Stellenbosch is home to some of South Africa's best restaurants! We've seen your questions, and have broken down our list into a few parts. We'll cover everything from fine dining, to the best Italian, Mexican, Cape Malay and casual dining.
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A little about Stellenbosch. Just down the road from Cape Town, you will find Stellenbosch, South Africa's second-oldest town. When thinking of Stellenbosch it's best to think of it in 2 parts.
The first is the greater Stellenbosch which is the entire area situated between Jonkershoek and Simonsberg nature reserves, bordering Cape Town to the South. This area includes some of South Africa's most famous wine estates and farms, strawberry farms, nature reserves and of course the beautiful little university town of Stellenbosch, which is located right in the heart of greater Stellenbosch.
This brings us to part 2, Stellenbosch Town. As you look down the beautiful oak-shaded streets of the town, you will be surrounded by old Cape Dutch architecture and sense a buzz of creativity and culture. The town is filled with cafes. restaurants, galleries, boutique stores and of course wine. This brings us to the best restaurants in Stellenbosch.
Star ratings are as per google or Tripadvisor at the time of the article being written.
Best Restaurants in Stellenbosch
1. Rust en Vrede Restaurant
Contemporary fine dining at its finest. Based in the Rust en Vrede Wine Estate's former wine cellar, now a national monument. Rust en Vrede will give you an extraordinary experience. Incredible food paired with world-class wine and the service to match.
Food and wine pairing
Restaurant on a wine estate
Location: Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600
Contact: 021 881 3881
This restaurant is all about the meeting of East and West revealing South Africa's beautiful Cape Malay cuisine. Balancing authenticity and innovation, Head Chef Virgil Kahn draws on old Cape Malay family recipes and his frequent trips to Asia to offer fresh, delicate food as light as it is satisfying, served with an imaginative touch of theatre.
Cape Malay (Asian) Fine Dining
An artistic and inspired menu
Location: R310, Helshoogte Pass Banghoek Valley, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa
Contact: 021 885 8160
3. Helena's Restaurant
Situated in the heart of Stellenbosch, Helena's is everything you would come to expect from a restaurant in a little town that is responsible for the best wines in the world (and more). You can expect classic style, great food and service with an amazing wine selection.