Cape Town is home to several stunning suburbs, each showcasing unique beauty and distinct personality. Of the more charming of the Mother City ‘burbs is certainly De Waterkant, Greenpoint and Mouille Point – situated right next to each other and forming what is one of the most delightful strips in Cape Town.
While exploring these three areas by yourself and discovering quaint eateries, swanky bars and luxurious beauty businesses can be quite the treat, we thought we’d give you a headstart and lead you in the right direction.
Here are some of our favourite things to do in De Waterkant, Greenpoint and Mouille Point.
Situated between the Bo-Kaap and Greenpoint, the quaint area of De Waterkant has long since been a favourite among tourists, thanks in part to its European village-like feel, quaint cobbled roads and colourful houses.
The Charles Café
The Charles Café embodies everything sweet and dear about De Waterkant. The cosy restaurant offers a stunning lunch menu, great coffee and delicious wines.
Pop by for a light lunch, or, if you’re looking for something more hearty, book your seat on Wednesdays for their scrumptious Cape Malay style menu, inspired by the Cape Malay traditions of De Waterkant and the neighbouring Bo-Kaap.
For the winter and wine lovers: The Charles is partnering with Magna Carta wines this July to bring you a special Christmas inspired dinner menu and wine pairing. The special dinner and wine pairing will take place on the 24th, 25th and 26th of July. Make sure to book your seat!
Up Your Coffee Game at Origin
Origin Coffee Roasters in Hudson Street is a mecca for the coffee loving folk of the Mother City. The café is frequently mentioned as one of the best coffee shops in Cape Town (which, considering the stiff competition, is an amazing feat) and offers delicious meals and, obviously, amazing coffee.
What adds to the lure of Origin, is that they offer different courses and sessions at their Barista Academy located in the shop itself.
Whether you want to learn full-on barista skills, or simply learn how to taste coffee like a professional, there is something for everyone.
Alternatively, start your De Waterkant morning excursion with a double espresso and Eggs Benedict at Origin. It’ll certainly give you the fuel you need!
Wearing further away from the CBD, and adjacent to De Waterkant, we find the uber cool Greenpoint.
The entire Greenpoint strip (basically the whole of Somerset Road) feels chic and unique; undoubtedly giving a nod to its namesake neighbourhood in New York City.
Sushi & Cocktails at Beluga
Could there be anything more ‘typically’ Cape Town than enjoying a long, leisurely lunch consisting of sushi and cocktails? Probably not.
Beluga is renowned in the Mother City (and on outside if it) for incredibly fresh, mouth-watering sushi and stellar cocktails.
Located in The Foundry in Greenpoint – a building that also pays homage to mid-century design – Beluga is perfect for lunch with the girls (or guys) and chatting the afternoon away. To make things even more appealing, Beluga has a half-price special on sushi and cocktails everyday between 12 – 6pm and all day on Sundays.
Treat Yo’self at Spoilt
Spoilt Hair and Nail Salon is situated on the ever chic Greenpoint strip in Somerset Road and has long since been hailed for their exceptional service and indulgent treatments, solidifying themselves as one of the best salons in Cape Town.
The name says it all, really. If you’re looking for a salon to truly feel spoilt at, there is no better place. Offering hair treatments ranging from colour and cut to Brazilian blowouts, you’re also offered a luxe mani or pedi while you wait for your highlights to set. The salon also recently started offering lash extensions – so you can literally feel beautiful from top to toe.
With a relaxed vibe and super friendly staff, Spoilt is must – whether you’re looking for a cut, colour or blow, or simply want to relax and update your mani or pedi.
Bordering on Sea Point, Mouille Point is tucked away in the picturesque corner of the Atlantic Seaboard.
Of you didn’t know already, the most famous landmark in Mouille Point is the lighthouse – a beautifully vintage building that has been featured in many a Instagram post.
While a walk along the Mouille Point promenade and admiration of the lighthouse is, naturally, encouraged, there are other activities that are a must when making your way through Mouille Point. You can even play a game putt-putt as you watch the sun set!
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at The Creamery
It might seem that everything in Mouille Point is Instagram-worthy (and that’s not far from the truth!) – one of them being delicious, decadent ice creams from artisan ice cream makers, The Creamery.
The Creamery Café in Mouille Point is the perfect place to visit to wind down a day of adventure in the Mother City. Offering everything from sugar cones, milkshakes, Sundaes, cookies and teas and coffees, it is definitely worth defaulting on the diet for.
Even if the late night sugar craving hits, you can make your way to The Creamery, as they are open until 23h00 between Tuesday and Sunday.
Sundowners at Sotano
As your exciting day through the small ‘villages’ of De Waterkant, Greenpoint and Mouille Point draws to a close, there can certainly be no better way to unwind and reflect on your adventures than with a glass of wine or bubbly at Sotano in Mouille Point.
Overlooking the Mouille Point lighthouse (remember to get those cameras out!), Sotano offers a delicious, Mediterranean tapas-style menu and a stunning selection of local and international wines, Champagne, and craft beers.
The perfect place to drink in the end of the day and start planning your next Mother City adventure.