Riebeek Kasteel – pretty town in Western Cape, South Africa
Riebeek Kasteel is a quaint little town in Western Cape, South Africa. It is beautiful, situated between farms with vineyards. It is just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The town is known for its art, food, wine, olives and beautiful scenery. It is a perfect weekend getaway from the city and any busy life that needs to come to a peaceful rest.
We have visited Riebeek Kasteel a few times and have always found the town enjoyable, we will definitely be going back to experience and visit a few more places. When you visit look around you and see the plain gorgeous beauty, mountains, vineyards, beautiful buildings, bright fresh food. It is a feast for the eye and will definitely inspire you.
You can park your car in the centre of the town and walk your way through Riebeek Kasteel. Be sure to have enough time there, you must eat somewhere, have coffee and have cake at a different place, taste wine and taste olives. If you cannot make a whole weekend of it, one day is also enough.
When we visited the town we walked through it and browsed through all the shops. We visited the Olive Boutique, it is a nice place to go and taste olives, some dried, some with herbs, different tapenades, different oils even olive skincare products. This was a first for my husband, not a keen olive eater… he went wild and tasted so many tapenades, we had to buy and bring back home! I never in my life thought I will get him to eat olives. We bought a delicious unfiltered olive oil here that had to be used within three months, but it was a treat to use at home. The Olive Boutique is sweet and plain, nothing over the top or too much, quite like the town itself.
We ate at the famous Kasteelberg bistro, but had a not so great experience. It might just be personal taste.
We went for desert at the Wicked Treats bakery, a purple little building. They have very nice freshly baked cakes, croissants, breads, delicious coffee, it was a superb find! We had the best cheese cake and we always get our piece when visiting, even if only to take home.
Allesverloren wine estate was also very enjoyable. It is a wine estate with delicious wines. We went for a wine tasting and bought some wine to bring back home. The lady that did the tasting was very knowledgeable and the tasting experience was good. Apparently the farm name came from the farm being burned to the ground, when the owners returned nothing was left, therefore ‘allesverloren’ as in Dutch / Afrikaans. You can sit outside as well and have a beautiful view over the vineyards across the road and mountains.
If you are like us, you love a nice breakfast with delicious strong coffee, I have just the place for you. Beans About Coffee! They are terrific. Delicious coffees, I think you can buy beans or ground coffee here as well. They do very nice breakfasts. We have been here twice and both times we thoroughly enjoyed. I had the same breakfast both times… Egg Nest something… it takes a bit long to prepare, 30min so do take note of it if you are in a hurry. It is bacon nests with eggs in it. Very sweet and very tasty. Both times we visited we sat outside as it were sunny winter days (the best you get). We sat on their stoep / porch and enjoyed looking out towards the town, seeing the locals coming for their coffee and greeting everyone as they all seem to know each other. I loved it! Something you don’t find in the city.
Another place worth mentioning is Kloovenburg just before you get to Riebeek Kasteel. It is a wine estate with olives. We did the wine / olive tasting. It was a wonderful experience, great wines and delicious olives. The setting inside the building is very nicely done, one can also sit outside under the massive trees on a sunny day.
This is just a short recap on our experiences visiting Riebeek Kasteel, there is much more to say about the town, but for now, try visiting these places and be sure to have a good local experience of this town.