Stollenbosch and Franschhoek - Cape Province, South Africa
|Very well behaved schoolboys...and only the teacher has the sole umbrella.|
Around 50 kilometres north-east of Cape Town, there are vine yards, encircling mountains, bustling night clubs, historical sites and good food - interesting considerations for a weekend getaway. There is no ocean but only inland delights, including the national flower of South Africa, barista coffee, picnic grounds and a university town. The private Bridge House School is available for boarding. In 1999, Stollenbosch University designed and manufactured the first micro satellite in Africa, SUNSAT. The 25000 students at this higher education institution are known as "maties".
Vines were first planted in the Stollenbosch area in 1679 and are today strong in the terrior tradition of reds like Shiraz, Merlot, Pilotage and Carbenet Sauvignon. Like Simon's Town, Stollenbosch is named after former Governor Simon van der Stel. The River Eerste runs beside this charming hub, which has wonderful examples of Cape Dutch architecture and culture. The Afrikaans language is still used extensively here.
|Signs of spring on wet morning - along the road to Stollenbosch.|
There is a quaint shop to drop by at the end of Drop Street in Stollenbosch - Oom Samie se Winkel, which provides lollies, curios, wines, antiques and jams. The name in Afrikaans language simply means Unlce Samie's shop. There are four heritage places to consider visiting as well - the Powder House, the Fick House, the Seminary and the Museum.
Otherwise, every Saturday, there is the Slowfood Markets at the corner of Bosmans and Distillery Roads. Restaurants to check out include the Apprentice, at Adringa Road and which serves as a training restaurant for the Institute of Culinary Arts; Beads Restaurant in the old Devonshire House; Schoon De Companje bakery and cafe in the Oude Bank Building; and Basic Bistro at 31 Church Street and serves international cuisine. Fabio's nearby at 21 Church Street serves Nespresso coffee blends. The Warwick Wine Estate is located outside town.
|Historical centre of Stollenbosch - understand classic beauties.|
|It may have been a rainy day but this added to the old world charm and elegance of Stollenbosch.|
|I enjoyed this unique peanut flavoured snack for morning tea - The Open Kitchen - with my cuppa.|
The Open Kitchen caught my attention because of one offering - the Billtong Eggs Benedict. This is available the whole day long, with other options in beef Trinchado pies, oxtail and butter bean. I felt like being invited to a dear mate's home and kitchen. There are also books placed around for customers to browse or read. My recollection on walking in is that of the aroma of coffee and breads, plus a homely feel.
The Open Kitchen is located at 35 Plein Street at the Cuthberts Building, Stollenbosch.
Telephone: + 2721 8633 5653
Opening hours every week day from 7am to 5pm and on Saturdays form 8am to 3pm.
|The bakery, cafe, deli and barista scene - The Open Kitchen.|
Welcome warm snacks at The Open Kitchen at Plein Street, Stollenbosch.
|Buildings in the centre of Stollenbosch are solid, have architectural presence and a cultural feel.|
|Fresh upmarket produce for a hub with a university, surrounding country lifestyle and an agricultural base.|
|Friendly retailer inside the Markets in the town centre of Stollenbosch.|
|Aromas and presentation attracted me to this bakery delight.|