Kalk Bay now officially so cool

When American business magazine Forbes announces that Kalk Bay has been voted one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world, you know the rest of the world is catching up to what locals have always felt.

Kalk Bay was in the top 12 of the magazine’s coolest neighbourhoods in the world, and was celebrated for its unique character and creative focus, but the seaside village resting on the flanks of Table Mountain and facing the ocean is certainly not short on natural beauty either.

Kalk Bay’s other appeal is that there are no chain stores: character and individuality are fostered and nurtured with each shop effectively its own world. Locals and tourists alike enjoy long-standing favourites like the Brass Bell and Kalky’s, and the area is rich with choice for old and new eateries.

The neighbourhoods were chosen through advice from top travel experts and the top 12 all offer creatives space to grow.

The area has a colourfully diverse history and is still home to descendants of the first established fishing community.