Food & Drinks

Caffe Mario

Everything a neighbourhood restaurant should have: reliably good food (try any of the traditional pastas), friendly service and great atmosphere. The patio is on the canal and the cosy interior is filled with yummy aromas. Hearty Sunday breakfasts and lunches are a family tradition and locals meet here regularly, so booking is recommended in peak times. Hours: 7.30am-10....

34 Tapas and Oyster Restaurant

34 Tapas and Oyster Restaurant Pitchers of sangria or Ruby Tuesdays go down well with a wide variety of globally inspired tapas including South African frikkadelle (meat- balls), local oysters and tender calamari, all served with warm rosemary bread. Set on the water’s edge, this is a popular place for sundowners. Hours:11.00am-11.00pm daily. Main courses: R35.

The Royal Moose

Though it feels more like an antiques shop than a restaurant when you walk in (all you see is tables, chairs, bookshelves and – of course – a mounted moose head), the décor only adds to the meeting-place-and-eating-place vibe. The menu, meanwhile, features reliable, and always tasty, favourites. Think hearty dishes from salads to steaks and a bit of everything in between...

Old Town House

George’s oldest restaurant is housed in the old town meeting hall, which dates back to 1848. The grill menu is a great place to start (go for the roquefort pork chops), while the home-made desserts are an even better place to end. Hours: 12.30-3.00pm Mon-Fri; 6.00pm-late Mon-Sat. Main courses R80.

La Locanda

La Locanda Easily George’s best Italian restaurant (despite, let’s be fair, the limited competition), this owner- run trattoria has loads of charm and a really excellent menu. Go for the pasta: it’s handmade, and the pizza, topped with excellent mozzarella and cold meats, is equally good. Don’t miss the ice cream, also home-made – the real deal. Hours: 11.30am-10.00pm, Mon-Fri; 6....

Kafe Serefé

It’s a Turkish-South African restaurant, so the menu does have a dash of local flavour (think steak, lamb, chicken pie, etc). There’s a distinctly Mediterranean air about it, with tzatziki, boregi (Turkish savoury pastries), moussaka and Albanian liver cakes filling up the menu. Belly dancing on Wednesday and Fri- day night’s make for a great evening out. Hours: 10....

5th Season Guest House and Restaurant

5th Season Guest House and Restaurant What’s a Belgian restaurant, where they even have rabbit à la Flamande with Belgian beer on the menu, doing out here the suburbs of George? Who cares? The food is excellent, ranging from the aforementioned rabbit to duck, seafood, fillets, and the indulgent triple venison sensation (ostrich/springbok/kudu) with Belgian-style forest mushrooms. And the ambience is elegant...

Simply Food

Kirsten Fugard-Wentworth cooks up a storm at this bright and cheery coffee shop. Apart from a killer breakfast selection including creamy French- style scrambled-egg filled croissants, lunch menu highlights include prawn and sweet chilli cream cheese wraps and freshly baked quiches. Hours: 8.30am-4pm, Tue-Sun. Main Courses: R50. No- Credit Cards are accepted.

Old Mill Restaurant

Old Mill Restaurant The outside pergola of this historic Cape Dutch building is where the action’s at over lunchtimes, when plattelandse food like waterblommetjie- bredie and bobotie take preference. The evening menu takes things up a notch with continental hits like slow-roasted rosemary lamb and duck confit with a sweet wine and rooibos reduction. Hours: 7.30am-10pm Daily. Main Courses:...

The Old Gaol Restaurant on Church Square

The Old Gaol Restaurant on Church Square A breakfast or lunch stop at this oak-dappled café has become an institution amongst travellers passing through town. The bill of fare proffers authentic treffers such as the Voortrekkers might have enjoyed in yonder years, including roosterkoek filled with home-made jams and farm cheese, chicken pie and milk tart prepared in a copper pan in the outside coal stove. Hours...

Mez

Neatly etched off against the dark brown hues of the Barrydale Karoo Hotel, this friendly turquoise- and-white nook looks as if it’s been transplanted straight from Santorini. Chef-proprietor Michelle Berry’s menu is correspondingly Mediterranean, listing traditional meze, spanakopita and lamb kleftiko. Be sure to save some room for the delicate rose water-flavoured...

La Sosta

La Sosta Owners Gianni and Cristiana Minori focus on Milanese fare, so instead of four seasons pizza, you can look forward to masterfully crafted home- made gnocchi, pasta dishes topped with seasonal sauces, and specialties like lamb ragu and springbok fillet with truffle oil and camembert sauce. Hours: 7.00pm-close Tue-Sun; Off-season Closed Sun & closed Jun-Jul. Main...

Koornlands Restaurant

Koornlands Restaurant Located in the swish eastern part of Swellendam, this historic thatched spot is a definite must-do for dinner. The blackboard menu is chalked up with innovative ‘Cuisine du Cap’ starters of kudu fillet carpaccio and crocodile sashimi, and main courses like ostrich lasagne and duck. Hours: 6.30pm-close Mon-Sat. Main courses: R100.

Khasha Mongo (M's on Route 62)

Khasha Mongo (M's on Route 62) Perched on a red drum, donning chef’s whites and crocs, Kasha Mongo’s life-like mannequin Stanley has fooled many a passing tourist into asking him for directions. So tells co-proprietor Martina Stücker who, along with husband Klaus, puts a local spin on traditional European fare. The home-made, phyllotopped ‘roosjes van de Karoo’ gourmet pies are a big hit, as are the...

De Kolonie

Set in a historic thatched Cape Dutch building, which forms part of the Drostdy Museum, this diminutive eatery offers a fantastic raised vantage point from which to survey the goings on of Swellendam’s main road. The menu features sarmies and salads, specials like bobotie and stewed fruit, and a selection of scrummy cakes including a fudgey pumpkin and fig creation. Hours...