Stellenbosch is an experience... an experience you should not miss when visiting Cape Town.
It's just a 40 minute drive from the airport, but you will enter a complete new world!
A world of an amazing landscape, which provides perfect conditions to produce many different varieties of excellent wine.
I was surprised by the diversity and was not once dissapointed!
Stellenbosch is close to the sea, which brings in a fresh sea breeze. Then there is the strong sun and the mountain range, which provides the different locations on the slope to grow the different kind of grapes. Would you expect to find a good Riesling in South Africa? You will, if you visit Jordan's Winery!
So you will find plenty of wineries, but with the short distance to Cape Town, it's also a very popular spot for weekend breaks and for full holidays. Stellenbosch city itself provides a chilled atmosphere, but far away from being boring. There is a university, well known for their rugby, and you know where students are, you'll find cafes and bars, too.
So on a Friday or Saturday night Church Street and the surrounding area is changing into a place to go out. It starts with good bars, cafes and ends with good food at restaurants, paired with local wines.
My tip, check out the Schoon de Companje, which you'll find in an old bank building. This is not just a cafe, but also a bakery, ice cream and wine shop. So with that you'll find freshly baked breads, delicate pastries, ice cream, fresh organic produced dairy products, a coffee roastery with a juice bar, a boutique wine shop, local brewed beer, flowers and even indian imported furniture... all in one shop and with a great cozy atmosphere!
For an outstanding tasting experience, visit Waterkloof Wines & Restaurant! It's not just one of the best restaurants you'll find in South Africa, it also offers this very incredible view. My bet is, that you will look out of the windows, just as much as you will look onto your plate! Chef Gregory Czarnecki creates very tastefully and special looking meals. Go for a meal with several dishes and you can expect explosions of tastes on your tongue. What I found remarkable was, that those dishes not just looked very special, but that Gregory mixed different tastes together on one plate, which went in full harmony when eating them together. I've eaten at many fancy and high end restaurants and have seen many good looking courses... they were always good, but not all were fitting so perfect how I have experienced it at Waterkloof... not to forget that each course gets paired with the right wine!
Are you up to see a bit more? Then rent a car or take yours and hit the coast! Head towards Hermanus, especially if you should be around May - August! Then you have the chance to see whales right next to you, not from the boat, but standing at the promenade! But Hermanus is also worth a visit at other months!
Time it right! On the way back to Stellenbosch, take the coast route and make it to False Bay for sunset! You will not regret that one! It's a beautiful coastal drive, which have several lookouts. Have your camera ready to snap some wonderful sunset pics!
Do you want to spoil yourself? Then get the bird's view of Stellenbosch! Contact CivAir and go for the Cape Winelands Helicopter Flight. You will be in a 4 seater and though CivAir is based at Cape Town Intl airport, there are several options that they pick you up in or around Stellenbosch. A flight costs around € 850 and gives you a complete new experience of this beautiful region. You could also pay a bit more and use this ride to see Table Mountain and its coastline. Do a nice round course! That must be awesome!
After being to Cape Town six times, I have to ask myself, why haven't I been to Stellenbosch earlier?
The #Stellenblog blog trip was created and managed by iambassador and Destinate in association with the Stellenbosch Wine Routes and Stellenbosch 360. Traveldudes maintains full editorial control of the content published on this site.