The quiet, conservation-oriented village of Scarborough on the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula has a magical charm. It also has a bevy of eateries and delights that are worth driving for from Cape Town.
1. Whole Earth Café
This holistic eatery is true to Scarbs’ green ethos, offering ingredients fresh and locally sourced. Found as you enter the village from Misty Cliffs, the small restaurant under the milkwoods serves free-range beef and chicken, and offers a host of gluten-free and vegan alternatives. It’s the best of both worlds. Diners can enjoy a wholesome beef or veggie burger, flapjacks with chia seeds, and smoothies with maca root and hemp, as well as Kristen’s Kick-ass Ice Cream.
Open for breakfast and lunch Monday, Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30am to 5pm. The kitchen closes at 3pm daily.
+27 (0) 21 780 1138
2. The Village Hub
The sprawling Village Hub is a cornucopia of surprises. The Hub Café, occupying the upper storey, serves a scrumptious selection of dishes, including a range of veggie options. On the ground floor is Foragers Deli & Wholefoods, and the Cape Point Bakery. Here you can sit in the courtyard for a bite of the finest organic ingredients, pick out a choice of deli products, and purchase a loaf of artisanal bread, or homemade pies and decadent pastries.
The Village Hub supports the Redhill Feeding Scheme, as well as local events in the village, and has a market on Saturday mornings selling organic greens.
Foragers is open Monday to Sunday from 8am to 6pm
Hub Café is open Wednesday to Sunday from 8am to 9pm
+27 (0) 21 780 1047; +27 (0) 71 342 5210; [email protected]
3. Camel Rock
An old favourite has been refurbished and revamped. Yes, Camel Rock has been given a new breath of life. It has kept the rustic and relaxed vibe, but now there’s an outside garden area with a jungle gym and pizza oven, and you can enjoy fish braais and potjie evenings. It also has live entertainment on the weekends (watch their Facebook page for the weekly line-up).
Open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 9pm
+27 (0) 21 780 1122; [email protected]
4. Red Rock Tribal
This is your stop for something wonderfully different and innovative from Africa. A charming gift shop, it has an exciting and quirky collection of arts and crafts from around Southern Africa. On the grounds of the Cape Farmhouse, the small shop stocks items that husband and wife team, Steven and Juliette de Combes, have handpicked on their winter trips through the continent, supporting craftsmen in small villages. You are sure to find that special something here, with authentic African flavour.
Red Rock Tribal
Summer every day from 10am to 5pm
+27 (0)21 780 1823; +27 (0)82 269 1020; [email protected]
Words and Photography by Ron Swilling