Weekend getaway: 6 fabulous foodie spots in the Western Cape

Summer in Cape Town is a fun time of the year with loads on the go. Beaches are busy, malls are overcrowded and generally the queue to go up the cable car is a few kilometres long. This year, with the country’s second wave of COVID-19 silently tightening its grip, it’s advisable to avoid all the above. If you’re looking to escape the city for a day or two, then read on because we’re sharing some great Western Cape getaways that not only offer natural beauty but also amazing food.

Abbey Rose (Greyton)

The small town of Greyton in the Overberg makes for the perfect weekend getaway. Soak up the quaint village life by walking down the main road where you’ll find many cute shops, restaurants and cafes. Those in the know flock to Abbey Rose for its casual friendly atmosphere and hearty comfort food. Think kudu pie, lamb shank and pork belly. They also do incredible curries, steaks and pasta but their signature is oxtail served with mashed potato and vegetables.

Betty Blue Bistro (Hermanus)

Betty Blue Bistro is the go-to breakfast and brunch spot in Hermanus. It offers a light and airy interior where you can relax and enjoy a great cup of coffee and one of their signature sweet or savoury pancakes. There’s also the option to tuck into classic hearty egg dishes like eggs Benedict or croque madame. Don’t leave without trying their Nutella sandwich made with Nutella, marshmallows and Rice Krispies.


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Saggy Stone Brewery (Robertson)

This craft brewery near Robertson has a family-friendly restaurant serving meals from Wednesday to Sunday. As you might expect, the food pairs perfectly with the Saggy Stone beers: nachos, chicken strips and cheesy quesadillas are on the snack menu while you can look forward to generous and substantial mains like roast eisbein, beef and ale pie or beer-battered fish and chips. The location is a real hidden gem with loads of space for children to play in a lively but laidback environment. Perfect for a long, lazy Saturday afternoon with friends.

Wolgat (Paternoster)

The seaside town of Paternoster on the Western Cape’s West Coast is a dining destination on many food lovers’ bucket lists. Close to the water’s edge, you’ll find chef Kobus van der Merwe’s Wolfgat restaurant which, in 2019, was awarded The World’s Best Restaurant. Be sure to book well in advance and let the team know if you have any dietary requirements beforehand as the menu changes frequently and is conceptualised around what Kobus and his team have foraged from the restaurant’s surroundings. Sample menu items include things like kabeljou with soutslaai, brakvygie, kiesieblaar, soutbos or wild garlic masala tjokka, pear chutney waffle fermented with raisin must and served with amasi curd and dried snoekkuite. You’re likely to experience food combinations you’ve never had or heard of before so prepare yourself for a taste adventure!


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Peregrine Farm Stall (Elgin)

A drive over Sir Lowry’s Pass would not be complete without a stop at Peregrine for a bite to eat, a shop for provisions or even a quick coffee. The owners of Peregrine gave the busy road-side spot an impressive renovation a few years ago and it’s now bigger and better than ever. Their cafe is casual and inviting but the real highlight has to be their legendary ready-to-eat pies and quiches. For those who love baked goods, prepare to stock your basket with all the iconic South African classics like rusks, Hertzoggies milk tarts and crunchies. They also sell a selection of local Elgin wine and artisanal products that make lovely gifts.

Table at De Meye (Stellenbosch)

The De Meye wine estate offers one of the country’s most beautiful al fresco dining experiences. Sweeping views of the vineyards invite you to relax and enjoy the locally sourced, seasonal three-course menu, which changes every few weeks. Expect country-style, rustic fare featuring items like fresh sourdough bread with curry aioli and butter-roasted free-range chicken with lemon crème. The presentation is family-style so be prepared to share giant platters. It’s like going to a friend’s house for the best Sunday lunch of your life. Booking is essential.

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