Explore the “Village of the Oaks” with its shady oak avenues bordered by the water furrows of the Mill Stream. Admire the charm and harmony of the Cape Dutch Architecture and listen to tales about the colourful inhabitants of three centuries.
Discover where Simon van der Stel set up camp in the Eerste River and why it is called the Eerste River. Perhaps you will meet an angel at the “Angel Factory” or a ghost in the graveyard of the “Moederkerk”
Three fires destroyed the village. Where did the fire of 1710 start and who started it? The first Christian Church building in South Africa was in Stellenbosch not in Cape Town. Today it is the site of the oldest hotel in South Africa, d’Ouwe Werf, and not all the graves have been moved. Why did Stellenbosch’s first minister, Hercules van Loon, commit suicide?
Dorp Street, ‘the wagon way to Cape Town’ is the oldest residential street in South Africa today. It is still the wagon way to Cape Town, only the wagons have changed somewhat!
Historical buildings surround three sides of The Braak (village green). During the 1809 earth tremor people rushed out of their houses onto the Braak. It was later decided that the Braak would always remain an open area. Stellenbosch has produced many famous South Africans – Prime Ministers and Sportsmen. Rugby and Cricket was played on the Braak. How did the Springboks get their name in 1906? Stellenbosch, synonymous with rugby, but the first Stellenbosch Springbok – Nico Theunissen – was a cricketer.
In 1602 the VOC was established by the Here Sewentien. Four hundred years later the “Kruithuis” on the Braak proudly flies the flag of the VOC.
Rhenish Institute, the oldest girl’s boarding school in South Africa, celebrated 150 years in 2010. Rhenish was the first school to teach Domestic Science and Needlework.
I invite you to join me to hear many more interesting facts and fables about the past while experiencing the present in “The Eikestad”
Tours from 36 Market Steet:
Monday to Friday 11:00 & 15:00
By appointment 09:30
Weekends by appointment
R90 per person
As the saying goes, “variety is the spice of life” and this is never more apparent that when choosing what to eat,especially in winter.
As a Capetonian with a healthy appetite, though, I say why choose at all? This is why my favourite culinary establishments in Cape Town are restaurants with all-you-can-eat buffet options.
In the Mother City, we’re blessed with a smorgasbord oftraditional and unconventional cuisine, so be sure to try the following buffet joints this winter:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with the multitude of mouth-watering delicious choices (including sushi and oysters) Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront has on offer, you’re sure to get more than your fill. The delicious buffet is both halaal and vegetarian friendly.
If you have more of a sweet tooth and the idea of indulging in decadent caramel and gold leaf éclairs, cream-topped scones and macaroons gets you salivating, pop into the One&Only Cape Town’s Vista Bar&Lounge for afternoon tea.
Location: Vista Bar & Lounge, One&Only Cape Town
Contact: + 27 (0)21 431 5800
HARVEY’S AT WINCHESTER MANSIONS
Feast away on eggs cooked just the way you like it, fresh sushi, decadent desserts and a glass of complimentary bubbly.
Location: Harvey’s, Winchester Mansions Hotel, Sea Point
Contact:+27(0) 21 434 2351
A firm family favourite, this is the lunch and dinner stop for flavoursome Eastern, Indian and Malay cuisine. Dish as much as you want of their divine curries, seafood, breyanis, roasts and pasta dishes at any of their six locations in Cape Town and pay for your food according to weight.
Gorge yourself on a variety of dishes, including irresistible home-made chicken curry, paella and more at the trendy Kaprinos franchise around the Mother City.
Location: Athlone, Northgate and Mitchell’s Plain
Contact: +27 (0)78 868 8703/+27 (0)21 534 1105
Take a break between all of the entertainment at the Grand West Casino and fill up on some tasty dishes at the Quarterdeck Restaurant. Whether it’s soup, roasted meat or sweet desserts you’re after, you’ll find it all and more at this fabulous eatery.
The Durbanville Winelands are alive with the smell of great food as Bloemendal restaurants lay out their best gourmet food, featuring crowd pleasers like ostrich neck potjie, chicken pie, trifle and more.
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