Cape Town audio tour: Kalk Bay Like a Local

About the Tour

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. This popular stretch of Kalk Bay (shops and eateries) is very fluid and businesses come, go and move. A favourite shop on my tour may have left to be replaced by something new but equally unique and enjoyable. 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.

Tour Producer


Coleen van Staden

I am a born and bred Capetonian in love with my city - especially the quirky, vibrant and colourful seaside suburbs of False Bay. I have lived here for over 30 years and have been lucky enough to have worked in tourism, promoting this area to both local and international visitors. I have two voicemaps - Muizenberg Like a Local and Kalk Bay Like a Local. I loved doing the village meanders and sharing my stories with visitors. I love theatre too, whether it's watching it, making it or experiencing the drama of a winter sea swell and the thrill of exploring a hidden street, lane or pathway. It's like uncovering a new play - full of characters, storylines and wonderful scenery. Both Muizenberg and Kalk Bay are ready for a Voicemap audience and deserve nothing less than a standing ovation.

Major Landmarks

  • Kalk Bay Theatre

Directions to Starting Point

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.

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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.


I loved this tour and the friendly and warm voice of Coleen. She nailed it and made me feel as if I was an expert on Kalk Bay by the time the tour had ended. I recommend that other interested parties visit Kalk Bay with Coleen at the helm. .....Celia

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago

This wonderfully narrated tour rekindled memories of an area I thought I knew well! Brilliant little snippets...interesting local voices ... and Coleen's evocative route made me look at a familiar place with fresh did I never know the smallest Mosque was in Kalk Bay!!
Absolutely fabulous 💙

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago

lets get this off the bat! Im as local as local can be, however, my trips are normally helter skelter and there are some amazing hideouts I have definitely missed out on! Thanks to Coleen's very pleasant and fun navigational tour yielded all these gems AND more. I feel we should have these comprehensive guides to enjoy our City's beautiful offerings that we DO miss! I loved getting to know this vibrant seaside town in all its glory..just made so much easier with this nifty tour! I loved it ❤

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