Words and photographs by Karl van Zyl
Escape the traffic, run away from the queues and break away from Cape Town to a slower pace for brunch.
Walker bay, famous for its whales, Fynbos and wine hides some beautiful gems to refuel the body and soul on a road trip for one day, or even an entire weekend.
Botriver Hotel, 88km from Cape Town CBD
The first stop along the mountain route from Cape Town and also the railway line’s final stop. Botriver hotel is a step back in time and popular with bikers and vintage car enthusiasts.
Whether you’re having a light lunch or a full-service Sunday lunch, it is real value for money, made even better by chatting to other travellers about their breakaways. The staff are always friendly and more than willing to let you taste one of the new creations from local brewers.
Plaaskombuis – Hemel and Aarde valley, 120km from Cape Town CBD
The road between Caledon and Hermanus is now complete and it is beautiful. Mountain vistas and
valley views, featuring world-class restaurants and wineries.
Closer to Hermanus you will find the Plaaskombuis, run by Nita Lötter. From humble beginnings to hugely popular today with mountain bikers and motorcyclist sharing the beauty of this new way to cross Shaw’s Pass. It is worth the stop for either breakfast or lunch. I’d suggest the bunny chow.
Hermanus – The Daily Bread, 124km from Cape Town CBD
After wetting your feet on Grotto Beach, pop into this continental café that serves amazing coffee and light lunches. Frequented by locals and kept secret from visitors, it feels like a trip to another continent. Laid back and relaxed, enjoy your morning paper over several cuppas.
Stanford – Graze Slow Food Café, 144 km from Cape Town CBD
Partners Tabby Robertshaw and Alex Chouler produce what could only be described as the best damn breakfast in Africa.
Don’t expect franchise speed, as this plate of heaven takes a little longer. Free range and organic come together in a way that will spoil every other breakfast you will ever have in the future.
Oh, and the village comes to life over Saturday breakfast. A market filled with fresh goodies is situated across the road on the Stanford Hotel’s stoep, so leave some space in the top box or boot.
Baardskeerdersbos – Marietjies pub, 185km from Cape Town CBD
Come hungry. Very hungry. Breakfast is served until 11:00, and it’s a feast! Steer clear if you’re looking for a bran muffin or a salad. Here they go big, in other words, it’s a cardiologist’s nightmare, but, once in a while, it’s good to give him a scare too.
Bacon, boerewors, eggs, chips, toast, cheese and jam. All served on a platter that doesn’t appear to ever run out. Lunch is just as big, so don’t think you might stay for both.
This is also a new road and travellers are slowly discovering this alternative route to Struisbaai and l’Agulhas via Elim.
Hoof Way, Bot River, 7180
028 284 9640
Hemel and Aarde road, Hermanus
The Daily Bread
10th Street, Voelklip, Hermanus
Graze Slow Food Cafe
Queen Victoria str, Stanford
Main Road, Baardskeerdersbos