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The best restaurants for tourists in the Winelands

Lucky enough to be taking a trip to the must-see scenic Winelands? Your trip would be incomplete without a stop at one of these restaurants.

Boschendal (Franschhoek)

Take your visitors to this picturesque wine farm for a beautiful summer picnic under the oak trees, surrounded by vineyards and mountains. Choose from either the Rhone Picnic or the Werf Garden Picnic with delicious patés, artisanal breads, seasonal salads, cold meats, cheeses and tempting desserts.

 

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Bread & Wine (Franschhoek)🍽

This popular eatery, nestled between whistling trees and flanked by Môreson’s vineyards, is a relaxed location with tasty food. The handcrafted charcuterie is a specialty, studded with inspired ingredients such as toasted hazelnuts and cardamom. Hearty mains include slow-cooked lamb neck or a perfect-for-summer ploughman’s board that pairs beautifully with an ice-cold glass of bubbles. Head to the tasting room after feasting and savour the excellent Môreson wine range.

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Camphors at Vergelegen (Somerset West) 🍽

On summer days, book a table on the patio under the camphor trees or sit inside in the plush dining room. Expect great quality fine dining paired with Vergelegen’s award-winning wines. Options to look forward to could include interesting options such as scallop ‘potjie’, hearty venison, and lamb loin with herb-crusted lamb saddle. You could spend the whole day here, walking through the Camphor forest, Camellia and rose gardens, and visiting the estate’s historic buildings.

The exterior seating at Camphors at Vergelegen. Photo supplied.

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De Vrije Burger (Stellenbosch)

Bertus Basson is a proud custodian of modern South African cuisine and his clever reinventions of nostalgic local food remains some of the best in the country. De Vrije Burger is a no-fuss eatery that has a tiny menu consisting of a classic cheeseburger (made from 100% free-range beef) with all the pickles, lettuce and other trimmings you’d expect, hand-cut fries and a salad with an old-school creamy dressing. For dessert, you’re treated to a classic soft-serve ice cream – with sprinkles, nogal.

 

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De Warenmarkt (Stellenbosch) 🍽

Situated in a beautiful heritage building in the heart of Stellenbosch, De Warenmarktis a mixture between an artisanal food market and a laid-back local restaurant. Visitors can pick and pay for mouth-watering morsels from the different stalls and either sit down to enjoy them in the communal eating court or head to a favourite picnic spot and enjoy them in the sun. There’s also a pop-up restaurant concept with rotating chefs serving up seasonal dishes to match the great drinks selection at the Market Bar.

🍽 Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

Foliage (Franschhoek)

Chris Erasmus is the wizened wizard of the Winelands and the food he cooks at Foliage is a dreamy marriage of local products and modern culinary techniques. His foraging skills are known far and wide, meaning you’ll likely find some interesting ingredient on your plate that you’ve never heard of, cooked in the most delicious way. Booking lunch here in between wine tasting is a solid way to ensure you’re experiencing all that Franschhoek has to offer.

Dish served at Foliage

A dish at Foliage. Photo supplied.

Greenhouse at Babylonstoren (Franschhoek)

After a stroll through the gorgeous Babylonstoren gardens, snag a seat in the bright and beautiful greenhouse or a comfortable spot under the trees and enjoy a selection of dishes and juices made from the farm’s harvest. Options include build-your-own sandwiches made from fresh bread, plus local cheeses and cured meats that come served with vibrant seasonal salads. For refreshing sippers, enjoy a bottle of Babylonstoren wine or try one of their freshly made vegetable-and-fruit juices.

Exterior at Greenhouse Babylonstore

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Jordan (Stellenbosch)

For gorgeous views and unpretentious but stupendous fine-dining food, this is the place. Guests can take in the wine-farm scenes of the Jordan estate and tuck into celebrated chef George Jardine’s dishes. Showcasing a mix of local flavours, the menu boasts dishes such as steamed Saldanha Bay mussels, double-herbed springbok loin, lightly salted East Coast hake, and a honey and poppy-seed soufflé. For a take-home treat, stop by The Bakery for some decadent morning pastries.

The lovely exterior at Jordan restaurant in Stellenbosch.

The lovely exterior at Jordan restaurant. Photo by Jan Ras.

The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West) 🍽

The Waterkloof degustation menu is one of a few tasting menus that is capable of melting your heart and bringing a warm smile to your face dish after dish. The menu should always be taken with the wine pairing, as it’s brilliant, and each dish is conceived with the sole intention to complement its accompanying exquisite organic wine. Dishes could include a tomato consomme with basil, chives, rosemary and verbena; Mauritian sea bass with leek ash, watercress and pommes boulangerès; and a trio of buffalo, cashew, cow and goat’s milk.

A delicious dish from The Restaurant at Waterkloof. Photo supplied.

🍽 Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

Terroir (Stellenbosch)

Terroir is ideal for travellers who want a tranquil breakaway from the chaos of the busy city and a wind-down Sunday lunch. Guests can sit under the shade of the trees and look out over the calming views of the estate. Chef Michael Broughton’s food is unfussy yet delicious and bursting with flavour. Order a bottle of Kleine Zalze MCC and try dishes such as his zesty melt-in-your-mouth yellowtail ceviche, silken risottos, roasted line fish, or hearty lamb dishes.

Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery at Spier (Stellenbosch)

Spier estate is an endless treasure trove of family-friendly activities, giving any tourist travelling with kids reason to head here. Enjoy a spot of wine tasting while the kids wear themselves out on the jungle gym, before making your way to PJ Vadas’s new spot, Vadas Smokehouse. Here, you’ll be able to tuck into some of the best barbecue in the Western Cape, with a menu that features an array of slow-cooked meats, fried chicken, grilled whole fish and vegetables cooked in refreshing and interesting ways. Whatever you do, don’t leave without taking a few of PJ’s famous pasteis de nata for the road.

Exterior Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery.

The exterior of Vadas Smokehouse& Bakery. Photo supplied.

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