Cape Town is renowned for its fish & chips shops, with a number of these emporiums of deep fried deliciousness achieving near-legendary status among locals and visitors alike. Ask anyone in Cape Town and they’ll tell you about their favourite place to grab a mouth-watering bite of fleshy fish and slap chips. While the views from many of these little food shacks are nothing short of spectacular, they all have an unpretentious atmosphere with the focus firmly on the quality of the fish. Here’s a look at some of the city’s renowned fish & chips establishments.

Kalky’s Fish & Chips

Arguably the most famous fish & chips shop in the Cape Town area is Kalky’s in Kalk Bay harbour. Serving up a variety of delicious seafood, like hake, snoek, and line fish like yellowtail, caught fresh on the owner’s boat. Kalky’s is always busy, especially during weekends and holidays, with long lines of hungry and eager diners waiting for a taste of the legendary shop’s old-school fish & chips.

Where: Kalk Bay

Contact: 021 788 1726

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Salty Sea Dog

Just down the road from Kalky’s is another local legend, Salty Sea Dog. Situated in a former fish market building in the Simon’s Town harbour, the quaint little shop offers both sit-down or takeaways, both similarly priced and great value for money. They offer a delicious variety of seafood options like hake, calamari, and their fish and chip rolls are what legends are made of. The restaurant side of the shop is licensed, which means you can enjoy a glass of wine or a frosty beer with your meal.

Where: Simon’s Town

Contact: 021 786 1918

Fish and cips with a view from The Salty Sea Dog in Simon's Town. Picture by Estee de Villiers
Fish and chips with a view from The Salty Sea Dog in Simon’s Town. Picture by Estee de Villiers

Fish on the Rocks

Situated between the Hout Bay harbour and the West Fort Battery Naval Heritage site, with the famous Chapman’s Peak peak in the background, Fish on the Rocks is a firm fish favourite. Despite being around for more than three decades, this little eatery in the tiny, shoe-box building with its yellow walls and a red tin roof is actually one of the youngest fish & chips shops around, a testament to Cape Town’s long love-affair with fish & chips. Known for their near-perfect prawns, delicious hake, snoek, line-fish, and mouth-watering calamari, Fish on the Rocks is just around the corner from the CBD, and definitely a must-visit.

Where: Hout Bay

Contact: 021 790 1153

Fish On The Rock

Fish Hoek Fisheries

Tucked away on the northern end of the sleepy town of Fish Hoek’s Main Road, you’ll find Fish Hoek Fisheries. This no-frills fish & chips shop serves large portions of hake or snoek that’s fried to perfection in a light-and-crispy, golden batter, and ‘slap chips’ the classic South African favourite – thick cut potato chips that are both soft and crispy. When it comes to old-school fish & chips shops, these guys are the real deal.

Where: Fish Hoek

Contact: 021 782 2314

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Ooskus Fisheries

Gordon’s Bay is situated on the eastern side of False Bay, a mere 45-minute drive from Cape Town’s CBD, and is a favourite among holidaymakers. Just down the road from the harbour, situated just off the road that goes to Betty’s Bay is one of the town’s institutions, Ooskus Fisheries. A bustling little seafood shop that serves the most delicious seafood, including calamari, prawns, oysters, and of course, fish and chips. This tiny little shack can get very busy at lunchtimes and weekends, with lines stretching out the door and almost down the road, a wait well worth it.

Where: Gordon’s Bay

Contact: (021) 856 1625

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 Franchises

Also worth a mention are the number of small, local franchise fish & chips shops, all of which have a long, rich history of serving some of the best seafood on-the-go in the Cape Town area. With only a handful of stores each, they retain the charm about them, so if you spot a SnoekiesTexies, or Lucky Fish, rest assured that you’ll get the same quality as the original shops where it all started.

 

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False Bay has one of the Cape Peninsula’s most tranquil and picturesque stretches of coastline. Known for its scenic beauty, it encompasses small seaside villages from Hangklip, near Pringle Bay, to Cape Point.

Popular with surfers, swimmers, bodyboarders and anyone who enjoys peace and quiet and the fresh sea air, towns along the False Bay coastline also offer a multitude of arts and craft shops, fantastic restaurants and bars, cute and quirky coffee shops, and quiet look-out points.

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Whales abound on the False Bay coastline – every year between June and November, southern right whales migrate to the Western Cape waters to calve and nurse their newborns, while humpback whales journey through the region between May and December.

Thousands of local and international visitors flock to False Bay to experience these amazing whale-watching opportunities, where the creatures are often seen metres from the shore.

In addition to sun and sea worshipping, there are numerous activities and attractions in the area for visitors to enjoy.

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Nature reserves, including Cape of Good Hope,Rondevlei and Silvermine, offer the opportunity of walking among the rich biodiversity of the Cape Peninsula, which includes indigenous fynbos.

Other ways to relax along the False Bay coastline, while enjoying the stunning scenery, are playing a round or two of golf at either the Westlake, Clovelly orSimon’s Town golf courses, sampling a few wines along the Cape Point Wine Route, or sharing Boulders Beach with its local inhabitants, the African penguins.

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Some of the most popular small towns along the False Bay coastline include the historical naval village of Simon’s Town, Muizenberg (known for its epic waves),St James (with its colourful huts), Kalk Bay (with great seafood restaurants) and Fish Hoek (with one of the best beaches).

 

If you are looking for something different to do with family, friends or even on your own, why not take a steam train ride on one of the day trips run by Atlantic Rail?

Our train consists of wooden bodied vintage coaches dating from 1922 to 1938. One of the coaches is a lounge car with a full cash bar service. The steam locomotive we use is a Class 24 steam loco built in 1949.

We run regular day trips around the peninsula. This scenic route winds along the rugged coast of False Bay with the waves crashing on the rocks below, through villages scrambling up the steep slopes and along the beautiful coves and beaches.

The train leaves Cape Town and travels between the famous Newlands rugby and cricket grounds to Muizenburg. Traveling on to False Bay where the view of the ocean is spectacular. The railway line skirts the rocks as it travels through the quaint village of Kalk Bay, then snakes through Fish Hoek and Glencairn, finally coming to an end in Simonstown with a view of the naval dockyard.

Passengers are free to go to the beach, grab a bite to eat or stroll through the town.

The train returns along the same route back to Cape Town.

Follow this link for upcoming trips:

http://www.atlanticrail.co.za/