Explore, taste, enjoy and have fun!
The town of Stellenbosch is situated about 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of Cape Town, along the banks of the Eerste River.
Cape Town International is within approximately 30 minutes drive, which makes Stellenbosch the perfect first stop on your holiday in South Africa
- Explore Dorp Street to view the historic Cape Dutch buildings.
- Visit the Stellenbosch University campus
- Enjoy some retail therapy
- Wine tasting is offered at many of the surrounding vineyards
- Fine dining - Stellenbosch is home to many of South Africa's top ranked restaurants
- Go mountain biking in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
- Take a day trip to Cape Town: visit Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Cape Point Nature Reserve
- And take another day trip to Hermanus to do some whale watching
- Visit our weekend open air markets
Shopping in Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch has many lovely shops to browse in.
Oom Samie se Winkel is an old world shop selling everything from shoelaces to rooibos tea.
We love Milieu in Ryneveld Street, for authentic South African gifts and homeware. And they wrap it beautifully too!
Big Blue is another great shop for browsing for gifts. Funky and fun genuine South African gifts and clothing.
Protea Boekhuis is a wonderful book shop with a huge selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction. A favourite for book lovers.
Eikestad Mall has clothing boutiques, supermarkets and restaurants.
Dorp, Church, Andringa and Ryneveld Streets are the best for browsing.
Savour the Taste of Stellenbosch
Die VleisPaleis - excellent steaks
The Hussar Grill- good selection of steak & seafood
Basic Bistro - quaint atmosphere, affordable meals
Asta - for authentic Italian pasta & pizza
Greengate - for buffet breakfast & lunch, coffee & cake
Volkskombuis - authentic South African cuisine in a beautiful setting
Wijnhuis - excellent food and wine
Tokara - cuisine and beautiful views of the Stellenbosch Mountains
Oppiedorp - a local favourite
The Blue Crane & the Butterfly - wonderful home baked cakes & light meals
The Fat Butcher - for steak, steak and more steak
Local Weekend Markets for Browsing,Shopping, Relaxing
The Stellenbosch Slow Market brings together a variety of fine foods and wines. You will experience an ancient way of shopping in a modern context. (Saturdays at Oude Libertas farm.)
Blaauwklippen Family Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 to 15h00 and offers a range of fresh produce, homemade products, crafts and plants. There is also live music and space to relax under the trees.
Root 44 at Audacia wine farm on the Annadale road is a favourite with the locals, both old and young. Open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Explore the Stellenbosch Wine Estates
We will provide you with a detailed map of the Stellenbosch wine estates. You can either explore by car (self drive) or use a registered tour company.
Camino Tours is your way to the wineries - to tour their cellars, taste their vintages, dine at their restaurant or enjoy a picnic basket on their grounds.
Happily no one expects you to be a connoisseur, or even to buy the wines.
If your interest is more aesthetic and cultural than wine driven, we will turn the focus on the more historic estates. Just come, relax and enjoy yourself ...
The Jonkershoek State Forest and Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve offer walks, hikes and mountain biking for the outdoor enthusiasts.
Jonkershoek Fish Hatchery offers fly fishing in their dams.
Stellenbosch Mountain is a popular walking and mountain biking destination.
Strand beach is approximately 15 minutes drive. A beautiful, long beach, perfect for watching the sunset!
Stellenbosch Golf Course on the R44 is within walking distance from Penelope's,
De Zalze Golf Estate is within a 5 minute drive
Devonvale Golf Estate is situated approximately 10km from Stellenbosch
Plus many more golf courses in the Cape Winelands area (Pearl Valley, Strand, Erinvale)
Visit Bletterman Huis, Grosvenor House, Toy Museum, Schreuder Huis (dating back to 1709), Die Dorp Museum in the centre of town and the SASOL Art Museum.
The Rupert Museum is highly recommended.
Besides the above, Stellenbosch has many wonderful art galleries.
We can supply you with a free Stellenbosch Art Route map.
Enjoy our Summer Open Air Concerts
Oude Libertas and Spier Amphiteatres, as well as the Stellenbosch Music Conservatorium offer productions to suit every taste.
Take a Slow Walk through the Botanical Gardens
Discover a unique variety of plants or enjoy a light meal, tea or coffee in the Botanical Gardens.
Buy fresh strawberries or pick your own at Mooiberge or Polkadraai Farm Stalls. (August to November)
Stellenbosch University is an internationally accredited university with an idyllic campus at the heart of this picturesque town.
The University faculties include education, science, agro sciences, arts and social sciences, theology, law, engineering, economic, management sciences and more than 40 research institutions.
Stellenbosch is the home of Stellenbosch University and as such offers world class sporting facilities.
If you are a mountain biker you can explore the trails on Stellenbosch Mountain or cycle to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.
Stellenbosch University Sports Centre has an excellent gymnasium with both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.
The Root 44 Market is the venue for the Stellenbosch Park Run every Saturday.
If you just want to go for walk or a run, a walk/run in the vineyards on the edge of Paradyskloof is a wonderful way to wind down.