Fill a day in Fish Hoek
This is the first day of Spring and true to the season, the day dawned in its bright blue and orange splendour. With enthusiasm, I decided to explore Fish Hoek to give you my must do’s to fill a day. Have you spent a day in Fish Hoek? What are your suggestions to fill a day? Contact us here
1: Start with Jager’s walk.
Jager’s walk is sandwiched between the railway line that runs between Cape Town and Simonstown and the sea at Fish Hoek. The walk is named after Herman Scott Jager, the first Freeman of the town and mayor for 12 years. The walk is lined with red, green, blue and yellow benches dedicated to deceased loved ones and maintained by those left behind. While enjoying the captivating view, one is bound to reflect on life’s brevity, ageless mountains and endless seas.
2: Drink coffee at Pull In Brew Coffee
Coming in to Fish Hoek from Kalkbay, at the 2nd robot (South African for traffic light), look left to see a brightly painted shop with green, yellow, blue and red stripes. Pull in Brew coffee is owned by Jeremy Hare. His aim is to serve quality coffee to train commuters on their way to and from work and of course to passers-by, the local community and to tourists. He hired unskilled personnel and funded their training at the Noordhoek coffee roaster. On duty was Nathi, a friendly young man with a clear love for what he is doing. My coffee from Africa was delicious, a double shot, which only costs R15 (US$ 1.20). A single shot is even cheaper at R12 (US$ .95). As I walked away, I knew that I would highly recommend Pull in Brew Coffee with its relaxed atmosphere and free Wi-Fi.
3: Enjoy frogs & birds at the Silvermine Wetlands
Between Fish Hoek and Clovelly is the Silvermine Wetlands that acts as a natural border between the two. A well planned walk-way runs around the wetlands lined with indigenous and foreign vegetation. Stepping off the main road, I was immediately aware of the unique sounds of birds and frogs. The Silvermine Wetlands is home to the endangered Western leopard toad, the arum lily frog and the Cape river frog. More than 50 bird species have been recorded here although some are no longer seen. While stalking birds for the best picture a runner puffed by, fully enjoying the beauty of the day and surroundings.
4: Eat at the Galley Restaurant on the Fish Hoek beach
After a day of activity, the call for a true South African Fish & Chips (Fries) cannot be ignored. Hake deep-fried in batter or grilled for R80 ($6.20) never disappoints at the Galley. Busloads of tourists take a break here for a meal and a refreshing walk on the beach. It is funny how flocks of hungry, curious seagulls just know when tourists need entertainment. They are rewarded. Notwithstanding the activity, the Galley is still high value. The view is great, the ambiance electric and the food…the food is good. End your meal with ice cream! Spring is here!
5: Take a twilight stroll on the beach
Stroll on the beach to walk off some of that delicious meal. In my case, tonight, there is just enough light to catch pictures of the sand sculptures of the day. One can hardly resist sitting down in the sand salon with a table for drinks on the house. Another sculpture is a well formed dolphin with a red flower for effect. Dolphins aften appear in pods in the bay. The artist had already left, denying me an opportunity to express appreciation. He will be back for the big splash on the Fish Hoek beach to welcome the Spring season.