Hout Bay (Afrikaans: Houtbaai, meaning “Wood Bay”) is the name of a coastal suburb of Cape Town with a mix of neighbourhoods from the very rich to the very poor. It lies in the valley on the Atantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula and is 20 km south of downtown Cape Town. The name Hout Bay can refer to the town, or the bay on which it is situated, or the whole valley.
On the magnificent coastal drive from Cape Town to Cape Point is Hout Bay and Mariner’s Wharf, the first harbour-front emporium in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. The restaurants, shops and markets located here give off the perfect maritime ambience as is nowhere else to be found. While traveling around Cape Town on the Sightseeing Bus – Blue Mini Peninsula Tour (which we did in 2010 and 2013 as well) – we stopped in Hout Bay to have fish & chips at Marine’s Wharf. This is somewhat of a tradition for us, so we had to take Elijah there to have his first bite of fresh fish. With our god-daughter Tayla along for the day, you will notice that there are mainly pictures of her carrying our little man, and not many of us with him. Tayla is absolutely nuts about Eli, and it has been wonderful to see the two of them bonding the way that they do. Elijah lights up when he sees Tayla’s smile, and the two of them are inseparable (not just because Elijah is strapped to Tayla’s body, haha).
Although the wind was howling, the weather was great so we had a wonderful view of the bay area and the ocean surrounding the wharf. We watched a live South African xylophone band, meandered around a touristy store containing tons of interesting trinkets and snacks, watched some seals get fed, took some crazy/ silly/ loved-up pictures, and finally we shared some fish & chips. Elijah loved the fish, but nowhere near as much as Justin did. There’s something awesome about eating fish & chips in Hout Bay – It is an experience not to be missed when visiting Cape Town!
Have a look at our last two visits to Mariner’s Wharf here: