Village Square

Village Square

Affectionately known as “the heart of Hermanus” Village Square caters to the needs of residents and tourists alike. As the name suggests, it is conveniently situated in the heart of the old fisherman’s village just above the Old Harbour, in close proximity to the major tourist attractions and accommodation establishments. In fact some of the old fisherman’s cottages still stand on the piazza and though declared heritage sites with original brickwork and walls, are now home to cozy and intimate restaurants – well worth a visit for that special candle light occasion.

One reason why Village Square is the hot spot in town to which everyone gravitates is the open-air waterfront piazza where outside tables and colorful umbrellas provide the ideal meeting place for young and old. In front of the piazza is the open-air auditorium with its kiddies play park, which means that it is also the focal point of the many festivals and special events that take place in Hermanus during the year, including the hugely popular annual Whale Festival when the whole area is transformed into a festive playground.

Another reason is the double-volume arcade that runs through Village Square. This light and airy space is always alive with shoppers who are attracted to the eclectic mix of retail available from the more than 30 shops. The diverse offerings range from fashion boutiques to novelty, curio and gift shops. There are also clothing shopsjewellery storeskiddies’ shopshome appliance storesart galleries, . photo shopscellular shops and a forex exchange with postal service.
Each shop has its own unique character and offers speciality items unlike anything that can be found in commercial shops with mass-produced merchandise elsewhere in Hermanus.

The gastronomic offerings are equally varied, with coffee shopscafés and bars serving drinks, cocktails, breakfasts and light lunches. The center also has one of the biggest concentrations of restaurants in Hermanus with over 12 restaurants, where some of the town’s most popular chefs are serving up excellent cuisine, be it for break- fast, lunch or dinner, accompanied by an extensive wine list that features many of the region’s premium award-winning wines.

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