Food & Wine
Almost every conceivable cuisine in every conceivable location – that’s the Wine and Food Capital of South Africa dining experience.
There are more than 200 restaurants offering the most basic dishes to over-the-top and 5-star dining experiences, set both in the town and on many of the wine farms.
Some lie snuggled amid vineyards and atop a hill, while others are perched 300m above sea-level with panoramic views over False Bay and Table Mountain.
A special aura abounds within restaurants housed in Cape Dutch buildings, while those with ultra-modern interiors reflect the diversity that is dining in Stellenbosch.
In this historic haven, business hub and student town, restaurants have to cater for the casual diner to the most discerning epicurean – and they do it well. Fine dining restaurants, laid-back bistros, coffee shops, sidewalk cafés and fast food outlets abound and offer traditional Cape cuisine and South African specialities, to the most exotic international cuisine.
Stellenbosch restaurants were once again awarded Top 10 status in the Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards 2016 (announced annually). Featured Top 10 national winners are The Restaurant at Waterkloof and Overture at Bertus Basson’s Hidden Valley.
Gregory Czarnecki of the restaurant at Waterkloof received the Eat Out S. Pellegrino & Aqua Panna Chef of the Year Award and the Table at De Meye received the Woolworths Sustainability Award.
Stellenbosch lies ensconced in the Jonkershoek Valley and is surrounded by towering mountains and vineyards, making any dining experience memorable.
But dining is not limited to indoors – enjoy al fresco dining, or a picnic in town or on a wine farm.
For a true cultural dining experience, visit our friendly township, Kayamandi, with its colourful informal eateries, or stay overnight at one of the Homestays and join in the cooking fun with a local family!
Put aside some time to visit the craft breweries in iconic Stellenbosch and enjoy an ice-cold craft beer or simply a tasting and tour to get an intimate glimpse into the art of making these beers.
Brewing craft beer is a trend that has more than doubled in the past five years and is brewed in small “boutique” quantities.
Stellenbrau is one of the oldest breweries in town and established the first artisanal beer brewed in Stellenbosch. The brews are available in many of the restaurants and pubs in town and is low in kilojoules and carbs, contain no preservatives and are made using pure and natural ingredients.
The award-winning Hoenderhok Bock and other brands of the Stellenbosch Brewing Company is available at The Stellies Taproom at Klein Joostenberg. These beers are creatively crafted to suit South African taste buds, lifestyle and culture.
Zebonky Brewery, situated at Delvera, rediscovered old recipes to craft unique beer using sea salt water or buchu-smoked wheat. If you’re looking for a beer to really quench your thirst, down a cool and refreshing Weizen or try their Smokey or Poseidon beers.