Just because you can’t glide across the oceans to explore faraway lands it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a holiday to remember! Make the most of the relaxed interprovincial travel restrictions and start planning a springtime staycation in Stellenbosch with a handful of your loved ones. We’ve asked Stellenbosch luminary, Annemien Kotze, for her recommendations and here is her sample itinerary for inspiration.
Where to stay?
You can’t go wrong with Bonne Esperance Guest House*, which is located in the centre of Stellenbosch for maximum convenience. Relax in a luxurious villa-style guesthouse reminiscent of Victorian times as you soak up the old-world charm and marvel at the mountainous landscape that surrounds you. Be sure to stop by the new pop-up coffee shop on the grounds for a cuppa. It recently opened with the intention of supporting local artisan producers for the duration of lockdown.
Where to wine?
Savour the rich, fruity essence of the Stellenbosch vineyards at Rust and Vrede * restaurant and be sure to pair your bottle of choice with a hearty, satisfying plate of culinary creativity, courtesy of chef Fabio Daniel. Round off the experience with after-dinner chocolate from the restaurant’s legendary chocolate box.
A glass of Cavalli’s flagship wine coupled with a delicious meal at Cavalli restaurant is certain to be a hit. The establishment is well-known for its intricately layered wines and the freshest local ingredients.
When it comes to wine tastings and pairings, the options in Stellenbosch are endless. However, a few firm favourites amongst locals and tourists alike include Waterford Wine Estate for wine and chocolate pairings, Peter Falke* for a family-friendly adventure and an endless flow of wine and cheese, and Stark Conde Wine Estate, which is sought-after for its perfectly positioned tasting room that promises panoramic views of the expansive Jonkershoek mountains.
Where to dine?
Tuck into a meal that is the perfect balance between grandma’s old-school cooking and modern finishing touches when you sit down to eat at Eike*.
If you have a carnivorous craving, you should head straight to the sunny courtyard of The Fat Butcher*. Here, you will find premium steak grilled to perfection.
Finally, if you’re keen for variety and know all too well that it is the spice of life, you’ll be spoiled for choice at Restaurant Jardine*. From a delectable selection of small plates, regular winemakers’ lunches to bubbly brunches, a gastronomic adventure definitely awaits.
Where to caffeinate?
Fancy a steaming cup of coffee paired with a sugar-encrusted pastry or a soft, crumbly slice of cake? It doesn’t get much better than that! If the latter sounds gratifying, make your way to the Blue Crane and Butterfly to stare in awe at the selection of crafty cakes on display, and to spend hours indulging in the flawless brews straight out of its modern-day roastery.
The slogan at Schoon is ‘Eating. With Purpose’, and it is safe to say that the Schoon Manufactory Café takes both baking and coffee very seriously indeed. Aside from the pure perfection that sits on your plate and within your coffee mug, you can enjoy an additional, visual treat while you relax. The Manufactory Café overlooks the Schoon production space, allowing you to take a sneak peek at the bakery team hard at work putting ancient, artisan baking methods into practice.
You will find Greengate on the corner of Church and Birds Street, and this little gem is a must for socially-distanced outdoor dining where you’ll sit in the warm springtime sunshine in the centre of De Wet square. Sip on your coffee, enjoy a plate of flaky butter croissants topped with tangy preserves and cheese, or munch on something a bit more filling, such as a classic South African bobotie or a succulent pepper steak.
Now is the time to soak up the joys of spring on a staycation in Stellenbosch. Make your reservations today!
*All establishments marked with a star are participating establishments in the #SupportStellenbosch campaign. Learn more here.