A mere 39 kilometres from Piketberg – or 88 kilometres on a mountain bike through Paleisheuwel – Kardoesie Restaurant and Shop offers a spectacular view of the Renosterhoek Valley in summer and a cosy fire place in winter.
Kardoesie N7 Countrystop: ‘n ‘Kardoes(ie)’ is a brown paper bag – those old enough will remember with nostalgia how groceries would be packed in these bags and held under one’s arm to take to your car or to walk home. In times gone by children could buy a handful of loose sweets; they would clutch their precious stash in a small kardoesie crumpled at the top to fit into a little fist. Trying to retrieve a sweet from the bag would yield a surprise as you wouldn’t know which flavour would emerge.
In the same way the people at Kardoesie N7 Countrystop seem to come up with a new experience ever so often. They re-invent what is on offer constantly so there might just be a surprise in store when you arrive. Those who have been here once seem to return countless times.
At Kardoesie an extensive breakfast menu is served all day – always a plus for those en route somewhere whether it’s near or far – or choose between a wide selection of burgers, pizzas or toasted sandwiches including a dagwood or tramezzini, light meals such as homemade pies and filled pancakes, hake and/or calamari as well as scrumptious cakes.
Whilst you wait – but you will have to hurry as the service is brisk, and friendly – browse the deli shop or Mengelmoes with its delightful mishmash of merchandise from leather products to imported clothes, from books to sunglasses.
Kardoesie N7 Countrystop also offers camping and self-catering accommodation. As its only 80 minutes’ drive from Cape Town it’s ideal for a weekend breakaway to explore the district and to get away from it all.
Over the years Kardoesie, who opened their doors in 1997, has become a delightful institutional stop on the N7 at the top of Piekenierskloof Pass on your way to/from Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam, Wupperthal, Vanrhynsdorp, Nieuwoudtville and/or Garies.
7 Stops on the N7
The 7 Stops On The N7 route has been launched by the Kardoesie N7 Countrystop and is a self-drive route which includes the towns of Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam, Wupperthal, Van Rhynsdorp, Nieuwoudtville and Garies.
The West Coast Way Wild Route, which was launched in early December, and will also be showcased in April 2017 at the prestigious World Travel Market trade event, has been developed by West Coast Way and is the latest exciting route to be added to the other West Coast Way offerings, which include the Culture Route, the Scenic Route, the Berg Route and the Foodie Route.
The Wild Route, which is the ultimate “off the beaten track” experience, offers two passage options – the Sustainable Sea Food Track, which travels along the coast and includes Elands Bay, Lambert’s Bay and Doringbaai; and the People Rocking Nature Track, which covers the inland towns along the N7, starting at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort and Citrusdal.
According to Kardoesie N7 Countrystop founders Hanri and Anette Theron, it was their long time dream to launch the 7 Stops on the N7 Route to promote the areas immediately surrounding their thriving farm stall and restaurant which is situated at the top of the Piekenierskloof Pass near Citrusdal.
Facilities available at Kardoesie N7 Countrystop
• Accommodation • Camping • Child-Friendly • Restaurant & Coffee Shop • Farm Stall • Wheel Chair Accessible • Agri-Tourism • Trails • Historic Landmark • Mountain Biking • Conference Venue • TripAdvisor • Credit & Debit Card Facilities
Find Kardoesie N7 Countrystop on the West Coast Way Berg Route.