Explore, taste, enjoy and have fun!

The town of Stellenbosch is situated about 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of Cape Town, along the banks of the Eerste River.

Cape Town International is within approximately 30 minutes drive, which makes Stellenbosch the perfect first stop on your holiday in South Africa

  • Explore Dorp Street to view the historic Cape Dutch  buildings. 
  • Visit the Stellenbosch University campus
  • Enjoy some retail therapy 
  • Wine tasting is offered at many of the surrounding vineyards
  • Fine dining - Stellenbosch is home to many of South Africa's top ranked restaurants
  • Go mountain biking in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
  • Take a day trip to Cape Town: visit Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • And take another day trip to Hermanus to do some whale watching
  • Visit our weekend open air markets

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.

 

 

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Savour the Taste of Stellenbosch

Die VleisPaleis - excellent steaks

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

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Local Weekend Markets for Browsing,Shopping, Relaxing

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 Saturday and 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.

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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 ...

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Outdoors

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.

Strand beach is approximately 15 minutes drive.  A beautiful, long beach, perfect for watching the sunset!

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Golf

Stellenbosch Golf Course on the R44 is within walking distance from Penelope's, 

De Zalze Golf Estate is within a 5 minute drive

Devonvale Golf Estate  is situated approximately 10km from Stellenbosch

Plus many more golf courses in the Cape Winelands area (Pearl Valley, Strand, Erinvale)

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Museums

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.

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Enjoy our Summer Open Air Concerts

Oude Libertas and Spier Amphiteatres, as well as the Stellenbosch Music Conservatorium  offer productions to suit every taste.

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Take a Slow Walk through the Botanical Gardens

Discover a unique variety of plants or enjoy a light meal, tea or coffee in the Botanical Gardens.

 

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Strawberry Picking

Buy fresh strawberries or pick your own at Mooiberge or Polkadraai Farm Stalls. (August to November)

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Stellenbosch University

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.

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Sport Facilities

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.

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