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4 places to go on a foodie vacay in the Western Cape

The Western Cape offers the perfect spots to have a foodie vacation with your family, especially now that the lockdown restrictions have been eased and the weather is warming up.
There are plenty of destinations offering kids menus, fresh local produce, regional delicacies and the opportunity to broaden your brood’s culinary horizons. Here are just four foodie family getaways to get your taste buds tingling. 

West Coast

It’s hard to beat a wander up the West Coast. Take it slow and make sure to stop at one of the many farm stalls dotted between Cape Town and Lambert’s Bay. Let’s be honest, farmstall padkos is the best part of any road trip! Stock up on local mayos, mustards, relishes and preserves – or indulge in tuisgebak rusks and artisanal bread.

Feeling brave? Introduce the family to droë bokkoms, sometimes referred to as ‘fish biltong’, this salty fish snack (essentially salted and dried mullet) is a local delicacy. 

Where to stay on the West Coast when looking at the wildflowers

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In addition to its spring carpet of wildflowers, the West Coast is also famous for its cheese, wine, roostekoek (served with lashings of butter and apricot jam) and an abundance of fresh seafood. Rent a cottage in the fishing villages of Yzerfontein, Jacobsbaai or Paternoster and indulge in scrumptious seafood platters, mussel pots or good ‘ol fish and chips up and down the coastline. 


Less than an hour from Cape Town, Stellenbosch makes for a great day trip. But you could always book a long weekend away and explore some of the 150+ wine farms making up the Stellenbosch wine routes, enjoying tastings, picnics and some of the best restaurants in South Africa. 

Not only can you wander through a collection of cellars and vineyards before tucking into the region’s finest pâté, olives, cheese and crusty bread, but you can also introduce your kids to the ancient art of Sabrage. 

Route 62

The R62 is one of South Africa’s most celebrated road trips. Indeed, a 2017 CNN travel poll, as voted by tourists and travel journalists, declared the scenic and fun-filled road between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn as the top road trip destination in the world. 

Eight noteworthy stops along Route 62

A road trip along South Africa's picturesque Route 62, which meanders from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, is a travel adventure that uniquely captures the welcoming, quaint and quirky sides of the Western and Eastern Cape.

By Ruth Cooper 17 Aug 2017

Once you leave Montague, it’s a hop, skip and a jump to Oudtshoorn – and onward to the Garden Route – just make sure to enjoy the R62’s smorgasbord of villages, galleries, arts and crafts shops and padstals along the way. 

The Garden Route

The beauty of a foodie vacay on the Garden Route is not only the plethora of unforgettable excursions and family adventures available but also the quality of the region’s produce. 

If your kids love strawberries, make a beeline for Redberry Farm; the perfect end to a family foodie getaway on the Garden Route.


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