Padstalle and Pit Stops East of Cape Town

This post was updated on 14 March 2019.

Heading east from Cape Town? Ron Swilling recommends stopping in at these four pit stops outside Cape Town:

1. Pampoen Padstal (outside Worcester, on the R60)

Pampoen padstal is on our list of pit stops outside Cape Town

A colourful display of pampoene welcomes you at this quaint farm stall. It stocks fresh fruit in season, vetplante, rusks, olives, homemade ginger beer, jams and preserves. This is also a good place to pick up the sweetest tea (and cup) cosies!

2. Affie Plaas Farm Stall (just west of Robertson on the R60 – closed Saturdays)

Affie Plaas is on our list of pit stops outside Cape Town

The ‘Daddy of all farm stalls’, as I’ve heard it called, is a cornucopia of South African delights with jars of jams and preserves, a large collection of craft beer from the area, ‘skaaptonge, skaapstertjies and 100% beef patties’ and a coffee and pressed juice bar. Homemade pies, plaasbrood and melktert are freshly-made daily.

3. Die Kloof Padstal (Montagu)

Make a stop at Die Kloof padstal to wander among the shelves stocked with all things local and lekker, and to enjoy a meal in the grassy restaurant garden while the kids explore the play area. Music every Sunday between 11 and 3 makes this a pleasant and peaceful stop for a late brekkie or lunch. Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts adjoins the building and is a convenient place to stock up on dried Cape produce.

4. Tweefontein Plaasstal (between Worcester and De Doorns, on the N1)

Tweefontein Plaasstal is on our list of pit stops outside Cape Town

This welcoming farm stall offers a cup of tea and coffee on the house, as well as a glass of Hanepoort. The sign says: ‘Jy kannie sê jy was innie kaap as jy nog nie ons Hanepoort geproe het.’ (‘You can’t say that you were in the Cape if you haven’t tasted our Hanepoort yet.’) A large selection of local wines, olives, dried fruit, rooibos tea, rusks and pies fills the shop, with old favourites like moskonfyt, makataan (watermelon) and agurkies. Outside, a vine shading the stoep, heart mobiles, splashes of pink and a bevy of chickens contribute to the charm.

Words Ron Swilling

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