Food & Drinks

Restaurant Mangiare

Italian-born Johann and Laura Mauri Innerhofer’s Mediterranean-style country kitchen nestling against the slopes of the Hottentots-Holland Mountains offers glorious views over False Bay and Strand below. Expect open-armed hospitality and fresh, seasonal, simple food prepared well. Think velvety potato gnocchi with Parma ham, sun-dried tomatoes and olives or beef-fillet...

Lady Phillips Restaurant

Lady Phillips Restaurant This colonially themed dame’s kitchen is headed up by Henrico Grobbelaar. The menu features locally sourced produce like seared springbok loin, Overberg beef fillet and False Bay crayfish tail. If you book beforehand, breakfast can be preceded by a guided walk around the historic estate (R10, min 10 people). They also whip up luxury 4-course picnics, to be enjoyed in...

Reubens

Reubens Owner and chef-patron Reuben Riffel (of Fransch-hoek Reuben’s restaurant fame) has again struck gold with his latest culinary venture. Executive chef Aviv Liebenberg and pastry chef Christien van der Westhuizen clearly know what they’re doing, serving up palate pleasers like crispy roasted duck leg with spiced citrus jus or braised pork belly. Décor is minimalist chic...

Kolgans River Restaurant

Kolgans River Restaurant Give expression to dormant Huck Finn fantasies by escaping life’s stresses with a lingering boat trip along the Breede River. Watch the world glide by while you dig into hearty boerekos. Open 9.30-11.30am, noon-2pm, 5-7pm daily. Bookings essential. Main courses : Trip included Breakfast R75; lunch R120; dinner R150. No credit cards are accepted. How to reach: Take the...

Fraai Uitzicht 1798

A dusty dirt road takes you to this vineyard-flanked fine-dining destination. If you’re feeling flush, try the seven-course degustation menu. After all that indulging you might need a nap – luckily they offer some snazzy accommodation options. Open Noon-3pm, 6pm-close Wed-Sun. Main courses R100.

Seasons Restaurant

The restaurant is divided into a tranquil pergolacovered courtyard and an inside space decorated with light-hearted artworks from the adjacent Thokozani Art Gallery (021 864 5050/www.thokozani.co.za/art). Seasons serves up Provençal fare with an Asian twist. Think gruyère fritters for starters and oxtail and pinotage potjie for the main affair. Open 8am-10pm daily. Main...

Proviant

With its wide weathered red stoep, this friendly farmhouse oozes boere-charm, and serves up lip-licking traditional fare with a huge helping of humour. Think frikkadelbroodjies (burgers), boerekaviaar (bone marrow) on freshly baked bread, Vaalies (boerewors, tomato sauce and pap) and even bokkos (salad). Open 8am-5pm Tue, Sat, Sun; 8am-10pm Thur, Fri. Main courses R70.

Oude Wellington

Oude Wellington The rustic setting of this tried-and-tested establishment can’t be faulted: from the oak-shaded outside seating with a team of alpacas frolicking in the distance to the cosy interior of the former brandy distillery. The chalkboard menu changes regularly, but you can expect hearty offerings like peppered kudu with red cabbage or crisp pork hock with plum sauce. Open 8am...

Noop

If it’s a sunny day, take a seat on the buzzing broekie-lace veranda, otherwise opt for a spot in the contemporary interior. The menu offers an epic collection like beer-battered fish; nooshi (sushi for first-timers); salads like the honey-dressed duck, bacon, avo, orange and caper salad; and country-fusion creations like pork neck stuffed with figs, chevin and cashews....

Marc’s Mediterranean Cuisine & Garden

This vibey eatery has stood the test of time on Paarl’s Main Road, and continues to draw hungry locals with Mediterranean meze platters, great steaks. Open Noon-3pm, 6-9.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-3pm Sun. Main courses R125.

Kikka

Kikka This colour-splashed café slash florist is a favoured breakfast rendezvous of Paarl’s cool crowd. The Bean in Love coffee is roasted just down the road and has a following all of its own; the syrup-sozzled French toast with crispy bacon a sure-fire satisfier; and the bountiful buffet lunch table is worth queuing for. Those with a sweet tooth are also spoilt for choice...

Lusthof @ Little Vineyard

A postage stamp-sized vineyard shelters this lovely garden coffee shop from the din of Paarl’s main drag, and is a must-stop for a cup of good freshly ground coffee and a slice of cake (the baked choco-late cheese cake and coffee choc tart are a treat) or quiche. There’s also a jungle gym and plenty of room for the rug rats to scuttle about. Open 8am-2pm Tue-Fri; 8....

The Goatshed Restaurant

The Goatshed Restaurant Few restaurants can claim to have their own set of mascots, but this rustic eatery on the splendidly fair wine estate boasts a crew of charming goats that’ll make your visit here unforgettable. Whet your appetite with a cheese, or go the whole, erm, goat, and tuck into the menu, which features platters brimming with the goat’s milk cheese alongside charcuterie, pickles...

De Leeuwenjagt Restaurant

Compiled by culinary legend Cass Abrahams, the Cape Malay menu of this estate favourite brims with slow-cooked traditional feasts like denningvleis and lamb curry, all featured with suggested Seidelberg wines. For those seeking something more conventional, there’s another menu starring springbok shank and dukkah-rubbed beef fillet. Open 9am-4pm daily; 6-8pm Fri (in...

Café Juno

As whimsical as Tertia du Toit’s paintings, which are sprinkled across the venue, this quirky café is kitted out in a miscellany of restored, multicoloured antique furniture and crystal chandeliers. As the signboard outside exclaims, there’s ‘not only breakfast’ on the menu, although these guys are known for theirs, dished up day-long. There’s a host of healthy options...