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 Paternoster Bucket List - updated Feb '24

Paternoster Fish Shop

JOIN IN at the Paternoster MARKET

The PATERNOSTER MARKET is held on the last Sunday of the month at The Paternoster Hotel, browse the homemade goodies, cakes, preserves, fresh produce, crafts, gifts and so much more. Contact the coordinator Taryn for more info at +27 71 083 5612.

 

Cape Columbine Lighthouse Paternoster

VISIT the Cape Columbine LIGHTHOUSE

Built only in 1936, it was the last manned lighthouse constructed, and it rests on a windswept coastline within the Columbine Nature Reserve, just six kilometres outside of the fishing village.
Open Mon to Fri (excl. public holidays) 10 am – 3 pm.

Eat at Wolfgat Restaurant

EAT at WOLFGAT

EAT at WOLFGAT which was voted the ‘Best Restaurant of the Year 2019’ by the World Restaurant Awards and experience a taste adventure with seasonally foraged Strandveld (only found on this coast line) dishes prepared and styled with flair by internationally renowned chef Kobus van der Merwe. Bookings can only made online – https://www.wolfgat.co.za. 

Langstrand

WALK up LANGSTRAND

PACK a backpack and head up Langstrand for an early morning sunrise beach walk towards the Groot Paternoster Nature Reserve, approximately 7kms.  You might even spot some dolphins! 

Paternoster Xpress

SHOP at the PATERNOSTER XPRESS

PICK-UP a ciabatta straight from the oven, home-made chicken pies, a take-away Deluxe coffee, freshly prepared deli meals, organic veggies and so many other goodies from THE PATERNOSTER XPRESS.  Also great for any necessities like toothpaste, ice and milk.
Tel: 022 752 2627 – open 7 days a week.
 

Mondvol Coffeeshop

INDULGE at MONDVOL

INDULGE in a hearty breakfast & cappuccino or delectable cake at  MONDVOL COFFEE SHOP with friendly service and good food in a country setting. *Pet friendly & open during load-shedding*
Tel: 073 939 0186
 

Whale spotting

SPOT a WHALE

SPOT a WHALE or three. The calm and protective St. Martins Bay is the perfect nursery for females to have their calves and often huge pods can be seen from Bek Bay and the main Paternoster Beach. 

The Noisy Oyster

DIP in at The NOISY OYSTER

DIP into luscious local oysters & mussels or the fabulous Seafood Laksa and other deliciousness at the quirky and oh-so-cool NOISY OYSTER.
Bookings are essential Tel: 022 752 2196 
*Pet friendly & open during load-shedding*

Art shed Bucketlist

IMMERSE at The ART SHED

IMMERSE yourself in art, beauty and culture as you wander through the ART SHED at The Paternoster Crayfish Wharf. Meet the creative artists at work and maybe take a little something of the magic of Paternoster home with you. 

Tietiesbaai braai

BRAAI at TIETIESBAAI

BRAAI at Tietiesbaai! Pack your cooler, braai grid and head to the beautiful rugged Tietiesbaai in the CAPE COLUMBINE NATURE RESERVE for a lekker braai. (Entry into nature reserve costs approximately R15 per person)

Build a Sandcastle

FORGET about TIME

FORGET about time as you build a carefully planned sandcastle with the kids, family or friends and watch it wash away as the tide comes in. 

Kayak Paternoster

PADDLE with KAYAK PATERNOSTER

PADDLE out between the rocks to see visiting seabirds, penguins and see Paternoster from a different angle with KAYAK PATERNOSTER Tel: 083 795 4198 (Departure point from Paternoster Crayfish Wharf) 

On the Rocks

EAT at IETSIE ALZ

EAT tasty & super fresh take-away ‘Vis & Tjips‘ at IETSIE ALZ at the Fish Market complex on the main beach.  Tel: 064 673 5099 

The Paternoster Trading Post

BUY at the TRADING POST

BUY anything including hardware, gas, antiques, fishing gear and flip flops at the general dealer THE PATERNOSTER TRADING POST
Tel: 084 510 6503 

Voorstrand

EAT at VOORSTRANDT

TRY out the yummy Burgers or Seafood at the iconic Red-Roofed VOORSTRANDT RESTAURANT while watching your kids play right on the Paternoster Beachfront. *Pet friendly & open during load-shedding* Tel: 022 752 2038 

Oep ve koep

POP-IN at DISPENS

Die Winkel op Paternoster – DISPENS for West Coast produce, wine and more. The Bistro is also the sister restaurant to Wolfgat, with a unique tasting Strandveld menu available. *Allow cat friendly dogs on leash & open during load-shedding* Tel: 022 752 2105

Wowebikes

BIKE with WOW e-bikes

BE WOWed by joining an e-bike tour and enjoy an unforgettable feeling of freedom while riding effortlessly through the beautiful Paternoster landscape.  Contact Annelize 083 261 9921 or

Leeto Restaurant

EXPERIENCE at LEETO

EXPERIENCE a full-on sensory meal with a view at LEETO.  Try the Risotto & some bubbly – you won’t be sorry. Located at Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel. *Open during load-shedding*
Tel: 060 927 0403
 

Jem & Pantoffels

GIFTS at JEM & PANTOFFELS

Enjoy some Koek en Tee while you browse at JEM & PANTOFFELS CAFE. PICK UP some traditional ‘staatmaker’ jams or unusual finds like Black Fig & Black Pepper jam, Funky Ouma salty tins, cotton carpet slippers and indulging essential oils/diffusers to fill up your senses.

Lily's paternoster

ORDER fresh SEAFOOD

ORDER fresh fish and seafood from PATERNOSTER FISH Shop (no longer a physical shop) but you are still welcome to contact them to find out what is available for the week. Fridays you can be sure of fresh oysters and kabeljou/cob, but please order in advance (7 days notice) Can deliver in Paternoster. TEL: +27 73 199 7267

Mattat Leather

CREATE at MATTAT LEATHER

CREATE a unique leather item for yourself or a gift, or buy or order a bespoke one-of-a-kind bag, backpack or other item at MATTAT LEATHER at The Paternoster Crayfish Wharf.  Contact Erika – Cell: 082 853 9472  Email:

Gaaitjie Restaurant

ENJOY at GAAITJIE

ENJOY a chilled glass of wine, a picture-perfect view and wonderfully tasty meals at GAAITJIE situated on the rocks. *Pet-friendly & open during load-shedding.
Tel: 022 752 2242
 

The Hobnobbery

ADVENTURE at The HOBNOBBERY

ADVENTURE down the rabbit hole and discover the quirky eclectic THE HOBNOBBERY a co-operative. Browse for beautiful gifts, jewellery, plants, pretty things and clothing at TUMBLEWEED, COASTAL SOUL & THE GARDEN HOE while enjoying a gin or glass of wine with delicious cheeses, deli items or a yummy open sandwich from THE DRUNKEN PECORINO. *Pet-friendly & open during load-shedding* Contact: 084 240 0630

Benguela Blue Restaurant

SHARE a meal at BENGUELA BLUE

SOAK UP the laid-back Mediterranean vibe at BENGUELA BLUE Restaurant and order cocktails & a yummy tapas platter to share while you choose your next dish from the tempting menu.
*Pet-friendly & open during load-shedding* Cell: 083 258 0958
 

Paternoster Brewery

CRACK a cold one @ PATERNOSTER BREWERY

CRACK open an ice-cold Paternoster Pilsner at the PATERNOSTER BREWERY , our very own local artisanal brew, beer tastings, full bar, an alcohol-free sparking Honey & Rooibos on-tap & delicious west-coast inspired food! Email:  *Family & Pet-friendly & open during load-shedding* Tel: 063 952 3383

Stone Fish Studio

BROWSE at STONEFISH STUDIO & GALLERY

BROWSE and admire art and pottery by talented ceramicist Dianne Heesom-Green and other local artists at STONEFISH STUDIO & GALLERY. On Saturdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm join a Make Your Own Bowl Workshop. R420 per person all materials & firing incl.
No previous experience needed.
Phone Di to book 082 8248917

 
Blikkie

RELAX at BLIKKIE

RELAX at BLIKKIE PIZZERIA, enjoy a delicious wood-fired pizza and be sure to order your soft serve ice cream for dessert.  Great view, kids play area and TV for the big game! *Pet-friendly & open during load-shedding* Tel: 079 598 8616 

Shell Shop

DAWDLE at the SHELL SHOP

DAWDLE through the SHELL SHOP at the Paternoster Hotel for perfect sea-side souvenirs and gifts.  Tel: 022 752 2703

Paternoster Lodge

ORDER a meal at the PATERNOSTER LODGE

ORDER a home-style breakfast, lunch or dinner with a fantastic view smack in the middle of the village at the RESTAURANT at THE PATERNOSTER LODGE.  Tel: 022 880 0970 

Foghorn

LISTEN to the FOG HORN

LISTEN out for the eerie and nostalgic FOGHORN on misty mornings floating across from the Cape Columbine Lighthouse. 

De See Kat

SUSHI at DE SEE KAT

SATISFY your craving for fresh & delicious sushi at DE SEE KAT at the Paternoster Wharf – the view is also a winner.  *Pet-friendly & open during load-shedding*
Tel: 072 343 9793
 

Maneki

SHOP at MANEKI

BROWSE through the quirky and contemporary treasures of jewellery, décor, scarves and and even enjoy a yummy koeksister with tea at MANEKI at the Art Shed. 

Waffle Wharf

WAFFLE at the WAFFLE WHARF/WHALE's RIB

DIG IN to a decadent Waffle, Burger, Ribs and scrummy milkshake from WAFFLE WHARF & WHALES RIB located at the Paternoster Crayfish Wharf.  Tel: 064 426 0146

Bruce Hiking

HIKE with BRUCE

GET ENERGISED and hike in and around Paternoster, spot tortoises and birds with tour guide and local Bruce.  Cell: 082 488 0680

Visit Paternoster

BE BOHO beach ready

TAKE a wander through THE BOHO BEACH SHOP, this bohemian lifestyle store is filled with only good vibes. Everything from womenswear to menswear, a little something for the kiddos, accessories and lovely beauty products, homeware, cookies and coffee, as well as Paternoster branded goodies. Located just behind the Paternoster Wine & Tasting Lounge.

Birdwatching

SPOT a BLACK OYSTERCATCHER

FIND a quiet spot and do some serious bird-watching with a hopeful heart to spot the endangered Black Oystercatcher and more than 350 other species of bird life found on the West Coast. 

Paternoster Hotel

PEOPLE WATCH at the PATERNOSTER HOTEL

TAKE a seat at the legendary PATERNOSTER HOTEL, centrally located for great stoep-sitting while watching the village and its people go by. Tel: 022 752 2703 

Panty Bar

DOP at The Panty BAR

HAVE A DRINK at the infamous PANTY BAR, meet locals and gawk at the interesting, ahem, displays. Definitely a favourite ‘I was here’ Insta-worthy moment. 

Seekombuis

SING at SEEKOMBUIS

ENJOY a fun evening of Karaoke and the beach bar vibe at SEEKOMBUIS Tel: 072 258 9041 

Jislaaikit pic with bikes

SEA the LOVE

FALL in love with the ocean at STUDIO SEA LOVE this is a creative space where Adéle, as a local free-diver, artist, photographer, videographer & designer, shares the jewels of the ocean with the world. She creates unique products with her amazing underwater photographs. Products include Bags, Homeware, cushion covers and much more. Located at the Paternoster Waterfront.

Blues Restaurant

CHASE your BLUES AWAY

SPOIL yourself with delicious fare in the stylish BLUES restaurant at Abalone Hotel overlooking beautiful Bek bay Tel +27 22 752 2044

Bokkoms

EAT a BOKKOM

BUY your Bokkom-fix at the Fish Market and take your time to carefully peel and taste the West Coast on your tongue.

Full Moon

MOON RISE over PATERNOSTER

WATCH in total awe at Full Moon as the moon rises over the bay and be reminded of how beautifully the universe was created and how blessed we all are. 

Kerrievis

LEKKER Pickled Fish at EASTER

LOCAL is LEKKER, so get your hands on some traditional pickled fish & hot cross buns to enjoy at Easter. 

Harders

HARVEST of HARDERS

ASSIST the local fishermen to drag their HARVEST of HARDERS to shore and make sure you also have a few to braai later.

Line Dancing

DANCE with us at LINE DANCING

DANCE it out with Line Dancing at the Paternoster Hotel. All are Welcome. Classes on Tues 9am & 6pm, Thurs 9am & 6pm. (Class times may vary in Winter) Visitors R100 per class. Contact Sally-Jo 078 391 1407. Or Book a Airbnb Line dancing Experience https://bit.ly/paternosterlinedancingclass 

Koesisters

TASTE some Weskus KOESISTERS

BRIBE, beg or blackmail one of the local Tannies to share some traditional home-made KOESISTERS with you. If you haven’t tasted it, you haven’t lived. 

Paternoster Trattoria

INDULGE in ITALIAN

INDULGE in Italian comfort food at TRATTORIA PATERNOSTER including yummy pizza & pasta with a West Coast twist. Tel: 022 300 0222 

Hungry Monk

TAKE a JOURNEY

TAKE a step into this beautifully curated shop, JOURNEY, at the Paternoster Waterfront and you won’t want to leave. A sensory experience of textures, colours and patterns of the West Coast seaside lifestyle. Beautiful clothing, homeware and accessories to spoil yourself or a fortunate friend. Contact:

Firehouse Tattoo

GET INKED at FIREHOUSE TATTOO

GET INKED at FIREHOUSE TATTOO & ART STUDIO by Lizbie Lourens located at The Art Shed, Crayfish Wharf.

Il Dolci

COOL DOWN or WARM-UP

STAY COOL or GET WARMED UP with a delicious IL DOLCI Artisan Ice-Cream or soup from PICOLLO Italian Soup Deli at the Crayfish Wharf, Paternoster Waterfront TEL: 072 840 3527. 

Koelkamers Teatre

IMMERSE yourself at DIE KOELKAMERS TEATER

IMMERSE yourself in some culture & entertainment at DIE KOELKAMERS our local theatre is hosting some amazing shows, artists & local talent.

Book via the website https://www.diekoelkamers.com/. The theatre is located at the Paternoster Waterfront.

Cathy's Kitchen

DROP in at CATHY'S KITCHEN

DROP in at CATHY’s KITCHEN an initiative of the Paternoster Project NPC for light meals & drinks while enjoying the friendly local vibe. *Pet-friendly & open during load-shedding* Tel: 066 253 4881 

Rob Dunn Collective

GET curious at the WORKSHOP

Explore the world of yesteryear’s toy car collection and vintage & contemporary signage creator located at the Paternoster Waterfront. Contact: Maryna 082 788 9012.

Beach Bums Paternoster

GET BEACHY at BEACH BUMS

STOCK up on all your beachy toys & accessories at BEACH BUMS. From sun hats, super comfy bokomo baggies, Lizzard flip flops, buckets & beach balls to family games and sensible sunscreen – you will find everything you could need and more. Opposite the Trading Post in central Paternoster. Contact Tel: 084 510 6503

Paternoster Rocks

ADMIRE at MW DESIGN

ADMIRE the unique jewellery at MW DESIGN located at the Paternoster Waterfront. Jewellery designer & artisan, Mel, has created a unique collection of jewellery to suit anyone with individual flare. Contact:

Yoga in Paternoster

DELIGHT at ONE KREEFTEGANG

DELIGHT your tastebuds at ONE KREEFTEGANG. A contemporary fusion restaurant, specialising in seafood, meat and sushi. Contact for Bookings +27 22 880 0410

 

Pilates with Amanda

BALANCE yourself at PILATES

BUILD your core strength, focus, posture and alignment with PILATES Mat Classes to suit your fitness level @ 10 Kriedoring Paternoster. Contact Amanda at 079 756 2868 or coachinglab@me.com 

Fryer's Delight

ENJOY a bite at the JOLLY ROGER

EAT, drink and be merry at the JOLLY ROGER follow the main drag St. Augustine Road and you will find this relaxed vibey sports pub & restaurant just before the turn off to the Paternoster Waterfront on the left. Contact no. 064 534 5505

Koekemakranka

GET your cake & eat it too at KOEKEMAKRANKA

Refuel at the new coffee shop KOEKEMAKRANKA located at the Paternoster Crayfish Wharf. Situated in the hub of the art and theatre culture of the village this addition is the perfect place to refresh yourself after or during a browse. TRY the koeksisters, Sisters ? Open 7 days a week from 9-5. Contact Lucia – 083 490 6315 

Stofpad

Explore airplants at AirScape Boutique

Explore a world of unique airplants at AirScape Boutique in Paternoster. Book a visit to 11 Mosselbank St for a diverse collection of tillandsias, available in-store at our patio-garden turned nursery. Call Elna at 082 785 2627. Your airplant oasis awaits!

Paternoster Wine Bar

RAISE YOUR GLASS

Stofpad

INDULGE at CAFÉ BLOND

INDULGE in your coffee and goodies fix at CAFÉ BLOND. Serving Hot & Cold Beverages, Ice Cream, traditional South African snacks and handmade memorabilia. usually located at the Paternoster Fish Market towards the main beach. Contact Jacqueline via Whatsapp: 062 011 2905.

TOP INSIDER TIPS

*Always book for Restaurants & Experiences in advance to avoid disappointment. Please note some restaurants are seasonal and not open during winter months.
*Take along a jacket, the weather on the coast changes all the time and we can experience four seasons in one day.
*Keep your Camera/smart phone full charged to snap Instagram worthy photos of all the beauty. If you do share on Social Media please hashtag us at #Stayinpaternoster and #PaternosterBucketlist. We love to see your Happy Snaps 🙂
*Make sure you are careful with your valuables – out of sight is the best policy to limit temptation.
*Have fun & make memories to remember with family & friends, these are the moments that count!

FURTHER AWAY

Out of the village but Worth a visit
 6km – Columbine Lighthouse & Nature Reserve – (022) 752 2705
 17km – Vredenburg/Saldanha Golf Course – +27 22 715 3003
 28km – Bird Island Nature Reserve in the mouth of Saldanha Bay (Cape Nature) – +27 21 659 3500
 29km – West Coast Fossil Park – +27 22 766 1606
 35km – Bokkom Industry in Velddrift – +27 22 783 1144
 37km – Berg River Estuary – +27 22 783 1821
 39km – Thali-Thali Game Lodge (including archery) – +27 22 766 1626
 49km – West Coast National Park – +27 22 772 2144
 62km – Rocherpan Nature Reserve – +27 21 483 0190
 106km – Verlorenvlei – +27 22 962 1650

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

SAPS Vredenburg (Crime) – (022) 703 6440/6453/6493
 Law Enforcement (Municipal regulations ie. Noise, driving on beach etc.) – (022) 701 6912/6834 a/h – (022) 701 7061
Saldanha Bay Municipality 24hour Call Centre (Electricity, water) – (022) 701 7061
Pato Neighbourhood watch (from 8pm to 6am) – 072 730 5775
Snake catcher – Brakkie – 072 440 7589
Locksmith – Jan Hickman – 082 563 7599
Ambulance – 10177          Metro EMS – (022) 713 4590
Saldanha Bay Fire Services – (022) 713 1815 or 086 007 3473 or (022) 433 8700
NSRI (Sea Rescue) – 082 990 5966
Vredenburg Provincial Hospital – (022) 709 7200               
West Coast Life Hospital – (022) 719 1030

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