South Africa has many local delicacies that carry our traditions, and the variety of choice in our rainbow nation wide, ranging from braai broodjies and bunny chow to koesisters and vetkoek. When it comes to much-loved local treats, we can’t forget the roosterkoek.
Warm and soft on the inside with a perfect crust on the outside, the roosterkoek is a comfort food with a versatility like no other.
Here’s where you can get your hands on the best deliciously hearty roosterkoek.
1. Route 27 Roosterkoek
This quaint farmstall stop-off on Route 27 serves breakfast, lunch and supper, but is most famous for its roosterkoek.
Freshly made everyday on a little braai just outside the store, locals come from near and far to savour this delightful warm and doughy treat.
The atmosphere is casual and welcoming, with outside areas perfect for bringing along your pooch while you’re on a road trip.
Contact: 072 447 9344
Address: R27 West Coast Road Yzerfontein, Western Cape, South Africa
2. Tannie Poppie Se Roosterkoek
Little local spots are the best at making local cuisine, and Tannie Poppies Se Roosterkoek are no exception.
When passing through Laingsburg in the Karoo, you’re sure to come across this barrel braai with a friendly face serving delicious roosterkoek.
Tannie Poppie takes pride in each serving and makes the most mouthwateringly delicious roosterkoek around, you can even call her ahead to place your order.
Contact: 073 828 2488
3. Darling Brew Tap Room
If you’re looking for that roosterkoek taste paired with a good local brew, look no further than Darling Brew.
Their menu features a tasty roosterkoek with Smoked Pulled Mushroom and hand-cut potato chips on the side.
We recommend pairing it with one of their great craft beers for the full experience.
Contact: 021 286 1099
Address: 85 Albert Road Woodstock, Western Cape, South Africa 7925
4. Tolhuis Bistro
Nestled between old oak trees in the heart of Michell’s Pass, Tolhuis Bistro refer to themselves as the Republic of Roosterkoek.
They are well-known for their exceptional roosterkoek as well as the cosy fireplace, a perfect spots for picnics with the family.
The Tolhuis is a historical building that is not only welcoming but also steeped in interesting history.
Contact: 023 312 1211
Address: R43, Michell’s Pass Ceres, Western Cape 6835
5. Rolandale Farmstall
This is the perfect stop for when you’re on a long road-trip and in need of a satisfying bite to eat.
Rolandale serves breakfast, roosterkoek, coffee, cake, milkshakes, and beer, and has an extensive playing area for children and a big lawn with a great view to stretch your legs on.
It is conveniently located for those living in or travelling to and from the Swellendam area.
Contact: 028 512 3383
Address: Farm N2 Swellendam, South Africa 6740
6. Donkin Deli
Friendly staff and a relaxing atmosphere isn’t all that Donkin Deli offers – they also serve up piping-hot roosterkoek every day.
They also sell ready-made mixes for baking your own breads at home and cakes that will leave you satisfied.
If you’re in or passing by the Beaufort West area be sure to make a turn at Donkin Deli.
Contact: 023 007 0181
Address: 67 Donkin St Beaufort West, Western Cape 6970