Muizenberg lies on the Sunrise Coast of the South Peninsula. The only east facing coastline in all of the Western Cape. The beach extends for miles, and the views are just incredible. Historically, this town is very significant in South Africa, having been the site of the Battle of Muizenberg which saw the first British occupation of the Cape.
Now, it is a mecca for surfing and generally regarded as Cape Towns laid back suburb, where warmer waters and eclectic character make for an interesting day out. But, what to do?
Choose your spot – there are a host of great backpackers, guesthouses or self-catering options to choose from. Check out our SLEEP SOUTH selection. Choose the option that best suits your budget.
After checking in, head down to the Surfers Corner, and check out the Surfers Circle walk of Fame. This walk of fame is one of only 7 tributes to surfing worldwide and is designed to honour all those people in our past who have helped shape surfing to what it is today. You may want to check out Cheron Kraak’s plaque. This lady was the founder of what is today the J-Bay Corona Open which hosts the worlds top surfers on their annual rankings tour to the top of the WSL. She also defied the apartheid laws and hosted competitions for people of colour back in those bad old days.
Now that you’ve engrossed yourself in a bit of history, you have to book yourself a surfing or SUP (Stand-up Paddle Board) lesson. Roxy’s Surf Emporium or Xpression are some favourites and right on the beach. Offering a chilled and welcome vibe to all. Surfing is an exhilarating sport and Muizenberg is world renown as one of the best ‘learn-to-surf’ beaches.
Once you have done with this, you will no doubt be hungry and more than likely a little chilly from your time in the water. Head to one of the beach front restaurants where you will find everything from Falafel (at Yoffi Falafel) to fresh fish and chips to burgers and pizzas and a great selection of vegetarian foods. Be sure to grab an amazing coffee also.
Evenings in Muizenberg are mostly about eating, drinking and laughing – a-lot. Head to York Road (just across the railway line from Surfers Circle). Some funky little bars are hidden here like gems to be discovered. From Oroboros, your tapas style cocktail bar to Striped Horse, your steam punk, bluegrass live music spot. The place is bustling with locals, all of whom are telling tall stories of their surfing during the day. Join the conversation 😉 and try to impress them with your own tales of monster waves missed.
There are a host of dinner places in walking distance from each other, and Carla’s Prawns on York Road is a local legend. People come from all over to try her speciality Mozambique style prawns.
Heading back to your guesthouse or accommodation at night may be tricky after a drink or two, so be sure to get a taxi to take you home.
If you have been lucky enough to stay at one of the local guesthouses, then breakfast is sure to be a treat. If not, then head to Joon in Palmer Road, or Hang Ten Cafe on the beachfront. Delicious. After this, we recommend doing the Muizenberg to St. James catwalk. Walk along the catwalk soaking in the morning air and rising sun. This is a short walk and suitable for all ages.
If time permits, walk back along the main road to Muizenberg. This stretch of road is also known as the Heritage Mile, boasting the Battle of Muizenberg site, the Rhodes Museum, Het Posthuys, SAPS Museum and Casa Labia (which is also a great stop for tea).
You have walked, eaten, drank, surfed and slept in Cape Towns most bustling little surf village. I am sure you will only have touched on the possibilities that this little village has to offer. Be sure to make a plan next time to come and visit for a few more days and see what else this little town of gems has to offer on the Cape’s Sunshine Coast.