Coffee shops and cafe’s abound on the Southern Peninsula, so does good pizza! If we ignore the big pizza chains like Panarotti’s, Debonairs and Domino’s, you still have plenty of options around Muizenberg, Kalkbay and Fish Hoek for a great slice.
Below is a list of some of my favourites (in no particular order). I will start from Muizenberg and move along towards Fish Hoek. There are more if you are willing to travel to Simon’s Town. I might do a post on that if there are requests for it.
Joon (Palmer Road, Muizenberg)
My latest favourite, Joon is charming and unpretentious. You’ll find a table with the freshly baked goodies as you enter, seating on the street (on the porch), inside and a few seats in the mini mosaic garden outside at the back of the building. This is a great spot in the middle of the Village. Palmer Road has it’s own charm and character versus the more popular beach side Muizenberg and this is a great spot if you want to experience something different to the wetsuits and surfboards on the beach. Expect to see locals catching up and friends spending hours over a coffee. We still need to go back for a dinner, but have spent many a sunny morning and afternoon on the “stoep” (Afrikaans for porch). A gem for sure.
Joon, 40 Palmer Road, Muizenberg
Call 083 336 8305
Known for: Pizza, cafe, coffee, outside seating, relaxed.
Opening times: check with them but they are open 11am until 10pm (all days but Mondays and Sundays)
A view and vibe. Edgy and on the verge of the most “commercial” food hub around Muizenberg Surfers Corner (that is excluding Primi Piatti downstairs and Knead across the road).
This is the best place if you prefer a buzz. They ace atmosphere and service for pre booked groups as you get a dedicated waiter. Their menu is “manly” but sticking to the post theme, my favourite pick is the avo, bacon, feta pizza combined with a salad to share. Enough for two. They serve beer on tap and wine by the glass. Have some.
Corner of Beach and Sidmouth Roads (right by Surfers Corner parking circle)
021 788 1860 / 021 788 1869 / 021 788 2235
Known for: Everything you need in a restaurant – breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, beer, wine. Childfriendly, groups, parties, views. They do get noisy on weekends, so not ideal if you want to have a quiet meal.
Opening times: They are open for all day and stay open until 2am (not a typo. it says AM!)
A promotional Tiger Milk youtube video by the title “unleash your inner tiger” sums it up. And I have. Unleashed. My inner tiger.
On the “other side” of the beach this hang out prides itself in wood fire and affordable cooking. They are a little hidden away, but close to Blue Bottle with ample parking. A protected courtyard and very layed back vibe is part and parcel. They also work hand in hand with a Surf Outreach program. Their opening times vary and they are often closed for private functions, so please check ahead to avoid dissappointment.
165 Main St, Muizenberg
Call 079 372 5788
Known for: Pizza, relaxed, outside eating, private functions. They also host drumming sessions and sometimes have live music.
As you drive along the main road towards Kalkbay, passing the colourful huts with St James’ beach on your left, look out for a sign for Octopus Garden. You’ll find parking right by St James train station. Have a pizza and a “beer as cold as your ex”. Opt for cosy seating inside or enjoy space in the garden next to the railway tracks. I really like their colourful and ecletic mix of decor, but like most of the eateries around the coast, this is unique, owner run and not for the “colour inside the lines crowd” kinda place. They host fantastically fun Silent Disco’s when the neigbhourhood allows. Tiedye optional, but advised.
54 Main Road, St James, next to the St James Train station
Known for: Beer, pizza, live music.
This is probably the most well-known restaurant in the area and there is good reason for that: the location and view. The menu will not impress foodies, but if you can look past salad for garnish, and enjoy the waves crushing on the windows ans you sip your beer, you will be fine.
It is worth a visit (even just once) and take your pic from the 3 or 4 different restaurants in the same building – upstairs is more family friendly with booths and a fireplace in winter, downstairs at the Bikini Bar is more of a “youthful” crowd. They also have tables outside if the weather is good and the waves are not too big. You can even take a dip in the tidal pool if you feel like a cooldown while waiting for your meal.
Main Road, Kalkbay.
Known for: Pizza, burgers, beer, weekend entertainment, views.
The real deal with cosy tables arranged in a smallish space, with pizza oven in full view. I have written about Satori’s more than once and it is our default spot for an evening of good conversation over a glass of wine. They make great pizzas and the R5 extra to size up is totally worth it.
They have a colourful and tasty summer salad with strawberries in season. The selection of wine and beer is limited but decent.
Call 021 788 1123
Known for: Pizza, pasta, atmosphere, cosy, groups, couples, childfriendly
Opening times: Book ahead to avoid disappointment. Waiters share responsibilities and tips. You will be well looked after without anyone being intrusive.
As you move towards Fish Hoek, the options are more “suburban” and mainstream – Baracudda’s, Bayside on the Beach, Domino’s and St Elmos in Main Road Fish Hoek.
Did I miss anything?
Do you have a favourite spot in the area that is not listed? Let me know and I will add to the list.
Please note the post is only on PIZZA offerings, not restaurants in the area as a whole. Also see my other posts on coffee spots.