Places of interest and things to do in Blouberg
When it comes to dining, says resident Paul Reynell, many of the old favourites are still thriving, like Blowfish (021 556 5464), On The Rocks, top right, and Ons Huisie (021 554 1553) – but flanked with new spots like Home Spun (021 556 2824) and The Fat Greek (021 556 4737). On The Rocks has been in uninterrupted operation for more than 56 years, attracting locals and tourists with its magnificent views. Masterchef SA judge Pete Goffe-Wood teamed up with chef Charl du Preez to launch a new menu last week. “It’s the restaurant with the most stunning and spectacular view in all of South Africa,” says Goffe-Wood. 021 554 1988.
Blue Peter (021 554 1956) is probably still the number one spot, says Reynell. “It’s always absolutely jam-packed. So that’s worth a mention. News Café (021 557 6336) is another huge favourite with a DJ on the decks four nights a week. Oh yes, and Pakalolo (021 557 8508). These are the top three when it comes to pulling the crowds.”
Centres in the area include the Bayside Mall (021 557 4350), Eden on the Bay (021 554 9660) and Seaside Village (021 554 2284) and the enormous Table Bay Mall (021 140 1044) which opened in September. There is a local Checkers Hyper and a Builders’ Warehouse.
Blouberg has some of the best views of Table Mountain and Robben Island so savour them while sipping a sundowner on the deck of one of the area’s many seaside restaurants. The most popular beaches are Big Bay, Small Bay and Bloubergstrand beach, and all offer long stretches of white sand and excellent swimming, surfing, paddle boarding and kiting. You can learn to surf at Surf Big Bay (071 425 5470) or the Cape Town Surf School (021 001 0378), and you can learn to paddle board at SUP Fanatics (082 459 6767).
The sea bird rehabilitation centre in Bloubergrant, operated by Sanccob, has treated more than 83 000 sick, injured, oiled and orphaned penguins and other birds over the past 37 years. The centre’s new hospital should be finished at the end of this year. 021 557 6155. 6 ART Visit Studio 46 on the Bloubergstrand beachfront to pick out a gift for family or a new treasure for yourself. This relaxed venue provides a showcase for the work created by talented local painters, photographers, sculptors, crafters and jewellery designers. 021 554 1169.