These essential pastimes will all be carried out on the landward side of Victoria Road.Non-stop, it would take an average human 10 minutes to walk this whimsical commercial drag. But then that average human would be missing the point: there are many reasons to stop along this little route.  

Shopfront and pavement with the two lanes of tarmac dividing these from the palm tree lined beach ( planted in the early 1900 ’ s to make it look like Brighton ) create both a stage and vantage point for the easy going crowd. The full cinemascope experience: sea, sand, palms, rocks and people can be had from virtually every seat and table in any of the establishments. And nestled against the kerbs are the higher than usual concentrations of open topped sports cars, Hummers with cryptic personalised number plates (Mervyn02 ?) and camp clusters of Harley Davidsons: yes that is one of the riders at the juice counter drinking a dairy free pomegranate smoothie with a wheatgrass shot on the side. 

The restaurants of Camps Bay  

The restaurants, sidewalk cafes and cocktail bars along Victoria Road present a dense array of choice. Sea views are standard and most establishments sprawl themselves out onto the pavements but have indoor seating should shade or shelter be needed.

 So what ’ s on the menu? To try and cram the imaginative diversity of   well crafted Camps Bay menus into a nutshell is very difficult and a bit of a sin but here goes anyway …  

Strong inclinations to the Mediterranean with Portuguese and Spanish influences very much in place. Naturally sea food is well represented in the confident Cape style and by the prolific presence of sushi counters in many of the restaurants. Africa has its say with imaginative yet accessible dishes of springbok or ostrich. There ’ s some far Eastern stuff. If pizza and pasta is your bag then you won ’ t find better Italian restaurants in Cape Town . Prices range from decent middle-of-the-road to expensive without being fear-inducing.  

Sandbar- popular, fresh and outdoor, good for lunch, sunset drinks and easy evening eating.   tel +27 (0) 214388336 email  

Caprice- trendy sunken lounge and laptop crowd by day. No laptop needed at night.   tel +27 (0) 214288315  

Paranga- High end and casual dinner and drinks with dramatic d é cor.   tel +27 (0) 214380404 email

Col ’ Cacchio- Huge array of fine and imaginative gourmet pizza, decent pasta.   tel +27 (0) 214382171 email  

Primi Piatti- Slick chain of Italian restaurants that serve consistently high quality dishes that come out promptly. Fresh ingredients, slightly out of main clutch of restaurants.   tel +27 (0) 214382923 email  

Cape Town Fish Market (CTFM)- Upmarket family fish and sushi shop: part of a chain.   tel +27 (0) 214381866 email  

Kauai Health Food and Juice Co- Carrot juice, wheatgrass shots, smoothies with all manner of herbal and therapeutic add-ins, healthy fast food in sandwich and wrap format.   tel +27 (0) 214384607  

Nandos- Ordinarily wouldn’t deserve a mention. Massive chicken franchise whose advertising campaigns are way more appealing than their food.   tel +27 (0) 214385600 email