Stellenbosch is famous for its fine wining and dining experiences – but did you know that it is also home to some of South Africa’s most creative artisanal bakeries? Here is a handful of our top picks to add to your Stellenbosch wish list.
When it comes to decadent pastries; soft, freshly-baked breads; and fluffy cakes dripping in subtly sweet icing, you don’t get much better than Fine Pastries in Bosman’s Crossing Square. This bakery has been treating the region to its incredible creations since 1993 and finally opened the doors to its own eatery six years ago. The establishment places a huge emphasis on healthy living and eating, promising patrons a vast selection of farm-to-table food. The eatery and its enticing menu are products of veteran chef, Ralf van Pletsen, who insists that all ingredients used in their dishes and baked goods are sourced from no further than 60 km away from the premises.
The whole team are working on new ideas ever so often to complement our current range of breads, pies, pastries and quiches that are our proud and joy. As always, everything will be prepared, by hand with lots of passion and love by our talented staff using the best and freshest ingredients available. We look forward to surprise you with our quality products.
Must-try: There are so many delicious masterpieces from which to choose, but if you only try one thing, let it be the traditional South African melktert. From the day that they were unexpectedly announced in the Die Burger’s “melktert” competition that was run in March 2016 as part of “Nasionale Melktert dag”, milk tarts are now one of our best sellers. One of our regular customers and well known foodie, Emile Joubert described the milk tart as:
“die melktert vulsel is so sag soos engelasem en geurig soos ‘n eikelaan na die reën.”
Get in touch:
021 886 4125
Head over to Lanzerac Wine Estate for high tea every Saturday from 2pm – 5pm. The experience is the epitome of opulence within the winelands. Guests can indulge in a full menu of favourites accompanied by a variety of teas from Singaporean luxury teahouse, TWG Tea. You’ll begin with a canapé and glass of Cap Classique, followed by an assortment of savoury delights, and a hot bite from the kitchen complemented by plenty of tasty condiments. You’ll then enjoy a spread of finger sandwiches and baked delights sure to satisfy even the sweetest tooth! Choose from crumbly scones with clotted cream, strawberry jam, lavender cream, cheddar, and butter, or opt instead for cupcakes, tartlets, petit fours, or eclairs. The pastry chef’s selection of macaroons is the final, fabulous finishing touch! The Tea menu changes regularly to keep it exciting and inciting for all new and regular customers.
Must-try: The scones are incredible and can be enjoyed in so many ways! A generous dollop of the lavender cream mixed with a slather of strawberry jam is truly exquisite – but don’t hesitate to get creative with your own!
Get in touch:
021 887 1132
Tea parties at Oude Werf are the perfect way in which to spend a leisurely afternoon with your loved ones. They are also a wonderful idea for celebrating a special occasion, such as a baby shower, birthday, or kitchen tea. In an effort to ensure that all guests indulge in the finest selection available, the establishment has put together a special tea party menu. It is priced per person and starts from as little as R115. Think spongy, moistened chocolate cake, pulled pork sliders, wheat-free quiche, mini chicken pies, and more.
Alternatively, opt for a tea pairing experience where you will be served a sweet treat and a cup of tea hand-picked to complement it. For example, you might sip on a warm cup of Earl Grey in conjunction with a buttery shortbread biscuit, followed by tangerine, rose, and grapefruit tea paired with a hearty slice of cheesecake.
Must-try: The mini homemade chicken pies are seasoned to perfection and promise the softest, flakiest pastry you’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling.
Get in touch:
021 887 4608
Bonne Esperance Pop-Up Coffee Shop
When you’re in the mood for a laid-back catch-up and a treat for the taste-buds, you cannot go wrong with a visit to the Bonne Esperance Pop Up Coffee Shop, located at the Bonne Esperance Guest House. The coffee shop recently opened its doors with the intention of supporting local artisans for the duration of lockdown and is home to a broad assortment of steaming beverages, savoury masterpieces and sugary delights.
Must-try: The giant carrot muffin is a feast for the eyes and the stomach! This mammoth muffin is large enough to share and comes topped with a generous swirl of cream cheese icing.
Get in touch:
021 887 0225
Regardless of which bakery you choose to visit, be sure to order a few baked goods to go before you head home. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?