A Traveller’s Guide to Noordhoek

Noordhoek is a quaint village on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula. Some thirty-five km away from Cape Town, its setting has the perfect balance for people who want to be close to the city while still experiencing the tranquillity of the Cape countryside.


Noordhoek Beach

Noordhoek Beach is a super romantic spot because of its pure solitude. It is over 2 km long, partly surrounded by beautiful fynbos-covered mountains.

Fun things to do at the Noordhoek Beach includes walking to the Kakapo shipwreck, whale or dolphin watching, paddling, and surfing.

Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards is an award-winning wine estate with a restaurant and function venue. It’s the perfect location for anything from family gatherings to business meetings.

Its main attractions are wine tasting, its restaurant, picnics and the Thursday Market (spring to summer only). The pop-up market boasts a selection of iconic food vendors such as Peter Geoffe Wood’s Kitchen Cowboys as well as new ventures such as Sunshine Foods Vegan burgers.

Noordhoek Farm Village

“Visiting the Noordhoek Farm Village is like seeing an old friend. It’s easy, relaxed and no-nonsense in a comfortable and welcoming environment.”

The Noordhoek Farm Village, hosting a variety of shops and eateries,  has everything from gourmet food to pretty crafts.

For the foodies, the Foodbarn Deli is a must. Its quality cuisine is cooked by world-renowned Chef Franck Dangereux. During the day, Foodbarn Deli sells daily necessities, home-style meals, fresh produce and more. At night, the deli is transformed into a cosy tapas restaurant.

There’s also a coffee roastery, a raw juice bar and a village pub known as The Toad on the premise.

Moreover, the Farm Village also has a weekly Village Market (Wednesdays 16:00-20:00) with even more food options: vegan, Mexican, Italian, potjies, etc. Enjoy some wine at the changing wine bar or have some local craft beer.

Horse riding

Noordhoek is pretty much horse country. When visiting Noordhoek, you’ll surely see horses everywhere.

Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding is the oldest operating horse riding business in the Noordhoek Valley. They offer horse riding tours on the beach or in the bush. They also give horse riding lessons to people of all ages. What’s more, they facilitate hippotherapy – a therapeutic riding program for children and adults with special needs.

Cape Adventure Zone also offers horse riding on the beach. The horseback rides on Noordhoek Beach are suitable for all levels of riding ability. During your ride, you’ll be accompanied by an experienced and qualified trail guide.


Café Roux

Café Roux is famous for its live music performances and relaxed atmosphere. The casual chic restaurant has a farmstyle kitchen serving quality wholesome food and decadent desserts.

Its highlight, its Café Roux Sessions, showcases SA’s biggest, as well as up-and-coming bands, musicians and comedians in its intimate setting.

Upcoming acts to look out for are:

  • Dan Patlansky
  • Chris Chameleon
  • Die Heuwels Fantasties
  • Jesse Clegg

The Red Herring

The Red Herring is best-known for its thin-base pizza (banting options available). However, it serves a wide range of food including seafood and vegetarian dishes.

The Beach Road Bar is on the top floor of the restaurant. It’s a popular spot to drink craft beer whilst watching sport on the TV; or to enjoy the magnificent sea view, stretching from Chapman’s Peak to Kommetjie lighthouse and on to Slangkop Mountain, from the deck, cocktail in hand.

Jakes on the Common

JAKES on the Common is a quirky restaurant with a stylish interior and good food.

The restaurant serves wholesome breakfasts and lunches, which go down well with the Truth Coffee available there. In the evenings, its sophisticated bar and lounge is a great for fine wine, craft beers and exotic cocktails.


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