Cape Town beckons visitors from all over the world during the summer in the Southern Hemisphere. So if you’d like to escape the cold in the coming months, why not join the jet set and visit the scenic Cape, as well as one of its best-kept secrets? Baroque Travel has all the details
Cape Town is quite magnificent; known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Come summer, the city and its beautiful golden beaches are a magnet for the rich and famous from all over the globe, who come to enjoy the sun, the sea, the sand, sensational food and a lively atmosphere.
But there are other places to visit when you’re in the Cape. One of the area’s best kept secrets is located on the West Coast. Called Paternoster, it’s a charming little fishing village offering a relaxed lifestyle and some of the best seafood you’ll taste in the country.
Located a mere 145 km from the Mother City, this quaint fishing village is one of the oldest in the country. It’s recently been discovered by those who are always looking for a trendy place to stay with restaurants offering fabulous food. But although Paternoster is on everybody’s radar right now, it’s also managed to retain its quaint old world style. You’ll find colorful fishing boats on the pretty beachfront, and the whitewashed houses are a combination of refurbished original homes and more modern ones.
The village paints a pretty picture, and so do the surrounds. The western Cape coastline is full of jagged cliffs and long stretches of unspoilt beaches, making it an absolute paradise to explore. Of course, its close vicinity to Cape Town makes it an ideal place to visit, to combine a vibrant city/beach holiday with a more tranquil village break. This way, holidaymakers can enjoy everything the Cape has to offer – truly the best of both worlds.
One of the highlights of visiting Paternoster is the range of world class restaurants there, offering gourmet fare as well as some of the best seafood, including fresh oysters from nearby Langebaan as well as abalone, crayfish and other delicacies.
Where to eat in Paternoster
Die Gaatjie Restaurant
Famous local chef Suzi Holtzausen has embraced the village’s fabulous produce and stunning seafood and her dishes resonate with a fresh, modern touch. Her quaint little restaurant, located in an old fisherman's house right on the rocks with the sea below, is the perfect setting for an unbeatable dining experience. Die Gaaitjie is renowned for its innovative food, excellent service and friendly, bustling atmosphere. Its daily specials make things always new and exciting, although the regular menu also has plenty to offer.
This quirky, eclectic restaurant boasts hundreds and of glittering fairy lights that light up its garden courtyard at night. Although it specializes in fresh oysters, the restaurant also boasts a varied menu with a stunning selection of seafood curries and great meat dishes.
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Set in the back of a town landmark, the old-fashioned trading store, this excellent restaurant is run by award-winning chef Kobus van de Merwe. He makes lots of use of the region’s delectable seafood – and if you enjoy Kobus’ fabulous food, pick up a copy of his latest cookbook, Strandveldfood, which offers a fresh look at South African cooking.
This authentic century-old corrugated iron dwelling boasts an excellent position in the centre of Paternoster’s main beach. One of the village’s most popular restaurants, it’s ideally located near the local fish market – of course, it specializes in fresh local seafood! Book a table on the verandah to enjoy a casual, relaxed atmosphere… ideal for a long, lazy lunch.