Mariner's Chest

Hundreds of maritime curios
Hundreds of maritime and seaside curios for sale including captain’s caps, beach gear, shells, hand-made gifts and sea-art curios; plus whacky Republic of Hout Bay passports with a boatload of special offers.

Most items are themed to the Wharf’s harbourside ambience and are memorable keepsakes of a wonderful place.

Pearl Factory

Hidden treasures
Choose an oyster guaranteed to contain a beautiful pearl. Then, if you wish, watch it placed into a setting of your choice from our extensive ranges.

Alternatively, if pressed for time, ready-made bracelets, necklaces, earrings and fashion jewellery are conveniently displayed. This shop also stocks a small but unique range of African curios and leather gifts.

Ye Olde Artifact Cove & Antique Shoppe

The largest shop of its kind in Southern Africa
Its nautical artefacts and antiques, naval books and uniforms, maps and menus, shipping line postcards, paintings, brassware, scrimshaw, scripophily and shipwreck memorabilia are a collector’s dream, and an inspirational source for interior designers bedecking bars, studies and boardrooms.

With thousands of items in stock this is the largest shop of its kind in Southern Africa.

What people are saying


Always a winner for the best seafood in Cape Town!


Fish and chips delish! There is a queue but it moves fast. They have sauvignon blanc, Hunters Cider, live music, lively scenery. Expensive curio shops but lovely trinkets. Lovely walk down the quay


Fantastic shops with lots of gifts, treats, snacks and delicacies!


There are many places in Cape Town, who make an awesome Fish & Chips parcel, but Mariner's Wharf makes the best Calamari & Chips. The taste and quality have been consistent, over my lifetime of coming here.

Food was divine. We bought the family meal which came packaged perfectly. More than enough for 4 people....maybe 5 or 6. Host was extremely friendly and informative. There was a long line but it went relatively quickly. Was full but managed to find seating. Overall was such a nice day and lunch with my family.

The best cajun calamari in Cape Town. Wonderful venue and great staff. Always a wonderful welcome from them. We only have cajun calamari, just can't try anything else!


Best fish and chips ever. Fish batter beautifully crispy.

The best snoek and chips in the world. Best view in Houtbay. The best of Cape Town.
You really feel like a tourist in your own town, when you have some sea food at Mariner's Wharf. Old school soul food.
Best seafood ever.
Amazing food! Couldn't risk the food getting cold, so we stopped at a viewing point and enjoyed in the car!
Wow!! The seafood platter was amazing!! The sea, sand, seagulls completed the meal!! LOVE on a plate!! Thank you! You cannot visit Cape Town and not have a meal here.
Authentic Fish & Chips so fresh off the trawlers! No better place to eat it than right on the wharf in the sun and cool sea breeze with seals barking and waves splashing...
Wonderful fish, tastes delicious
Enver Halim
The hake was so crispy and fresh!! The calamari was the best I've actually had.

Best fish in Cape Town! The prices are affordable and the quality is exceptional. Perfect place to take the family for fish extravaganza.

The best fish and chips in Cape Town. Crunchy battered fish fresh off the boat 😉. Very well organised for COVID with fast friendly service.
Very unique experience. The smell and the sound of the sea right next to you. Staff makes you feel welcome. Will definitely visit again.
(34°02’49.70 S 18°20’53.60 E)
Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa