Food & Drinks

Abbey Rose

Abbey Rose This sweet broekie -laced eatery is a darling amongst locals and the place to head if you’re looking for a square meal. The eisbein, lamb curry and slow-cooked oxtail stew are legendary, as are the wood-fired pizzas. The place is absolutely packed on Sundays, first with a motley crew of tough guys during the Biker’s Breakfast, and then with fans of the old-fashioned...

Thyme & Rosemary

Old-fashioned hospitality and heaped plates of comfort food are the order of the day at this popular stop that wears its quirky vintage style on its sleeve. From the newspaper ‘wallpaper’ to the timeworn chairs, the warm welcome and hearty food, guests are made to feel absolutely at ease from the get go. Expect good old-fashioned South African-style favourites – from...

Kloeks @Home

It doesn’t get more ‘local flavour’ than this no-frills eatery situated in the sleepy Cliffside village of De Kelders. Hospitality is key and the food is as wholesome as your hosts. Expect the likes of ginger-spiced pork cutlets and seared beef fillet with pepper sauce. Open 6.30-10.30pm daily. Bookings essential. Main courses R100. No credit cards are accepted.


If it’s authentic fishermen’s fare you’re after, look no further than this quaint eatery, situated in an historic fisherman’s cottage, complete with original limestone brickwork and a menu that’s crammed with freshly caught choices. In true South African style, there is plenty for meat lovers too. Open Noon-2pm Tue-Sun; 6pm-late daily. Main courses R95.

Benguela Fine Dining

This new kid on the block has been making waves in the village, thanks to its great position close to the water’s edge and a menu that’s arguably the most sophisticated in the ’hood. Local wines are given pride of place while menu options include their famed pepper-encrusted seared fillet with red wine jus. Open 5.30-10pm Thur-Mon; 11am-3pm Sun. Main courses R90.

Pelican’s Harbour Café

This cute, informal café overlooks the picturesque little harbour in Struisbaai with its colourful fishing boats. Enjoy everything from fresh oysters to fish and chips, or even some moules marinières. While you wait for your food, step out onto the pier and do some stingray-spotting as the dream-like creatures scavenge from the fishing boats around dusk. Open Season 10am-...

Lighthouse Restaurant

There’s something decidedly romantic about sitting beside a crackling fire inside a lighthouse on an autumn eve, watching the beam of light sweep rhythmically across the two oceans as you enjoy a hearty dinner. The ambience trumps the food here, but it sure makes for a memorable time. Open 8am-10pm Mon-Sat; 8am-5pm Sun. Main courses R75.

Kassiesbaai Traditional Fish Dinners

Kassiesbaai is the quintessential quaint fishing village – so what better place to enjoy a three-course traditional fish dinner prepared by members of the local community? They only cater for groups of six or more, however, so book ahead. Bring your own booze. Open 10am-5pm, 7pm-close daily. Bookings essential. Main courses R120 (3 courses). No credit cards.

Moniki Chocolatier

Moniki Chocolatier Visit Niki de Wolf for tailored chocolate-tastings or a gourmet high tea. Groups and children are welcome and kiddies’ workshops can be arranged. Take home a box of rooibos or lavender pralines or truffles flavoured with ginger or orange. Heavenly. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 10am-4pm Sat; 10.30am-3pm Sun. Rates R35 a tasting. No credit cards are accepted.

Aquila Private Game Reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve Lions, buffalo, elephant, rhino and leopard – get the big five experience and more just two hours from the city of Cape Town. It’s an easy day trip which begins with breakfast followed by a two- or three-hour game drive with refreshments and a visit to a San Bushman rock art site, lunch, and pool or fireside cocktails depending on the weather. This can be done in a safari...

Die Tolhuis

A gorgeous if somewhat noisy setting when the trucks go hurtling by on the pass, Die Tolhuis (Toll House) has limited indoor (with fireplace for winter) and deck seating, but a sprawling fairy garden with tables is tucked away between the trees and alongside the babbling brook. The small menu is chalkboard traditional South African while service is relaxed. Open 8.30am-...

Things I Love

Things I Love On the one side is a deli selling all manner of home-made goodies from small producers in the area. You’ll find everything from kitchenware to plants, baked goods, meat, dairy and preserves. Out back there’s a pretty courtyard for breakfast (smoked salmon scrambled eggs), lunch (four cheese macaroni) and tea. Open 8am-5pm daily. Closed Christmas and New Year. Main...


Paddagang At Paddagang, one of the best known eateries in Tulbagh, you can tuck into traditional boerekos under the shade of a massive oak tree in the court-yard at the back, or overlooking the rolling lawns in front. The restaurant is named for the frogs that cross this way, and you’re advised to look out for critters while you drive. Try the water-blommetjiebredie just like ouma...

Baba’s Jêm

Baba’s Jêm Eileen Baron makes an astounding range of jams, chutneys, atchars, preserves and pickles from the produce grown in the Ceres valley. Book in advance for a demonstration of how to make traditional foods like mosbeskuit, bread, roosterkoek, vetkoek and various jams. Or dig in to a light meal – rotis, vegetable curries, samoosas followed by home-brewed ginger beer or...

Klein Joostenberg Deli & Bistro

Klein Joostenberg Deli & Bistro The pork butchery forms the basis of this deli and bistro. Located close to the N1 off-ramp, it is perfectly situated to pick up some great produce for dinner or stop for a quick brunch or cup of coffee en route. They have delicious freshly baked bread, quiches, ready-made meals and sweet things, but the excellent pork cuts get first prize. Open 8am-5pm daily.