Parker Cottage Guesthouse - Kloof Street
09h00 Leave Parker Cottage by turning left out of the gate. Walk up the road and take the first left into Tamboerskloof Road.
Tel : (021) 423 6715
If you’re in the mood for a very local ‘Tambie’ (Tamboerksloof) experience, drop in at Puka on the corner of Burnside and Tamboerskloof road for a pre walk smoothie. Michael, the owner, is a ‘do it all yourself’ kind of guy and only has five tables at which to serve you. You get great coffee, a selection of brunch and lunchy food, a view of Table Mountain and to stroke the dog, who acts as a kind of doorstep.
09h05 Keep going up Tamboerskloof Road and when you get to Burnside Road, turn LEFT into the road. Walk down this street, marveling at the four oak trees planted in Jurgens Park on your left.
09h10 At the end of Burnside, you’ll meet the road known as Buitengracht. This is a major intersection and like everywhere in Cape Town, people drive like lunatics, ignore lights and don’t care about pedestrians! Be very careful about crossing the road here.
On the other side of Buitengracht, you’ll walk past two Cape Town institutions: Rafikis, universally accepted as the best student bar in town and the place to watch any kind of sporting action and also, Miller’s Thumb on the left, one of the bistros recommended on Parker Cottage’s restaurant list.
09h15 You should now be walking down Kloofnek Road, past the Villa Maria convent. At the end of the road, you’ll find Kloof Street. Turn left into this street.
Kloof Street grew out of Long Street around about the mid 1970s. It was formerly just a residential street with a few supermarkets and things on it, so don’t be surprised when you find almost all the shops, art galleries, estate agents etc. looking just like houses. That is what they are!
On Kloof (which means ‘valley’ in Afrikaans), you’ll find a whole range of utilitarian shops (like supermarkets and petrol stations) but also a really pleasant smattering of art galleries, interior design shops, an art house cinema and many, many three to four star eateries. Kloof is a very long street (it goes all the way up to Higgovale) and we don’t suggest you try to walk the length of it.