What To Do

What To Do

Guide to the Winelands
Approximately 40km east of Cape Town lies a collection of historic towns, surrounded by the mountains that form part of the Cape Fold Belt. These mountains create incredible scenic backdrops for a myriad of vines, which provides unique soil conditions. A number of well-known South African wines come from the Winelands area, which include Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.

For the wine connoisseurs
The winelands offers some of the best vineyards and wines in the world. With multiple wine routes at every corner in the winelands, visitors can pick and choose where they want to go. Some of these wine farms include: Waterford (Stellenbosch), Spier (Stellenbosch), Delaire (Stellenbosch), Fairview (Paarl), Spice Route (Paarl), La Motte (Franschhoek), Franschhoek Cellar (Franschhoek), and many many more.

These world class farms offer much more than just wine, with top class restaurants, excursions, beer tasting, food and wine pairings, cheese and chocolate pairings, and some of them also have some excellent gift shops on the farms to take something back for friends and family at home.

For the foodies
One of Cape Town’s best restaurants that is well-known to locals of Paarl is, Noop. The restaurant is set under two beautiful elegant old oak trees, with the old heritage building that gives you the impression of homeliness. Please make sure that you make a booking in advance. The address is 127 Main Street, Paarl.

Between Paarl and Stellenbosch, lies Simondium. Simondium is home to Babylonstoren, one of the oldest Cape Dutch Farms, which dates back to 1692. It is well-known for its magnificent garden which is laid out over 3.5 hectares which consist out of fruits, vegetables, berries, indigenous plants, and much more. Babylonstoren has 2 restaurants, a bakery and a healing garden where one can experience tea rituals, which caterers for everyone. Babel is the main restaurant and because the menu is guided what is available in their garden, their food reflects the season. They also have the Greenhouse restaurant, where you can enjoy home-baked goods, coffee, teas and fresh juice.

Babylonstoren also has a wine cellar and a spa, where one can relax. The address is Simondium Road, Klapmuts.

A restaurant that falls somewhere between fine-dining and local cuisine is Foliage Restaurant. The menu is designed of what can be foraged from the surrounding hills in Franschoek. With the changing harvest, the menu needs to be tweaked almost daily. The restaurant is situated on the corner of Huguenot Road and Berg Street, on 11 Huguenot Road, Franschoek.

One of the top restaurants in the world is based in Franschoek, it is known as La Petite Colombe. It has sister restaurants in Constantia (La Colombe) and Cape Town (Foxcroft). Scott Kirton is the Chef Proprietor at La Petite Colombe and has worked with the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Luke Dale Roberts. La Petite Colombe is fine dining at its best. It is situated at Le Quartier Français Hotel, Cnr & Streets, Berg St & Wilhelmina St, Franschhoek.

Voted as 2017 Writers’ Choice Top Rated Restaurant by AccommoDirect.com, Clos Malverne Restaurant offers food with a view of the picturesque vineyards. Clos Malverne is also known for their food and wine experience and the farm were one of the first wine estates in Stellenbosch. They also offer a lovely Ice Cream and Wine pairing in the Summer. On the farm one can also go on a mountain bike trial, wine tasting and to a spa. It is situated on the Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch.

For meat lovers The FatButcher Restaurant is a must. This restaurant offers some local cuisine including Pork Belly, Lamb Shank, Roast Chicken and more. They also offer excellent wines and crafted beer. If you love steak this is the place you must visit. It is situated at 1 Riebeeck Street, Stellenbosch.

For the busy bodies
As the winelands are known for its beautiful mountain ranges, so it is known for its hiking and mountain bike trials. Franschhoek offers the Mountain Bike Tours, where one can do wine tours on your bicycle, village tours or out rides. Call +27 (0)72 999-8581 to make a booking.

In Stellenbosch one can go walk around in the Old Nectar Gardens. It offers breath-taking views of the Jonkershoek Mountains and a bike hire is also available. Call +27 (0)21 866-1133 to make a booking for over the weekend, however weekdays it is open to the public at a cost.

For the historical inquisitive people
Paarl offers the Paarl Historical Walk & Tours, which offers the Historic Paarl Tour, In the footsteps of Arnoldus Pannevis, and the Slave route. The tours are offered by Hybre van Niekerk. Tours start at Het Gesticht Museum, the fourth oldest church building in South Africa. Focus is on the history as well as the architecture and hidden stories lying beneath the buildings and manor houses. You can contact Hybre van Niekerk at +27(0)73 065 0165. Be sure to visit the Afrikaans Monument in Paarl

Franschoek and Stellenbosch offers tours of the town looking at the architecture and heritage sites. It also have a township tour were one can see the vibrant culture that are made up of different colours, languages and creeds. Franschoek is also known for its art enthusiast and offers an art tour. Contact the Franschoek Adventures at +27 (0)72 999-8581 to make a booking.