Food & Drinks

Lorenzo's Restaurant

Lorenzo's caused a stir when it first brought thin-base pizzas to Calitzdorp, and this quirky garden restaurant is still a hit with the locals. Pizza is served piping-hot from the oven, along with freshly baked ciabatta and a few daily specials. You'll also find traditional local favourites like lamb curry on offer It is not licensed. Hours: 8.00am-9.00pm daily. Main...

Die Rooi Koffiepot

The best place to eat in town. The delightful menu is a taste of the old Karoo, with the likes of Karoo lamb bredie and malva pudding on offer. Dishes are beautifully presented, and there are lighter bites on offer during the day. The garden tables are your best bet. Unlicensed, but no charge for BYO. Hours: 8.30am-5.00pm; 6.00pm-9.30pm daily. Main Courses: R75.

Die Handelshuis

This delightful tearoom in the old general dealer revels in 50s nostalgia, from the lace curtains to vintage art by local painter Marinda Combrinck. Home-baked pies and delicious tarts are the order of the day here, washed down with some of the best coffee in town. You can also stock up on local jams and baked goods. Hours: 8.00am-6.30pm Mon-Sat; 9am-3pm Sun. Main Courses...

Die Dorpshuis

Die Dorpshuis Built in the 1800s, this cosy cottage opposite the church offers fireside tables for chilly evenings, or a shaded terrace in the heat of summer. There's a good selection of hearty breakfasts and generous roasted sandwiches, but for more substantial meals try one of the daily chalkboard specials where ostrich reigns supreme. There's also free Wi-Fi on offer. Hours: 7.00am-...


A self-proclaimed ‘fancy farm stall’, this is a good spot to stock up on local jams, preserves and olive products. There’s a browse able selection of antiques, and it’s a popular spot for light meals and breakfasts. The ‘Morning After’ and ‘Skinny Omelette’ are recommended. Hours: 8.00am-4.00pm Mon, Wed-Fri; 8.00am-3.00pm Sat, Sun.

Gay’s Guernsey Dairy

The locals love this unassuming dairy on the outskirts of town, where you’ll find creamy fresh milk by the litre (bring your own container), thick yoghurt and racks of award-winning cheeses. All of her milk (and cheese) is unpasteurised, with the six-month-matured Prince Albert Regal the pick of the bunch. Hours: 7.00-9.00am, 10.00am-noon, 4.00-6.00pm Mon-Fri; 7.00-10....

African Relish

African Relish Enjoy an innovative look at Karoo cuisine at this recreational cooking school. Ever-smiling resident chef Vanie Padayachee runs bespoke courses using seasonal local produce in the gorgeous Scandinavian-chic kitchen. Special weekend courses with celeb chefs cover everything from making chocolate to mastering the art of sauces. They also serve dinners on some evenings....

Prince Albert Country Store

There’s only a small menu at this family-run restaurant, but the Karoo platter of cured meats, salad and home-baked bread is your best bet. Finish off with the fantastic apple crumble served fresh from owner Colleen Penfold’s ancient Aga stove. On a nice day, do sit in the charming garden at the back. Leave some time to browse the elegant country bric-a-brac in the quaint...

The Olive Branch

Booking is essential at this sought-after spot, open only a few nights a week when owner/chef Bokkie Botha’s not off exploring. Home-grown herbs, local fruit and free-range chicken and lamb feature heavily on the Mediterranean-inspired menu. Licensed. Hours:Dinner twice a week (usually weekends), as per reservation. Main Courses: R220 set menu. The Olive Branch accepts No...

The Gallery Café

This charming candle-lit eatery above the galleries at Seven Arches is one of the best options in town. Local produce reigns supreme in the kitchen of owner/chef Brent Phil- lips-White, who personally introduces his ever- changing chalkboard menu. The duck liver pâté (organic, local and free-range) is one of the highlights. Hours: 7.00pm- Close daily. Main Courses: R90.

Café Albert

The terrace here is perennially filled with locals enjoying a morning coffee or lunchtime wrap. Try one of their generous all-day breakfasts or a meal from the chalkboard specials. Hours: 9.00am-4.00pm Tue-Fri; 9.00am-2.30pm Sat, Sun. Main courses: R40. No-Credit Cards are accepted here.

Boutique Backpackers

Don’t be put off by the word ‘backpackers’. This large airy house offers a shared kitchen and braai area for self-catering, but the thoughtfully decorated double and twin rooms are perfectly private and comfortable. Don’t miss the Friday night pizza evenings in the Kaalgat Kudu bar! Rates: R125-R150.

The Flying Ostrich

Oudtshoorn is famous for its range of ostrich souvenirs – from tacky to tasteful. You’ll find a good selection of them here, from feather dusters to biltong and everything in between. There’s also a decent little deli with local cheese and preserves. Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 8.00am- 1.00pm Sat.


Serendipity This B&B’s reputation is based on its restaurant offering a South African-inspired five-course table d’hôte menu which changes every day. Bookings are essential, but you’ll still have to arrive early if you want dinner with a view: they don’t book specific tables. Hours: 7.00-8.00pm Mon-Sat. Main Courses: R299 (5-course set menu).

Palms Wilderness Retreat & Restaurant

Palms Wilderness Retreat & Restaurant Though the 70s rock décor has gradually been taken down, the meals are as excellent and the biker joint vibe as strong as ever. An excellent lunch stop if you’re just passing through, but if you’re staying for supper, then do try the steak. Added bonus: it’s one of the most child-friendly restaurants in the area. Hours:Noon-4.00pm Tue-Sat; 6.00pm-9.00pm Mon-Sat. Main...