Places of interest and things to do in Stellenbosch
Top of the list, of course, and one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Western Cape. Stellenbosch Wine Routes represents more than 200 wine and grape producers within the boundaries of the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin classification. These include Rust en Vrede, Overture, Tokara, Jordan, Terroir, Delaire Graff, Beyerskloof, Simonsig, Blaauwklippen, Kanonkop, Lanzerac, and Spier. For more info call 0218864310 or 0218829063.
Whether it’s in the town or on a wine estate, Stellenbosch has numerous eateries and restaurants, from fine dining to casual. “A favourite eating and watering hole is De Warenmarkt (0218832274) for its bubbly and oyster bar, and the refreshed menu offers tasty, fresh food and delicious Stellenbosch wines,” says Elmarie Rabe. “Jardine Restaurant (0218865020) is in Andringa Street. I am a big fan of George Jardine and I love the relaxed fine dining approach in an intimate setting. Then there is Spek en Bone (0825698958) where you meet friends for a shared feast of small plates.”
“The Stellenbosch Winelands boast breathtaking landscapes and what better way to clear my head than to hit one of the many trails to find inspiration in nature,” says Rabe. Check out Jonkershoek Nature Reserve (0218661560) or Dirtopia at Delvera (0218844752) and many other wine farms.
Weekly markets take place at Blauuwklippen (0846086325), Oude Libertas (Slow Food Market, 0218868514), and on the corner of the R44 and Annandale Road, Root 44 (0218813052), offering fabulous food, wine, activities, arts and crafts, gift ideas and more. The gaudy sculptures at Polkedraai can be disturbing, but it’s a great place to go to pick your own strawberries. 0218813303.
Oude Werf Hotel in Church Street is where the first pre-fire church was. The church yard was vacant for several decades before being subdivided into lots, which was considered “religious desecration”. An inn was opened in 1802. There was another fire a year later, and yet another blaze in the last years of that century. Below the restaurant you can view the remains of its various incarnations. 0218874608.