• Nestled within the picturesque landscapes of the Western Cape lies Swellendam, a quaint town brimming with charm and culinary delights. From cosy cafes, and delis to fine dining establishments, Swellendam offers a diverse array of eateries and foodie stops that are sure to excite the taste buds of any traveller!

    The fact that so many of Swellendam’s eateries are housed in historic structures—from relocated and restored Cape Dutch farmhouses to old Masonic lodges—makes them stand out from other dining options. These include bakeries, coffee shops, and lunchtime eateries with outdoor seating under the oak trees or along the river to more contemporary establishments with modern interiors and diverse menu options.

    Explore these must-visit foodie stops in Swellendam:

    Field & Fork

    Must visit foodie stops in Swellendam
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    With the mission of delivering high-quality, locally produced produce straight from the field to your table, Swellendam’s fine dining establishment, Field & Fork, got its name. Diners can enjoy their A la Carte menu or opt for a 3 course set dinner with a choice of starter, main, and dessert.

    Their menu boasts delicious mains like pan-fried salmon trout with niçoise salad, basil pesto, and black olive tapenade or baked phyllo caprese tart with fior di latte mozzarella cheese, basil pesto, and a great selection of wines.

    Address: 26 Swellengrebel St, Swellendam, 6740

    Hours: Monday – Sunday, 5 pm – 10 pm; closed on Thursdays

    Contact: 072 157 0055


    Must visit foodie stops in Swellendam
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    Translating to “Baker’s Dozen” in Italian, Tredici sets the stage for an exceptional dining experience from the moment visitors step through its imposing 4-meter-high doors.

    Within Tredici’s elegant confines, patrons are treated to a celebration of sumptuous simplicity. This ethos extends seamlessly throughout the establishment, reflected in every aspect of the dining experience. From quick bites crafted with meticulous attention and love to a delicatessen showcasing artisanal baked goods, some of which undergo a meticulous 36-hour preparation process, guests are invited to savour the finest culinary offerings.

    The menu at Tredici reflects a fusion of European cuisine with a personalized African flair, promising a gastronomic journey unlike any other.

    Address: 68 Somerset St, Swellendam, 6740

    Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7 am – 6 pm

    Contact: 072 528 2583

    Woodpecker Pizza Deli

    Must visit foodie stops in Swellendam
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    Woodpecker Pizzadeli is a family-friendly restaurant that serves a selection of salads, handcrafted burgers, chicken and pork schnitzels, pasta dishes, and thin-base pizzas. They also have an excellent kid’s menu as well.

    This restaurant is highly recommended since it offers a wide selection of both local and imported deli products, such as wine, cold cuts, and cheeses. Local African antiques and curios are on display throughout the shop. The restaurant offers a casual and vibey atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating.

    Address: 270 Voortrek St, Swellendam, 6740

    Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12 pm – 9 pm; Sunday, 12 pm – 7 pm

    Contact: 087 808 5371

    Paradise Organic

    Must visit foodie stops in Swellendam
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    Nestled in a gorgeous organic vegetable and herb garden, this charming little café is situated in the peaceful village of Suurbraak, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

    With most of the vegetables in salads and other meals being grown on-site or obtained locally, the menu is seasonal. In addition, they sell honey, homemade jam, and crafts manufactured locally. Paradise Organic is a great place to enjoy a nutritious lunch and replenish after a ride.

    Address: 94 Main Road Suurbraak, Swellendam

    Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm

    Contact: 083 454 2237

    Christelle’s Bistro

    Must visit foodie stops in Swellendam
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    Christelle’s Bistro is a charming, quirky, and cosy little French bistro. Christelle’s Bistro was founded in 2021 and features a lot of the owner’s European inspirations in addition to her South African flair as a French woman.

    Since the bistro only thinks of preparing food using the freshest ingredients, the menu is adjusted based on the season. They also serve vegan and vegetarian food. In addition to having some goodies for your furry kids, the restaurant is 100% pet-friendly.

    Address: 113A Voortrek St, Swellendam, 6740

    Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6 pm – 9 pm

    Contact: 064 923 8250

    Grace + Merci

    Must visit foodie stops in Swellendam
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    An eatery, pantry, and shop? Grace + Merci has it all! Grace + Merci eatery prides itself on keeping things fresh, local, and seasonal. The establishment maintains a commitment to health, both for its patrons and the planet, evident in their decision not to sell soda. The focus is on ethical sourcing, ensuring that their eggs come from happy, well-loved chickens, their chicken is free-range, and their meat is pasture-fed. They bake daily to ensure that every bite is a testament to freshness, never serving leftovers.

    Their shop offers diners a selection of artisanal products from baked goods, candles, home decor, and personal accessories.

    Address: 8A Voortrek St, Swellendam, 6740

    Hours:  Monday – Saturday, 8 am – 4 pm; Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm

    Contact: 066 478 0306

    Country Deli

    Must visit foodie stops in Swellendam
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    A charming deli and bakery, Country Deli is a haven for locals and travellers alike seeking a quick bite, the finest coffee, and a savoury biltong snack.

    From the crack of dawn to the dimming of the evening light, the Country Deli extends a warm welcome to all with its all-day opening hours. For those with hearty appetites, the deli offers mouthwatering pizzas, available from noon until late, guaranteed to tantalise taste buds and satisfy cravings. Upon stepping inside the deli, visitors are greeted by a burst of colour from a vibrant range of flowers adorning the space. The in-house florist presents a carefully curated selection of blooms, each adding a touch of beauty and elegance to brighten patrons’ days.

    Address: 22 Swellengrebel St, Swellendam, 6740

    Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:15  am – 8:30  pm; Saturday, 8 am – 8:30 pm; Sunday, 7:15 am – 1 pm

    Contact: 072 748 9450

    Oude Post Bistro

    Must visit foodie stops in Swellendam
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    Functioning as a contemporary trading post, Oude Post Bistro offers a diverse array of goods and services. From staples like bread, milk, and honey to artisanal delights such as jam, olives, and freshly baked pies, patrons can find a plethora of locally sourced products.

    Additionally, the bistro stocks an assortment of Farmstall items, Eureka flour, delectable treats like fudge and koekies, and organic tea, all complemented by a premium blend coffee selection. Serving as more than just a dining spot, Oude Post Bistro also functions as a BP fill station, catering to various needs under one roof.

    Be sure to try their mouthwatering roosterkoek – a popular favourite among locals and visitors!

    Address: N2, Buffeljagsrivier

    Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7 am – 5 pm; Friday – Sunday, 7 am – 6 pm

    Contact: 028 512 3700 


    Must visit foodie stops in Swellendam
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    Happify Coffee Cafe is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by locals and travellers alike. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main thoroughfares, this quaint cafe exudes an inviting ambience that beckons patrons to step inside and experience its unique charm.

    Serving delicious desserts, cakes, and pastries, this little coffee shop is a must-visit to enjoy a light lunch or a cute spot to visit with friends. The cafe also sells some artisanal crafts that make for the perfect gifts!

    Address: 2 Faure St, Swellendam, 6740

    Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 8 am – 1 pm

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