Hout Bay Fish Market, Cape Town

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A fish business initiated from a converted bus. First, you see the ocean and hear seagulls. Then, you feel a strong fishy smell. This is it, the Snoekies Fish Market. Founded in Hout Bay sixty years ago, it still serves fresh seafood and “fish and chips” meals in their cafe.

It is situated on the water’s edge of Bay Harbour in Hout Bay and offers quality fresh linefish, crayfish, prawns and other seafood at best prices. Congenial staff will fillet your fish as required. Snoekies has also just re-introduced its legendary smoked snoek which is dye free. No chemicals added.

The story goes back to the 1940s when Mr. Hans Mickeleit settled in Hout Bay and started a cafe in a converted bus in the harbour. Hans originated from the small East German town of Swinemunde, where, as a young boy he watched fish being smoked. He was a Master Mariner, and in 1939 as First Officer on a freighter bound for Japan, he got as far as Durban when war was declared.

At the end of the war, there was no transportation back home and at the invitation of Ernst Trautman, he came to Hout Bay, fell in love with the place and arranged for his wife and children to emigrate to South Africa. While Mrs. Mickeleit ran the cafe, Mr. Mickeleit experimented with smoking fish as he had seen fish being smoked in his childhood. The smoked snoek, harders, mackerel, and sole sold well at the cafe, and on Sundays, they were soon selling as much as 25 kg. In 1959 the business, together with Mr. Mickeleit’s secret for smoking fish, was sold to the South African Sea Products.

While in Hout Bay, you can also visit the Harbour Market for the local delicatessen and arts and crafts, or feed seals of the bay or just chill by the beach. The fish market is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm.

31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Cape Town, Western Cape, 7806, South Africa

written by neja on 2012-07-18 #places #people #market #crafts #fish #ocean #sea-food #seagulls #location #arts #cape-town #fresh #seals #vendors #day-break #food-and-drink #hout-bay


  1. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    I was born in a fishing town. Today, I live in the most important town in Spain in fresh fish, market, fish factories, boats and fishermans. Some of them, worked, years ago in South Africa. Most of them, call Cape town like "capetón" (Ka-pe-ton) ... for all this ... I like this article!!!

  2. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    By the way, at this moment, (while I´m translating), I am listening the seagulls, in the sky, near my window ...

  3. neja
    neja ·

    @jaalvarez. Uare like my biggest fun:)
    I am glad you like this article! CPa Town holds a special place in my heart. Have lived there for 6 months back into 2004-5, and this year. Finally managed to go back, after 7 years!

  4. neja
    neja ·

    @jaalvarez. I MEAN, LIKE MY BIGGEST FAN!

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