Cape Town’s ‘lentil curtain’
At the top of the peninsula, 3km northeast of Kalk Bay, Muizenberg is home to a bohemian mix of surfers and artists. Head to Palmer Road, near the train station, for spots including the Skermunkil jewellery studio which produces folksy enamel pieces including brooches and pendants. On Fridays from 4 pm to 10 pm the Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market takes place in a 1940s warehouse, with live music and stalls selling local products such as rooibos soap and handmade chocolates. The upcoming suburb is arty to its core – even the famous Victorian bathing chalets on the beach are painted in a bright palette of primary colours.
Driving is the easiest way to explore the peninsula, but companies including Baz Bus run day trips. Hout Bay is on the CitySightseeing Cape Town bus route and hourly trains connect central Cape Town with Simon’s Town via Muizenberg and Kalk Bay.