Culture rich and full of history, Simon’s Town should definitely be on your list of places to visit when in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. Whether you are looking for a deluxe, gourmet lunch on a day out of the city centre, or just a relaxed coffee stop on your way to Cape Point Nature Reserve, there’s something to satisfy everyone. Here are our Top 5 places to visit when in Simon’s Town
Take in a bit of history when in Simon’s Town and stay at The Lord Nelson Inn. Situated on the famous Historical Mile in St. Georges Street, this hotel is the perfect base for your Southern Suburbs Cape Town stay. The old-fashioned charm and quality doesn’t stop at the accommodation – enjoy a gorgeous dinner at one of Simon’s Town’s best kept secrets: Horatio’s Restaurant. End your evening off with a night cap in the lounge before retiring to your suite, which overlooks the beautiful lights of the historic Simon’s Town Harbour. They are really well known for excellent service and great value for money!
Sit and over look the Simon’s Town Harbour, with a glass of wine in hand. There’s just something about ordering multiple dishes and sharing with the table. Nothing brings people closer together over dinner than sharing a couple of beautifully prepared dishes, and discussing. Small plate dining is a must when visiting Saveur Restaurant in Simon’s Town for lunch or dinner – I like enjoy an easy, laid-back dining experience so pick some of the best looking tapas-style dishes for the table to share. The Butternut and Mozzarella Arancini and Bacon Wrapped Chili Poppers are top class!
Location, location, location! After shopping around the African nik-nak stalls in Jubilee Square – sooth your sweet tooth cravings with a treat. I Love Waffles is a great place to spoil the kids. Catch a glimpse of the working harbor from the parlour, and if you’re lucky, there may even be a penguin that floats by. Let the kids take off their shoes and have a paddle in the shallow waters on the beach at low-tide. I loved the Ferrero Rocher topping on a classic waffle, served with chocolate ice-cream soft serve. Definitely heading back soon for a gourmet sandwich – the Fungi Buddha has my name on it!
EXPLORE BOULDERS BEACH
I really feel that Boulders Beach is a trip all travelers take when in Cape Town, especially when in the Deep South. Heading to Cape Point? Take a break from driving! Grab an ice-cream from one of the stalls along Penguin Way (I’d recommend the ‘Place With No Name, sometimes known as Coffee & Gelato. It’s a stone building on the left-hand corner) and walk along Kleintuin Road, down to Boulders Beach African Penguin Colony. In the summer months, spend the day on the beach on the secluded beach. But remember, don’t touch or feed the penguins! They bite!
The Lighthouse Café is the gem of Simon’s Town. The popular café is situated on the main road, right in the heart of the town. Whether you’re looking for a spot for a Full English Breakfast, or a light lunch, a stop in at The Lighthouse Café is a must. Vegetarian or not: you have to try the Chickpea Burger, although, the Chef’s Salad and the Bouillabaisse also come highly recommended. Be sure to ask your waiter what the specials of the day are. Looking for a place for a romantic dinner when in the Deep South? They are open on Wednesday – Saturday evenings.
Featured Image: Rose over Simon’s Town Harbour from Saveur Restaurant