On a recent flying visit to Cape Town I was given an insider tip on where to find the best seafood on the planet. So I made my way out of town some 20 minutes,  passing the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (no time to stop on this trip!) and continuing on to Hout Bay.

This is a wonderfully scenic stop along the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive which winds its way up from sea level in Hout Bay, clinging to the spectacular coastal cliffs along to Noordhoek. Anyway, getting back to the mission I was on, to find the best seafood….


Just as you enter Hout Bay, you will find the Chapman’s Peak Hotel at one end of the bay with views back across towards the town. The hotel has 24 rooms including 2 wonderful penthouse suites, but that is not why I am here either…

Ushered onto an outside table enjoying views of the bay and craggy peaks rising up from the Atlantic Ocean, I feverishly studied the menu; almost entirely pointlessly I might add as I knew before I left Cape Town what I was going to order. Expectations were understandably high but when the giant pan of fresh Calamari and Queen Tiger Prawns landed on the table I knew this was the right place!


I have been fortunate enough to enjoy some good seafood during my travels around the world but this is without a doubt the best I have ever tasted and I cannot recommend the Chapman’s Peak Hotel highly enough on a “must do” whilst you visit Cape Town. I would recommend making a reservation at the weekend as I was very fortunate to get the last table. I was also very fortunate to get back to the airport in time for my flight to Windhoek, Namibia for what would include an unforgettable trip to the Skeleton Coast but that is another story….

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