|Medium Rare Steak at Rust en Vrede Winery|
Photo by Paul Cook
Unfortunately, my stay at the hostel called Banghoek Place did not go so well. I had $50-$70 USD stolen there, and the owner of the hostel not only was hostile, aggressive, and mean about it, she suggested I drop my investigation (which makes you wonder if she's in on it).
(If anyone is reading this from Banghoek Place, I just wanted to say that it's a really violating feeling to have your cash taken. The reaction of the owner who didn't care was even more hurtful. I hope those who are responsible can change their way, so you can stop harming people and yourself and local tourism.)
In any event, I had to throw that out there to warn other guests. Also, if you are going to stay there, make sure that you count your cash before you check in and every day while you're there. Cash has a tendency to disappear when you're staying there.
If you want to find out what happened, you can read Kyra's blog, a Flemish girl who also had her money stolen there, along with four other girls. You'll have to translate it from Dutch to English, but Kyra was a bit of pitbull too when it came to the investigation. (Obviously, she mentions me as in the blog as the one who continued the discovery and had "good courage".)
Anyways, back to my time in Stellenbosch. I really enjoyed my time in Stellenbosch. I met good people, ate nice food, and enjoyed the wine immensely. It's too bad though that my time was really soured by the theft.
Anyways, I'd like to do a food guide for Cape Town and Stellenbosch below.
*I have received NO compensation for writing this guide. These reviews are my genuine opinion, and thank you for the food, service, and drinks these establishments have provided.
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South China Dim Sum Bar on Long Street
|Dim Sum dishes at South China Dim Sum Bar|
I recommend getting the fried lamb dumplings, the shui mai, and the chicken dumplings. All the noodle and rice dishes aren't worth it. (Hint: If the owner contacts me, I can give improvements on those dishes.)
Service could also improve. The first night there, the staff was rude, and I had to talk to the owner about it. The service improved a lot better after that talk.
Make a reservation to get a seat from Thursday to Saturday. Hope you enjoy.
Food & Coffee
Lola's Cafe on Long Street
|A picture of the inside of Lola's|
This is a lunch place and not a dinner place. They have the best vegan burger I had, and I also recommend their croissants. They're also fantastic.
I never had their juices, but those appeared to be really popular too with customers.
Royal Eatery on Long Street
|A burger from Royale Eatery|
I had to come back twice to try their ostrich burger. Not the biggest fan of it. The other burgers are better.
Chocolate, Coffee, & Bunny Chow
Honest Chocolate on Wale Street
|A medley of chocolates and pastries and drink at Honest Chocolate|
Make sure to try their bunny chow. They hollow out a muffin, stuff it with chocolate, and then add ice cream, chocolate, and nuts to it.
They also have fast internet. Highly recommended! Enjoy!
Moro Gelato on Long Street
|Gelato at Moro Gelato|
I recommend the Marchese gelato - Vanilla from Tahiti with South African macadamian nut butter and caramilized almonds and a second scoop of tart gelato (like sour cherry or mango) to balance out the creaminess. This has to be one of the best gelato places I've been to.
The other flavors are typical of other gelato places, however.
|Picture of Annandale Vineyards|
A Swedish couple recommended this place to me. It was a bit out of the way, and I had to hitchhike here to get here. Totally worth it!
Again, highly recommended.
Rust en Vrede (Rest and Peace)
|The Kitchen at Rust en Vrede|
(C) Rust en Vrede
Although I like the wine, I thought the steak, marbled with fat, was superb and tender and succulent and of good value with these really crunchy and savory french fries. (See picture above). The salad was first rate as well.
This place was also a bit out of the way, and I had to take a shuttle-taxi to get here. Really, worth it!
Ok folks, that's it for my recommendations around the Cape Town area. Please write to me if you found my tips helpful.