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The History of Schoenies

The seaside village of Schoenmakerskop, affectionately known as Schoenies, is always fun to visit. Bay locals like me typically head straight to the beach for a brisk walk along the Sacramento Trail, while out-of-towners usually pause at the bronze cannon at the start. This relic was salvaged off the Sacramento, a Portuguese galleon that sank here in 1647, its 72 survivors forced to walk more than a thousand kilometres to Delagoa Bay (now Maputo) for salvation.

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Schoenies is home to Sacramento restaurant, which has been at its present location for decades. Some might even recall when it was still the Oceanview tea garden, as far back as the early 1970s.

Food review

My partner said his pork loin schnitzel was downright delish with its accompaniment of mustard mash, fresh veggies and lemony dressing; my meal of creamy, garlicky half-shell mussels with side salad was a hearty, seaside-appropriate selection. The mussel pot usually comes with rice, but my request to exchange the rice for chips was happily received. We shared a waffle for dessert and had a good laugh at our nostalgia-driven choice.

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Sacramento is open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm. There is a set, three-course dinner at R85 every Wednesday from 9am to 9pm.


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Words: Louise Liebenberg 
Images: Salvelio Meyer

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