St James South African restaurant
"I'd like to be, under the sea in an Octopus' Garden with you" Wacky, eclectic, vibrant, sexy and funky, stepping into the Octopus Garden Restaurant feels like entering into a shimmering Aladdin’s cave.
Think Alice in Wonderland, think Under the sea, think a mad collection of knick knacks filling a brightly painted and fairy lit intimate little living room complete with wooden floors and a piano, that's The Octopus' Garden in St. James (between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay). Inspired by the Beatles song, this historic old post office building has been transformed through much love into a cosy, happy and romantic venue for breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Situated right next to the St. James train station and with a super view of the whales, waves, the St. James swimming pool and the brightly painted original 'bathing huts', this gem of a venue invites customers to laze around tables or in a hammock in the shaded garden (dogs and toddlers very welcome), in amongst the restaurant's organic herb garden.
Restaurants near St James
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and are not necessarily the actual travelling
Kalk Bay Deli restaurant
Kalk Bay(1 km from St James)
In its cobbled street setting in a lane off Main Road, C'est la Vie has all the charm of a rustic European sidewalk cafe. With their own bakery on site and one of the top 10 best coffees in Cape Town, as mentioned in Elle Magazine, patrons can enjoy the best artisanal breads with their morning cappuccino's.
Coffee is taken very seriously at C'est la Vie as is evident by their poster inside with the motto, "You haven't had enough until you're shaking!" Offerings on the menu are sweetly presented on wooden boards, with handmade cups and ceramics. Breakfasts are simple and fresh, with expertly crafted sandwiches taking centre stage over lunch. Fillings include brie and fig preserve, salmon and cream cheese and other delicious delicatessen style delights.
Regulars at the coffee shop know to bring baskets along to their morning coffee, which they pack with brownies, cheese sticks, croissants and freshly baked bread from the bakery shelves. Experience C'est la Vie for a morning and you'll be embracing the carefree, artistic spirit of Kalk Bay.
Kalk Bay Coffee Shop restaurant
Kalk Bay(1.1 km from St James)
Within The Potter’s Shop – Robin’s wife Charley’s ceramics shop.
Mon - Fri: 7:45 am - 1:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 8:15 am - 2:00 pm
Kalk Bay(1.3 km from St James)
Experience Luminous Lunar mist on the Cape to Cuba Riviera. Saints and savages alike love this quirky restaurant set on the beach with unsurpassed views of the harbour and the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Don’t be surprised to see Ché passing through while you puff on a cigar sipping one of the best cocktails in Cape Town.
Filled with understated surprises real and fake , Cape to Cuba is a veritable feast, a siesta, a carnival. Chill in this Bohemian Cuba carved by the tides. Everything in the restaurant is for sale including the décor which has become a popular concept with diners.