On the magnificent coastal drive from Cape Town to Cape Point is Hout Bay and Mariner's Wharf, official stockists of Republic of Hout Bay passports and the first harbourfront emporium in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. Conceptualised and built by Hout Bay's own Stanley Dorman, it continues to grow under his wife Pam's, and their sons, Garth and Antons', watchful eyes.
Mariner’s Wharf restaurants, shops and markets exude a maritime ambience as is nowhere else to be found. It’s a wonderful destination, a place where the famous and locals, jetsetters and tourists, rub shoulders with venerable fishing captains and old salts. Indeed, well worth a visit!
Shells by the thousand, skippers' caps, nautical souvenirs, hand-made gifts and sea-art are on sale here; plus whacky Republic of Hout Bay passports with a boatload of special offers. Many of the items are themed to Hout Bay's harbourside ambience and exude memories of a wonderful place, such as is nowhere else to be found.
The Pearl Factory
Choose an oyster guaranteed to contain a beautiful pearl inside. Then, if you so wish, watch it set to jewellery of your own choice, from the extensive range on offer.
Ye Olde Shipwreck Shoppe
Its maritime artifacts and antiques, books, paintings, brassware, scrimshaw, scripophilly and shipwreck memorabilia are a collector's dream, and an inspirational source for designers bedecking bars and boardrooms. With over 20,000 different items in stock, it is one of the largest shops of its kind, in the world.
Open seven days a week for a comprehensive range of estate wines, beers, liqueurs and spirits, plus the Wharfs own Matelot wine in-a-fish-shaped bottle, Liquor Cove is renowned for cheaper than Duty Free at South African Airports with no V.A.T to foreigners.
Wharfside Grill Restaurant
The Wharfside Grill is regarded as one of Africa's best seafood restaurants, not only for its authentic harbourside ambience and spectacular views, but also because the food it serves, the lobsters, the prawns and the appetising sea-fresh dishes such as Fisherman's Baskets make it well worth a visit!
A bustling outlet serving piping-hot alfresco take-outs on the wharfside, specialty is fish and chips. Customers can also select from delicious grilled lobsters, prawns, lekkerbekkies, sole, snoek and much more. Enjoy your choice of menu at the water's edge while watching the antics of seagulls on the feed or, at certain times of the year, whales on the breed.
Sushi @ the Wharf
Perched at the very entrance to the Fishmarket, the offerings of freshly-made from seafood fillets off the nearby fish counters.
Mariners Wharf Bakery
We bake everything ourselfves, full bakery with full-time baker with fabulous same day bread, rolls, deserts etc.
Fisherman's Wharf Fishmarket
Take a walk around the Fisherman’s Market at Mariner’s Wharf, where you have the opportunity to buy fresh Prawns, Mussels, Oysters and Seafood. Try some delicious Smoked Snoek from The Fresh Oak Smoked Snoek Shop.