Circular Cape Town walk from Camps Bay
As a great lover of long distance walking, we often do this walk on a Sunday morning.
We cut through The Little Glen in Camps Bay, walk up Upper Tree Road, take stairs up in a small lane for two blocks, then walk in the direction of Geneva Drive, cross over and take Shanklin or Cranberry Crescent and then enter Camps Bay Drive again from Dal Road. This is all very confusing as I try to stick to the small streets and I try to dodge the main roads like Geneva and Camps Bay drive.
You walk over the nek and after about one kilometer on the downhill on Kloof Road, you can take the set of stairs and you then end up in Higgovale. From there you make your way to Belleview Street and then Kloof Street. A tip is to use Maps.me – which can be used off-line.
If you are already hungry or thirsty, you can stop at Liquorice & Lime – on the corner of Kloof and Belleview Street – they make an excellent Eggs Benedict. If you still feel like continuing, then Knead near the corner of Kloof Street and Park Road bakes amazing sour dough bread. If you are into super healthy foods, take the escalator up to The Wellness Warehouse. I can recommend their Bench Press Smoothie. They also do excellent juices, wraps, gluten-free cakes etc.
Bree Street is usually the coffee shop / restaurant hub of Cape Town but on a Sunday morning, most of these restaurants are closed. If you happen to be in Bree Street early on a Saturday morning, join the que to buy dossants from Jason’s bakery. If there is no que, then as they say in isiXhosa: “Walala Wasala”.
At 71 Waterkant Street you will find Hemelhuijs open midweek until 16:00 and until 15:00 on a Saturday and closed on Sundays.
Cross Buitengracht Street by the pedestrian bridge and then you are on the “Fan Walk”. Try Grind 4 Truth Coffee Shop. The next stop in Somerset Road is the Cape Quarter Shopping Centre. Here is a host of coffee shops and restaurants. The Spar is known for great take-away salads and an excellent bakery.
Further on, if you can convince them to accommodate you without a reservation, try Upper Bloem for lunch. Giovanni’s is great for coffee and Italian specialities.
We cross Somerset Road and make our way to Green Point Park, from there you can exit at The Creamery for delicious ice creams with interesting flavours eg Tea & Rusk, Guava, Sweet Potato Cinnamon etc.
Depending where you exit the park, you can also try Café Neo.
You then follow the promenade all the way back through Seapoint, Bantry Bay and Clifton to Camps Bay. A great sundowner stop en route in Seapoint will be The Winchester Mansions. From Bantry Bay onwards, there are no toilets, shops or restaurants until you arrive in Camps Bay.