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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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*
GET HITCHED at GELUKKIE
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.
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)
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.
EAT at ON THE ROCKS
EAT tasty & super fresh take-away ‘Vis & Tjips‘ at ON THE ROCKS at the Fish Market complex on the main beach. Tel: 083 988 1380
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
POP-IN at OEP VE KOEP
POP-IN at OEP VE KOEP – Die Winkel op Paternoster for West Coast produce, wine and more. The Bistro is also the sister restaurant to Wolfgat, chef Adel Hughes serves up a tasty and unique strandveld menu daily. *Allow cat friendly dogs on leash & open during load-shedding*
Tel: 022 752 2105
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 Danie on 082 898 3028 or
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
GIFTS at JEM & PANTOFFELS
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. This and much more at JEM & PANTOFFELS. Tel: 082 783 1808
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:
ADVENTURE at The HOBNOBBERY
ADVENTURE down the rabbit hole and discover the quirky, eclectic THE HOBNOBBERY a co-operative. Browse for beautiful gifts, jewellery and clothing at TUMBLEWEED 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* Cell: 084 240 0630
SHARE a meal at BENGUELA BLUE
SOAK UP the laid-back Mediterranean vibe at BENGUELA BLUE 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: 079 969 6452
CRACK a cold one @ PATERNOSTER BREWERY
CRACK open an ice-cold Paternoster Pilsner, our very own local artisanal brew, serving refreshing G&T’s on tap with trimmings, six Paternoster Beers (Pilsner, Weiss, IPA, Coffee Milk Stout, Honey Porter & Raspberry Weiss), an alcohol-free sparking Honey & Rooibos on-tap and delicious west-coast inspired comfort food! *Pet-friendly & open during load-shedding* Email: Tel: 063 952 3383
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
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
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
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
LISTEN to the FOG HORN
LISTEN out for the eerie and nostalgic FOGHORN on misty mornings floating across from the Cape Columbine Lighthouse.
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
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
PLAN your VISIT in PATERNOSTER
VISIT and get adventurous with so many fantastic experiences and things to do in and around Paternoster. VISIT PATERNOSTER makes it super easy to book and arrange a holiday full of fun and activities for the whole family.
Bookings can be done on the website https://visitpaternoster.activitar.com/products or email for more info.
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.
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.
FIND the FUN
GET the low down on fun stuff happening in Paternoster at ONE-STOP shop JISLAAIKIT located in central village next to the Paternoster Hotel. Here you can book and rent Electric Stand-up Bikes, other activities and even pick up some padkos (road trip snacks) for the road!
Contact +27 74 283 5474
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
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.
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.
LEKKER Pickled Fish at EASTER
LOCAL is LEKKER, so get your hands on some traditional pickled fish & hot cross buns to enjoy at Easter.
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.
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
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.
INDULGE in ITALIAN
INDULGE in Italian comfort food at Trattoria Paternoster including yummy pizza & pasta with a West Coast twist – Marmite Pizza anyone?! Tel: 022 300 0222
VIBE with a VIEW
ENJOY the view, the vibe, the fab food and on weekends live Music at THE HUNGRY MONK & Rock Lobster Pub/Beach Bar located at the Paternoster Wharf. Tel: 022 752 2069
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.
DISCOVER at A Load of BOLLOX
DISCOVER salvaged treasures and all sort of interesting gadgets and toys at A load of BOLLOX, a store just for the boys (& men who are still boys) in the Art Shed at the Paternoster Crayfish Wharf.
IMMERSE yourself at DIE KOELKAMERS TEATER
IMMERSE yourself in some culture and entertainment at DIE KOELKAMERS our local theatre is hosting some amazing shows, artists & local talent. Contact Jan on 082 554 0775 or . The theatre is located at the Paternoster Wharf.
PAMPERING with HEALING TOUCH MOBILE SPA
SCHEDULE some well-deserved me-time & pampering in the comfort of your accommodation with a relaxing massage or a pretty *beach ready* pedicure from HEALING TOUCH MOBILE SPA Contact Marissa on 062 131 5904 or .
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. Located just down the road from the Paternoster Hotel heading towards the beach. *Pet-friendly & open during load-shedding* Contact Jan on 066 253 4881
BROWSE at THE ROB DUNN COLLECTION
GET curious at THE ROB DUNN COLLECTION a Toy Restoration & Museum. Explore the world of yesteryear in this little gem located at The Paternoster Wharf. Contact Bobby Dunn +27 82 566 3739
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
FIND a PATERNOSTER ROCK
Eye spy! If you find one of the hidden PATERNOSTER ROCKS, take a pic and use the hashtag #paternosterrocks and post to their Facebook Page. You’re welcome to keep the rock, or re-hide it around town. If you decide to keep the rock, you have to please make a new one and place it somewhere before you leave our beautiful village.
GET CALM at YOGA in PATERNOSTER
FIND your bliss and breath through calmness and flexibility with Trudie at YOGA IN PATERNOSTER. Trudie is a Vinyasa yoga teacher and encourages all levels from beginner to truly bendy to join her. Contact 071 422 7414 or
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 email@example.com
TUCK IN at FRYER'S DELIGHT
TUCK into fresh, delicious, West Coast style Seafood at the authentic The Fryer’s Delight. Located at the Fish Market complex centrally located at the main Paternoster Beach front. Just after the hotel turn right down towards the beach. Open daily 10am to 5pm they have outdoor seating and Take-ways. Can deliver! Contact Dwayne: 072 024 4165
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
GET YOUR GLAM ON
Go GLAM or go home with Nails by Bronx. Specialising in Gel nails, tips and nail art. (No acrylic). Bonnie has 20 years experience and a home base as well as a mobile unit. Contact 072 563 1668
TRAVEL BACK in TIME
TRAVEL back in time with STOFPAD TOERE and explore the village, by-ways and dirt roads surrounding Paternoster aboard a beautifully restored 1959 Austen. Departures from the Paternoster Xpress.
Contact Henk for more information and to book 071 674 9528
RAISE YOUR GLASS
TOAST the all new PATERNOSTER WINE & TASTING LOUNGE. Try some of their locally sourced and carefully curated wines. Can you taste the gooseberries and freshly cut grass my Dear? Open 7 days a week from 11am to 8pm. Contact 061 540 9530 or
TOP INSIDER TIP's
*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!
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
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