The Cape West Coast offers a veritable smorgasbord for food and wine lovers, the emphasis being on fresh ingredients, quality produce and traditional, hearty fare. The region boasts its own wine route and is renowned for its fresh seafood, quaint restaurants and unique markets.
Dining on the West Coast
Located right on the famous sixteen-mile beach, this open-air restaurant specialises in the freshest of seafood, basted with butter and grilled on open fires. Served in 3 courses on groaning tables set out in the centre of the restaurant, you will find yourself in culinary heaven.
Starters include chunky seafood soup, homemade pates and konfyte and huge loaves of freshly baked bread just out of the oven. Be careful not to fill up here, though, as you won’t want to miss out on the next course of grilled yellowtail, freshly picked mussels, smoked snoek and other heavenly delights. Dessert is just right – a decadently sweet koeksister washed down with strong coffee that was brewed on the fire. Lunch is served at 1pm, but come a little early so that you can enjoy a stroll on this beautiful shoreline.
Contact: +27 (0)22 451 2206 | strandkombuis.co.za
Perfectly situated, this popular restaurant offers stunning views over Yzerfontein’s beautiful 16 Mile Beach. Bright and airy with a beach house feel, it’s the perfect venue to tuck into fresh seafood or sip iced cocktails. Watch the sunset over the ocean and ease into a candle-lit evening.
In keeping with their theme of serving only fresh and local and locally sourced fare, Beaches offers a selection of wines from the Swartland area.
Contact: +27 (0)22 451-2200
Pearly’s on the Beach
Located right on the main beach, Pearly’s has been a Langebaan institution since it was founded in 1993. This family-run restaurant offers a full a la carte menu, from breakfast and pizzas to fresh seafood and grills, their specialities being Hollandse Biefstuk and their pepper steaks. Relax on the deck and watch the kitesurfers skim across the water or witness the beauty of the sun setting over the lagoon while sipping on a cocktail.
Contact: +27 (0)22 772-2734 | +27 (0)22 772-1309 | www.pearlys.co.za
At this open-air, laid back restaurant you can dine with sand underfoot and blue skies above, right at the water’s edge of Langebaan Lagoon. An extensive array of the freshest seafood and classic South African dishes made from local produce are all cooked to perfection out in the open by friendly chefs. Serving multiple courses over several hours, to the accompaniment of live traditional guitar music, lunch starts at 12am and spans the afternoon. Traditional treats include paella potjie, angel fish and snoek, grilled haarders, fresh mussels and waterblommertjie bredie.
Contact: +27 (0)22 772 2490 | www.strandloper.com
Situated right on the beach at Club Mykonos, Boesmanland Plaaskombuis the perfect venue to relax and enjoy a hearty feast. Gather around big tables and sit on tree stumps while you gaze out at the picturesque lagoon, with the aromas of open air cooking whetting your appetite. Using ingredients that have been available for the past 100 years in Boesmanland, the buffet table groans with a vast array of traditional South African dishes, fresh seafood, shellfish and perfectly prepared meat dishes, all cooked to perfection.
Where: Langebaan, Club Mykonos
Contact: +27 (0)22 772-1564 | +27 (0)82 773-0646
Your hosts – Kit and Rene’s philosophy is that the food is all made with natural, fresh ingredients that they source locally. Family friendly country cooked meals to eat in the cosy restaurant or outside in their garden. They can also cater for weddings and small events.
Where: 7 Main Road, Darling, R315
Contact: +27 (0)22 492 3626 | www.bistrosevendarling.com
The Marmalade Cat
Open daily for breakfast and lunch and on Friday nights for pizza, this unique eatery is popular with locals and visitors alike. Easy to spot on Darling’s main road, here guests are greeted by the enticing aromas of freshly baked goods and a kaleidoscope of gifts and collectables.
Start your day with one of their delicious omelettes, enjoy a leisurely lunch in the flower-filled courtyard or pop in for afternoon tea – this quirky venue is sure to put a spring in your step.
Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2515 | www.marmaladecat.co.za
Chicory Cheese Café & Deli
Food simply doesn’t get fresher than at Chicory Cheese – what isn’t grown in their veggie garden is sourced daily from local farms and they only use what is in season. Sit indoors or under the trees, and tuck into wholesome meals, sip on freshly squeezed juice or indulge in their Fair Trade, Single Origin coffee. Vegans, vegetarians and those who are gluten and dairy intolerant are also well catered for here.
Where: Long Street in Darling. Located in The Granary Petite Hotel.
Contact: 076 975 6197 | www.chicorycheese.co.za
Die Plaasmol offers not only good food but also fun for the whole family. Kids will love feeding the farm animals, the stunning nursery offers a wide range of plants and flowers and the curio shop is stocked full of irresistible goodies and knickknacks. Bring along your appetite when you visit as the restaurant is known for is hearty home-cooked meals and the bakery produces the most tempting sweet treats as well homemade honey, jams, sweets and cookies to take home.
Contact: +27 (0)22 723 0543 | www.plaasmol.co.za
Slipway Waterfront Restaurant
Open for breakfast and lunch, and nestled at the edge of the tranquil bay overlooking the harbour, Slipway is known for its fresh mussels, served in a variety of mouth-watering ways. There is also a special menu for the little ones.
Relax and watch the colourful yachts sail by as you tuck into platters of the ocean’s freshest bounty, the rest of the world forgotten in this idyllic corner of the Cape West Coast.
Contact: +27 (0)22 714-4235
This quaint little restaurant on the beachfront in Paternoster is housed in an original old fisherman’s cottage built out of wood with corrugated roofing.
With a lovely verandah for al fresco dining, the menu focuses on fresh seafood, but also offers meat dishes, Malay curries and burgers. Whether you are looking to spend a leisurely day or a romantic evening, this charming beach restaurant set in a historic 114-year-old cottage overlooking endless unspoilt beaches is a perfect choice.
Coordinates: -33.071050, 18.035531
Contact: +27 (0)22 7522 038 | www.voorstrandt.com
Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort
Situated close to various wine farms, the Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort has a wide selection of locally produced wines on its wine list – including Cederberg Wines, Piekenierskloof Wines, Org de Rac and Tierhoek.
Interestingly, wines from the Cederberg Mountains owe their quality to the fact that the region is 100% germ-free. Winters are too cold and summers too hot for germs to stand any chance, affording grapes the opportunity to grow in near-perfect conditions. Kloof Restaurant in the resort’s lodge serves signature local dishes like Biltong Boerewors Steak and Kloof Ostrich Burger. Ingredients are locally sourced as far as possible.
Where: N7 Piekenierskloof Pass, Citrusdal, 7340
Contact: +27 (0)22 921 3574 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.piekenierskloof.co.za
Russells on the Port
Russells on the Port is an intimate 90 seater restaurant situated in a luxurious 6 roomed villa overlooking the berg river basin.
Their menu is seasonal and has fresh contemporary dishes with global influences. Flavours are big and natural focusing on the essence of the main ingredient.
They have their own vegetable garden and pride ourselves on preparing fresh produce. Dishes of west coast seafood, lamb rump, crispy pork belly and locally sourced game are staples
Opening hours and to book your table for Upmarket Dining at Russells on the Port
Monday to Saturday: 08:00 until 21:30
Sundays: 08:00 until 19:00
Where: 1 Bronwen Avenue, Port Owen, Velddrif
The Darling Wine Route
Darling’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the vineyards’ elevation, particularly in the high-lying Groenekloof ward, have a significant effect on the grapes grown here, making the Darling region very well suited to the production of cool-climate wines. Hot summer mornings ensure phenolic ripeness, while late afternoon sea breezes cool the vineyards, producing stunning wines with concentrated flavour, depth and intensity.
Groote Post is a stunning historic 18th-century farm which produces the only Cap Classique and noble late harvest wines in the region. The farm incorporates a game camp and offers game drives and a bird hide and in spring it’s covered in a kaleidoscope of wild flowers.
You can enjoy a sumptuous traditional meal at Aunt Hilda’s Kitchen or take a picnic onto the lawns.
When: Mon – Fri: 8am – 5pm | Sat & Sun & public holidays: 10am – 4pm
Where: Darling Hills Road
Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2825 | email@example.com | www.grootepost.co.za
Situated just next to the train station, darling Cellars offers a very wide range of wines, from entry-level to acclaimed blends, there is something for everyone. Enjoy a relaxed tasting, while the children enjoy the playground or wander through the beautiful garden. You can join them afterwards for a picnic
When: Mon–Fri: 9am – 5pm | Sat: 10am – 2pm
Coordinates: -33.439234, 18.522525
Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2276 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.darlingcellars.co.za
Cloof Wine Estate
Cloof produces intense, bold-flavoured wines from grapes grown under extreme conditions and their wines include their award-winning Crucible Shiraz (single-vineyard), Very Sexy Shiraz, Cloof Pinotage and some unusual red blends. They also serve delicious tasting room lunches daily.
When: Mon–Sat: 10h00 until 16h00
Contact: +27 (0)22 492 2839| email@example.com | www.cloof.co.za
Ormonde Private Cellar
Located right in Darling town, Ormonde Vineyards wines have great depth and distinctive bouquets, which has earned them many awards and accolades. The estate offers three wine ranges: the easy-drinking Alexanderfontein, Ondine, and their flagship range, Ormonde.
When: Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm| Sat: 10am – 2pm
Where: Mt Pleasant Street in Darling
Contact: +27 (0)22 492 3540| firstname.lastname@example.org | www.ormonde.co.za
Darling Brew Tasteroom and Brewery
While in Darling, you may want to tantalise your palate with a taste diversion by popping into their Tasteroom and brewery. Here the aim is to pair each of the Darling Brew craft beers with a selection of inspired light meals that enhance the unique flavours found in the artisan beers.
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am to 5pm Kitchen closes at 4pm
- Friday 9 am to 9pm Kitchen closes at 8pm
- Saturday 9am to 5pm Kitchen closes at 4pm
- Sunday 10am to 4pm Kitchen closes at 3pm
- They are also open for private functions. The restaurant works on a walk in basis but large groups are encouraged to book
Where: 48 Caledon Street, Darling
Rather than shop in a mall, it’s far nicer to venture outdoors and explore the many markets available on the West Coast. Offering everything from fresh produce and artisanal food to gifts and home ware – and everything in between, markets are retail therapy at its best.
Groote Post Country Market
Round up family and friends and head out into the country for a whole day of good food and fun at one of the Cape’s finest wineries. You can browse arts and crafts, décor, gifts and home ware stalls and feast on a wide selection of fine local Darling gourmet produce. You can also sample or buy Groote Post’s Rose which was especially produced for the markets or sip on ice-cold Darling Brew.
Kids will love the tractor rides, guided horse riding and sheep-shearing demonstration and the whole family will enjoy guided nature walks and farm drives through the and game camp.
When: First Sunday of the month in summer
Where: Darling Hills Road
Contact: +27 (0)828776677 | email@example.com | www.grootepost.co.za
Camphill Country Market
Set on a beautiful farm, Camphill Village provides a safe environment and home for between 80 and 90 intellectually challenged adults, so that they can experience a meaningful and fulfilling life. Held on the first Sunday of every month, the Camphill Country Market offers a wide range of goods, including Camphill’s own fresh produce and baked goods and the herbal workshops fragrant lotions and soaps. Visiting stallholders add their own craft products to the interesting mix.
When: First Sunday of the month (except January), from 11am till 4pm.
Where: Camphill Village, Klein Dassenberg, West Coast.
Directions: on the N7 towards Malmesbury, travel for approximately 35km. At the sign ‘Camphill Village’ turn left, drive another 4,5km and we are on the left.
Contact: +27 (0)21 571 8651 (Office Hours) | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.camphill.org.za
Vygevallei Farm Stall & Wine House
The Vygevallei Farm Stall & Wine House has a wholesome menu, you can look forward to all sorts of tasty treats, including freshly baked farm bread, homemade butter and cheeses, pasta, preserves, local wine, farm breakfasts, cakes, dried fruit, and organic herbs.
There is also a small farmyard with pot-bellied pigs and ducks to keep the kids entertained.
When: Open 7 days a week
Contact: +27 74 138 1610 | email@example.com
Elkanah House Schoolyard Market
Elkanah House hosts a monthly community market, brim-full mouth-watering fresh foods and eclectic arts and crafts. There are loads of artisan products such as cheese, charcuterie and bread on offer, as well as plenty of old fashioned home baking and cooking and preserving.
In winter they have log fires going that create a very cosy atmosphere and in fair weather, there is ample space for al fresco feasting in the sunshine. There are also a variety of craft workshops and plenty of activities for everyone – especially the little ones.
When: Last Saturday of each month 9am – 1pm
Contact: +27 (0)21 554 8586 | www.elkanah.co.za
Reload artisan food market
This is the first market of its kind in Table View and has become the regular Saturday morning attraction for those who enjoy good food and drink. Local Artisan Food Producers gather to sell a variety of goods that vary week-to-week, you can expect: organic veggies, raw honey, spreads, homemade savoury/ sweet banting friendly snacks and other sweet treats.
When: Every Saturday 9h00 – 14h00
Where: Reload Espresso Bar, Super Spar Piazza Centre, Table View
Contact: +27 (0)21 556 3344 | www.facebook.com/ReloadArtisanFoodMarket