Restaurant Christophe

French chef Christophe Dehosse of Klein Joostenberg Deli has finally opened his long-awaited restaurant. Expect a classic muted sage green interior and traditional French cuisine including classics like poached foie gras. The menu changes regularly. Open Noon-2pm Tue-Fri; 7-9pm Mon-Sat. Main courses R130.


Overture Perched high above the Annandale valley and sporting a magnificent view, this top restaurant’s changing menu is small but very exciting. Drinks also change weekly to complement the classic but contemporary French cuisine. Choose between 3-5 courses or the 8-course tasting menu. Picnics are also available for enjoying next to the dam. Open Noon-2pm Tue-Sun; 6.30-8pm Thur,...

Nook Eatery

Nook Eatery This small eatery is seriously popular. Enjoy the well-priced sandwiches (served on wooden boards), the lunch buffet or the daily black-board specials. Teatime treats are delightful, especially the coconut bread with mascarpone and honey. Open 8am-4pm Mon-Fri; Wed 6-9pm; 8.30am-1pm Sat. Main courses R50.


A visit to the beautiful Spier estate isn’t complete without a lazy meal at this popular restaurant. Stake out a seat at one of the tree-top decks or in the exotic Bedouin tent, then dip into the bountiful Umdliva buffet table brimming with Pan- African fare. The waitrons double as face-painters, making for a fun, interactive dining experience ideal for visitors. There’s...

Jordan Restaurant with George Jardine

Jordan Restaurant with George Jardine Top chef George Jardine has spread his talents to the Winelands with a new venture at Jordan Restaurant. This intimate eatery has been custom-designed with an open kitchen to watch the man at work. Sleek wooden furniture with glass doors along the entire length of the venue open up on to a generous veranda with endless views over the dam and mountains. Heaven on a sunny...

Gino’s @ De Kelder

Gino’s @ De Kelder Situated on one of the original farms in Dorp Street, this Italian eatery serves all the normal Italian fare like pizzas and pastas with a cheerful vibe and is easy on the pocket too. The specialities like oxtail, tripe stew or grills can also be enjoyed under the oak trees. The wine list, including various wines from the area, is well priced. Open Noon-9.30pm Tue-Sun....

Delaire Graff

Delaire Graff There’s no denying it: this place is cool with a capital C. From the progressive David Collins-designed space with its signature hot-orange leather seats and Stellenbosch valley view to the contemporary-chic menu created by executive chef Christiaan Campbell, with mains like rabbit with olive jus and desserts such as rose geranium ice cream. Open Noon-2.30pm; 6.30-8.30pm...

De Oewer

De Oewer This is the only restaurant in Stellenbosch where you can sit on the banks of the Eerste River, and this alone is reason enough to visit this food and wine garden. The menu offers seafood, meat, burgers and salads and is ideal for a lazy summer lunch. Open Noon-3pm; 6.30-10pm daily. Main courses R70.

De Akker

A stalwart amongst Stellenbosch’s post-grad students, De Akker is one of the oldest watering holes in town. Sure, it may be a little bit rough around the edges, but it’s still one of the best spots to enjoy a few after-work beers. Fans of live local music can cut a rug at the upstairs Hidden Cellar. Open 10.30-2am Mon-Sat. Main courses R45.

Cuvée at Simonsig

Elegantly furnished in an eclectic mix of classic wooden and funky retro, this establishment’s menu takes inspiration from the Cape Dutch building in which it finds itself. The emphasis is very much on traditional Western Cape fare with a contemporary twist, in dishes like coriander-roasted Hantam lamb encased in sour-cream pastry served alongside preserved green figs....


While away the hours by hanging out with your friends or watching passers-by in this cute coffee shop. Sit in the courtyard, mesmerised by the sound of running water while you enjoy one of the treats like French toast with cinnamon sugar or one of the delicious cupcakes. They have an interesting selection of gifts, especially for children. Open 8am-5pm Mon-Fri; 8am-...

Willowbrook Lodge

Willowbrook Lodge Situated up against Somerset-West’s finest wine estates, Willowbrook boasts twelve garden rooms (with luxury amenities like fluffy towels, mini bar, Wi-Fi and under-floor heating). There’s also a swish, colonial-style fine-dining restaurant, complete with fireplace and grand piano. Rates R630-R2 500.

Ou Pastorie Boutique Hotel

This stylish boutique hotel is housed in one of the oldest buildings in town. It sports swish Victorian-inspired rooms and a sexy on-site bistro with a cosmopolitan menu and bright green couches lining the stoep. Rates R850-R1 550.

Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa

Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa This historic farm turned hotel still retains the grandeur of yesteryear – the main building, a Cape Dutch manor house, dates back to the 17th-century and the erstwhile horse stables have become guest accommodation. There’s a fine-dining restaurant and a traditional Irish pub serving Guinness on tap (Erinvale is ‘Irish Valley’ in Irish). The on-site hair salon and spa –...

Capelands Estate

Cosy, affordable self-catering cottages on a serene and rambling farm that overlooks the whole of Somerset West and the sea from its mountain perch above. The Italian owners run a great on-site restaurant. At the time of going to print, luxury suites with sublime views of False Bay were being built higher up on the mountain. A small spa was also in the works. Rates R125...