Living near Somerset West, I never really considered the town as an entertaining place to spend my weekends. I would usually head to a market or wine farm in Stellenbosch or drive to Cape Town to spend the day. That was until a few months ago, when I heard that there are actually a few great wine farms and activities only 15 minutes from my home!
There are truly a few gems in Somerset West, which you should make part of your day on your next visit. We’ve planned out a day in Somerset West with all of our favourite places.
Start your day off with breakfast or brunch
Hidden in the industrial area between Somerset West and Strand is the amazing eatery – Pajamas and Jam. The coffee shop/ lunch spot is located inside a restored warehouse and you will sure be pleasantly surprised upon entering. The place is beautifully decorated with a rustic feel to it, and has a warm and vibrant atmosphere.
Treat yourself to some of their freshly baked goods or sit down for a brunch or light meal, with options like the classic eggs Benedict, wraps, bowls and open croissants. Their gingerbread French toast is next level good!
With freshly squeezed juices and bread right out of the oven, your tummy will thank you.
Time for wine and snacks!
Relax at Healey’s Deli on Waterkloof wine estate. With handcrafted beers, wines, some of the best cheeses and amazing views, this is an experience in itself.
Healey’s is famous for the award-winning cheddar cheese they make at the cheesery and when visiting at the right time, you can even enjoy watching them make the cheese.
They have cheese and selected meat platters available, which is just as affordable as the delicious wine they have to offer. And to join the cheese in your basket home, a selection of handmade mustards, jams and other preserves are available to purchase.
Be sure to bring your little ones along on your visit to have fun on the playground! Read more about the Healey’s experience here.
Have lunch or dinner on the Lourensford Estate.
The Lourensford Estate has a lot to offer, including a coffee roastery, wine tasting venue and even a market on select days. It’s enough to keep you entertained for a good few hours.
Head over to the Millhouse Kitchen for lunch or dinner and enjoy some great French or Italian options. They have delicious pizzas, ribs and burgers for when you’re feeling extra hungry. A studio displaying the works of artist Frans Groenewald and a coffee roastery are situated nearby, where you can pop in after lunch.
If you are planning a visit during the weekend, one of my favourite go-to markets is at Lourensford, open on Friday evenings and Sunday till around lunchtime, offering a great selection of food options and wine accompanied by live music.
If you are planning to do something active during your weekend, an excellent spot for a Sunday hike is the Helderberg Nature Reserve. Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, the reserve has a picnic spot and easy hiking trails to enjoy a relaxed Sunday. Take a look at the walking trails on their website.
Or if you’re keen for something a bit more relaxed, the Life Retreat Movement Studio on the Lourensford Estate offers Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Meditation and Zumba classes, plus much more. There is even a Yoga for pregnant ladies – for all the soon-to-be moms.
What are your favourite spots in Somerset-West? Tell us in the comment section below.