Food and wine lovers – The Old Gaol Restaurant
Where the locals go – Oppi Stoep
Hidden gems – Sulina’s Faerie Sanctuary
Sulina’s Faerie Sanctuary: be enchanted by the labyrinthine garden; it’s shady and green and everywhere here you’ll find some kind of fairy folk playing out a role. It’s magical for both kids and grown-ups alike.
028 514 1786 | 37 Buitenkant Street, Swellendam | Google Maps Location
Honeymooners – Field & Fork
Field & Fork: Combining modern fare with panache and believing in the culinary vision of bringing locally sourced quality produce from the field to your table, adds to the culinary experience. Field & Fork is located in Swellendam’s heritage area and forms part of the Drostdy Museum. This building is one of the oldest in South Africa. If you like quality wine, you will not be disappointed.
028 514 3430 | 26 Sellengrebel Street, Swellendam | Google Maps Location
Food and wine lovers – R62 Deli
Where the locals go – Ronnies Famous “Sex” Shop & Roadkill Café
Ronnies Famous “Sex” Shop & Roadkill Café: Ronnie painted the name Ronnie’s Shop on this cottage next to the R62, planning to open a farm stall to sell fresh produce and fruit. His friends played a prank on him by changing the name to Ronnie’s Sex Shop. Ronnie’s Sex Shop has had visitors from all over the world, judging by the graffiti, it has also become a regular pitstop for bikers, the local farmers and people travelling this road regularly.
028 572 1153 | R62 | Google Maps Location
Hidden gems – Barrydale Handweavers
Barrydale Handweavers: shopping and cultural appreciation in one stop, Barrydale Handweavers is open to the public, where you can go watch the weavers create natural cotton homeware on traditional hand looms.
028 572 1488 | Tennant Road, Barrydale | Google Maps Location
Honeymooners – The Gallery Restaurant
The Gallery Restaurant at the Barrydale Art Hotel: The emphasis is very much on South African traditional food, particularly on Karoo dishes such as Traditional Karoo Lamb Bredie, Klein Karoo Ostrich products, the best Karoo lamb chops, all designed to intrigue and please your taste buds.The Gallery Restaurant is a member of the international gastronomic guild Chaîne des Rộtisseurs and a winner of the Klein Karoo Gourmand Restaurant Award, and has a very good Klein Karoo wine list.
028 572 1226 | 30 Van Riebeeck Street, Barrydale | Google Maps Location
Food and wine lovers – Karusa Vineyards & Craft Brewery
Where the locals go – Café Brulé
Café Brulé: pop in for a cup of coffee and some homemade goodness. This coffee shop and deli forms part of the Queens Hotel and offers freshly baked breads and light meals are offered for lunch and breakfast.
044 272 2101 | 5 Baron Van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn | Google Maps Location
Hidden gems – Rust-en-Vrede Waterfall
Honeymooners – Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Restaurant
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Restaurant: Specializing in authentic Karoo cuisine, the Buffelsdrift Restaurant offers guests a delicious a la carte menu of homemade foods and local fresh produce. As accompaniment, our wine selection consists of some of the best award-winning wines on Route 62, South Africa’s longest wine route.
044 272 0000 | Cango Caves Rd, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, Oudtshoorn | Google Maps Location
Food and wine lovers – Ile de Pain
Where the locals go – East Head Café
Hidden gems – Renwick Handmade Tiles and Knysna Pottery House
Renwick Handmade Tiles and Knysna Pottery House: tucked in a forest garden next to the owners’ house, you will find the pottery studio and shop. Marvel at the colouful and artful handmade tiles, mosaics, platters, bowls, bisqueware and more.
044 382 0259 | 3 Bokmakierie St, Old Place, Knysna | Google Maps Location
Honeymooners – The John Benn