Roadworks along the Main Road from Muizenberg to Fish Hoek are finished, finally. Time to follow Melanie Farrell’s Kalk Bay Green Route.
Explore the hidden alleys and secret shops along Kalk Bay Main Road, with cobbled alleyways on one side of the road and the sea on the other.
There are too many coffee shops to mention but my personal favourite is Ohana Cafe.
There’s something about sitting next to both the sea and the railway line (trains are infrequent), drinking an excellent cappucino and eating a haloumi salad that works for me.
Apart from vintage shops galore Kalk Bay has clothing stores worth exploring. Nanou B Fashion is a favourite, plus Catacombes, full of interesting locally designed and made clothing with a keen bent towards Frida Kahlo.
Look out for recently opened Lifestyle shop Saint Siena, and read what Cape Town blogger Cathi Trevor has to say about it.
‘Set in the heart of bustling Kalk Bay, Cape Town, you’ll find the newly opened Saint Siena, a shop full of gorgeous covetable items that will set your heart a flutter!
Whether you’re buying something for yourself or a gift, there are oodles of lovely items to choose like local brand Pure Solid 13 ethical men and women clothing using linen, hemp, wool, silk and organic cotton to MAAJI swimsuits, where most of them are reversible offering two looks in one garment.
Janine Binneman and Ilse Malan jewellery pieces are exquisite.
Bungalow Living supports the empowerment of craftsmen from disadvantaged communities and their wares of soaps, cushions and candles are on display.
A selection of beautifully handcrafted shoes from two designers, Matsidiso and Olivia Lincoln.
And an assortment of pure and natural products by Pure Intentions – in fact there’s something for everyone.