Focus on Sea Point, Western Cape, South Africa
Sea Point is a lively suburb lying between Mouille Point, Green Point and Bantry Bay. Upper Sea Point, on the slopes of Signal Hill is characterised by expensive, private villas whereas towards the sea, luxury beachfront and self-catering apartments line the promenade. In between the two, lies Main Road, with a seedy reputation, cheaper accommodation and a vast selection of shops, bars, clubs, and restaurants. It is cosmopolitan suburb that is bustling 24 hours a day.

Sea Point does have a bad reputation as crime has been a problem in the past. Recently however, a concerted effort has been made to make the area safer by installing surveillance cameras and stepping up police presence which has improved the situation a lot.

Sea Point Shops
All the shops you may need can be found on Main Road. A mirage of shopping centres, takeaways, bars, restaurants, banks, travel agents, and just about anything else you may need line the street. There are also a number of large convenience stores. The SuperSpar has a good range of standard through to luxury goods. Shoprite can be found in the Galleria shopping centre, open until 9pm every day. In the Adelphi Centre is a Pick n Pay, with its own liquor store next door. Tel (021) 434 8987/8. There is also a Clicks pharmacy open until 11pm every night.

Sea Point Restaurants
Sea Point has its share of restaurants, ranging from relaxed sidewalk cafes to more upmarket establishments.

Caturra Coffee shop serves all day breakfasts and light meals with a great selection of speciality sandwiches. There is an outdoor courtyard area through back decorated with pot plants and bright murals on the walls. Open Monday to Friday 08h00 – 23h00, Saturdays 08h30 till midnight and Sundays 09h00 – 23h00. 41 Regent Road. Tel (021) 434 5160

BuzBey Grill is one of Cape Towns oldest restaurants. It has superb steaks as well as an array of other tasty seafood dishes and grills. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, 18h00 -23h00. Three Anchor Road. Tel (021) 439 5900.

For some of the best Italian food in Cape Town try Posticino’s. They offer range of delicious pizzas and pastas and as well as a variety of salads and some speciality veal dishes. It is relaxed and cosy inside or if you’d prefer there is an outdoor patio overlooking the street. Open 7 days a week 12h00 to 23h00. 323 Main Road, Tel (021) 439 4014

3thirteen, located in the Peninsula Hotel is the ideal spot for a leisurely breakfast, lunch or dinner. It has a relaxed atmosphere and opens onto a sun drenched garden with waterfall pool. 313 Beach Road Tel (021) 430 7777

Harveys at the Mansions is an upmarket restaurant and bar offering Global/International, vegetarian, breakfast and light meals as well as some traditional Cape dishes. It has a lovely courtyard area surrounded by palm trees and fountains, perfect for a romantic dinner under the starts. Every Sunday from 11h00 – 14h00 there is Brunch and live jazz where you receive a Sunday Newspaper and glass of bubbly on arrival. It is open 7 days a week, 07h00 – 22h30. Winchester Mansions, 221 Beach Road. Tel (021) 434 2351.

Sea Point Promenade
The promenade runs the length of the Sea Point beach front from Bantry Bay to Mouille Point. It is a great spot for jogging, walking or just sitting on one of the many benches admiring the sea views. There are a number of kiddies playgrounds running the length of the promenade providing some entertainment for the little ones.

Also on the promenade, heading towards Bantry Bay, is the Sea Point Pavilion. This is a chlorinated, sea water swimming pool complex open to the public throughout the year. It has two children’s pools, one diving pool with a 5m board, and an Olympic sized pool. It is open Monday to Friday 06h00 – 21h00, Saturdays 07h00 -20h00 and Sundays 08h00-20h00. Beach Road, Tel (021) 434 3341.

The beaches are hidden below the promenade but are small and grimy and very rocky. The sea around this area is also not suitable for swimming. If you’re wanting to cool down, try a rock pool, head to the nearby outdoor pool, or to one of the much larger, safer beaches at Clifton. Having said that the beaches are a nice spot if you just feel like relaxing in the sun or sun bathing.

Sea Point Police
Corner of Stanley and Bay Roads, Green Point. Tel (021) 434 2345

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