Growing up in Stellenbosch played a huge part in my love and curiosity about food and wine. There was always something new to try – some creative coffee shop tucked in an alleyway, an eatery spread through the rooms of an historic building, or a tiny wine bar where you could kick off your shoes at the end of the day.
Since moving to Cape Town I’ve found it difficult to keep an eye on the latest pop-ups – the city itself is forever launching enticing new food ventures that keep my mind and palette consumed. So I was excited to attend the most recent Stellenblog gathering last week where we were given a chance to explore some of the newest additions in Stellenbosch.
Here are three spots I’m particularly excited about.
Blue Crane Coffee Company
Dorpstreet has just become home to my one of my favourite new coffee spots. Blue Crane Coffee Company is a new artisinal Roastery situated in a 200 hundred year old building (across from The Blue Crane and the Butterfly Coffee Shop – confusing, I know) and they really know their shizzz.
They roast their own coffee in the heart of Stellenbosch, but beyond serving up some insanely good flat whites and espresso, they are also pushing coffee to exciting new places.
The Lab at BCCC has just launched their slow-drip cold brew coffee, where they extract coffee through a slow drip method over 24 hours. The result is concentrated flavour and amazing aromatics – plus it is pretty perfect when it is sweltering outside.
Love Wine Studio
Love Wine Studio has opened on the leafy Andringa Street right in the heart of the town. Settle down outside and sip some beautiful wines from the area while enjoying the energy and vibe around you.
You can pop in every day to try a different selection on display, and taste your way through their interesting pairings. They also do special tastings now and then where you can try unique wine finds – watch their Facebook page for updates.
The Oyster Bar at De Warenmarkt
De Warenmarkt in the center of Stellenbosch is already one of my favourite foodie hangouts whenever I visit the town. They offer stunning produce from beautiful meat to fresh bakes and tempting preserves, and I love the market-space dining area where you can grab a casual lunch.
They’ve now they’ve added an oyster and bubbly bar to the mix. We had some delicious plump oysters paired with Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel and it was a perfect way to end a busy day.
Have you visited Stellenbosch? Do you have a favourite spot? Share your recommendations in the comments section below, I would love to hear from you.