A sex shop, a former jail and roosterkoek: a few of SA's best road trip pit stops

2019-02-12 06:30 - Marisa Crous
Post a comment 0

*this article was updated on 20 March 2019.

I don't know about you, but I love a padstal

Farm stalls are a rather unique feature of the South African landscape. It has become part of our road tripping culture.

No padkos? No problem. Farm stalls to the rescue!

Like a scarecrow, farm stalls always try hard to make an impression. Pick me! Pick me! They are usually painted in bright colours, have interesting decorations and loud signs that all try to grab your attention as you cruise by, heading to your final destination.

READ: SA's worst farm stall: A coffee, a fly and a duck

The one sign that always grabs my attention is 'Roosterkoek'. 

Here are some of the most interesting road trip pit stops in SA: 

The attention-grabbers

Ronnie's Sex Shop in the Klein Karoo calls itself the 'Oddest Pub in Africa', and I'd say that's accurate. But it's fun and playful. A lot of people stop just to take a picture for the Gram.

Definitely stop by and get yourself a Coke and a snap in front of this infamous 'landmark'. 

Close to Worcester you'll find Die Pampoen Padstal. It's become a landmark in the area as it has been there for over 30 years. Don't stop here for a meal as the stall mainly sells snacks like rusks and sweets. 

WATCH: Add the bumpy roads of the Wild Coast to your SA must-go list 

The ones with the gooooooood pies and exceptional milkshakes

Stop at Diesel & Crème Vintage Diner in Barrydale. It's a popular spot that's vibrant, colourful and always busy. Grab a delicious burger and milkshake at this uber-cool stop. 

The Windmills and Midlands Kitchen in the Midlands does pies the right way. Located next to the N3 highway, at the turn off for Nottingham Road (Exit 132, Windmills Ultra Stop), you'll find both a quick pie pick-up shot or have a sit-down dining experience at the restaurant. 

WATCH: Rainy hikes across quiet hilly pastures and being over-caffeinated in the Midlands 

TIP: Other epic pastry and pie shops to consider: Peregrine Farm Stall in Grabouw and Ou Meul Bakkery in Riversonderend. 

Die Tolhuis in Ceres has a sign that says 'Die Republiek of Roosterkoek' (The Republic of Roosterkoek). For someone who loves some roosterkoek (me), a stop at this fun farm stall and eatery is a must! be sure to have this traditional bread grilled on the braai with cheese and jam. 

The odd balls

Die Ou Tronk in Riversdale is a former jail and a great stop while doing the Garden Route. Go to the Saturday morning Farmer's Market or grab a piece of cake and a coffee on the go. 

The Pienk Padstal in the Northern Cape is kitsch to the max. It's undoubtedly the perfect stop in Kakamas to get a chilled toasted sandwich and a coke.  

Sign-up for the Traveller24 Weekly Newsletter – Subscribe here. Or download the News24 App here, to receive expertly curated travel ideas and deals directly to your mobile.