Sea Point – The official guide
Backing onto Signal Hill, and just a few kilometres from the city centre, Sea Point has a past that is as colourful as its present. Neighbouring areas like De Waterkant, Green point and even Mouille Point are easily accessible via the bus, or even on foot.
The Sea Point promenade, which stretches for several kilometres along the Atlantic Ocean, is perhaps Sea Point’s most famous landmark, along with its public swimming pool at the Bantry Bay end. The pool complex at the Pavilion has two children’s pools, a diving pool and an Olympic-sized pool. It is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm.
On a hot summer day, take a dip in Saunder’s Beach tidal pool. Lie back, laugh, tan, swim and check out the eye candy. An early morning stroll on the promenade is recommended, even when it rains, is quite delightful. Punctuate your day with frequent stops at the many cool hangout spots along the way. Rockpool (205 Beach Road) is always a good choice, as is Winchester Mansions (221 Beach Road), which also hosts popular Sunday jazz brunches.
Main Road is thick with restaurants serving global cuisine – Greek, Italian, and all kinds of Asian – as well as bars, watering holes and shops. It’s a road filled with character and quirkiness, from the 50s-style Franky’s Diner (303 Main Road), which is open 24 hours a day, to Decodance (120 Main Road), where you can boogie to hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
If Pizza is the order of the day, check in at Pizzeria Napoletana in Sea Point, probably the oldest Italian restaurant in South Africa – it’s been going since 1958. Stop by La Perla for a beautiful sunset with sea views and great cocktails.
Go to Craft Burger Bar (82 Regent Rd) for burgers, The perfect spot if you’re in the mood for something healthy and refreshing is Nü health food cafe. The menu is filled with local produce that is free of additives, GMOs and MSG. They serve up breakfasts, salads, wraps, 100% juice, green blends and so much more! Get your great Mexican food fix at El Mariachi (118 Main Road). Pop into Egruna, for a selection of local craft beer and wines.
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