Hout Bay (also called “The Republic of Hout Bay” by its’ residents on account of the fact that there are only three access roads) is a beautiful coastal town with a long history. Within the Hout Bay valley you will find country living, a fishing village and an informal settlement. All three of these locations within a location add their own measure of local flavour. For the best fish and chips in the cape, you must pop by Fish on the Rocks, a very casual chip shop that’s been around for decades. Also a Hout Bay icon is Dunes restaurant, with it’s amazing play area for kids, spectacular views and brilliant seafood & cocktail specials. Various markets adorn the wharfs and quays of the working harbour on weekends, with the full bouquet of sea-related activities available to you, from sea-kayaking to shark-cage diving to tours to Seal Island. Hout Bay has long been seen as a kind of retreat from the hectic nature of city life, and the locals make sure that it stays that way.