Hermanus is, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful seaside towns in the Western Cape. Famed for being a whale watching hotspot, many people aren’t aware of the bounty of amazing restaurants, tapas bars, and cocktail lounges in the area.
Proving that there is something for everyone, Hermanus has a deliciously diverse culinary map – allowing you to indulge in everything from Asian tapas to local, fresh seafood.
Here’s a look at some of the restaurants in the area that will definitely leave you feeling more than satisfied.
The stunning Asian-inspired restaurant is a hit with both locals and tourists. Famed for their stunning Asian-style tapas and quirky cocktails, Lizette’s is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch with a group of friends.
Make sure to try their divine sesame fish & chips and miso soup. Round that off with an Elderflower G&T or a glass of bubbles, and you’re good to go!
Located in the heart of old town Hermanus, opposite the Harbour House Hotel, Burgundy’s is perhaps one of the most well-known restaurants in Hermanus.
The ideal breakfast spot, Burgundy Restaurant’s eggs benedict is definitely not one to miss. Enjoying a breakfast whilst overlooking the bay in front of you is surely an experience to treasure.
But besides breakfasts, Burgundy’s lunch and dinner menu is also superb. Try the indulgent lasagne or the mussels in white wine and garlic cream sauce. Your tastebuds will thank you!
With a location right on the beachfront, Pear Tree is ideal for people wanting to take in the salty air with their lunch. Fresh seafood is once again the leader of the pack at this beautifully quaint spot. Beer battered hake and chips is a must-have for those craving seafood.
Their impressive starter menu is also perfect for sharing, should you want to share some tapas while overlooking the big blue in front of you.
Betty Blue Bistro
The cute name is not the only thing that makes this delightful bistro a must-see. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, giving a light and airy feel to the place. Their menu is also way more innovative than you would image.
Definitely try some of their innovative pancakes; sweet or savoury, there are stunning options to choose from!
Source, situated in the insanely beautiful Hemel-and-Aarde Valley just outside the town, is a feast for both eyes and bellies.
All the dishes are presented beautifully, and you will find anything your heart or palette desires – from light meals to hearty dishes like tomato risotto.
Their freshly baked breads are also to die for.
If you’re looking for a seafood platter big enough to feed a small army, then Fisherman’s Cottage is the place to head to.
As the name suggests, this restaurant focuses on everything fresh from the ocean. Think endless seafood options including a delicious seafood curry and prawns ‘a plenty.
Their dessert menu is also not one to scoff at, so we suggest you stay for a while!
If you’re looking for a nice, chill or trendy place to enjoy a sundowner or nightcap at, Hermanus offers some great bars.
Gecko Bar in the new Harbour has become a favourite for locals and tourists. With its stunning view over the harbour, the bar offers a relaxed atmosphere and an impressive cocktail menu.
Great for big groups, you’ll certainly be able to drink the day away at this spot – and if you’re lucky, you may even catch some lekker live music.
Loved by locals, Coco’s takes advantage of Hermanus’ seaside location with their island-inspired decor and delicious drinks.
Located in the heart of the town, this is the perfect place to have a cheeky midday cocktail or ice cold beer on a hot day. Stop here for a drink before you take on Hermanus bustling nightlife by storm.
Speaking of nightlife, Hermanus is surprisingly buzzing once the sun sets. One nightclub you can definitely get your ‘freak on’ and dance the night away is Mock Turtle in the heart of the Old Harbour.
Trading by day as a sports bar, once the moon makes its appearance you won’t find a hotter place to shake your booty at than Mock Turtle. Serving energising cocktails and shooters for the adventurous, you’ll hear the hottest tunes and cool lighting displays as you dance the night away.