Kalk Bay Harbour

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In Kalk Bay

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The scenic town of Kalk Bay is a popular destination on the False Bay seaboard. Kalk Bay's Main Road is home to a colourful mix of antique stores, coffee shops, galleries, second-hand bookstores and restaurants – many with views of False Bay. The town's original theatre, built in 1876 on Main Road, is housed in the old Kalk Bay Dutch Reformed church, a national heritage site and protected building.

Originally a fishing village, Kalk Bay is still a lively working harbour and one of the best places to buy fresh fish straight off the boat. It is also home to Kalkys, a dockside fish and chip shop that sells only the freshest of fish at fantastic prices. There are also a number of more upmarket restaurants and characteristic cafes in the area.

Between June and October, Kalk Bay is a good place to spot whales, with the most prolific specifies, the southern right whales, clearly visible from the shore and as you wind your way along Boyes Drive.

Just 25 minutes from Cape Town, the village takes its name from lime-burners, who used kilns to extract lime from sea shell deposits to use in building construction.

The Simon's Town train line also stops right in Kalk Bay and there are four tidal pools for safe swimming. Continue on from here to Fish Hoek, or turn right sharply after driving through Kalk Bay from Cape Town, to enjoy the spectacular views from Boyes Drive.