Tuesday , 25 April 2017
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Tag Archives: cape winelands

Exploring Somerset West

Exploring Somerset West

Part of the Cape Winelands, Somerset West is conveniently situated just 30 minutes from the hub of Cape Town in the Western Cape. Although the vast majority of this town is residential, there are a few natural areas and, of course, wine farms that make this small district a fabulous place to explore. Somerset West is perhaps best known as being the first sight after travelling Sir Lowry’s Pass; the gateway to Cape Town when coming from the Cape Helderberg.

Having been established by the Dutch in 1672, Somerset West is steeped in history. Today, there still exist homes and farmhouses that reflect the old Cape Dutch style, some of which have been meticulously preserved for the sake of tourism and heritage. Read More »

Exploring Franschhoek

Exploring Franschhoek

Surrounded by the exquisite Franschhoek Mountains, which are jade-coloured in some places and rugged rock in others, the town of Franschhoek is an utter escape. It is charming, elegant, historic, scenic, fun and, above all, the culinary capital of South Africa.

It is situated some 87 kilometres from the city centre of Cape Town in the Western Cape Province, along with all of its most famous attractions (such as Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, and the V & A Waterfront). Despite its close proximity to the Mother City, the peaceful ambience with the distinctive European air is unlike any other place, setting Franschhoek apart as a unique destination. Read More »

Exploring Stellenbosch

Exploring Stellenbosch

One of the primary towns of the Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch  is renowned for the incredible wines produced in and around it, as well as for the history that is felt in its architecture, wide roads, and many museums and galleries. More than this, Stellenbosch exudes an irresistible allure, thanks to its verdant beauty. Oak trees line the streets (in fact, this was once called City of Oaks by the Dutch settlers that discovered its inordinate beauty) and the surrounding mountains are visible from just about anywhere in this university town.

Stellenbosch is about 50 kilometres outside Cape Town in the Western Cape and is surrounded by other Winelands towns like Paarl, Pniel and Franschhoek. The rolling hills and mountains are adorned with immaculate vineyards, where the fruits are sweetened by the South African sunshine and the hands that pluck the grapes have viticulture in their blood. Read More »

Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market

Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market

It seems that Cape Town’s favourite destination on a Saturday morning these days, is to Stellenbosch to visit the Fresh Goods Market, situated at Oude Libertas. This amphitheatre style, outdoor and indoor market comprises of an energetic frenzy of food, beverage and craft sellers pedaling their wares and feeding hordes of hungry market goers, every Saturday between 9am-2pm.

The food is fresh, gourmet, trendy and delicious and one is easily swayed to partner brunch with a ‘real’ beer or even a margarita before the Boeing has even flown over! The ample space and rolling lawns on the outskirts of the market give it a feeling of space, allowing for relaxing with friends, while enjoying a smorgasbord of delicious offerings from the market. The ‘slow food’ philosophy at the market, as opposed to fast food, ensures that all the food on offer is independently and ethically produced. Read More »