If you’ve been hibernating at home, you may have missed the sweet scent of canola flowers wafting through the air in the Western Cape. Flower season is in full swing along the West Coast, and this annual event is a must for those looking to gaze upon an array of blues, purples and yellows.
Spending the day exploring the flower fields is a great way to enjoy a lazy weekend, but we’ve all got to eat, right? If you’re looking for a few mouth-watering restaurants to try while exploring a few of our favourite flower-viewing spots, here are a few lunch spots to enjoy along the West Coast.
Nestled along the beach, Boesmanland is an institution in Langebaan and is the perfect stop for those looking to enjoy some good home-cooked food. Patrons have the chance to enjoy incredible views of the ocean while munching on an array of truly South African cuisine, including soetsuurdeeg bread, lamb potjie, curried tripe and milk tart. For only R207 per person, you have the chance to enjoy as much as your tummy can handle. Booking is essential, so make sure that you visit their website for more details.
Darling is a quaint little town that provides eager flower gazers with endless canola fields, incredible wines and this charming restaurant. 1910 The Old Forge offers a unique space that feels like visiting a friend. The decor is a beautiful mix of unique trinkets and homey elements that add to the laid back atmosphere that this restaurant oozes. Spend your Sunday afternoon stuffing yourself with crayfish Thermidor balls and roast chicken thanks to their Sunday Lunch menu for around R240 per person.
Enjoying a relaxing drive towards Paternoster will ensure you spot a few wildflowers along the way, but with the added benefit of digging into fresh crayfish. Wolfgat is a little gem along the beach and is a must-visit when looking for some good food and tranquil views of the ocean and bopping fishing boats. Creamed mussels, angelfish slathered in butter and amasi ice cream with guava are a few dishes on their seasonal menu, with each dish drawing inspiration from the landscape that this restaurant calls home. Bookings are essential.
The perfect spot for those looking for a lekker road trip, great wine and delicious food. Nieuwedrift Wine Estate is a beautiful family-run wine farm that serves up a good woodfire pizza and a family-friendly atmosphere. Take a break from snapping the flowers and sip on their delicious wine blends, with Chenin Blanc and Shiraz being a sure winner while breathing in the fresh country air.
Caledon may not be nestled along the West Coast, but don’t worry because you’ll still get to enjoy some incredible views of endless flower fields. Fat Henry’s Pizzeria in Caledon is a favourite amongst locals and a must-try for those making the 1.5-hour trek. Enjoy a range of delicious pizzas that include the Godzilla – a meaty monster – or stick to a cheesy classic Margarita pizza, but don’t forget to try one of their epic milkshakes!
Picture: Cape Town ETC Gallery