Muizenberg starts to roar

Muizenberg's iconic beach huts.

The sought-after beaches of Muizenberg. Image Cape Town Tourism/Lisa Burnell.

Cape Town’s seaside suburb of Muizenberg knows all about ups and downs. In its 1950s heyday, it was one of the city’s most popular seaside resorts, before the grand promenades fell into disrepair and the hotels were shuttered. For decades, crime and grime kept holidaymakers away from one of Cape Town’s finest beaches.

That has all changed though, as gentrification and a booming surf culture bring locals and visitors flocking to Muizenberg. Riding the crest of the wave is Tiger’s Milk, far and away the coolest place in the village to grab a bite.

“This place is all about dude-food and beer,” explains owner Michael Townsend, who also owns the fiendishly popular Harbour House and Lucky Fish & Chips restaurant chains. While the former is famed for upmarket seafood, and the latter for cheap-and-cheerful fish ‘n chips, Tiger’s Milk falls somewhere in between.

The décor is upmarket, yet relaxed; with a quirky chandelier of crystal decanters offsetting the vintage bistro feel of leather banquettes, retro décor and mismatched wooden chairs. If you don’t bag one of the sought-after seats at the window bar counter, where panoramic sea views come free, then the long communal tables are your best bet.

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Chef Darius, Tiger’s Milk. Image by Richard Holmes.

Happily, the vibe is as relaxed as the food. The menu offers an approachable mix of surf and turf, with the peri-peri prawns and barbecued pork ribs the pick of the starters. The wood-fired pizzas and succulent beef burgers are great main options, but if you’ve worked up an appetite in the surf, turn your gaze to the blackboard of well-priced grills; you won’t be disappointed by the 400g rib eye with skinny fries. And to drink? Tiger’s Milk offers an excellent range of local craft beers and a decent wine list.

‘Tiger’s Milk has taken off so quickly I am completely convinced Muizenberg’s time has come,’ says Townsend. Judging by the crowds of locals, salt-crusted surfers and smiling tourists soaking up the views and good food, it’s hard to argue otherwise.

Tiger’s Milk is located at the corner of Beach & Sidmouth Roads, Muizenberg. You can give them a call on +27 (0)21 788 1869

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Tiger’s Milk chalkboard menu. Image by Richard Holmes.

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