The Blouberg suburb of Cape Town seems to be a world of its own, with picture perfect white beaches and an expansive oceanfront. Views of the majestic Table Mountain and the glittering city lights of Cape Town beneath it are unsurpassed from Blouberg’s beachfront and some of the most amazing sunsets take place right here. It is no wonder that this area is so popular among photographers, tourists, locals and simply anyone who can appreciate natural beauty at its best.
All through the year and most especially over the holidays, families and visitors from both near and far flock to Bloubergstrand, which translates directly to “Blue Mountain Beach” from Afrikaans. It is here that an array of attractions wait to be enjoyed and restaurants, cafes and clubs all form part of the vibrant social scene. Blouberg offers so many activities to keep everyone entertained, while Cape Town’s city centre is only a 15 minute drive away.
Over and above this areas profound beauty, Blouberg is also know as the kitesurfing capital of Cape Town, with the best wave and wind conditions for surfing and kitesurfing. Bloubergstrand’s Big Bay beach is the chosen location for the annual Red Bull King of the Air kitesurfing competition, which brings together the best kitesurfers from all over the world.
What to do in Blouberg:
Big Bay and Small Bay Beach – Both of these beautiful beaches are popular for family outings, being considered safe and clean beaches. On a warm day, you can pack some snacks for a picnic along the coast and dip your toes in the water (Cape Town’s ocean water is pretty cold, but you can attempt to brave a swim) and enjoy building sandcastles and picking up shells as the tide lowers. Small Bay Beach is quieter and has a nearby kiddie’s play area and Big Bay Beach is closer to restaurants and the Big Yellow Table Mountain Picture Frame – a great way to capture memories.
Table Bay Mall – Having recently opened its doors in Bloubergstrand, Table Bay lifestyle mall has fast become the mall to visit while in the area, appealing to people from all walks of life. Visitors can enjoy the Virgin Active gym, shop for trendy fashion and accessories, indulge in a variety of popular coffee shops and dine in style with this shopping centre’s selection of restaurants. Table Bay Mall is beautifully designed, with large open spaces and a natural flow. The nearby Bayside Mall has a movie theatre and also offers visitors an abundance of attractions and stores to discover.
De’Vara Day Spa – For the ultimate indulgence of luxury treatments while on holiday in Bloubergstrand, De’Vara Spa is situated right across the Atlantic Ocean and displays the most enchanting sea and mountain views. Sip on champagne and relax as professionals take care of your needs. This stylish spa boasts treatment rooms, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a gym and offers sensational services from manicures and pedicures to soothing massages. Other beauty treatments on offer at De’Vara include waxing, tinting, spray tanning and facials, all done by friendly and trained beauticians.
I Love Big Bay Market – The alluring I Love Big Bay Market is a popular pop up attraction that is the perfect food & craft haven, not only for Capetonians but also for tourists who want to be a part of locally inspired activities while on vacation. This lively outdoor market usually takes place on the last Wednesday of every month (weather permitting) and offers guests a selection of local food trucks to choose from (a big trend in Cape Town right now), a bar with wine and on-tap craft beer, and of course some good coffee. Naturally, shopping for clothes, gifts and accessories are also popular at the I Love Big Bay Market, which is perfect for the whole family to enjoy together.
Where to Dine in Blouberg:
Blue Peter – An incredibly popular casual restaurant along the Blouberg beachfront, Blue Peter has become something of a legend among locals and an absolute must for any visiting tourist. With a large lawn and indoor/outdoor seating, Blue Peter is a family-friendly eatery that is best enjoyed as the sun sets. Sit on the lawn with an ice cold beer and pizza, and admire the beautiful ocean right before you. Families with kids, couples and friends can spend hours soaking up the sunshine at Blue Peter restaurant, before or after exploring the beach and surroundings.
Blowfish – All about seaside beauty and the most enchanting sunsets, the lovely Blowfish restaurant overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain and specializes in divine seafood and sushi dishes. Blowfish restaurant is stylish and perfect for a special occasion. The food menu comprises of classics like Surf & Turf and Salmon Roses and a well loved fish counter, while inspired dishes like Wasabi Crème Fraiche and Pastrami Styled Salmon excite foodies from all over. Inside, elegant decor and wide windows provide a beautiful ambiance as the fresh ocean air filters through.
Ons Huisie – Translating to “our small home”, the homely and welcoming ambiance at the casual Ons Huisie restaurant has made it a favourite in Bloubergstrand. Ons Huisie reflects a rich history and is located in a heritage site – this beloved eatery is famous around the world. Serving traditional West Coast cuisine and with sensational views across the ocean towards Robben Island, diners will be delighted by their experiences here and will keep coming back for more. Ons Huisie is ideal for outings with the family, and offers an outdoor children’s playground as well as the option of cozy indoor dining or lovely outdoor dining on the “stoep” area.
Doodles: Indulge in a delicious meal at Doodles, a popular and exciting eatery with amazing panoramic views over the ocean and Table Mountain. Having formed part of Blouberg’s vibrant beachfront scene for more than 25 years, Doodles is well worth experiencing at any time of the year and has earned its place on top of the list of favourites in the area. Stop by for an amazing cocktail with friends as the sun sets, or bring the whole family along for a lunch or dinner, while kids can enjoy the outdoor play area. Doodles pizza’s are out of this world, while regular specials make dining here appealing to all.
Where to stay in Blouberg:
Zeezicht 302 – Bloubergstrand
Get caught up in the magic of Bloubergstrand’s natural beauty while on vacation, by enjoying accommodation in this lovely 2 bedroom apartment right by the sea. This charming apartment displays some amazing views from the bedroom and living room and also offers guests a fully-equipped kitchen that looks onto the open planned living area, with wide windows allowing the fresh ocean air to flow inside. Guests can also enjoy the added benefit of Wi-Fi and DStv connection, secure parking and modern amenities. For more info on Zeezicht 302 in Bloubergstrand, click here.
Horizon Bay 803 – Bloubergstrand
This sophisticated 2 bedroom holiday apartment is perfectly situated only a short walk from the beachfront and the lively activity of Blouberg’s nightlife scene. The decor showcases pale and relaxing shades of white, with light wooden features and pops of pastel colour. Guests can appreciate the outstanding ocean views and also enjoy the communal swimming pool during their stay. Wi-Fi and DStv connection are included. This modern apartment is the perfect self-catering accommodation for a small family or group of friends. For more info on Horizon Bay 803 in Bloubergstrand, click here.
Sail Street 54 – Bloubergstrand
For a truly beautiful and more private holiday setting, this stylish self-catering home in the heart of Bloubergstrand is sure to appeal to anyone’s taste and can accommodate up to 8 guests, in its 4 bedrooms. With an edgy yet homely decor scheme and somewhat rustic ambiance, guests will be thoroughly enchanted. The large lounge opens up onto the outdoor patio and lush garden, where a braai and swimming can be enjoyed on warmer days. Other attributes include Wi-Fi and DStv connection and close proximity to all the excitement of the area. For more info on Sail Street 54 in Bloubergstrand, click here.
Azure 11 – Bloubergstrand
Located in the exciting Eden on the Bay lifestyle and entertainment area, this wonderful 2 sleeper (1 bedroom) apartment can be enjoyed by a couple on a romantic break or by an individual seeking a peaceful retreat. The living area is spacious and open-planned, so that guests can cook a meal while watching a movie on the flat screen TV. The lovely bedroom is decorated in natural shades of white and brown, while the bathroom offers both a bath and a shower for added convenience. Big Bay Beach and the Eden on the Bay promenade are both just a short walk away. For more information on Azure 11 in Bloubergstrand, click here.
Whether you are planning to spend a vacation in Bloubergstrand with loved ones or are coming through for a business trip or a break away from your daily routine and busy lifestyle, your stay in sure to be unforgettable. Click here for Blouberg Holiday Rentals full selection of accommodation options in Blouberg and look forward to time spent in one of Cape Town’s most alluring holiday destinations.