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Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market

Set in the sunken, oak-dappled courtyard of the Oude Libertas, this slow-food market has become quite the Saturday-morning social institution amongst Stellenbosch’s foodie community. The myriad stalls have the continents covered, proffering everything from schwarmas and tacos to spanakopita and apfelstrudel. Add to that a soothing soundtrack of world music and a few...

Quagga Rare Books and Art

Whether it’s time-weathered Africana or brand-new shiny-spined limited editions that float your boat, chances are you’ll get your fix at this trove of scarce books. If the comprehensive collection doesn’t house the particular rarity you’re after, you can ask owner Simon Curtis to phone his satellite Kalk Bay store. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-2.30pm Sat; 10am-2pm Sun.

Oom Samie se Winkel

This shop captures the essence of the 18th- century general dealer. The air is filled with the aroma of tobacco, bokkoms, biltong and mebos (made of dried peaches or apricots). It’s all mixed with a bit of touristy stuff, wine and other memorabilia not easily found elsewhere, which makes it like shopping in a time warp. Open 8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri (Winter from 9am);...

Mooiberge Farm Stall

This landmark with its colourful scarecrows is so much more than just a farm stall. They sell fresh and dried fruit, nuts, baked goods, sweets, toys and café goods. There is even a coffee shop. The strawberries are still number one and you can pick them yourself if you prefer. Open 9am-6pm daily.

Melissa’s

Melissa and Mark van Hoogstraten have brought their ever-popular products home by opening this friendly eatery, deli and gift shop in their hometown. Sit outside and watch passers-by while sipping coffee or savouring the lunch buffet. The delectable selection of deli goods makes nifty gifts as well. Open 8am-6pm Mon-Fri; 8am-5pm Sat, Sun. Winter Open and closing times...

Milieu

The art of buying gifts is not as daunting once you’ve discovered this well-loved shop. Owner Willie du Toit has great taste and offers a wide selection of fresh cut flowers, bath products, kitchenware, soft furnishings, jewellery and something to munch on. Classy touristy stuff is also usually in stock. Open 8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 9am-2pm Sat; 10am-2pm public holidays.

Isabelina Décor Shed & Coffee Shop

Owner Isa van Wyk is bringing some glam to Dorp Street with this interesting gift and coffee shop. Lots of silver and white décor items like lamps and crockery are on offer along with bath products, clothing and jewellery. For lunch the paninis are a hit and the ploughman’s platter is great value for money. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-2pm Sat. Winter 9.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri...

Langkloof Roses

Langkloof Roses Woo your sweetheart with a bouquet of freshly picked roses. Or, better yet, bring her (or him) along for an amble through the kaleidoscopic selection of sweet-smelling shrubs and then pick out your favourites together. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri by appointment only. Admission is Free.

The Old Corkscrew

Don’t believe the name of this shop. Yes, it has the largest collection of corkscrews in Africa (most for sale, from a few rands to a few grand), but there’s more to this quirky little antique dealer than bottle openers. You’ll also find a wide-ranging selection of silver, porcelain, copper and glass antiques. Open Season 10am-5.30pm daily. Winter 10am-5pm daily.

Just Books

One of the best second-hand bookshops in and around Cape Town, this pokey bookshop is filled with towering shelves overflowing with well-priced second-hand books, from cut-price paperbacks to out-of-print treasures. Open 10am-4.30pm daily.

Aitsa

A delightful algemene handelaar in the small-town style. The shelves are packed with everything imaginable from home-baked milk tart and koeksisters, sweets and rusks, to biltong and stone-ground flour as well as toys, jewellery and bath goodies. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Sat; 10am-4pm Sun.

Vensterklip

Vensterklip Situated within the Verlorenvlei wetland reserve, Vensterklip is a real birders’ paradise. Watch ibises, pelicans, spoon-bills, gulls, gannets and hordes of LBJs from your comfortable campsite – complete with braai facilities and an own bath-room. For a bit more luxury, opt for one of the beautifully restored historic cottages. Be sure to take a short stroll to the on-...

Straw House

Straw House As far as small-town accommodation goes, this rustic, modern self-catering house is a breath of fresh air – not least for its innovative straw construction. Clean, open-plan spaces with custom furniture, an indoor fireplace and outdoor braai, and sliding doors that extend the open-plan living area onto a courtyard, all add up to make Straw House the perfect week-end...

Grootvlei Guest Farm

Grootvlei Guest Farm Grootvlei offers friendly four-star accommodation in a beautifully restored homestead just outside of Lambert’s Bay. Opt for a sea-facing room and let the tempestuous Atlantic lull you to sleep. The additional three-star seashell cottages, situated right on the dunes, offer cosy accommodation for four couples in the traditional West Coast matjieshuis style. How to get...

Draaihoek Lodge

Draaihoek Lodge Bordering the untamed Atlantic West Coast and situated within a private nature reserve, Draaihoek Lodge is a perfect blend between a seaside retreat and a country escape. Unwind in your luxury West Coast-style cottage – complete with fireplace – while listening to the thumping waves metres away. The on-site à-la-carte restaurant offers modern South African cuisine and a...