Eat at One of the Oldest Buidings in South Africa

Looking for an awesome spot to have some delicious seafood and traditional South African cuisine? Then look no further than – Die Damhuis – in Melkbosstrand. You will find views of Table Mountain and Robben Island while the kids play in their child-friendly Kids Beach Area.


Menu with mouthwatering cuisine to choose from.


People has been visiting Damhuis for decades and each visitor has their favourite on the menu.


“Love their Pork Belly” – Shirley

“Best calamari” – Ingrid

Try any of their delicious seafood or traditional meals.


Damhuis offers different venues which flow in and out each other as you move through this 1000 square meter restaurant.

The Fisherman’s Tent at the entrance offers spacious tables and beautiful sea views.


Damhuis – Fisherman’s Tent with beautiful views of the ocean.


The Voorhuijs lets you enjoy a look at history and days gone by.


Damhuis – Voorhuijs reminds of days gone by


The Outside Terrace reminds you of a French Cafe where you can drink cocktails and watch the sunset over the ocean.


Damhuis – Outside Terrace is the spot to enjoy an ice-cold drink under shade from the sun.


The Stampkroeg is the place to meet friends to sit down for hours of good food, wine and conversation and having a cigarette.


Damhuis – Stampkroeg for chatting with friends and enjoying the food and wine


The Kids Beach Area is a haven for both parents and kids. Where mum & dad can enjoy their food and drink and the kids can build sandcastles or play on the jungle gym under a nomadic tent.


Damhuis – Kids Beach Area for parents to relax and kids to enjoy.


Die Damhuis has an extensive wine selection from local farms as well as a taste of Cape Town’s best Winelands.


Damhuis’ extensive wine selection


Damhuis History

Damhuis is a National Monument and is one of the oldest buildings in South Africa. It was restored to its former glory and is a landmark in Melkbosstrand. Damhuis has its own fountain and it formed a dam next to the shed at one stage. Now they have the fountain’s water channelled underground. Beach Road is now where the dam used to be.


Damhuis has its own fountain which formed a dam beside the shed.


The very first Vryburgers receiving land for farming in South Africa build this structure around 1785. It was originally used as a Fish Shed or Visschuur on the farm, De Melkbosch. Melkbos is a shrub which gives off a milky residue and that is why the farm was called De Melkbosch and is known today as Melkbosstrand.


Damhuis was originally used as a fish shed or Visschuur.


The decor and ambience make you feel right at home and boasts various rustic Cape Town art pieces. The walls contain building material of a time when they used big chunks of whale bones and parts of the inside walls have been left unplastered for visitors to view.


Check out our video of this National Monument:

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