It’s the most beautiful time of year in the winelands – the vineyards have all turned various shades of red, orange and yellow that catch the light in breath taking brilliance.
The temperatures have cooled down from those scorching summer highs, but the air has not yet taken on the gloomy grey of winter, making for glowing just-right kind of days.
So, really, there could simply not be a better time of year to explore this magnificent region.
We joined a few local and international travel bloggers taking part in this year’s #stellenblog campaign for a walkabout in Stellenbosch and discovered a few perfectly cosy spots to hang out, keep warm and, in most cases, treat your taste buds.
If you’ve been wandering around the City of Oaks and find yourself desperate for a rich, creamy cappuccino and a nice soft easy chair to kick back and relax in, head on over to The Birdcage Tea Bar. Featuring a cosy corner with couches, as well as a few tables and hidden away in a delightful little alley called the Dorpsteeg, the Birdcage is a great spot to just hide away from the main, more crowded parts of town. Apart from great coffee and delicious confectionaries, you will also find an array of intriguing and unusual gifts.
They are open from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00 and on Saturdays between 09:00 and 13:00. They are closed on Sundays.
Check out the Birdcage Tea Bar website or give them a call on 021 882 9790
Quagga Rare Books & Art
While it may not offer much in terms of tantalising the taste buds, Quagga will keep bibliophiles with a penchant for historic gravity busy for hours on end! Also located in the quaint alleyway where you will find Birdcage, stepping into the quiet bookstore steeped in that intoxicating old-book-smell, feels like stepping into an otherwise undiscovered realm that had been waiting for you all along.
They stock a curated collection of books that cover a wide range of topics, but if you’re specifically interested in South African history that stretches back a few centuries, you’ve hitten the sweet spot.
Check out the Quagga website or give them a call on 021 887 0113
Fine French confectionaries, a white-washed courtyard with a fireplace and minimalistic wooden furniture, great coffee, an array of teas and a passionate, hands-on approach by owner, Martjie Malan – these are just a few of the things that make M Patisserie stand out.
During our walkabout stopover we were treated to fresh, warm Madeleines and mouthwatering, custard-filled eclaires, washed down with glasses of JC Le Roux’s new MCC. While you might not find bubbly there on the average day, it’s a wonderful spot to take some chill time with the girls.
M Patisserie is located on the corner of Andringa and Dorp Street. Check them out on Facebookor give them a call on 021 886 5020
Brampton Wine Studio
After lots of tea, coffee, books and confectionaries, it’s time for the really good stuff: wine, wine, wine and more wine! Overlooking bustling Church Street, Brampton Wine Studio has a fun atmosphere with chalkboard tables on which you are invited to doodle to your heart’s desire (rumour has it, you could win cool prizes with your designs), colourful interior accents and a whole gallery of patron snapshots hanging from the ceiling. In short – it kind of feels like the local bar you’ve always hoped you will find.
While the focus is on their array of easy-drinking, fruit-driven wines, they do also offer delicious snacks.
Check out the Brampton websiteor give them a call on 021 883 9097
Wine not quite your scene? Never fear, because craft beer is near! Just a block or two away, in fact.
CRAFT is exactly what you’d expect from a bar dedicated to serving up the cream of the crop of South Africa’s ever growing craft beer offering: rustic wooden furniture, industrial decor accents and hearty, flavourful snacks and meals to accompany your drinks.
If you’re bad at making decisions, op for a beer tasting experience where you pick five local draughts and then get to taste and compare them. We definitely recommend including the zingy Mind the Gap Ginger Cider in your selection.
Check out the CRAFT Facebook pageor give them a call on 021 882 8069