Top Things To See and Do in Sea Point, Cape Town

Sea Point is one of the most accessible and dynamic suburbs along Cape Town’s famous Atlantic Seaboard
Sea Point is one of the most accessible and dynamic suburbs along Cape Town’s famous Atlantic Seaboard | © fivepointsix / iStock

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Sea Point is one of the most accessible and dynamic suburbs along Cape Town’s famous Atlantic Seaboard. It’s home to a wide selection of restaurants, bars and hotels, but its true charm lies in its scenic beauty, anchored by the famous Sea Point Promenade.

As beautiful as the pedestrian-only promenade is, though, there’s a lot more to the area than just a long walk or ride along it. Sea Point residents are diverse and involved in their neighbourhood like few others in the city, and writer Nadia Krige, who has lived in the area for years, has made it her mission to explore the very best that the area has to offer.

Whether you’re a visitor or a local, the suburb is always delivering new surprises, and with a few of these truly local tips in your arsenal it will become a destination that is worthy of more than just a short visit.

Take a dip in Saunders Rock

Take a dip in the tidal pool at Saunders Rocks beach

“Cool down on a hot summer’s afternoon by taking a dip in Saunders Rock Tidal pool in Bantry Bay,” she says. “It’s particularly beautiful at sunset and you’re bound to encounter some interesting regulars.”

Walk the labyrinth

Take a walk through Green Point Urban Park, a public space created for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

One of the most welcome legacies for the region from the 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup is the Green Point Urban Park, a new public space in Cape Town, located in the shadow of the city’s stadium. It’s free to enter and immaculately maintained, and has several points of interest to explore, including an urban gym, a playground and an educational nature walk for young members of the family. But if need of a quiet moment to contemplate life, Krige has a suggestion: “Head to the labyrinth in Green Point Urban Park,” she says. “It’s tucked away in a western corner of the park.”

Cool off with an ice cream

Cool off at The Creamery

Summers in Sea Point can be warm, and there’s no better complement to a slow walk by the ocean than an ice cream. Fortunately, the neighbourhood isn’t lacking in this department – even for those with very high standards.

“If you love ice cream, you simply cannot miss tucking into a bowl or cone of The Creamery’s delicious honest-to-goodness, home-made ware,” says Krige. In particular, she recommends those items on the menu with “peanut butter, salted caramel and anything with chocolate”.

Stretch it out

Sea Point is increasingly becoming known for its growing yoga community, and there are several studios along Main Road that offer different varieties of the practice for locals and tourists to enjoy. Krige’s personal recommendation is to unwind with an energetic vinyasa flow or a relaxing yin yoga class at Hot Dog Yoga Studio on Main Road. “It has a lovely, welcoming atmosphere and a great range of classes.”

Walk the Promenade

Sunrise and sunset are the best times to amble or jog along the Sea Point promenade

The primary physical activity to embark on in Sea Point is running or walking along the safe and scenic Promenade. You’ll get more than ten kilometres (six miles) of exercise if you walk it from end to end, and most locals have their favourite stretches and times of the day to head here.

Krige recommends taking a walk at sunrise. “This is the perfect time of day, as the crowds wouldn’t have arrived yet, the world is still fresh and the ocean smells delicious!”

Shop at SANS

Live the green life at SANS

Although few tourists venture off the Promenade unless they need to, there are several notable attractions along the busy stretch of road that runs inland parallel to the ocean, called Sea Point Main Road. In particular, Krige recommends heading to SANS in the newly refurbished Artem Centre. “It’s amazing if you’re looking for organic veggies, small-batch local wines and spirits, beauty products and the like,” she says.

Go second-hand book shopping

On a rainy day, why not peruse the second-hand books on offer along Sea Point Main Road

Another gem hidden in the bustle of Sea Point Main Road is one for the book lovers. Krige recommends “losing yourself among the shelves of CAFDA charity bookshop”. All proceeds go to charity, and there’s a selection there to fill any local bookshelf, or keep book-loving tourists busy for the remainder of their trip, especially on a rainy day.

Go thrift shopping

Bargains Galore in Regent Road is another great place to while away the time

There’s a growing thrifting culture throughout Cape Town, and Sea Point is no exception. “If you enjoy thrift shopping,” says Krige, “you’re bound to find a few (sometimes very hidden) gems at Bargains Galore in Regent Road.”

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