Feet in the sand, a cold beer in the hand and the smell of seafood being cooked over an open flame. This is Die Strandloper. Located in Langebann just a one hour drive from Cape Town in South Africa, Die Strandloper is one of the most unique dining experiences I have been a part of thus far. It doesn’t get any more ‘on the beach’ than this.
This informal open-air seafood restaurant has diners sitting under shade cloth on benches and around tables that look as though they just happened to magically wash up on the beach especially for your dining pleasure. This may sound a little crude but it is absolutely charming! Fishing nets and other seaside items are strung haphazardly around as if a mermaid has been frantically spring cleaning her treasure cave.
If you like formal dining then this experience is not for you. Relaxation is a way of life here where there is no cutlery (use a mussel shell) and there are no serviettes (lick your fingers). In the centre is a huge fire pit on which you can see, hear and smell the freshest seafood being cooked to perfection. The smell of fresh bread baking in clay ovens dances on the air, waltzing with those of the seafood and the sea. A talented local musician moves between the tables strumming his guitar, seagulls call overhead and the waves crash onto the sand. An experience for all your senses.
Wriggle your toes further into the sand, breathe deeply and relax.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and relies on bookings to ensure that they cater for all. There is a beach bar on site but you are encouraged to bring your own cooler box full of whatever it is that takes your fancy. Champagne anybody? Only seafood is served here with such delectable morsels as mussels, fish curry, snoek and lobster on offer. I hope you are hungry because the courses just seem to keep coming!
Die Strandloper is absolutely worth the drive from Cape Town. A truly unique, refreshing and soul nourishing dining experience.
How to get there:
A one hour drive from Cape Town.
Take the West Coast Highway (R27) and turn left at the Langebaan turn-off. After 8kms, look for the signs directing you to the restaurant.
Bookings are essential.
Phone: (022) 772 2490
083 227 7195