About Mouille Point
Mouille Point is situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa, between the V&A Waterfront and Granger Bay to the east, Green Point to the South and the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west. Mouille Point is one of Cape Town’s more affluent suburbs, dominated by high-end apartment blocks hugging the coastline. It is a relatively small suburb with Beach Road and Bay Road as its only two major roads. The Mouille Point promenade is a paved promenade on the coast that is used daily by thousands of residents and visitors to the suburb. The Green Point Common lies just behind the promenade and features numerous playing fields and a golf course.
“Mouille” comes from the French word for an anchoring ground or breakwater. In the early 18th century ships were often swept ashore in Table Bay and the then governor decided that a breakwater was needed to protect vessels at anchor. Work began in 1743 and all farmers who delivered their goods to the city were required to load up their wagons with stones, drive out to Mouille Point and offload. Slaves and convicts were used to build the breakwater, but after three years of labour and high seas, just 100m had been built and the project was abandoned. In 1781 the French arrived and built a battery near the unfinished mouille, naming it Mouille Point Battery.
The Green Point lighthouse is located here while the Mouille Point lighthouse, once located to the far end of the suburb, is no longer in existence. By tradition, the new lighthouse erected in this vicinity could not have the same name, and was named the Green Point lighthouse. This is now the oldest operational lighthouse in South Africa, and is often used as a landmark by locals when giving directions in the area.
Mouille Point has a unique flavour, with its eclectic mix of deli, restaurants, hair salons, spa and boutiques. The suburb is only minutes away from the V&A Waterfront and Cape Town City Centre. Visitors to Mouille Point will experience a sense of community in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Whether it is sunbathing on the beach, kayaking or enjoying a gourmet coffee, Mouille Point has something for everyone to enjoy.