The route is primarily along the Main Road of Kalk Bay heading South and highlights my personal favourites, from the shops that fascinate me to my favourite eateries. To keep my visitors "on their toes" we do a bit of zig zagging from left to right of the Main Road as we head South and I encourage you to stop and visit whatever you fancy along the route. Kalk Bay is a mix of shops - vintage and clothing, art and collectibles and great restaurants with stunning sea views. We also explore some nooks and crannies and take a short walk through a part of residential Kalk Bay for a breather and new views and perspectives. My advice is to not rush it and really savour every sight, taste and smell with lots of stops on the way.
The Brass Bell, Cape to Cuba Restaurant, Kalk Bay Harbour, Olympia Bakery, Kalk Bay Theatre
Your walk starts at the Kalk Bay Reef parking area opposite the Trinity Church - look out for the distinctive lych gate of the church - a good landmark. Getting to the parking area at the start of Kalk Bay is best by private car, taxi or uber. The Metrorail train service is not that reliable and the station is halfway along the route. It is still a possible option, but not the best.
Places to stop along the way:
The route highlights places to stop should you wish to see my favourite places. However, there is so much to see that I encourage you to visit what you fancy while keeping all your options open.
Best time of day:
This excursion is best done in the daytime - between 09h00 and 15h30. Most of the shops close late afternoon. In summer, you may wish to start off fairly early, but please wear your sunscreen and hat no matter what time of day.
As in all cities, when parking your car, put personal belongings in the trunk of the car and keep handbags, cameras, etc close to your body when walking. You may stop at a sidewalk cafe and its best to put your belongings under the table or out of sight. Kalk Bay is a bustling seaside resort and working harbour - use the pedestrian crossings if possible when crossing roads.
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