What To Do

What To Do

Guide To: Kommetijie
Only 40 minutes from Cape Town, this village is all about kicking back, family time and hanging out – just like the local surfers

EAT
Espresso.kom is Kommetjie’s rustic, unassuming eatery loved by locals, and slowly being discovered by visitors. Sit outside under a giant Milkwood tree, watch the waves and relax into its friendly ‘surfer-cool’ character. Their coffee is delicious, the breakfast fruits are fresh and their burgers with a craft beer on the side are highly revered. They’ll even make up a picnic basket for you to take to the beach. Open 8am-9pm on weekdays and until 9pm on weekends during December and January, otherwise on weekends until 4pm. 3 Village Place, Erica Rd, +27 (0)21 783 0342.

There is no getting away from the surf vibe in Kommetjie, so don’t even try or you’ll miss out. The Green Room is one of Kommetjie’s eatery treasures. It’s a place to go for a morning coffee or a quick lunch of burger, deli sandwiches or nachos. The ambience is great – there’s a toasty fire going in winter and a cool outside area for warm summer days. Open every day 10am and 9pm – closed on Tuesdays and it closes at 2pm on a Sunday. The Old Post House, 12 Huskisson Way, +27 (0)21 783 4140.

KICK BACK
Cape Point Ostrich Farm is great fun. Book a guided tour and you’ll be shown the lifestyle and life cycle of these magnificently strange-looking flightless birds, including the breeding stations with impossible-to-crack eggs. Beware though, it is a working farm, so don’t be alarmed at the delicious range of ostrich dishes on offer at the restaurant and the vast range of gorgeous ostrich leather goods you can buy from the gift shop to support the farm. Open daily from 9am-5pm. Plateau Rd, Cape Point, +27 (0)21 780 9294.

This beach is the epicentre of Cape Town’s surf scene. Kommetjie’s incredible beaches are a constant shimmer of activity as they provide ideal conditions for beginner to pro surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers. If water adventures are not for you, then there are loads of rock pools to explore and the almost 100-year old Slangkoppunt Lighthouse which must be visited if you’re in the area. It’s our tallest lighthouse made of cast iron and is a beloved icon. Price R6-R16pp. Open weekdays from 10am-3pm, +27 (0)21 783 1717.

SHOP
For a unique shopping experience spend some time at Imhoff Farm. Park in front of the deli which is full of locally made treats. Wander out the back and you’ll see a number of strange and interesting shops dotted around where you can buy an eclectic range of things like children’s dress-up items, second-hand books and clothes, wine, local artworks and ceramic gifts. Don’t miss the Pépé Charlot cheese shop for tastings of artisanal cheeses and wine – it’s above the main area near the paintball field. Open Tuesday to Sunday 8am–5pm. Kommetjie Road, +27 (0)21 783 4545.

For brilliantly-coloured rare and contemporary collectible ceramic and pottery items pay a visit to Lieberman Pottery. It is virtually impossible not to walk away with armfuls of exotic crockery, figurines, tiles, teapots and everything in between. Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and on weekends from 10am until 3pm. 20 Kommetjie Main Rd, Sunnydale, +27 (0)21 785 7713.

DRINK
Fisherman’s
is a well-known spot for families and friends to meet for drinks and reliable, classic pub meals like Surf ‘n Turf, wood-fired pizzas and juicy burgers to the background sounds of live local music. Outside there are well-placed tables in the shade of three of the area’s oldest Milkwood trees where parents can keep an eye on little ones playing on the jungle gym and in the sandpit. Open seven days a week. Corner Main Road and Somerset Way, +27 (0)21 783 1496.

EAT
For a meal of fine dining with spectacular views over False Bay, head straight to Two Oceans Restaurant at Cape Point is light and spacious and is designed to ensure that every guest is privy to the view from where they are sitting. For sushi you can sit at the plush bar with a giant chandelier, or sit down to a seafood platter for two. Open from 9am to 10.45am with a small breakfast menu, then from 12pm-4pm for lunch. 1 Radio Road, Cape Point, +27 (0)21 780 9200.

For kids that need to eat and run around at the same time, The Blue Water Café at Imhoff Farm is ideal. An enclosed area of green lawn is big enough for kids to run around in and small enough for parents to see them at all times. In addition, there is a jungle gym and rope swing under a shady tree. Adults can relax at tables under umbrellas and order delicious meals from the extensive menu while watching their kids play against a backdrop that sweeps across the wetlands, up Silvermine Mountain range and right across Long Beach. Open Tuesdays 9am-5pm and Wednesday-Sunday 9am-10pm. Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Road, +27 (0)21 783 4545.

Cape Farmhouse Restaurant in Scarborough has fast become a household name in these parts. Apart from their freshly-made, organic breakfast and lunch menu and addictive Friday night tapas, their Farmhouse Rocks Summer Concerts held every second Saturday are packed with people from all over Cape Town who come to hear great local bands play in the exquisitely secluded outdoor venue. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm in summer and Thursday-Sunday in winter. Junction M65 and M66, Scarborough, +27 (0)21 780 1246 or +27 (0)82 994 1884.

KIDS
If you need a whole day’s entertainment for your kids in Kommetjie then Imhoff Farm is the place to take them. They can spend the day visiting the petting zoo, riding a camel, paintballing, riding horses and wandering through the snake park. Set aside a few hours for this visit! Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie, +27 (0)21 783 4545.

Kommetjie is all about surfing, so get your kids into wetsuits and onto the beach. Komsurf offers fun and relaxed surfing lessons for beginner adults and kids. No experience necessary and you can hire the gear from them. Book a group or individual lesson for kids and they’ll be taught the all-important moves on the beach before heading into the waves with a highly trained instructor. Unit 3, The Swan Lodge on Main, Kommetjie, +27 (0)21 783 4804.

DON’T MISS
The Cottage Club
for folk music fans. The tiny venue toe-taps every weekend with acoustic live music and as many patrons as the cosy 25-seater venue can hold. Booking is essential. 26 Mauritius Crescent, CapriVillage, +27 (0)21 785 5052.