A love affair with Stellenbosch

A love affair with Stellenbosch

The best way to get beneath the skin of a place and it’s culture is through it’s food, from the iconic to the offbeat, from the delicious to the downright bizarre. So, when I got to Stellenbosch I wanted nothing more than to eat my way through the town – and thankfully Hanli Fourie from Bites and Sites Cultural Food Tours was there to help. After all they do say ” To understand a place, you have to eat it.”

Stellenbosch isn’t particularly well known for it’s cuisine, but with the help of some great local restaurants and a thriving new food scene, that’s starting to change.
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Our first stop was Schoon which is owned by a lovely couple . They specialise in producing freshly baked breads, delicate pastries, artisan Ice Cream, Organic produce & Dairy and coffee.
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Schoon also has Boutique Wine section upstairs where the offer a unique variety of less known wine brands which the new partner of the business, John  (I think) personally selects and stocks for the shop.
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While strolling down Church Street you can’t help but be tempted by Le Chocolatier. You can’t go wrong with anything in this shop (despite the banting chocolate which has a really unique taste.)
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They specialise in something different so look through the window and don’t even try to resist temptation. We got a few chocolates and headed next door for a wine and chocolate pairing.

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Brampton Wine Studio was our next stop. This is a stylish, chic and intimate venue that attracts people of all ages.
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They produce a range of fruit-driven wines with a strong, colourful personality, reflected in the modern and stylish packaging.

We had Lemon Sorbet Truffle paired with Unoaked Chardonnay, Strawberry Dark chocolate paired with Rosé and Chocolate Truffle paired with Old Vine Red. My favourite combination was the Lemon Sorbet and Unoaked Chardonnay as I am a white chocolate lover and I find dark chocolate quite bitter.

Hanli then led us into Schoon again and suddenly I was hungry. They make unique and delicious flavoured Ice Creams like berry cheesecake and salted caramel. I had the White Chocolate Brownie Ice cream known to locals as the “Blondie” and as a gelato lover I give Schoon my seal of approval!
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Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly stomach any more food, we were off to a butchery to learn about the art of biltong making and to also taste some droëwors.
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Behind all the amazing food is hard working families, fascinating stories and age-old traditions. Hanli Fourie is an accredited tour guide whose passionate about sharing Stellies incredible cuisines with hungry and curious locals and travellers.

For more information on her tours visit www.bitesandsites.co.za or contact info@bitesandsites.co.za / +27 76 032 8234

* I was welcomed as a guest of Stellenbosch Wine Routes, but all opinions are honest and my own. 🙂

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    • 07/22/2016 / 8:21 AM

      It was really amazing. I can’t wait to return to Stellenbosch

  1. 07/21/2016 / 12:18 AM

    “To understand a place, you have to eat it.” This statement just nail it! 😀 And I really don’t mind tasting the local cuisines and such when I travel *forget about those diet for a moment*

  2. 07/20/2016 / 11:19 AM

    You had me at Strawberry Chocolcate and Rose. What a foodie’s paradise. Totally agree the best way to meet and interact with local people is over food. Is Stellie a day trip from Capetown? or would you recommend a long weekend? I’ve never been to South Africa, but one day I hope to get there.

    • 07/20/2016 / 12:11 PM

      I’d recommend a week. As I was there for 3 days but there was so much to do and I didn’t even do everything I planned on doing.

      • 07/20/2016 / 12:18 PM

        Great Thanks! Looking forward to hearing more about this place.

  3. 07/19/2016 / 7:21 PM

    Looks like a very foodie adventure! You’ve mentioned about fruit-driven wines – you mean they have wines from different varieties of fruit? Since I’m familiar only with grape options, I will be curious to know more)

    • 07/19/2016 / 7:24 PM

      All their wines are unoaked meaning they use Stainless steel barrels instead of wooden ones + they add different flavored fruit juicess to the grapes

  4. 07/19/2016 / 6:37 PM

    I’m not a wine person but I’d go just for the extras–the chocolate looks amazing! I love the architecture of the first place you mentioned. But I didn’t notice a location/map listed… is this in Germany?

    • 07/19/2016 / 6:39 PM

      Stellenbosch is in South Africa. 30 minutes from Cape Town

    • 07/19/2016 / 7:15 PM

      Stellenbosch is in South Africa. About 30 minutes from Cape Town

  5. 07/19/2016 / 4:46 PM

    I agree with you! The best way to learn about a town is through its food. I always go to the local restaurants and avoid all touristy restaurants even if I have to struggle with the language!

  6. Johan De Wet
    07/18/2016 / 11:37 AM

    Hi Lerato, I’ve sent you an email regarding writing for our magazine. Awaiting your response

  7. Samantha
    07/17/2016 / 8:31 AM

    This seems like a lovely experience. Stellenbosch is on my bucket list *crossing fingers*

  8. Yolanda Mboyeni
    07/17/2016 / 1:13 AM

    That ice cream looks good. Would’ve loved to try the berry cheesecake one

  9. Luzukho
    07/16/2016 / 10:24 AM

    That bread looks yum! Did you have henna on your hand?

    • 07/16/2016 / 10:25 AM

      Yes I did. It was an amazing experience will write about it too

  10. Melissa Adams
    07/16/2016 / 9:26 AM

    Oh wow! Lerato can you start taking me with the all these adventures

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