A guide to Mouille Point

Private Property South Africa
Kit Heathcock

Find out about the lifestyle in the Capetonians playground on the seafront.

About the area

Sandwiched between the ocean and the green expanses of Green Point Urban Park and the Metropolitan golf course, Mouille Point’s ribbon of apartment buildings has become trendy and upmarket in recent years. It’s always had fabulous vistas over the bay to Robben Island, often with dolphins and whales to delight the eye, but the development of the stadium and the urban park added a new cachet to the area and residential development and regeneration followed.

The seafront is a playground for Capetonians and visitors, extending from the Sea Point promenade and winding round almost to Granger Bay and the V&A Waterfront. Cyclists, joggers and dog-walkers use it daily, there are dedicated dog-walking lawns, skate stretches, cycle lanes, a Putt-Putt course and, a firm family favourite: The Blue Train Park where kids can ride a mini blue train, clamber on jungle gyms and even learn to ice skate on the year-round outdoor rink. Pavement cafes continue the seaside holiday feel, most enjoying fabulous ocean views, and they are a favourite breakfast stop after a scenic morning run, or a sundowner spot for more leisurely locals.

Conveniently close to the Cape Town CBD and the V&A Waterfront, there is excellent public transport on the MyCiTi bus, which also links residents to Sea Point. Yachts can be moored at nearby Granger Bay, and the best beaches are a 10-minute drive away at Clifton. The ratepayers association is active in managing upkeep and security in the area with security Segways sponsored by local estate agents patrolling 24 hours a day. Another aspect of Mouille Point life that appeals to many is the view of the ocean and all its moods, and the hoarse sound of the foghorn punctuating winter weather.

As resident Mandy Chemaly says, “I love being poised on the tip of the great African continent at the mouth of the Cape of Storms. Whatever is coming at us, we see it first!”

Favourite things about living in Mouille Point are stepping out of our front door at sunrise to walk on the promenade and through the sensational urban park. And to end the day with sundowners at one of the pavement bars.

Mandy Chemaly, resident

Best in food:

  • Sótano at La Splendida Hotel for breakfast, tapas and sushi
  • Cafe Neo for breakfast, light lunch and coffee while you work
  • The Butcher Shop & Grill for steaks
  • The Creamery Cafe for decadent ice creams
  • Newport Market & Deli for healthy food, smoothies and freshly baked bread

Things to do:

  • Walk, picnic and exercise in Green Point Urban Park.
  • The Blue Train Park for kids to ride the train and try outdoor ice-skating on the new rink.
  • Cycle, walk or run on the promenade
  • Play Putt-Putt.
  • Walk to concerts and international matches at the stadium.

Transport plus:

  • The MyCiTi bus route 104 runs from Sea Point through Mouille Point and the V&A Waterfront to the CBD.
  • Easy road access onto M6 Western Boulevard to reach the CBD and link up with the N1 and N2.
  • Walking distance to Green Point, Sea Point and the V&A Waterfront.

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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