Diving straight into the many riveting outdoor adventures in Stellenbosch
There are countless incredible outdoor adventures in Stellenbosch to look forward to, even if you are only stopping by for a day. Get reacquainted with Mother Nature as you dine outside in the blissful sunshine, hop aboard an e-bike and buzz around a bustling wine farm, and lounge poolside taking in the astounding beauty of the mountainous landscape that envelopes this charming town.
Exploring the great outdoors in the Cape Winelands
Brekkie at the Blue Crane and Butterfly
Grab a steaming cup of coffee and a hearty brekkie at the Blue Crane and Butterfly before the outdoor adventures in Stellenbosch begin. Nibble on some crunchy, home-toasted granola topped with seasonal fruit, golden honey, and creamy yoghurt or opt for something a little more substantial in the form of their famous Birdie Breakfast. What ever you choose to order, be sure to pair it with the café’s infamous home-roasted coffee, imported from El Salvador.
Hop aboard an e-bike at the Adventure Shop
Of all the outdoor adventures in Stellenbosch, a half-day e-bike tour from Stellenbosch to Boschendal Wine Estate is at the very top of the list. Why? It is family-friendly for kids over 140cm tall, it promises breath-taking views of the most scenic valley in the Winelands, and it provides riders with the chance to spot plenty of wildlife up close, including Eland and Blue Wildebeest. The e-bike tour costs just R650 per person, which includes access to a tour guide, an e-bike, and transport back to Stellenbosch in the early afternoon.
Did you know that there is a massive, ever-growing cycling community in this special town? It’s true! After your exhilarating outdoor adventure has come to an end, simply follow the other cyclists and they will lead you to one of the best post-outdoors activity coffee spots in the area. There are a few to choose from as you will see below.
Where to grab a cuppa
Situated in Ryneveld Street, Bootlegger is the place to go for those in search of a pick-me-up. The buzzy atmosphere is contagious, and the coffee shop is always full of enthusiastic cyclists swapping stories while enjoying the many mouth-watering brews and meals on the menu. While you can’t go wrong regardless of what you order, the killer Cortado is an absolute must-try. Pair it with a generous slice of soft, spongey banana bread for a match made in heaven!
Waffles topped with a generous splash of golden syrup, steaming brews, pastries baked to perfection, and the best droëwors in town. Expect all this and more at De Warenmarkt. It is a cyclist hotspot due to its collection of bike racks for safe and convenient parking, generous side walks and tables and chairs on the pavement where it is possible to keep an eye on those prized bikes while you dine. Its incredible food and coffee offering is complemented by the restaurant’s old-world charm – it is located inside an 18th century historical building in Stellenbosch’s bustling cultural hub.
Famed for its creamy cappuccinos and all-day farm-to-table breakfasts, the Lanzerac Deli is another coffee hotspot to consider. If you are setting off on your e-bike exploit from the Lanzerac E-Bike Trail Centre, you could pop in for a cuppa beforehand or venture back this way following your outdoor adventures in Stellenbosch. Top up that tummy with a diverse selection of homemade breads, pastries, gourmet sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie platters, omelettes, and more.
Where to dine
Brampton Wine Studio
The Brampton Wine Studio is where urban edginess meets rustic relaxation to create a vibe that stirs ideas and conversation. This ultra-creative wine hub will quickly have you thinking about wine in a different way. After all, it’s not just about the taste or the colour – it’s a means for self-expression, too! Complement the silky vineyard creation in your glass with a selection of tapas, platters, and flatbreads.
Where to stay
22 Die Laan
Keen to stay in town right in the centre of the hustle and bustle? Then 22 Die Laan is a great choice. It is a quaint, luxurious boutique guesthouse boasting beautiful rooms with modern furnishings. Despite being located in central Stellenbosch, it is a quiet retreat next to the peaceful Eerste River. Guests can enjoy free high-speed Wi-Fi, hot water bottles to help them cuddle up and keep warm during wintertime, homely fireplaces, a swimming pool, and a few cosy lounge areas for those lengthy, warm conversations with loved ones.
Muratie Wine Farm – GP Canitz Guest Cottage
Oozing rustic charm, the GP Canitz Guest Cottage can be found on a historic farm that was originally the art studio of renowned painter, and previous owner, George Paul Canitz. Sit outside on the airy patio and observe the expansive beauty of the Simonsberg mountain range or hike or bike through the estate’s many winding trails. The Cottage is also home to the charming Farm Kitchen that serves up breakfast and lunch out on the terrace or inside the old cellar. Be sure to explore the MOK art gallery or wander over to the paddock to visit the friendly alpacas and donkeys some time during your stay.
L’Avenir Country Lodge
The Simonsberg Mountains tower over the lovely 4-star L’Avenir Country Lodge, which is just a few minutes away from central Stellenbosch. Here, you will find impeccable hospitality, a rim-flow pool overlooking the dam, and plenty of birdlife. Guests can take advantage of flavourful home-cooked breakfasts on the deck out in the sunshine, a complimentary wine tasting, and a stroll through the many onsite hiking trails or the pristine vineyard showcase garden.