Stellenbosch, a town for all tastes and seasons
The town of Stellenbosch is situated about 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of Cape Town, along the banks of the Eerste River.
Stellenbosch is full of charming scenes and rich in history.
Go for a slow drive down Dorp Street to view the historic Cape Dutch buildings.
Visit the Stellenbosch University campus
Stellenbosch is surrounded by spectacular mountains and some of the world’s most famous vineyards.
Dine at one of the many restaurants in the historic centre of Stellenbosch, or do some shopping in Church street and the surrounding area.
Stellenbosch is also perfect to use as a base for visiting Cape Town, Paarl, Hermanus and Franschhoek.
Explore the Stellenbosch Wine Estates
We will provide you with a detailed map of the Stellenbosch wine estates. You can either explore by car (self drive) or use a registered tour company.
Camino Tours is your way to the wineries - to tour their cellars, taste their vintages, dine at their restaurant or enjoy a picnic basket on their grounds.
Happily no one expects you to be a connoisseur, or even to buy the wines.
If your interest is more aesthetic and cultural than wine driven, we will turn the focus on the more historic estates. Just come, relax and enjoy yourself ...
Shopping in Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch has many lovely shops to browse in.
Oom Samie se Winkel is an old world shop selling everything from shoelaces to rooibos tea.
We love Milieu in Ryneveld Street, for authentic South African gifts and homeware. And they wrap it beautifully too!
Big Blue is another great shop for browsing for gifts. Funky and fun genuine South African gifts and clothing.
Protea Boekhuis is a wonderful book shop with a huge selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction. A favourite for book lovers.
Eikestad Mall has clothing boutiques, supermarkets and restaurants.
Dorp, Church, Andringa and Ryneveld Streets are the best for browsing.
The Jonkershoek State Forest and Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve offer walks, hikes and mountain biking for the outdoor enthusiasts.
Jonkershoek Fish Hatchery offers fly fishing in their dams.
Stellenbosch Mountain is a popular walking and mountain biking destination.
Visit Bletterman Huis, Grosvenor House, Toy Museum, Schreuder Huis (dating back to 1709), Die Dorp Museum in the centre of town and the SASOL Art Museum.
The Rupert Museum is highly recommended.
Besides the above, Stellenbosch has many wonderful art galleries.
We can supply you with a free Stellenbosch Art Route map.
Stellenbosch Golf Course on the R44 is within walking distance.
De Zalze Golf Estate is within a 5 minute drive
Devonvale Golf Estate is situated approximately 10km from Stellenbosch
The Hussar Grill- good selection of steak & seafood
Basic Bistro - quaint atmosphere, affordable meals
Asta - for authentic Italian pasta & pizza
Greengate - for buffet breakfast & lunch, coffee & cake
Volkskombuis - authentic South African cuisine in a beautiful setting
Wijnhuis - excellent food and wine
Tokara - cuisine and beautiful views of the Stellenbosch Mountains
Oppiedorp - a local favourite
The Blue Crane & the Butterfly - wonderful home baked cakes & light meals
The Fat Butcher - for steak, steak and more steak
Oude Libertas and Spier Amphiteatres, as well as the Stellenbosch Music Conservatorium offer productions to suit every taste.
The Stellenbosch Slow Market brings together a variety of fine foods and wines. You will experience an ancient way of shopping in a modern context. (Saturdays at Oude Libertas farm.)
Blaauwklippen Family Market is open every Sunday from 10h00 to 15h00 and offers a range of fresh produce, homemade products,crafts and plants. There is also live music and space to relax under the trees.
Root 44 at Audacia wine farm on the Annadale road is a favourite with the locals, both old and young. Open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Discover a unique variety of plants or enjoy a light meal, tea or coffee in the Botanical Gardens.
Buy fresh strawberries or pick your own at Mooiberge or Polkadraai Farm Stalls. (August to November)
Stellenbosch University is an internationally accredited university with an idyllic campus at the heart of this picturesque town.
The University faculties include education, science, agro sciences, arts and social sciences, theology, law, engineering, economic, management sciences and more than 40 research institutions.
Stellenbosch is the home of Stellenbosch University and as such offers world class sporting facilities.
If you are a mountain biker you can explore the trails on Stellenbosch Mountain or cycle to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.
Stellenbosch University Sports Centre has an excellent gymnasium with both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.
The Root 44 Market is the venue for the Stellenbosch Park Run every Saturday.
If you just want to go for walk or a run, a walk/run in the vineyards on the edge of Paradyskloof is a wonderful way to wind down.