Paarl and Wellington are a must-visit for mouth-watering winter deals and award-winning wines. The rolling hills of the Boland area provide some exceptional country cuisine with regional specialties that are farm fresh.

Spend the weekend exploring the small towns with these delightful restaurant specials.

1. Zomerlust Restaurant 

A heritage site in Paarl, Zomerlust Gastehuis offers a quaint backdrop to enjoy a seasonal menu. The restaurant offers specials on local favorites such as Waterblommetjie bredie, farm pies and fresh salads.

To warm up there is a kaggel located in the restaurant.

Address: 193 Main Road, Paarl

Contact: 021 872 2117

Website: www.zomerlust.co.za

 

2. Knus Karoo Kombais Bistro 

Founded for a true ‘Karoo’ experience, Knus which means ‘cozy’ serves light meals that echo the essence of the destination. Deserts such as the milk tart and koeksistesr are a sweet reminder of days spent in the depths of the Karoo.

Address: Bovenland, Pieter Hugo, Paarl

Contact: 021 876 8008

Website: www.knus.co.za

 

3.Oude Wellington Restaurant 

The Oude Wellington provides a true Boland experience with its cozy space and niche decor that represents the history of Paarl and the surrounding areas.

The traditional farm restaurant is offering a winter special of ‘Kerrie Tafel’ that takes place every Wednesday evening, from 25 April – 29 August. The Kerrie Tafel is a self service food bar where delicious hot curries are served with Basmati rice, yellow rice and raisins, lentil dhal, roasted coconut, homemade chutney and cucumber raita.

Address: R301/303, Bainskloof, Wellington

Contact: 082 836 8924

Website: www.kapwein.com

 

4. Barley and Biltong Emporium 

A beer garden with a local twist is offered at the Barley and Biltong Emporium in the Spice Route. The restaurant offers craft beer and a range of juicy gourmet burgers and hand cut fries.

Renowned local CBC beer is served on tap.

Address: Suid-Agter, Paarl Road, Paarl,

Contact: 021 863  5200

Website: www.spiceroute.co.za/artisans/barley-biltong-emporium/

 

5. The Villamar Restaurant 

Boasting a selection of modern Italian cuisine options, the Villamar is located just outside of Wellington and offers a unique fine dining experience.

The head chef, Lucar has Italian heritage and aims to provide an innovative and creative meal for every guest.

The menu is compiled of a creamy risotto, a platter of flavors that combine South African and Italy and more.

Address: Oudepont St, Wellington

Contact: 072 617 6501

Website: www.villamargroup.com

 

6. Langkloof Roses Tea room 

A romantic tea room is located in the Paarl at the Langkloof Roses property – offering a range of sweet homemade delights that are perfect for sipping tea and whiling away the day. Refreshing beverages are on sale along with decadent Turkish delight.

Vistors can take home a collection of roses from the thriving bushes on the grounds.

Address: 36 Slangrivier Rd, Wellington

Contact: 021 864 1014

Website: www.langkloofroses.co.za

 

7. Volksmond Restaurant 

Take a scenic and leisurely drive to Volksmond Restaurant at the iconic Language Monument for a traditional South African dish or a cheesy pizza.

Visitors can pre-order a picnic basket which perfectly pairs with basking on the grass in the valley.

Address: Gabemma Doordrift,Paarl

Contact: 021 863 2800

Website: www.facebook.com/www.volksmondkoffiewinkel.co.za/

 

8. The Babel Restaurant Babylonstoren 

The garden setting of the Babylonstoren sets the scene for a relaxing and drawn out lunch that promises to be filling, produced with the freshest of on-site vegetables.

The menu reflects what is in season as all goods are sourced on the property and the Cape Dutch style architecture and glass backdrop add a modern edge to the farm-style feel.

Bookings are essential.

Address:  Klapmuts Simondium Road, Simondium, Paarl

Contact: 021 863 3852

Website: www.babylonstoren.com/experience/restaurants/babel

 

9. Pacha Mama Organic 

Stop over at this local organic grocer that offers wholesome foods and hormone free fruits and vegetables. The on-site coffee shop offers organic coffee and memorable light lunches.

Address: 111 Hoofweg Rd, Wellington

Contact: 021 864  1416

Website: www.facebook.com/PachaMamaOrganic/

 

10. Marvel Bistro 

This local café sells freshly made bread, using ethically sourced produce and serves a delicious array of cakes, including their signature devils chocolate cake. The bistro aims to create all items on the menu from scratch such as their fresh pasta and ham filled croissants.

Address: 169 Main St, Hoog-En-Droog, Paarl

Contact: 071 683 5295

Website: www.facebook.com/marvelbistro/

 

11. La Paris Bistro 

Located in Franschhoek, La Paris is a trendy new addition to the area that offers a farm to table philosophy. The bistro provides an outdoor area for kids to play.

The menu offers tapas options along with creatively themed bowls, like the delicious “chicken and cashew bowl”; a hearty meal with basmati rice, sesame radish, pickled ginger and broccoli

Address: Wemmershoek Road / R301 Franschhoek/Paarl,

Contact: 021 867 0171

Website: www.laparis.co.za

 

12. Amberg Art and Kitchen 

Located on the charming countryside estate in the Du Toirskloof pass, where art meets Austrian cuisine. Try the crunchy and tasty apple strudel.

Address: R101 Du Toitskloof Pass Road, Klein Drakenstein Rd, Paarl, 7646

Contact: 071 644 6938

Website: www.facebook.com/ambergartandkitchen/

Picture: Babylonstoren

Article written by

Ishani Chetty

Ishani is a vegetarian who is passionate about social issues, the environment and current affairs.