Hout Bay is beautiful & serene yet close to the action of Cape Town. there is of course an actual Bay with a working harbor & thriving market. many great restaurants are found downtown with several of them affording stunning views of the bay, harbor & unforgettable sunsets. read on here to find some of our favorites…
Hout Bay Harbour Market
This market is extremely popular-especially for food & especially on Friday nights. we often board our guests into the sprinter & send them off for Friday night dinner & shopping. The food stalls represent food from all over Africa as well as abroad & most are way above average with their offerings. There is also wonderful craft beers on tap & of course some great South African wines. the market is open all weekend but only open at night on Fridays. We suggest arriving no later than 5:30pm if possible as it gets very crowded & communal seating is limited. If you arrive later the crowd is very friendly & someone always scoots over. Step out onto the patio where there is often available seating as well as a stunning view of the Harbour & Chapman’s peak drive across the water.
Hout Bay Craft Market
One of the village’s most popular attractions is the regular Hout Bay craft market, which takes place on the village green in the main street, in a mountainous amphitheatre. The market is open every Sunday 10am – 5pm. We find the quality & variety of the offerings to exceed greatly that of the typical roadside market – well worth a look, especially if you need some authentic African gifts.
La Colombe is arguably the best restaurant in Cape Town. That is less than 15 minutes from Maison Noir is a dream. That it can take weeks or even months to get a reservation (especially for dinner) is less dreamy. Let us know the moment you book with us so we can secure you a reservation during your stay. The cuisine is unsurpassed. The atmosphere & service day or night is world class.Read more about La Colombe & other great Hout Bay dining spots on our blog here.
Quentin at Oakhurst Barn
Quentin is less than five minutes away from Maison Noir. The room is exquisite. The decorator is one of those with the ability to make way too many things somehow just right. The walls are covered in Hout Bay and South African history. Pleasing from afar but also delicious up close, you should care to leave your chair & examine more closely. Do so & you’ll find that rather than disturbing your fellow diners you’ll find yourself falling into conversation with them. Most are regulars. The service is divine. almost Parisian. The roasted marrow bones with parsley and garlic served with ash goats cheese on toast is to die for! This place is intriguing & an anomaly of sophistication to find in such a small town.
The Kronendal is a gorgeous example of historical Dutch architecture that begins to please you even as you approach. The interiors are dark woods & glass – very romantic & old world. Tables are beautifully draped & set & the staff looks sharp & are knowledgeable about the menu as well as the extensive & wonderfully priced wine list. The bar is a real bar with real drinks & again a bartender who knows his business. The menu is dazzling in it’s array of Asian offerings. Try the pork belly for sure. Kitima also has a wonderful Sunday brunch. Although it’s not a month-out situation it is strongly suggested to make a reservation a few days in advance.
It’s a good thing Mila noodle does not deliver or we might eat from only there. fortunately it is only five minutes away from the villa. the husband/wife team (& their precious baby Mila) are Chinese but he makes some of the best sushi we’ve ever tasted. The back of the menu also offers some Chinese standards which are the best Chinese offerings available in Hout Bay as well. No category is weak but we’re particularly fond of all of the soups, the bamboo roll, the dragon roll,-the sushi & Nigiri. This is not about atmosphere or decor in any way as both are quirky. It’s about consistently being surprised by flavor & combination of ingredients. Tell the waiter lovejoy you are guest of Maison Noir & get the royal treatment.
This is a chain restaurant but the food is delicious & the quality consistent. delivery is usually within 15 minutes & if it will be longer they let you know. black bean noodles and/or curry curry curry. can’t go wrong! in restaurant service is casual but extremely friendly & efficient. local jewel! +27 021 790 7000
Not gourmet. just good food in an amazing setting. the sunsets over hout Bay are stunning! service varies. standouts are the raw oysters, real caesar salad, fried seafood including great calamari! skip the pizza. wear flip flops! reservations are a good idea & especially if an outdoor table is desired. +27 021 790 1876
Delicious, gorgeous & inventively presented plates of pan Asian/pacific rim “tapas” portions. tapas are small so order several selections. standouts included the deep fried milk/green chili caramel, chili tamarind seared salmon & the Tokyo beef slider. for desert the peanut butter/Miso/butterscotch shake is a must. There is a nice wine list of local wines. The place is smallish & very popular with locals as well as tourist so definitely make a booking in advance. request an outdoor table in good weather.
Great laid back vibe here – especially sitting out on the large patio with it’s mismatched tables & chairs for conversation & sipping cocktails. very popular with the locals. interior is dark & funky in a really good way. Lots of dark woods & old leaded glass in this wonderful old building make for a romantic in the evenings. The menu is small but the offerings are strong. We particularly love the burgers & other sandwiches as well as the salads.
Massimo’s is everything you want in a small beach town dinner spot. Casual, inviting & delicious. If you have children bring them as there is a large playground outside. Extremely child friendly. Delicious brick oven, thin crust pizza, homemade pasta (including gluten free options.) Try the polenta nibbles as a starter. We love it & visit often! Great vibe, friendly service & delicious food. Massimos has added a 2nd take-away storefront called mimmi to go from which you can order for delivery or take-away, service is quick!
Chapman’s peak hotel
In an historic old building sitting right at the base of the famed Chapman’s Peak Drive, to walk into this restaurant is to be transported back in time. Wonderful views of the bay. Stick to the seafood or maybe the fillet. We find this place great for afternoon/sundown cocktails & maybe a plate of their delicious calamari. Also a great lunch option.
Relatively authentic Greek offerings in an extremely chilled environment. Request an outdoor seat in the courtyard out front for great people watching in the afternoons. The service usually leaves something to be desired but it’s worth it when the food arrives.