When planning your time in Stellenbosch, you have a wide variety of outdoor activities, day trips and accommodation options to choose from. We have sought out the top attractions in the Winelands so you don’t have to. Here are ten of the best things to do in Stellenbosch:
Explore and discover
STROLL AROUND TOWN
Take a relaxed walk through the oak-lined avenues of Stellenbosch and admire the charm of Cape Dutch architecture, discover an interesting market or simply soak in the atmosphere while sipping a cappuccino at one of the beautiful roadside coffee shops.
From the famous street soirees to regular street events, parades and pop-up shops, you never know what you will find taking a stroll through the friendly streets of Stellenbosch. Get exploring and connect with the heart and soul of this Winelands town.
Tastings and pairings
EXPLORE THE WINE ROUTE
Stellenbosch, as home to the first wine route, has a proud tradition of welcoming tourists and much to be proud of.
Wine aficionados the world over have taken notice of the exceptional wine offered across the Stellenbosch Winelands. From pairing sparkling wines with sweet treats, to matching delectable red wine with salts from all over the world, Stellenbosch has it all on offer for visitors and locals alike.
Hiking, running and riding
Surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek, Simonsberg and Jan Marais, Stellenbosch offers an abundance of world-class hiking, running and mountain biking trails for the outdoor enthusiast to choose from.
Walk, run, cycle, meditate or have a picnic under a clear blue winter sky with an amazing mountain view in the background.
Rest. Restore. Rejuvenate
Wellness is something that every luxury Winelands’ destination is striving to introduce into the minds, bodies and souls of the worn-out and weary.
From mineral scrubs and aromatherapy massages to hammam treatments and facials, there is a spa experience in the Winelands with your name on it.
Festivals, shows and clubbing
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
From the picturesque Oude Libertas open-air theatre to its many different bars, clubs and concert venues, musos and night-owls are well catered for in Stellenbosch.
You will find many different artists performing at shows and festivals throughout the year, from famous South African musicians to unearthed local talent. Once the show is over you can head out to one of the town’s trendy bars or clubs and dance the night away.
The gourmet capital
FOOD & DRINK
Take a leisurely stroll through town to discover the culinary possibilities of its local eateries that place an emphasis on local produce, where you will savour the handiwork of passionate local food artisans.
For an unforgettable gastronomical experience, book a table at one of Stellenbosch’s top gourmet restaurants where you will find dishes prepared by some of the most highly-rated chefs in the country.
Making the big plays
From the famous, centuries-old Maties Rugby Club being a mainstay in varsity club rugby to the exciting Stellenbosch Football Club that keeps climbing the ranks, to its world-class golf course, Stellenbosch has a rich history and is a major presence in South African sport.
With regular, seasonal and annual events in a variety of disciplines, Stellenbosch has everything a sports nut craves.
Museums, galleries and more
THE ART ROUTE
Famous as the wine capital of South Africa, Stellenbosch is also considered to be the country’s art Mecca. You might be surprised to hear that the City of Oaks is home to 17 art galleries, two art museums, four academic institutions, sculpture gardens, foundries and outdoor art exhibitions.
Follow the Art Route Map to guide you along the way of this gorgeous journey.
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Got kids with you in Stellenbosch? That’s okay, you can still play… Holidays are the perfect time to make precious (but stress-free) memories with your children.
Whether it’s winter or summer, you will find a variety of child-friendly venues and offerings in and around Stellenbosch. From wildlife encounters to special grape-juice tastings, check out these family activities that can be enjoyed by every member of the family, no matter their age.
History and sightseeing
There are many different options when it comes to touring Stellenbosch and the Winelands, including cultural tours of the town, wine tours, guided art walks and more.
Taking a tour of Stellenbosch allows you to fully experience the town’s raw natural beauty, exquisite wine and award-winning cuisine. Get in touch with local resident and experts who will show you the best attractions while sharing their in-depth knowledge of this historical town.