Stellenbosch’s own Foodfox, Ilse van der Merwe shares four more top picnic spots for you to spend summer.
It’s a strange thing: humans see good weather, and they instantly want to dine out of baskets on the lawn.
I’m no different. Stellenbosch is a fabulous place for having picnics in spring and summer. There are just so many beautiful lawns available on wine estates all around us, and even in the middle of town if you know where to look. Many wine estates now have set picnic menus available and cater specifically for us “lawn diners” who love to make the most of the outdoors and the fresh air and the breath taking scenery in the Winelands.
I’ve put together a list of my personal top picnic establishments in and around Stellenbosch, and I’ve included a few spots that are a little off the radar in terms of it not being official picnic spots, if you know what I mean.
- Spier – this remains one of my favourite spots to go for an unplanned picnic. They have a nice deli section where you can pick and choose what you want to eat and drink (otherwise pre-book your packed picnic option from their website, R270-R320 for two excluding wine, R90 for kids). Pack it in one of their beautiful woven baskets and there you go. And with a nice playground for the kids this is a win-win situation for all.
- Danie Craven rugby grounds – pack your own picnic and head over to the open rugby fields at Danie Craven next to Coetzenburg athletics stadium (Sundays are best, when there are no sport activities scheduled), where you can lie under one of the trees and do whatever you like. For free.
- Eerste river at the hanging bridge – this is one of those spots that we frequented as children. After you’ve crossed the river at the “hangbrug”, there are open fields with the majestic Stellenbosch mountain as a backdrop. These fields are not security regulated, so best to go with a bigger group of friends, with your own baskets and blankets. Nature at its best.
- Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve – this untainted picnic spot is still one of the best kept secrets of Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch. It is hidden away at the start of a hiking trail, which is also a nice way to spend the morning before your picnic starts. Here you’ll find no pre-packed nothing, so bring everything you need and put your feet in the natural water stream under the shady old trees.
Read about Cathy Marston’s favourite Stellenbosch picnic spots here.