Stellenbosch has always been a highlight of any trip to South Africa. Its vineyards, beautiful University Campus, and picturesque mountains have long made it a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike.
However, the city has evolved over the past several years in such a way that it seems to have gotten even better with time. What was once a haven for students, has now turned into a world-class city that caters for people of all ages and walks of life.
Here are just a few Stellenbosch musts for those visiting the area:
During each summer season, the city of Stellenbosch has launched what it's dubbed as its Stellenbosch Street Soirees. On the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, the main street in town is blocked off to all vehicles, and instead occupied by some of the region's best wineries, as well as local food trucks, bakeries, and artisans. Simply purchase a wine glass upon entrance, and then feel free to puruse the stalls, eat and drink to your heart's content, and enjoy the free live entertainment. Visit Cape Town Magazine for more information.
Market-Style Dining at De Warenmarkt
De Warenmarkt epitomizes the idea of fine and fresh market-style dining. Housed in a historical building dating back to the 18th Century, one is able to wander from stall to stall and choose whatever cuisine strikes their fancy. Chefs rotate in and out, so the menu is always changing. If you're not feeling like food, you can also always stop by to take in the vibe and enjoy a quick drink from the Market Bar.
Each Saturday, a variety of local organic food and wine producers gather under the large oak trees of Oude Libertas (a local vineyard) for the Stellenbosch Slowmarket. The aim is to revive the concept of the public marketplace and offer visitors the chance to purchase clean, good, and fair foods and wines. Think freshly-baked bread, micro-brewed beer, an unlimited range of fresh produce, organic jams, spreads and chutneys, and an assortment of cakes, tarts and cupcakes. To top it all off, local designers have also moved in to display their unique crafts and artisonry.
Stellenbosch exemplifies small-town European charm and can easily be explored via foot or bicycle. You can rent a bicycle from numerous coffee shops located along Dorp Street and then cycle around town at your own pace making sure to stop by Church St, Plein St, Van Riebeeck St, and Merriman St along the way. If you're feeling more adventurous, cycle to the nearby Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and explore its abundant waterfalls and local fynbos vegetation.
Attend a Wine and Chocolate Pairing
Stellenbosch is generally known as South Africa's premier wine region, but Waterford Estate has taken it to the next level by adding a chocolate pairing option to their wine tastings. A combination of dark and milk chocolates are paired with their shiraz, cabernet and dessert wines, adding a fun twist to the traditional option. If you're more of a savory person, head to Avontuur Estate to enjoy their wine and biltong (cured meat) pairing instead.
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