Getting a break to have some ‘grown up’ conversation with a friend is always welcoming. I am fortunate to live in a town where there is a coffee shop around almost each corner and neighbouring towns also have a few places fit for any new mom or expecting mommies, meaning lots of sweet treats and good coffees and teas.
One of my favourites in Stellenbosch is Schoon, previously known as Schoon de Companje. They have wonderful freshly baked artisan breads and delicious mouthwatering pastries and mini cakes. Breakfast is a must. Just plain scrambled eggs on a slice of Sourdough toast. YUM. Another great cafe to have breakfast and a cup of (locally sourced) Joe is Meraki. Beautifully served breakfast and lunch in quaint little space, where they also serve freshly baked pastries. It’s all about making food with love and passion. Ya-Ya Cafe is the meeting place buzzing with locals. Great for catching up or having meetings for work, you will definitely enjoy their yummy menu with great coffees.
Outside Stellenbosch towards Somerset West there is couple of wine farms that serve great coffees and a great view. (from 12 – 7pm) Peter Falke Wines is situated on the Annandale Road and is truely a hidden gem. If you haven’t been, do yourself a favour and visit this farm. The scent of beautiful rose and lavender gardens during the summer fills your heart with warmth. Great venue for popping the question (or even announcing your pregnant 😉 Just down the road on the R44 you’ll see the gorgeous Cavalli Estate. Not only a magnificent wedding venue, but they do serve a mean cup of coffee overlooking the their man-made dam and the Stellenbosch mountains.
Whilst in Somerset West do visit Morgenster’s restaurant 95atMorgenster. Not only does the farm offer their infamous olive oil tastings but the restaurant also serves some of the best Italian inspired dishes. In town, be sure to visit Fred&Max Eatery. These two guys know how to entertain. The coffee is good, the breakfast very good and they even offer live music shows over the weekends. Last but not least, I have to mention the Pajamas and Jam Eatery. When you walk in you are met by this fabulous table stacked with freshly baked cakes. It is absolutely to die for. Although situated in the industrial area of Strand (finding a parking space is a little bit of a challenge), this little cafe offers big slices of cake and serves a hearty breakfast and lunch. Fresh flowers are also delivered everyday.
These are only a few great places to catch up with your grown up friends. But yes, the best place to be (after having a much deserved break) is ofcourse with my little Baby Girl.