With its beautiful mountainous landscapes, sprawling vineyards and tall oak trees it isn’t hard to see why so many tourists flock to Stellenbosch year-round. With so many things to do in this amazing Winelands town, it can be difficult to decide the best way to spend the day. So, we did it for you!
We’ve put together a fun one-day itinerary to make the most of your day in one of the most beautiful towns in South Africa.
Start your day with an indulgent breakfast at Tripadvisor’s no.1 rated breakfast spot in town, Blue Crane & Butterfly. This café is located in central Stellenbosch and offers an amazing bacon, tomato & melted gruyère croissant with scrambled eggs. If you’re in the mood for something lighter you can opt for the home-made chocolate muesli or home-toasted granola This café truly isn’t to be missed!
Take a walk through Stellenbosch’s picturesque streets. Head up Dorp street and into “Die Laan” along the Eerste Rivier, which circles back to the centre of town. Be sure to visit the Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens, it’s a favourite for both tourists and locals.Take a walk down Plein and Church Street, past the historic University buildings, to where the slightly more “touristy” curios and gift shops are. If you’re a runner or cyclist, you’ll be happy to know that Stellenbosch also has a range of trails to discover.
You won’t be hard pressed to find a perfect lunch spot in Stellenbosch, whether you want park at a road-side café or head into the winelands. The area is home to quite a few award winning restaurants and eateries. For a fine dining experience, try Overture, Terroir, Delaire Graff and its sister restaurant Indochine or Tokara, to name a few. On the lighter side, grab a bistro-style lunch at Meraki, bite into a killer burger at De Vrije Burger, or fill up on tapas at Spek en Bone.
You can’t do Stellenbosch without a wine tasting. Head into any direction and you’re bound to find a gem. Take the R44 towards to N1 to visit Murati, Delheim and Kanonkop, or hit the same road towards Somerset West and travel up the Annendale Road, where you’ll find wine farms such as Ernie Els, Peter Falke, Bilton, Guardian Peak and Rust en Vrede. The Devon Valley is one of the oldest routes with many hidden gems; such as Middelvlei Wine Estate, SylvanVale, Brenaissance,The House of J.C le Roux and even Stellenbrau Breweries (for anyone who wants a break from wine).
For an extra special treat, book a table (in advance if it’s tourist season!) at Rust en Vrede Wine Estate at the top of Annandale road. They have an exquisite 4-course and 6-course menu, which can be adjusted to include a wine pairing, handpicked from their in-house sommelier. If your budget is a bit tight after the all-day excursion, don’t worry! Stellenbosch is a student town at heart, and there are many restaurants with wallet-friendly dinner options. If you want to avoid the student haunts, take a drive up Dorp Street, Church Street or Plein Street, where you’ll find some of the best restaurants in central Stellenbosch, such as Jardine, Oppie Dorp, Fat Butcher and many more.