There’s no better way to discover the magic of Stellenbosch than on foot. Our historical town centre is easily explored on foot with amenities, historical sites, places of interest, wine bars, restaurants and accommodations in close proximity.
The Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden is located in the historical centre of the town and is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa. This stunning compact garden houses an enormous diversity of plants, both indigenous to South Africa and exotic. The Garden is open to the public and the admission fee is R15.
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Stroll down the shady oak-lined Church Street and browse the many quaint shops and cafes. Lunch at the Oude Werf Hotel restaurant. As the oldest running hotel in South Africa, it has a history that spans over three centuries, surviving multiple fires and evolving into the luxury hotel that you see before you today, dedicated to green hospitality and giving back to the community.
Step back into yesteryear with a visit to the fascinating Village Museum. The Stellenbosch Village Museum comprises four houses of historical interest and their gardens. Each of these beautiful homes represents a different period in the architectural development of Stellenbosch. To learn little bit more about the four houses, listen to Pietman Retief, our resident tour guide and history buff.
Free Time in Stellenbosch
Church Street in Stellenbosch is renowned for its abundance of quaint art galleries, charming restaurants, and bustling coffee shops. The area, known as the local restaurant district, has an abundance of venues within a 4-block radius which makes it popular for tourists to walk around and find a place that suits their needs. Interestingly, the ancient oak trees that line Church Street have been declared national monuments and are well worth a photo or two! Want to learn more about the specific oak trees our warm-hearted town has all around? Siertske van Wyk, our OG tour guide of Stellenbosch, share some interesting facts about all the different species of oak trees you can find in our town in this video. Stellenbosch also happens to be a shopper’s paradise. Ranging from cute boutiques to antique stores and shopping malls, shopping in Stellenbosch is a treat. Whether one wants to buy a souvenir or quench their shopping thirst in general, the artistic town has much to offer.
Dine at Jardine Food and Wine Bar. Enjoy stunning food and wines in front of the cosy fireplace at Jardine in the heart of Stellenbosch. George Jardine, patron Chef, is in the Top 10 restaurants list every year.
Stay in any of the many hotels, ranging from three to five stars in the centre of town. In the morning, take a stroll down Dorp Street. The street itself has been declared a National Monument as it has one of the longest rows of surviving old buildings of any major town in Southern Africa.
Choose your stay:
De Hoek Manor, situated in Stellenbosch’s historic centre, close to the Moederkerk. De Hoek offers
elegant, country-style décor and features a large garden with terraces and
Oude Werf Hotel, a historic mansion, previously an old churchyard, is located in the heart of Stellenbosch. Beautifully renovated rooms, a tranquil garden courtyard.
Stellenbosch Hotel offers rooms with free WiFi and an on-site restaurant serving local specialties and South African wines. Stellenbosch University is 750 metres away.
Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa, built in 1713 and located in historic Stellenbosch, this hotel offers cosy rooms with classic décor. It also features a spa, a heated pool and free WiFi throughout the hotel.