The Spice Route in Paarl
Take a ride into the country and head towards Paarl. Travel until you reach a boutique wine village called ‘The Spice Route’. On a beautiful day, you can relax and stroll around this beautiful village. Forget about the rush and deadlines of yesterday. The village is a mere 45 minute drive from Cape Town itself and provides a plethora of things to do. Galleries, crafts, chocolate, wine, beer, pizza, and need I say more! The ‘Village’ is a great destination for the whole family, child friendly, wheel chair friendly and best of all no entrance fees.
There is so much to see and do, I have only touched on a few things below:
De Villiers Chocolates
Hand crafted makers of single origin chocolate, homemade ice-cream and coffee. This entire experience is available under one roof. You won’t have to convince me twice to visit here. Exclusive deals on excursions to De Villiers Chocolates can be arranged at the travel centre of Cape Town Backpackers, Ashanti Lodge.
The factory can be found in an old Cape Dutch Home where you can view them making chocolate behind a glass wall. They also offer chocolate tastings, pairings and workshops.
The Cape Brewing Company offers you a taste of their finest craft beers. They only use the purest ingredients and the brew master is one of the best and highly skilled. Visit, taste and celebrate beer. The craft beer tour is one of the many adventure tourism options available from Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Cape Town.
Beer not your thing, then the Spice Route wines might be more to your liking. The hand-crafted wines come from the Swartland and you can enjoy them in the underground tasting room. On a beautiful day enjoy the wine in a shaded seating area outside, with spectacular views of Table Mountain.
Red Hot Glass
Red Hot Glass is a glassblowing studio that offers unique and beautiful original glasswork. Their pieces are commissioned all over the world. Visitors can browse the large selection in the gallery or can actually watch glassblowing in action at their studio.
La Grapperia Pizzeria and Bistro
Are you hungry after a busy morning exploring? Sit down and relax under the oak trees and enjoy a variety of thin based wood fired pizzas. Raining outside, no worries get warm indoors by the fire and have a little locally made schnapps to warm you from the inside.
Barley and Biltong Emporium
This establishment offers yummy gourmet burgers, delicious biltong and their unique craft beers. The biltong is selected from an excellent range of Beef, Kudu, Eland and Springbok. The gourmet burgers come with hand cut double-fried chips. Wow, that’s something new to try. Delicious!
Accommodation in Paarl
There are so many choices, so I am going to only give a few bed and breakfast options. Who needs self-catering when you can get everything done for you?
De Kleijne Bos Country House
The De Kleijne Bos Country House offers comfort and luxury. They are equipped with all you could want from a pool to a pizza oven, free Wi-Fi and lots more.
Location: 35 Kleinbosch, Paarl
Contact: 021 868 0883
Madeliefie Bed and Breakfast
Elegant, is the word to describe this Accommodation venue. A warm and welcoming atmosphere with all you could want. The guesthouse also provides the best breakfast.
Location: 424 Main Road, Paarl
Conact: 084 493 1258
Dot JJ B&B
Located within a residential area, it provides great hospitality with a personal touch.
Location: 33 Des Pres, Paarl
Contact: 072 261 5164
The Skinkikofi Manor offers friendly, clean and spacious accommodation. The Manor can be found on a foothill under the famous Paarl Rock. The Manor is close to many restaurants and shops and offers all you could possibly need.
Location: 40 Main Street, Paarl
Contact: 082 875 1055
The Spice Route is a great place to start if you are visiting Paarl, but there are many other adventures and things to do in Paarl. For starters you cannot leave Paarl before climbing the Paarl Rock. Fairview farm is also a must see and don’t forget to visit the Afrikaans Taal monument to brush up on your history and culture.