It may be a mission to get through the security and into the Algoa Bay Yacht Club in the harbour, but once there the view over the yacht basin is worth it. Sip a pre-cocktail on the deck and pretend you are in Monaco before dining at the club’s Chart Room restaurant.
Cubana Latino Caffe and Havana Lounge at the McArthur pools are where it’s at for party people. Enjoy Cuban cigars, mouth-watering meals and exotic cocktails as you survey McArthur pools and marvellous Kings Beach.
Dolphin’s Leap on the corner of Marine and La Roche drives offers more than one chance to look out over blue waters, with The Mediterranean and Gondwana Cafe, in particular, offering great views. La Fiesta also has an outlook, and if you are on the balcony at the Beershack you sort of can see the sea.
The Coachman at Brookes on the Bay offers upmarket ambience with it quality steakhouse fare, and its neighbours at Brookes on the Bay include Ocean Basket, Primi Piatti and Kouzina, all of which offer views across to Kings Beach.
Further along, at the Red Windmill complex at Shark Rock Pier, there is a high summer buzz and good weather brings the crowds flocking. You might find parking a problem, but it will be worth it for the views from Blue Waters Cafe, Barney’s, Angelo’s and even from the KFC and Gia ice cream outlet.
Across the road, the five-star Boardwalk Hotel is a great place for a sundowner on The Terrace, with a DJ on deck, while the Verandah and Ginger Restaurants at the Beach Hotel also give you more than a glimpse of sea.
Something Good in Summerstrand is the place for a summer holiday, surf-style meal out. Although not all tables have a sea view, you can walk in with sand between your toes and not be turned away.
Pine Lodge’s renamed restaurant, Ziggy’s, still offers a large pub and beach access, with its fare served in tin mugs and plates.
Barnacles at Beachview has one of the loveliest views over the coastline, dishing up tasty family fare which includes a good fish and chips.
Then, heading west outside the city:
Die Walskipper at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay provides a glorious chance to sink your toes into the sand and your teeth into some superb seafood. Enamel cups and plates mean you don’t have to worry about broken glass underfoot, and it is a short hop to the actual beach from this open-air restaurant. If the weather is bad, they can pull down transparent windscreens so you still can enjoy the view.
There are some stunning views in Port St Francis at the Porthole, the Chokka Block and the classier Chez Patrick, and if you prefer calmer waters, Big Time Taverna and Caffe Bijoux offer a view over the canals in St Francis Bay. – Gillian McAinsh