What better way to enjoy the scenery of the Cape Winelands than sharing tapas and a drink or two with your friends? We’ve rounded up our favourite tapas spots in the Cape Winelands below, so find your next chill-spot here!

De Warenmarkt

20 Ryneveld Street, dewarenmarkt.com

De Warenmarkt, located in the heart of Stellenbosch on Ryneveld street, is the perfect place to sip on some Kaapse Vonkel bubbly or a glass of your favourite local Simon Wynkroeg wine while you enjoy the sights and some of the tapas De Warenmarkt’s kitchen has on offer. Enjoy oysters from their bubbly & oyster bar, or snack on small plates such as whitebait with tartar sauce, soft shell crab, bobotie spring rolls, bitterballen and more!

Head over to their website for the full menu and more information.

Spek & Bone

84 Dorp Street, bertusbasson.com

One of chef Bertus Basson’s many ventures in Stellenbosch, Spek & Bone offers a completely different atmosphere from its more upmarket sister restaurants, with casual courtyard dining underneath a leafy canopy stretching from an ancient oak at the center. The food takes an equally laid-back approach with a selection of small-plate options that are meant to be ordered in their multitudes and shared among friends. However, despite the difference in tone, you’ll still recognise Basson’s signature in every dish.

Read our full review of Spek & Bone here or head over to their website for the full menu and to book your table.

Steam

5 Ryneveld Street, restaurantwebexpert.com/Steam_Restaurant

This steampunk-inspired restaurant-slash-coffee shop offers a look into the world of steampunk in central Stellenbosch. They offer tapas such as edamame, patatas bravas, dukkah rubbed ribs, japanese spring rolls, chilli poppers and more. You can also enjoy one of their pre-made steam baskets or build your own party basket of tapas off the menu. Remember to keep an eye out for their amazing cocktails and drinks menu, or you can enjoy an artisan coffee handmade by their baristas.

Head over to their website for more info.

Craft Wheat & Hops

16 Andringa Street, craftwheatandhops.com

 

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Situated in the heart of the trendiest street in Stellenbosch, Craft Wheat & Hops offers a large selection of beers and tasty tapas to enjoy on bustling Andringa Street. Enjoy salted caramel chicken pretzel chicken strips, beer brats wrapped in bacon, quesadillas, mozzarella sticks, corndogs and many more while enjoying beer tasting and people-watching!

See the full menu on their website.

Genki

De Wet Centre, genkisushi.weebly.com

 

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Step out of your comfort zone and enjoy Japanese tapas at Genki Sushi Bar tucked away in the De Wet Centre just off Plein Street. Snack on some edamame, yakitori, spring rolls, crispy bang bang prawns, korroke or age-dashi tofu before tucking into their signature sushi.

Head over to their website for more information and to see their full menu.

Jonkershuis at Weltevreden Estate

Welgevonden Boulevard, jonkershuis1817.com

Lekka Neh at Weltevreden Estate recently underwent a facelift and name change and is now known as Jonkershuis. With this change, they also transformed their menu, which now features dishes like Saldanha Bay oysters, olives, biltong croquettes, and askoek with bacon jam and date butter.

Head over to their website to see the full menu and for more information.

Swirl at Stellenbosch Vineyards

Welmoed Farm, R310, stellenboschvineyards.co.za

 

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Swirl’s menu at Stellenbosch Vineyards consists of only platters and tapas, perfect for sharing while enjoying their excellent wines. Enjoy bitterballen, steak tartare, bruschetta, bobotie spring rolls and kudu carpaccio among others while you sip on wines from Stellenbosch Vineyards, Welmoed, Arniston Bay and Maison du Cap as you overlook the Stellenbosch Winelands.

Head over to their website for more info and to see the full menu.

España

R44 & Strand Road, espanarestaurant.co.za

 

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Escape to Spain with Spanish tapas served the traditional way at España. Their menu features well-known favourites like chicken wings and riblets, but you will also find yourself enjoying some more traditional Spanish dishes like steak tostadas, albondigas, empanadas and medula asado y caracoles (bone marrow topped with snails and a creamy garlic sauce) while you’re there!

See their full selection on their website.

The Thirsty Scarecrow

Corner of R44 and Annandale Road, facebook.com/thethirstyscarecrow

 

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Thirsty Scarecrow, situated on Mooiberge Strawberry farm just outside Stellenbosch, has a massive selection of beers and a menu to boot! If you feel overwhelmed by the incredible number of choices on offer, why not go for a beer tasting and tapas to share? Their menu includes tapas such as bitterballen, poppers, a trio of empanadas, ceviche fish tacos, baked camembert and a variety of options for every palate. Enjoy the view of the strawberry fields from their deck while you snack and forget about your worries.

See more on their Facebook page.

Did I miss your favourite tapas spot? Let me know in the comments, we love trying out new places in Stellenbosch!

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