The City of Cape Town is one of the best that South Africa has to offer. Its a cosmopolitan mix of fine dining, art, culture and beautiful landscapes (Also a great place to find fine specimens of the fairer sex…if you’re into that sort of thing…there are lots of well dressed men and women to incite mid-day day dreams about future weddings/babies/his & her bathrooms etc…).
The towns dotted around the bay are gems within themselves.
14 minutes outside of Cape Town city center is Camps Bay. Described as a relatively small “beach village”, Camps Bay is nothing like a typical village that one would imagine.
Camps Bay is a suburb of Cape Town and is one of the most luxurious places you can visit in the area.
During the September vacation when we were on holiday from University, my friends and I decided to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and took a morning trip to the bay. It was a beautiful sight driving in as the sun was shining, the sky was clear and the sea twinkled and winked at us as we drove down towards the beach.
Camps Bay is beautifully nestled into the back side of Table Mountain which acts as a picturesque backdrop for the beach side village.
The luxuriousness of the area was quickly apparent. As we drove along the beach promenade we passed palm tree after palm tree which all waved us on lazily in the warm spring time breeze. Fancy, delis, cafes, bakery’s, bars and restaurants housed in perfectly white beach side buildings lined the opposite side of the road. The area seemed to breathe opulence and expense which is no surprise considering Camps Bay is home to some of the most expensive properties in South Africa.
After using our cardigans and handbags as makeshift towels (we had not really come prepared for a beach visit. Rookie error) while we sat on the sand and watch the waves lap at the shoreline, we made our way back towards the promenade in search of some cocktails and nosh. Because we’re posh. Ha ha sorry…I couldn’t not grab that rhyming opportunity.
We sat ourselves down at La Belle Bakery under the safety of some shady umbrellas on a balcony overlooking the promenade while we waited for our food and drinks to arrive.
The lunch hour passed and we gorged ourselves on red velvet cupcakes, cranberry brie and chicken sandwiches and cocktails which were deliciously fancy as well as helllishly priced (if you’re on a student budged like me…my purse breathed a sigh of relief as we waved goodbye to the bay).
Camps Bay is definitely a must visit on your Cape Town to-do list if you’re into beautiful beaches, beautiful people and beautiful food.