Things To Do in Stellenbosch - The Ultimate Guide 2017
Things To Do in Stellenbosch - The Ultimate Guide 2017
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Things To Do in Stellenbosch - The Ultimate Guide 2017
Fun things to do, places to visit and must-see attractions in Stellenbosch. Everything from shopping, outdoors and culture to nightlife.
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Things To Do in Stellenbosch - The Ultimate Guide 2017

Fun things to do, places to visit and must-see attractions in Stellenbosch. Everything from shopping, outdoors and culture to nightlife.
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Things To Do in Stellenbosch - The Ultimate Guide 2017
Fun things to do, places to visit and must-see attractions in Stellenbosch. Everything from shopping, outdoors and culture to nightlife.

Make the most of the beautiful Stellenbosch weather and embrace the great outdoors - there is a range of fun things to do for the adventurous and the relaxed.

We have compiled a comprehensive guide to Stellenbosch, listing the magical, historical and must-see locations in this special town.

Quick Jump
Outdoor Attractions & Adventures
Points of Interest
Movies
Markets & Shopping
Things to Do with Kids
Relax & Unwind
Restaurants & Coffee
Things to Do at Night
Transport & Weather

Outdoor Attractions & Adventures

Let’s get to the good stuff. We have compiled the ultimate selection of outdoor attractions and adventures in Stellenbosch, and in honour of this being the heart of the Winelands, we’ve kicked it off with, well, wine.

Wine Farms and Tastings

Boasting over 150 wine farms, the region is internationally renowned for its viticulture.

Stellenbosch was also the first region in South Africa to establish a wine route in 1971 — the Stellenbosch wine route is now one of the most popular attractions in South Africa.

Tokara Wine Tasting

Tokara Wine Farm
tokarawines

This wine estate offers a unique combination of award-winning wines, brandy and olive oils, as well as a gallery of fine art, a deli and a restaurant featuring a top South African chef.

The wine and olive oil tastings are complimentary, but there is a small fee for tasting the brandy.

  • Contact Number: (021) 808 5900
  • Address: Tokara Wine Estate, Helshoogte Road
  • More Info: Tokara Wine Tasting

Jordan Wine Estate

Views at Jordan Wine Estate
@jordan_wines

Run by a husband and wife team, the 146 hectare (about the size of 146 rugby fields!) Jordan wine estate has been producing world class wines since 1993. With stunning panoramic views of Stellenbosch and Table Mountain, this is a must-visit location.

There is a range of onsite facilities for guests, including conferencing, accommodation, a highly-rated restaurant and a variety of wine tasting and wine tour options.

  • Contact Number: (021) 8813441
  • Address: Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Vlottenberg
  • More Info: Jordan Wines Estate

Warwick Wine Estate

Get a taste of what Stellenbosch has to offer
@warwickwineestate

Named after the Warwickshire regiment in the Anglo Boer War, Warwick wine estate has been producing fine grapes since 1964. It was only in 1984 that the first Warwick Cabernet Sauvignon (‘La Femme Bleu’— the Blue Lady) was unveiled.

It was 20 years well spent as La Femme Bleu is still a great success today with the latest vintage available for purchase from the estate. The Warwick team prides themselves on their intimate, informative and interactive wine tastings offered daily.

Spier Wine Farm

Relax at Spier wine Farm
@spierwinefarm

No visit to Stellenbosch would be complete without visiting the Spier wine farm. An innovative farm, the owners pride themselves on their biodynamic agricultural methods and humane farming methods (the farm produces meat, but we’re sure they’re kind to their grapes too).

There is a range of things to do at this award-winning estate (be sure to read our section on picnics and family activities) with wine tasting being a definite highlight. The tastings start with a basic fee per person and increases depending on the add-ons you choose.

  • Contact Number: (021) 809 1984
  • Address: R310 Baden Powell Road, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Spier website

Lanzerac Wine Tasting Room

Visit some tasting rooms
@thewinegirlcapetown
One of Lanzerac’s claims to fame is that it is home to the world’s first bottled Pinotage (a South African wine created in the 1920s).

The estate has gone from strength to strength and offers everything from wedding venues, to accommodation and excellent dining at their onsite restaurant.

They offer an impressive wine tasting room for privacy, or tastings on the veranda where you can enjoy the stunning view as an accompaniment to their delectable selection of wines.

The basic tasting includes 4 wines, however more notable tastings include the Alma Mater wine, chocolate pairing or the artisanal Cheese and Wine tasting.

Brampton Wine Studio

Have some fun wine tasting at bramptom
@bramptonwinestudio

Brampton Wine Studio is a fun wine bar in the heart of the student territory in Stellenbosch. Always full, this is a colourful evening out not to be missed. Be sure to book a table.

The staff are friendly and helpful and when the wine releases your inner artist, the tables are blackboards waiting to be drawn on. What’s not to love about a bar that serves wine and free chalk!

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 10am - 9pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 883 9097
  • Address: 1 Church Street, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Brampton Wine Studio

Bartinney Wine and Champagne Bar

The Bartinney wines, heralding from the Bartinney Wine Estate are the flagship offering, with a glass for every occasion.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon - Sat, 11am - 9pm
  • Contact Number: 076 348 5374
  • Address: 5 Bird Street, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Bartinney wine estate

Stellenbosch Street Soirées

Wednesday monthly pop-up wine tasting
@claudz_gev

Stellenbosch Wine Routes, with the surrounding Stellenbosch restaurants, bring you Stellenbosch Street Soirées — a monthly pop-up food and wine fair that comes to life during the summer months (November to March) in central Stellenbosch.

The event takes place one Wednesday a month and entrance is free.

JC Le Roux Sparkling Wine

Nougat and Turkish delight pairing
@houseofjcleroux

Sparkling wine is a refreshing take on the grape (the honour of calling it anything else rests with the town of Champagne in France) and Stellenbosch does not disappoint.

The House of JC le Roux offers a delightful experience in their elegant tasting room. The nougat and Turkish Delight pairings both come highly recommended.

Stellenbrau

Some of the finest Craft Beer
@stellenbrau

In 2012, Stellenbrau (Stellenbosch’s very own craft brewery) launched their first beer, the Craven Craft Lager, which won Top Lager at the Global Craft Beer Awards in Berlin.

Since then, the brewery has released three new beers (each with a Stellenbosch theme) and they now offer tours and tastings.

The price of admission guarantees you a tour of the facility, a beer tasting and a world-class lager to enjoy afterwards.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 11am - 6pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 883 3622
  • Address: The Woodmill Lifestyle, Vredenburg Road
  • More Info: Stellenbrau Brewery

Hiking Trails in Stellenbosch

There are hiking options for people of every fitness level and we’ve set out some of our favourites below.

Dirtopia Trail Centre

Go trailing in Stellenbosch
@xandventuras

While Dirtopia specialises in mountain biking (you can rent bikes or get yours serviced), they also have a range of marked hiking trails and occasional organised hiking events.

The HQ is the Dirtopia Trail Centre on the Delvera farm, just 10km outside Stellenbosch, where they sell permits for the marked trails. Facilities include a café, a children’s play area and a speciality bike shop.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • R40 Adults
    • R20 Kids
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 6am-7pm
  • Contact Number: 021 884 4752
  • Address: Muldersvlei Rd, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Dirtopia website

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Hiking in Stellenbosch
@andregie

The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is situated in the idyllic Jonkershoek valley and is home to the majestic Jonkershoek Mountains.

This reserve ranges approximately 9 800 hectares and offers plenty of easily accessible hikes for all fitness levels. The most popular hike / moderate walk is the Tweede Waterval trail which is about 6,5km long and ambles along the Eerste River.

Bring a swimming costume as there are lovely pools to take a refreshing dip in. There is a conservancy fee per person and you must get a permit before entering the reserve, so remember to bring cash with you.

While the views are distractingly beautiful, remember to look out for puff adders and Cape cobras and be sure to have the Cape Nature emergency number on hand just in case.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • R40 Adults
    • R20 Kids
  • Operating Hours:
    • Daily, 6am - 7pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 483 0190
  • Address: Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Coetzenberg

Trail Riding in The Mountains
@vera_adrian7

The Coetzenberg Mountain has lovely trails to explore without requiring a permit. It is the perfect place for a spur of the moment evening walk or hike (depending on the path you choose).

Be sure to take your camera with you to capture the glory of a Stellenbosch summer sunset for yourself. The start of the trail is next to Stellenbosch University’s Coetzenberg Rugby Stadium, walk a few minutes and you will be at a dam frequented by students looking to cool off.

From there, choosing the right hand path will take you to a field filled with cows (and calves if you’re lucky), while the left path will take you further up the mountain. No need to worry about getting lost — these paths either circle back on themselves or take you down onto one of the rugby fields.

Parkrun at Root 44

Parkrun to the Root 44 Market
@cheryls23

Parkruns have gained massive popularity in recent years and Stellenbosch has its own on offer at Root 44.

This weekly Saturday morning event is a 5km timed walk or run where you try and improve on your previous weeks’ time. Afterwards, runners and walkers alike socialise over a cup of coffee at the Root 44 Market (see Markets below).

Visit the Parkrun website for details on how to register.

Points of Interest

Oom Samie se Winkel

Visit a historic shop
@jaccodekoeijer

Oom Samie Se Winkel (Oom Samie’s shop) is an institution in Stellenbosch and a recommended stop on any visitor’s agenda, especially because it forms part of the historic Stellenbosch Dorp Street.

The shop aims to continue the old traditions of the rural trading post, stocking everything a traveller or a local could possibly want — from handcrafted straw yard brooms to clothing, fruit and veg, and arts and crafts.

You are welcome to relax on the bench on their veranda and watch the world go by.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 9am - 6pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 887 2372
  • Address: 82/84 Dorp St, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Oom Saamies

Ou Hoofgebou

Admire Architecture at Ou Hoofgebou
@lois.hw

The Ou Hoofgebou (old main building), sitting grandly on Ryneveld Street, was inaugurated in 1886. Built in Classicist Renaissance Renewal style, this building’s grandeur has thankfully survived the rigours of time. Formally the administration building of Stellenbosch University, the Ou Hoofgebou currently houses the law faculty.

Visitors flock to admire and photograph the gorgeous architecture of the building as well as its manicured perimeter garden. Any historically-motivated visit to Stellenbosch must include this photogenic stop.

Dorp Street

Dorp Street is a quaint oak-lined street in the heart of Stellenbosch. One of its main features is that it boasts one of the longest rows of original survivor buildings in any major town in Southern Africa, full of old world charm.

Start at the top of Dorp Street at the University’s theology faculty, where you can admire one of the champion trees of South Africa (a Norfolk pine tree standing at 46m high and planted in the early 1800s).

Stroll down the street and admire the beautiful Cape Dutch architecture (miraculously 166 Voorgelegen Street still houses the original Batavian tiles in the parlour), as well as the restaurants, boutiques and coffee shops on route. This is one of the best historic walking areas in the town.

Spice Route

Enjoy the Views of the winelands
@christel.lindhorst

No guide to visiting the heart of the winelands would be complete without including the spectacular Spice Route. Situated just outside Stellenbosch, this ‘sensory feast’ boasts everything from wine tastings and sales, a brewery and artisanal chocolates to delicious coffee and other locally made treats and products.

The various stopping points are all housed in different buildings, making for a delightfully atmospheric stroll.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 9am - 5pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 863 5200
  • Address: Suid-Agter-Paarl Road, Paarl
  • More Info: Spice Route

Stellenbosch University

Considered one of the top universities in SA
Stellenbosch University

The University of Stellenbosch, an integral part of Stellenbosch history and culture, has been around since 1874 when it started out as a college. Stellenbosch University as we know it today was established in 1918 and is considered one of the top universities in Africa.

The students of Stellenbosch University are nicknamed "Maties". Various theories about this term exist, from the Afrikaans word "tamatie" (meaning tomato, because the old Rugby uniforms were maroon) to the idea that it stems from the Afrikaans colloquialism “maat” (meaning "buddy"). Whichever it may be, Maties are the soul of Stellenbosch.

The town and the University have no defined borders where one ends and the other begins and students are everywhere, enjoying the place they call home.

Theatres in Stellenbosch

AmaZink Township Theatre in Kayamandi

Experience a Theatre in Kayamandi
@amazinklive

AmaZink is a township dinner theatre experience in Kayamandi, on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. Every Friday night between October and March annually (2016/2017 will mark their 6th season), the doors open from 7pm and guests are greeted with the sound of drums and boisterous singing.

Inside, drinks and traditional township fare are on the menu (the main dish changes every month) and there is also a traditional African crafts market to browse.

This is a whole different side to Stellenbosch and the energy and atmosphere is infectious. The AmaZink Facebook page has more info as well as contact details.

  • Contact Number: 082 689 6382
  • Address: Masitandane Road, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: AmaZink Theatre

HB Thom Theatre

Watch a theatre performance
@dramaties_nuus

This performance theatre forms a part of Stellenbosch University and provides a creative space for local amateur theatre groups and youth drama festivals to put on their shows.

There are even rumours of the University theatre being haunted by the spirit of the first chairperson of the drama department — Professor Fred Engelen.

  • Contact Number: (021) 808 3216
  • Address: 15 Victoria Street, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Hb Thom Theatre

The Endler Hall

Classical Concert or Choir anyone
@mariette_durand

The  556-seater Endler Hall, part of the University of Stellenbosch’s music department, is home to classical concerts and choir performances. Stellenbosch’s choir is currently considered the top amateur choir in the world by the Interkultur Foundation world ranking system.

The Endler Hall has been touted as one of the finest concert halls in the world. You can see a list of upcoming events at the Hall here. If you happen to be in town and looking for a more sophisticated night out, then this is the place for you.

Drostdy Theatre

Drostdy Theatre has a nostalgic feel, with Afrikaans roots. They specialise on showcasing the best Afrikaans talent and shows Stellenbosch has to offer.

The large intimate theatre seats 120 patrons and is often housing a sold out show. Check their website for change in showtimes.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Shows starts at 8:15pm
  • Contact Number: 071 931 9954
  • Address: 1st Floor, 48 Alexander Rd, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Drostdy Theatre

Galileo Theatre

See a movie under the stars
@melissa_jab

The Galileo outdoor cinema allows you to soak up the country experience at some of the most beautiful wine estates in Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.

The theatre heads to the magnificent winelands on select Saturdays (November through April) and showcases popular films, with the show starting at sunset. There are various ticket options, starting with the no frills R79 for a Galileo ticket (if you book online).

The tickets go all the way up to R150 which will get you a blanket, a backrest, a snack and drink parcel as well as premium seating. The movie schedule and ticket sales are available online for your convenience.

Museums in Stellenbosch

Here are a few must-visit museums on your historical exploration of Stellenbosch.

Stellenbosch Village Museum

Get your dose of Stellenbosch Village Museum
glennbrad

The Stellenbosch Village Museum, on Ryneveld Street, comprises of four historic houses and their gardens, each representing a different period in the development of the buildings and culture in Stellenbosch.

This museum is not a dry, stuffy room full of bland objects but rather a colourful and interactive reenactment with guides in period costume who make Stellenbosch’s rich history come alive.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm
  • Contact Number: 021 887 2948
  • Address: 18 Ryneveldstreet, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Stellenbosch Museum website.

Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum

Don't play with Dolls at the Museum
@marinabotes

The ever-popular Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum houses a collection of 1:12 scale miniatures, room boxes, antique dolls, tiny cars, cuddly creatures and other toys, intended to invoke a sense of nostalgia for those days before video games.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Fri, 9am - 4:30pm
  • Contact Number: 079 981 7067
  • Address: Market Road, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Miniature Toy Museum

V.O.C Kruithuis

See guns and cannons in Stellenbosche
www.kapstadt-net

Lastly, make time to visit the The V.O.C Kruithuis on Bloem street. The Kruithuis is unique in South Africa in that it is the only surviving powder magazine in South Africa.

Dating from the days of the Dutch East India Company (1777), this tiny historic museum houses a wonderful collection of 17th century signalling cannons as well as many other items from the military history of Stellenbosch.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon - Fri from 9am - 2pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 887 2948
  • Address: Market Road, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: V.O.C Kruithuis

Movies

Find the latest movies and showtimes in Stellenbosch. See Trailers, Reviews, Ratings, Release Dates & More - (2D, 3D)

Markets & Shopping

If you’re in Stellenbosch over the weekend, then the question isn’t if there’s a market for you to visit, but rather which market you should head to. Whichever one you choose, you’re in for a wonderful time.

Root 44 Market

Check out the Route44 Market
@janita_doms

The name is a play on the fact that this market is situated on the R44 (Route 44) which runs through Stellenbosch. The Root 44 market boasts good food, delicious drinks, lively tunes and brilliant company.

It is the perfect all-weather setting where you can gather friends and family together, come rain or shine, thanks to their marquee tents.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Sat and Sun, 10am - 4pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 881 3052
  • Address: R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Root 44

The Blaauwklippen Family Market

Visit the blaauw klippen family market in stellenbosch
blaauwklippenfamilymarket

The Blaauwklippen Family Market is a popular Sunday favourite in the Western Cape. There is a wide range of mouth-watering foods and creative crafts, fantastic entertainment and plenty of space for kids to run free and play.

Even your fur kids are welcome on every 3rd Sunday of the month, when dog lovers can enjoy the Vineyard Doggy Walk with all proceeds going towards the Helderberg Animal Welfare Society.

The Oude Libertas Market

Get some Grub at the Libertas Market
@braai_the_beloved_country

The Stellenbosch Slow Market at Oude Libertas is an authentic Slow Foods Market, selling products that have been grown, raised, harvested, caught, preserved, handmade or transformed by the producers themselves.

The market features specialty food and wine producers, food artisans, local farmers, natural and organic merchants, clothing, jewellery, seasonal goods, designer wear and an entertainment amphitheatre. It is also home to the Distell Foundation.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Saturdays, 9am - 2pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 886 8514
  • Address: Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Slow Food Market

Things to Do with Kids

Butterfly World

View the butterflies at butterfly world outside stellenbosch
@karla_scheffer

Butterfly World, a unique attraction just outside of Stellenbosch, is a tropical garden contained in a 1 000 metre square greenhouse. This veritable paradise is a must-visit for family trips, with exotic butterflies, massive iguanas and pythons (don’t worry, these are behind glass) all on display.

Butterfly World boasts numerous educational displays (including a specially housed arctic fox) and has a huge garden for the kids to play in, as well as a restaurant for the whole family.

Be sure to check out their family package as well as the discounts on offer for students and pensioners.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • R80 Adult
    • R45 Kids
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 9 - 5pm
  • Contact Number: 021 875 5628.
  • Address: Route 44, Paarl
  • More Info: Butterfly World

Giraffe House

Feed the Giraffes outside stellies
@ashleighkirsty

The Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness centre on the R304 into Stellenbosch provides the opportunity to get up close to some of Africa's wonderful wildlife and bird species.

Focusing specifically on African wildlife, Giraffe House aims to provide a place for people to enjoy the outdoors, while learning about local fauna and why we need to preserve it.

Be sure to look out for an important member of the team — Gerry, the hand-reared giraffe. Make a note to catch the interactive creepy crawly encounters which are held at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on weekends and during school holidays.

Kids (and adults if you’re feeling brave) get the chance to meet and hold some interesting creatures.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • R50 Adults
    • R30 Kids,
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 9am - 5pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 884 4506
  • Address: Old Paarl Rd & R304, Muldersvlei
  • More Info: Giraffe House.

Polkadraai Strawberry Farm

MASSIVE STRAWBERRY FIELDS
@vi.dd

Polkadraai Strawberry Farm is a firm favourite for a day out. The farm has massive strawberry fields and for as little as R35 for a Junior Picker bucket or R190 for the Ultimate Picker, you can spend the day in the field filling your container with all the juicy strawberries you can eat.

Bear in mind that picking season only runs from September to January (closed Christmas day), however there are still plenty of reasons to visit the farm in the off season, including tractor rides, mini golf and a tasty food court.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • Strawberry picking R35 pp
    • Tractor rides R20 pp
    • Mini golf R30 pp
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 8:30am - 4pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 881 3303
  • Address: Stellenbosch Arterial Road
  • More Info: Polkadraai strawberry farm

Eagle Encounters

Get close to eagles
@allemooi

We’ve talked about Spier wine farm already but there’s even more on offer. Spier is home to Eagle Encounters — a wildlife rehabilitation conservation, education and eco-tourism centre which focuses on rescuing birds of prey and educating the public while they’re at it.

There’s the chance for personal encounters with some of the birds and the centre hosts daily interactive flying shows and displays.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • Adults - R75
    • Kids - R65
  • Operating Hours:
    • Daily, 9:30am - 5pm
  • Contact Number: 021 858 1826
  • Address: Spier Wine Farm, Baden Powell Drive R310
  • More Info: Eagle Encounters

Relax & Unwind

Picnics in Stellenbosch

If you’re looking for a more relaxed outdoor day, then a Stellenbosch picnic is a great option. There are numerous venues to choose from, and many Stellenbosch wine farms have gorgeous picnic spots.

Many of the farms offer pre-packed picnic baskets and ask that you do not bring your own picnic goodies.

Check the policies of the individual estates before you head out.

Boschendal

Boschendal wine and picnic
@boschendal

Boschendal is one of Stellenbosch’s most popular picnic options. The estate offers curated picnics which must be pre-ordered, and there are two idyllic picnic locations: Rhone, where you can either enjoy your hamper on a fully laid out table or on a blanket under the oak trees, or Werf, where guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and tables.

A variety of baskets, including banting and kiddy options is available for purchase.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon to Sun, 9:30am - 4pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 870 4200
  • Address: 10 Park Drive, Franshhoek
  • More Info: Boschendal

Spier Wine Farm

Vineyards as far as the eye can see
@natalieglaze

Spier has expansive shade covered lawns on which to enjoy one of their pre-packed picnic hampers from their famous Eight To Go deli.

You can book your picnic online and choose from a range of options including a vegetarian hamper and a mini picnic for the kids. Where possible, each picnic is put together with local, natural and organic produce.

Choose from a variety of award-winning wines to be added onto your order if you want to combine wine tasting with your picnic.

  • Contact Number: 021 809 1100
  • Address: R310 Baden Powell Road, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Spier website

Hudsons at Vredenheim

Burgers or Picnics at Vredenheim
@faniswa_yisa

Vredenheim Wine Estate is home to the beautifully located Hudsons restaurant. Besides a full indoor offering, you can also enjoy a picnic outside in fantastic scenery.

Order your picnic at least 24 hours in advance and buy drinks at Hudsons when you arrive. Spend an afternoon lazing in paradise with delicious food. Vredenheim also has a big cat park and game on the estate, so you can even have a tiny Stellenbosch safari before you grab your picnic (or afterwards, but we doubt you’ll want to move once you’ve settled down).

  • Contact Number: 021 881 3590
  • Address: Vredenheim Wine Estate, Stellenbocsh
  • More Info: Vredenheim

Zevenwacht

Platters, wine and picnics at Zevenwacht
@cicela89

Zevenwacht Wine Estate is just a short but worthwhile drive out of Stellenbosch, offering a delicious range of picnic baskets served on the picturesque tree-shaded lawns sloping down to a peaceful lake.

Enjoy a refreshing selection of bread and biscuits, cold meats, cheeses and salads or pre-book a braai basket and cook your own meal over vine-wood fires. It might be a little further away, but it’s well worth it.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon - Sun, 9am - 5pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 900 5700
  • Address: Langverwacht Road, Kuils River
  • More Info: Zevenwacht wine estate

Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

Picnic in the Stellenbosch University Botanical gardens
@cicela89

If packing your own picnic basket is better suited to your tastes (and your wallet), then be sure to head to Food Lovers Market in central Stellenbosch.

This food extravaganza has everything from sushi to hot meals, salads to wraps and all the sweet treats you can imagine. Once you’ve stocked up on everything yummy, head to the Stellenbosch University Botanical Gardens a few minutes’ walk away.

The garden is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa, housing an enormous diversity of both indigenous and exotic plants (visit the giant lily pads and bonsai collection, for instance).

There are ample benches or expanses of lawn for you to settle down on with your picnic basket and soak in the beauty and tranquillity of this garden.

Spas in Stellenbsoch

Lanzerac Spa & Wellness Centre

The spa is overlooked by the Jonkershoek Mountains
@ alvadore_m

Lanzerac Spa is housed on the Lanzerac Wine Estates. The grassy green venue is overlooked by the Jonkershoek Mountains making it ideal for some rest and relaxation.

The Spa was recently refurbished and now boasts 6 treatments rooms, 1 couples treatment room and even a disability friendly treatment room. Other facilities include:

  • 2 Rasul Chambers
  • Sauna
  • Steam Rooms
  • Mist Room
  • Indoor Heated Pool

Your stresses will be wiped away by professionally trained staff and beautiful scenic views.

Tip: Make a day of it and explore the vineyard while you’re there.
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon - Sun, 9am-6pm,
  • Contact Number: (021) 883 9444
  • Address: 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Lanzerac Spa

The Hydro at Stellenbosch

Soothing anti-technology experience
@haleigh331

The Hydro at Stellenbosch has recently received a face lift. The tan and cream coloured spa is a soothing anti-technology experience, where laptops and cellphones are banned in public areas. It truly is a step into relaxation via disconnection in this very connected world.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Daily from 8am-5pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 809 3800
  • Address: High Rustenberg Estate, Lelie Road, Idas Valley, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: The Hydro

Golfing in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch Golf Club

Superb greens sporting an 18 hole course
@erik_knobel

Stellenbosch Golf Club is the fourth oldest golf club in South Africa, having hosted various golfing tournaments such as the 1999 South African Open and 5 South African Masters Tournaments.

It is now an 18-hole course with superb greens. The staff are warm and welcoming which beautifully completes the infallible greens. Situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains it is an escape from everyday city life in Stellenbosch.

Tip: After a game why not enjoy a cocktail on their lovely veranda area.
  • Operating Hours:
    • Daily from 8am-5pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 880 0103
  • Address: Strand Road, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Stellenbosch Golf Club

Restaurants & Coffee

Prefer to get your buzz from caffeine? Stellenbosch’s wide variety of local roasters and coffee shops have the delicious, freshly roasted, coffee you crave. Here are some of the local favourites.

Coffee in Stellenbosch

Mill Coffee House

For the early birds
@courtills

Just around the corner from the Blue Crane and the Butterfly, you’ll find the Mill Coffee House at the corner of Mill and Dorp Street.

Mill serves Caffé Tomeucci, imported from Rome, from as early as 6:30am, providing the early birds with their caffeine fix.

Mill has embraced the popular banting lifestyle (LCHF) and has a wide range of banting options available — including banting cheesecake!

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon - Sun, 6:30am - 5pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 887 7085
  • Address: 132 Dorp St, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Mill Coffee House

Hazz Coffee Shop

Get your coffee fix
@foodfactorco

Just walking into this shop provides a hit of the best roasting coffee aromas. Enjoying the coffee before you’ve even ordered a cup is a great way to start the day.

Only minutes from Stellenbosch University’s law faculty, this is a popular coffee spot with both students and business folk alike.

Enjoying the coffee under the shade of the mighty oak trees of Ryneveld Street is a good idea, no matter what time of the day it is.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon - Fri 7am - 4:45pm
    • Sat - Sun, 7:30am - 12:45pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 882 9976
  • Address: 32 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Haaz

Schoon De Companje

Beer and Baked goods
@schoondecompanje

Schoon de Companje has been described as the bakery version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Every corner in the bakery-cum-restaurant reveals something new and exciting, be it their ice cream, macaroons, freshly baked breads or ice cold craft beers.

Whether you opt to order a treat to go, or are lucky enough to nab a sought-after table and work through their menu at your leisure, this place is not to be missed.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Tue - Sun, 8am - 5pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 883 2187
  • Address: Bird St & Church Street, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Schoon De Companje

Restaurants in Stellenbosch

Postcard Cafe

Enjoy the views at Stark-Condé Wines
@su.yoooo

Postcard Cafe at Stark-Condé Wines is a popular stop when it’s just a little too early to head to a wine tasting.

Situated on a breathtaking estate, you can enjoy an extensive breakfast menu and fresh coffee while you plan out your day.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Wed to Sun, 9:30am - 4pm
  • Contact Number: (021) 861 7703
  • Address: Oude Nektar Wine Estate, Jonkershoek Valley
  • More Info: Postcard Café

The Blue Crane and The Butterfly

Eats and coffee at the Blue Crane and The Butterfly
@jessmilner

On the historic Dorp Street in Stellenbosch, this lovely spot opened in 2013 and quickly became a local favourite. The Blue Crane and the Butterfly import their coffee beans from El Salvador and roast onsite daily.

The drinks are complemented by a small but tasty menu that includes melt-in-your-mouth pastries, artisanal sandwiches and platters to share, all at reasonable prices.

Tip: While savouring their exotic coffee, keep an eye out for the cakes of the day.

Things to Do at Night

After you’ve reaped all you can from Stellenbosch during the day (and if you’re still feeling energetic) then you will enjoy experiencing this student town coming to life at night.

Head out after sunset to enjoy local live entertainment and the buzzing Stellies’ nightlife! Read on for some of the best local spots to hit.

Bars in Stellenbosch

Bohemia

A happening and vibey water hole
@bohemia_stb

Located in the heart of Stellenbosch, Bohemia is famous for its homemade pizzas among other things. Frequented by hipsters and students alike it has become quite a popular waterhole. A happening and vibey place on any given night of the week, makes this venue a definite must-visit.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sat, 11am-2am
    • Sun, 12pm-12am
  • Contact Number: (021) 882 8375
  • Address: 1 Victoria St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Bohemia

Aandklas Live Music Venue

See a live band at aandklaas
@forefrontsa

The name literally translates to “evening class” — a handy excuse when parents check up on their hardworking students.

Aandklas, a bar at heart, is Stellenbosch’s most popular live music venue and it regularly features local up and coming bands and DJs from all over the Western Cape, with an emphasis on rock music.

The bar also hosts a weekly quiz night on Thursdays with a bar tab up for grabs.

Balboa Balcony Bar

Expect intimate, personal and hands on service
@leisurelife1

Balboa is an intimate location that serves craft beer and homemade pizzas. They are known for their wide variety of specialty cocktails and open 7 days a week.

A hands-on owner provides patrons with personalized experience. Friendly, welcoming staff await you.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Daily from 12pm - 1:30am
  • Contact Details: (021) 886 7110
  • Address: 18A Andringa St, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Balboa Balcony Bar

Clubs in Stellenbosch

Nu-Bar

Upmarket student & Young working class club
@nubar_stellies

Nu-bar is an upmarket club targeting the students and working class of Stellenbosch. They offer great drink specials and cater for bachelorette parties and private functions. The dress code is smart casual with a strict no caps rule. Owners Stephan and Zelda are fun loving friendly people and that comes across in their venue.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sat, 8pm-2am
  • Address: 51 Plein Street, Stellenbosch
  • Contact Number: (021) 886 8998
  • More Info: Nu-Bar

Entourage

TWINZPIn hitting the daB at Entourage nightclub
Entourage Nightclub

This double level cosy venue has a chilled nightclub feel with cheap drinks and even better music. The club has become so popular with locals that people even drive out from Cape Town just for a night out there. The downstairs area has an Afrikaans vibe while upstairs features the latest electronic music. The terrace area is great for chatting with mates and hanging out. Entourage's friendly staff and owner will have you coming back for more.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Wed, Fri and Sat, from 8pm-2am
  • Address: 51 Plein Street, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Entourage

Die Mystic Boer

Have a mean night out on a lean wallet
@mysticstellies

When your budget is a bit tight but a night out is what you’re after look no further than Die Mystic Boer. Their Afrikaans name is the epitome of Afrikaners' friendliness. The staff are clued up on their menu and ready to serve you.

After midnight the upstairs area becomes a full-on club jol, with kick-ass beats and the latest tracks on the decks.

With many specials on both food and drink everyday of the week there is something for everyone.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Daily from 11am-2am
  • Contact Number: (021) 886 8870
  • Address: 3 Victoria St, Stellenbosch
  • More Info: Die Mystic Boer

A Sokkie-Jol at Opskop

Popular sokkie dancing spot in Stellies
@carien22

Sokkie is a form of long-arm dancing popular in these parts of the country, and what better place to give it a try than at Opskop.

This is an upmarket sokkie club just 7km outside of Stellenbosch on the R304. The club hosts famous South African artists and guarantees a great vibe every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until the wee hours of the morning.

  • Contact Number: 072 229 9954
  • Address: Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch

Transport & Weather

Situated only 50km from the Cape Town CBD, Stellenbosch is the second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape, behind the Mother City herself. Locals refer to Stellenbosch as Eikestad (the Afrikaans and Dutch for ‘City of Oaks’) thanks to Simon van der Stel who, when he founded Stellenbosch in 1679, lined the lanes and streets with oak trees.

Some of these have been declared National Monuments. Local lore still holds that it is lucky for an acorn to hit you on the head while strolling through the town.

Weather

Weather in Stellenbosch
@dirkeicher

Stellenbosch has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot dry summers and wet, moderately cold winters.The summer sun can be merciless with the average temperature at around 26ºC (78.8F) and peaking in the mid 30s (95F)! Be sure to bring your sunblock and a hat when enjoying wine-tasting or visiting historic sites.

If you’re looking for more detailed information about Stellenbosch weather, check YR Weather or AccuWeather for your daily forecasts and real-time reports.

Transport Around Stellenbosch

Once you’re in Stellenbosch and have narrowed down what it is you want to do, how do you get around if you don’t have your own car?

Walking

The most popular way of getting around central Stellenbosch is free and energy efficient — your own two feet.

Ask any Stellies student and they will tell you that walking is a way of life, from their accommodation to their classes, the shops and even to the local watering holes (see our section on live entertainment above).

The town itself isn’t that big and a brisk 20-minute walk will get you to most of the must-see hotspots.

Transport to The Wine Farms

Take a tuk tuk in Stellies
@devonvalleyhotel

With some of the best vintners in the world, you cannot visit Stellenbosch without taking one of its many guided wine tasting tours.

There are several great options including the Vinehopper tour, a hop-on, hop-off wine farm tour bus, or experience a unique tuk tuk wine farm tour courtesy of Tuk Tuk Stellies.

They offer half and full day Stellenbosch wine farm tours. Heading further afield? The Franschhoek wine tram is a fantastic hop-on hop-off service which offers various routes (each with unique wine tasting and food pairing options), allowing you to fully explore the rich wine culture of the Franschhoek Valley (part of the greater Stellenbosch municipality).

Stellenbosch offers so much to interest visitors of all ages. From bountiful wine tasting options, picnics in nature to exploring the history of South Africa through the lens of Stellenbosch, this town is a jewel not to be missed.

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