  • Empire Cafe, 11 York Rd, +27 21 788-1250, . M Tu 10AM-4PM, W-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 10AM-4PM.. Good for coffee and breakfast pastries. Lunch and dinner menu change on a daily basis.
  • Gaslight Cafe, Beachfront, Beach Rd, +27 21 788-6994, . On the ground floor of The Beach Lodge backpackers.
  • Knead, Beachfront, corner Clarendon & Beach Rds, +27 21 788-2909, . daily 8AM-5PM. A full bakery with hot artisan breads baked on site, confectionery, coffee shop, cafe style light meals and delicious pizzas from a woodfired oven.
  • Lagerchinos, 42 Beach Rd, +27 21 788-5599. daily noon-10PM. Pizza, burgers, beer & playground.
  • Octopus Garden, Old Post Office Building, 53 Main Rd, St James, +27 21 788-5646. Unusual menu in a bohemian setting.
  • Organics Alive, 42 Palmer Rd. Organic food and coffee.
  • Pizza Pronta, 106 Main Rd, +27 21 788-3814. Take-away and delivery only.
  • Simply Asia, 6 Lakeside Centre, 60 Main Road, Lakeside, +27 21 788-2247. Thai food and noodle bar.
  • Sostanza, Old Bakery, corner Main & Lincoln Roads, Lakeside, +27 21 788-2411. Breakfast, coffee and light meals. Excellent venue and location, just a pity that the services and menu is not of equal quality.
  • The Big Blue, Beachfront, Beach Rd, +27 21 788-2552. Very casual restaurant and pub. With great food and prices.
  • The Coffee Bean, 36 Palmer Rd, +27 21 788-3641. Create your own personalized blend of coffee.
  • The Village Inn, 11 Church St, +27 21 788-6642. Traditional pub.
  • Titanium Bistro, Rodwell House, Rodwell Road, St James, +27 21 787-9880, . Modern Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Trattoria Antonio, 56 Main Road, St James, +27 21 788-7788, . Authentic Italian food.
  • Upper Crust, Shop 12, Eastlake Village Centre, Eastlake Drive, Marina da Gama, +27 21 788-7765, fax: +27 86 556-9544. Pizza and pasta.
  • Cafe du Metro, 165 Main Rd, +27 21 709 0996. 9AM - 4PM. Food is fresh and seasonal, prepared simply and generously. Slight French influence mostly noticeable in herbs and prep methods. Lovely spot for breakfast or lunch. Great deli next door stocks many of the local market suppliers.

Drink[edit]

  • Coffee Sha'bean (Coffee Shabean), 34 Beach Rd (inside Gary's Surf Shop). 8AM-5PM. Great local spot for breakfast and lunch. Amazing views of the beach. 35 rand.
  • The Business, 32 Palmer Rd, +27 21 788-3226. Tea house, internet cafe, retail space

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