The Cape Peninsular Tour Route often includes the seals in Hout Bay, Cape Point, the penguins at Boulders Beach and a scenic drive along Chapmans Peak between Hout bay and Noordhoek. It is one of the most popular tourist activities in South Africa, so we decided to give ethical foodie tourists some delectable “good food” options to devour while out exploring ,with our Cape Peninsular “Foodie” Route!
Our pick of local, natural and ethical eateries are scattered across the journey with a selection of coffee shops, restaurants and cafes including:
- Simon’s town- The Monocle and the Mermaid
- Kommetjie – Living Hope Farm
- Kommetjie Road – The Peach Pip
- Noordhoek – Cape Point Vineyards Thursday Market
- Scarborough – Foragers
Like all beard-wearing hipsters, Jan Harmse co- founder of the Simon’s Town based Monocle and Mermaid values the craft of things. It shows in both his coffee bar and the café’s bistro style menu. Jan honed his barista skills in Australia and has since become a pioneer of good coffee in the Southern Peninsula.
Monocle and Mermaid’s unique coffee blend is the result of a relationship with The Blue Door Coffee Roastery, just around the corner. Jan ceased the opportunity to create a truly local roast when he and Blue Door owners, Wesley and Robert Gouverneur started a project to develop an exclusive blend. It took more than a year of trial and error; blending, roasting and tasting, to create a coffee a connoisseur’s blend that isn’t only gooooooood, but it also saves carbon miles and adds more ‘local’ flavor to their coffee. Monocle and Mermaid coffee craft include the European styled Macchiatos and Cordato coffee drinks.
In the last year, Monocle and Mermaid have opened up a cocktail hour featuring local craft beers and gins from up the line in Woodstock and further afield. The bistro style menu highlights the wild, the local and the organic.
Shop no. 1 St George’s Building, St George’s Street Simon’s Town
Hours 7:30 am to [summer] 8: 30 am [winter]
Ethical, organic [partially], local, community up-liftment
Living Hope is a faith-based organization that was founded in the 1990’s in response to the need for local HIV health care. The organization has a presence in nine different communities around the Cape and runs 27 programs for people in need.
Through the security gate and past uneventful brick buildings, is a charming café that serves light meals and feature our favorite ingredients; local, ethical and sustainable – but not exclusively.
When you grab a bite at Living Hope Café you are supporting two incredible up-liftment initiatives that together, create a farm to fork experience. Living Hope Farm employs 4 permanent staff and has 12 trainees learning how to farm with both organic and conventional methods. They grow, harvest, pack, and process all the food themselves, and their organic produce goes to their café and onto your plate! They also produce milk and feta cheese from their 19 goats and make a selection of jams, traditional preserves and other goodies from their fresh produce.
The farm is known locally for their flavorful tomatoes and bell peppers, which can be found in some of the local supermarket chains.
A unique feature is their water filtration plant on the property, which provides over 200 employees with fresh, filtered water from the mountain and boreholes. Whilst visiting the cafe be sure to ask for a glass of this delicious tasting water – a rarity in these times of drought.
Kommetjie Road opposite Food Zone, Capri
021 784 2800
Local, organic, ethical
The Peach Pip Farmstall at Rodgers (previously named Rodgers Fruiterers) is a family run business with a farm-style restaurant serving farm-style (read large) breakfasts catering for vegetarians and kids. They sell locally grown fresh fruit and veg, pressed juices, homemade breads, samosas, rotis, naturally sundried fruit, nuts, homemade jams & preserves and sometimes even a folky band playing a random gig while you browse! This is a great ethical foodie stop if you are pressed for time between your touring destinations.
Ethical, local, natural, community
Cape Point Vineyards is set on the slopes of the mountain overlooking the breathtaking Noordhoek beach. Already well known for its exquisite estate wines and magnificent grounds, it is also host to a Thursday evening sunset artisan food market, held during the summer when you can picnic al fresco. It is more a dinner market than a produce market, and you will have a hard choosing between the exquisite fine offerings with food from;
- The Foodbarn’s Pop Up Kitchen
- Chef Peter Geoffe Wood’s- Kitchen Cowboys
- Pasta by Cape Point Vineyards’ Chef Clayton Bell
- The Lamb Man
- Perfect Paella
- Al’s Schwarmas
- Oyster Bar
- Flat Breads
A little known fact that will give conservation minded foodies even more reason to visit is the effort the Vineyard has taken to protect the endangered Western Leopard Toads. They occupy land that was slated for quarry development which would have meant giant craters gauged out of the mountain and a decimated ecosystem, but the ecologically minded owners have instead developed a toad-friendly landscape with a set of ponds and waterways that create a safe habitat for them. Be sure to try their Splattered Toad Sauvignon Blanc or Splattered Toad Red. All proceeds from the sales of these wines support conservation efforts to protect the Western Leopard Toads which famously during breeding season cross roads to get to ponds and often get “splattered” by cars.
Ethical, organic, local
Foragers is a foodie’s treasure chest! Here you will find, a café, a restaurant and a food shop with an artisanal bread counter, locally grown and sourced fresh vegetables unique house-made food preserves, sauces, condiments, chilies and chutneys, and, in summer a Saturday morning organic outdoor market.
The Deck Cafe is joined to the shop sells fresh juices, coffee that is listed on ‘The Coffee Route’, a craft micro-brewery, and unique, “deep-south”, local and indigenous soft drink called Sweet Water made by foraging expert, Roushanna Gray. Sweet Water is a carbonated, pure, mountain water drink flavored with indigenous plants essences from locally foraged indigenous flowers.
Be sure to check the notice board for interesting films and talk events. Foragers is very bike friendly.
2 Watsonia on Main
7975 Scarborough, Western Cape
Hours: 09:00 – 16:00
So with these great options you can be as smug as a bug in a Fairtrade mug, knowing that not only are you treating yourself to one of the best scenic experiences in the world, you are also investing in your own health with every bite or sip; building the soil by choosing naturally produced food which in turn grows healthier food; encouraging bio-diverse ecosystems with seasonal eating and chemical free environments; supporting community economies rather than big brands and profit-driven shareholders; AND enjoying yourself which is full of under-rated health benefits! Bon voyage, and bon appetite!