Just behind what the locals would call the Boerewors Curtain lies the vibrant suburb called Durbanville. At first sight it might not look like there’s much going on but I can assure you, Durbanville is more than just your average Cape Town neighbourhood.
If you ever find yourself bored in Durbanville, why not add these cool stops to your day plan?
Kickstart your morning with a trail run on Meerendal
Not only does Meerendal have some delicious wines, they are also well-known for their beautiful trails on the farm. What better way to start your day than a seven kilometre run through the vineyards?
The trails are open to the public from sunrise to sunset, so there’s really no excuse not to get up early and get going. The route is a mix of vineyard roads and a single track, which goes through Renosterveld and wheat lands. Meerendal also hosts the Durbanville Parkrun so join in on the fun every Saturday at 08:00.
Grab a well-deserved breakfast at Soet Society Cafe
On the corner of Oxford Street and Wellington Road you will find the Soet Emporium. Entering this rose-gold striped building is like opening a gift box – with delightful surprises in every corner. The emporium offers an impressive variety of services, from a coffee shop and art gallery, to a flower shop and yoga studio.
One of these high-end businesses is the Soet Society Cafe, where people from all over meet to indulge in their variety of coffees, freshly baked goodies or light meals. Treat yourself to a yummy breakfast before you take on the day.
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Fill up on fresh goodies at the Willowbridge Slow Market
Who doesn’t like their fresh produce and hand-crafted goods? The Willowbridge Slow market is located right on the piazza of the Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, ensuring that this market will go on – come rain or shine.
Here you will find local producers selling only the freshest of goodies, from garden greens, organic meats, freshly baked breads and artisan delicacies. Taste and fill up your basket with products that were grown, raised, caught, baked or crafted by local hands.
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Lunch time on a wine farm
Being known for producing some of the best wines in South Africa, the Durbanville valley boasts an abundance of wine farms, each with their own unique offerings. Exploring the entire wine route however, will require at least a day or two.
Lunch on one of these wine farms is essential. You have at least 12 farms to choose from, and with a glass of wine in hand, you are in for a treat. Here are a few of my favourite lunch spots in the area:
Diemersdal Farm Eatery – Monday-Saturday 09:00-17:00, Sunday 10:00-15:00
Eat@Altydgedacht – Monday-Saturday 09:00-15:30, Sunday 11:00-15:00
Cafe Ruby at Klein Roosboom – Monday (closed), Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-16:30
Ke-Monate at Signal Gun – Monday (closed), Tuesday-Friday 10:00-22:00, Saturday 09:00-22:00, Sunday 09:00-16:00
If you so happen to find yourself in Durbanville on a Friday evening, I suggest you spend the evening at the Galileo Open Air Cinema on Meerendal Wine estate. Here you can enjoy a movie under the stars, paired with artisanal foods and an unforgettable vibe. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. You can buy your tickets online at thegalileo.co.za
Have you spent a day in Durbanville before? Tell us about your favourite places to visit in the valley.