Kalk Bay


I don’t spend enough time in Kalk Bay just hanging out which is a big loss because it’s so quirky it warrants lots of strolling and people watching. Today was the most glorious autumn day; the water of False Bay was like a lake – no waves, no wind, just calm and lovely. My client wanted to see interesting shops so we stopped off in Kalk Bay and I discovered this wonderful little place – the Kalk Bay Co-Op. It’s actually 2 shops, on opposite sides of the road, and each is filled with beautiful things made by very creative people.


Okay, let’s get these weird shoes out of the way. They are apparently loved by celebs the world over and cost thousands of rands. Needless to say they were on sale here but no-one was buying. I think these were the only items not locally made.


This was obviously a big seller (somewhere else in the world) because there is an entire range of this little Bambi heel design.


Less weird but only when compared to the others.


Ok, now the lekker stuff. I adored these prints. A variety of animals on couches. This was my favourite.


The most divine leather tote bags.


Dangly things.


How unusual is this? A pad of tear-off disposable place mats. Because life’s too short to clean them.


Everyday shoes. You can’t walk around in a porcelain Bambi all the time.


Lovely clothes. Lots of them. All originals, no chain-store rubbish here.


Gorgeous rucksack.


Words to hang.


An instruction I can love.


Weird whale.


I want this mushroom in my garden.


Perfect for picnics and Kirstenbosch summer concerts.


Pretty things made with love.


Who doesn’t?



About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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