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Winona Griggs

Pancakes in Paternoster

My kids gave their favorite aunt a special medal for starting an amazing weekend tradition. Don’t you think those kinds of accomplishments deserve recognition? This time, we headed to Paternoster on the West Coast.

A long-standing weekend tradition

Our weekends with the cousins are always a treat, and thanks to Aunty Heather, pancakes are always on the menu. It’s become such a tradition that even when it’s just the four of us, the kids manage to sneak eggs, milk, flour, and baking powder into our supplies.

That’s how we stumbled upon an extraordinary pancake pan that was worth the journey – in Paternoster.

The West Coast – leading the way

Yep, I gotta tell ya, we were really eager to escape the hustle and bustle and head up the West Coast for a weekend getaway. Just 150 km away from Cape Town, we stumbled upon this amazing cottage that was not only pet-friendly but also had the quirkiest landlady. It was basically a hop, skip, and a jump away from the beach, which was perfect!

You won’t believe it, but Paternoster, where we stayed, is actually super close to the beach. It’s kind of like a little fishing village that hasn’t lost its charm, even though there’s been a lot of hype around it recently. With all these city folks flocking here for the weekends, I just hope the locals can protect it from becoming another touristy hotspot with ugly buildings. Seriously, if you’re thinking about buying property there, show some respect and build something that fits in with the vibe.

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Oh, and let me tell you, the place itself was absolutely stunning. It was like paradise.

Paternoster is such a special place, surrounded by amazing scenery. We have beautiful beaches where you can hear the oystercatchers making their distinctive calls. You can even visit a lighthouse and go on a tour. And the sea-kayaking here is the best in South Africa! We’re lucky enough to see humpback and southern right whales breaching right in front of us. And if that’s not enough, we also get to watch Heaviside’s dolphins playing in the surf. The sky is always filled with all sorts of terns, making a beautiful spectacle. And everywhere you look, the wildflowers are blooming, adding even more beauty to the great outdoors.

If you’re someone who loves being in nature, Paternoster is the perfect place for you. But if shopping is more your thing, this might not be your dream destination. However, we do have three amazing restaurants in the village. So if you’re a food lover, you’re in luck! You can taste the delicious local seafood that this area is famous for.

So come visit Paternoster, where the outdoors is the main attraction and seafood is a treat you don’t want to miss!

Paternoster is famous for its delicious crayfish and mullet, as well as a variety of other line fish. If you’re really lucky, you might even get to see the fishermen using their trek nets on the beach. You can buy their fresh catch right off the boat and take it home to cook in your pot or frying pan.

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What do you usually do on the weekends?

We’ve come full circle and found the perfect pan for making our favorite weekend treat! Our accommodation was fully equipped with everything we needed, and we have no doubt that you and anyone else looking for a cozy cottage for four would love it too. Finally finding a heavy-bottomed stainless steel pan that doesn’t stick was the icing on the cake.

An overview of Paternoster

  • Located 150 km from Cape Town, it’s just a 90-minute drive with minimal traffic
  • Beautiful beaches, hiking trails, kayaking opportunities, and abundant marine and bird life
  • Looking for the perfect spot to eat on the West Coast? Check out these amazing restaurants in Paternoster!
  • When it comes to accommodation in Paternoster, you have plenty of options to choose from. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something that suits your needs.
  • If you’re planning a trip to the Flower Route next spring, why not add a day or two in Paternoster? It’s a great place to relax and unwind after exploring the beautiful spring landscapes.

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