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As the heavy heat sets in the Cape Winelands, I avoid melting in the sun at all costs. After a long week stuck in the office, however, all I want to do is spend my weekends outdoors in the sunshine, and treat myself to some good grub while I’m at it. But how can I wile away these sultry hot summer days in the outdoors without overheating – especially when trying to enjoy a good meal? So, I decided to look out for the best spots in the Cape Winelands to grab lunch in the shade. Here are a few of my favourites.

Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant

Môreson Farm, Happy Valley Rd, Franschhoek


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With dappled shade dancing across tabletops, the Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant is set in a cobbled courtyard alongside a lovely lemon grove on Môreson wine farm. Where rustic meets elegance, this haven of cool tranquillity is just the spot for an intimate lunch experience. Here you can tickle your tongue to chef Neil Jewell’s unique spin on the art of charcuterie. Think flavourful salami enhanced with the likes of paprika or hazelnut, country style ham, cured sausages, juicy pork rillettes along with baskets of fresh and fragrant homemade bread. Sounds sensational to me!

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Bertus Basson at Spice Route

Suid-Agter-Paarl Rd, Paarl


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With a ceiling of oak trees offering a respite from renowned Paarl heat, Bertus Basson at Spice Route is a great spot to go for lunch. In a typical Basson fashion of unwavering quality, you can expect a repertoire of vibrant local flavours. So, how does boere salad, bobotie and yellow rice, pumpkin pie, Cape Malay chicken curry served with basmati rice, poppadom, carrot pickle, and minted yoghurt sound? My mouth is certainly watering at the thought!

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Camphors at Vergelegen

Lourensford Rd, Golden Acre, Somerset West


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Enjoy an ambient lunch at Camphors, under the shade of ancient Camphor trees that have inhabited the historic Vergelegen homestead since the turn of the 18th century. Open for lunch from Wednesday to Friday between 12:00 and 14:30, their Tour Menu is a definite must, where you have a choice of their Reduced Tour Menu for R595 or their Full Tour Menu for R895. Where fine food is made from seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, your senses will be awakened to a tantalising taste experience.

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Greenhouse at Babylonstoren

Klapmuts Simondium Road, Simondium


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In the bosom of embracing oak trees behind the Babylonstoren gardens, the Greenhouse is the perfect summer hideaway. Open every day from 10:00 to 16:00, you can enjoy a sheltered picnic-style lunch in the shade of gorgeous greenery. With all sorts of seasonal treasures, such as preserves, jams and salad jars served with wood-fired bread and packed into rustic wooden crates, eating a meal at Greenhouse on a hot day is an absolute pleasure.

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Jordan Restaurant

Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Vlottenberg, Stellenbosch


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Perched on a shaded terrace overlooking a patchwork of vineyards below, Jordan Restaurant will add a breath of fresh air to your day. Showcasing chef George Jardine’s contemporary spin on local and seasonal flavours, you can sink your teeth into the likes of their signature smoked yellowtail, steamed Saldanha mussels, seared ribeye and springbok pot roast — all without feeling too hot and bothered! And best of all, you can cool your palate with their exclusive selection of Jordan wines!

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Strand Road, De Zalze Golf Estate, Stellenbosch


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With an armour of umbrellas shielding the beating sun, the Terroir terrace overlooking the manicured golf course and surrounding vineyards is pure bliss in the summer. With a crisp glass of Kleine Zalze Chenin blanc in hand, you can surprise your palate with Chef Michael Broughton’s ever-changing blackboard menu, which showcases his simplistic philosophy towards refined French and Asian flavours — his prawn risotto is the talk of the town!

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