Guide to Kommetjie
Only 40 minutes from Cape Town, this village is all about kicking back, family time and hanging out – just like the local surfers
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, boogie boarders and kite surfers. If water adventures are not for you, then there are loads of rock pools to explore and the almost 100-year old Slangkop 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.
Open weekdays from 10am-3pm, +27 (0)21 783 1717.
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.
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.
The Old Post House, 12 Huskisson Way, +27 (0)21 783 4148.
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.
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.
Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Road, +27 (0)21 783 4545.
You will also find Umami sushi and The Free Range Coffee Shop at Imhoff Farm Village.
Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Road, +27 (0)21 783 4545.
The Village Hubb in Scarborough has fast become a household name in these parts. Downstairs, you’ll find Foragers Deli & Wholefoods Store, the outside coffee, breakfast & lunch deck serving succulent free range burgers, pizzas, seafood, salads and lots more. Foragers is both child and dog friendly. We also have a “Grab & Go” coffee stop at the front that opens early. Upstairs you’ll find The Hub Café with Chef Dylan Laity – a fabulous new restaurant overlooking the ocean, which is open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch & dinner. Both restaurants are licensed.
2 Watsonia on Main Road Scarborough Cape Town, +27 (0)21 780 1047 or +27 (0)71 342 5210
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.
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.
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.
Surf lessons or a guided Penguin SUP with world famous big wave surfer Matt Bromley who is a Kommetjie local. Matt is an awesome guy and is brilliant with little groms.