Make the 25-km (16-mile), 40-minute trip north from the city to the other side of Table Bay, and you'll be rewarded with an exceptional (and the most famous) view of Cape Town and Table Mountain as well as a good, albeit windy, beach that is known for kite surfing and also kite flying. The Kite Shop in Victoria Wharf at the V&A Waterfront has many colorful, high-tech kites for sale, and there is a kite shop in the new shopping development next to the beach. The lawns of the Blue Peter Hotel are a favorite sunset cocktail spot, especially with tired kite- and windsurfers, and the thatched restaurant Ons Huisie (an internationally recognized heritage site) is a winner for fish-and-chips and has a children’s jungle gym area attached. If you want to come from the city for the sunset—possibly the best in Cape Town—leave Cape Town Central before 4 pm to avoid the horrible rush-hour traffic.

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