Taste Riebeek Kasteel: 6 must-visit restaurants you can’t miss

Riebeek Kasteel is said to be one of South Africa’s oldest towns. Tucked away in the scenic Riebeek Valley, this historic gem has charmed visitors for centuries, earning its place as ‘the best-kept secret of the Western Cape’.

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The town boasts many a marvellous eatery that locals and visitors love to visit. We explore six of the remarkable restaurants in Riebeek Kasteel to keep in mind for your next trip.

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Eight Feet Village

Situated on Bothmanskloof Pass lies Eight Feet Village. Brotherhood stands at the core of the brand, with the bond forged between four brothers – Johan, Anton, Daniel, and Pieter Steph du Toit, who proudly represents our rainbow nation by wearing the green and gold for the Springboks.

Here, visitors are invited to enjoy a range of different experiences. Start your day with a cup of Eight Feet Coffee while soaking in the valley’s beauty. For dining options, twin restaurants Mura and Die Deck provide diverse menus against the backdrop of stunning vistas. Whether you seek a more refined ambience at Mura or a relaxed atmosphere at Die Deck, both promise a mouth-watering dining experience.

When your plates are empty and bellies full, explore the piazza, where boutique shops offer handcrafted goods, local wines, and unique souvenirs. Adventurers can tackle one of the three hiking trails to soak up the beautiful landscape.

  • Location: Kloovenburg Wine & Olive Estate, Riebeek Kasteel
  • Website: eightfeet.co.za
Picture: Eight Feet Village / Facebook

The Barn

The dynamic crew of The Barn has unleashed a culinary gem in Riebeek Kasteel that’s turning heads. Picture this: a Mediterranean menu that’s crafted with the utmost passion and flair. At The Barn, they’re all about reinventing the classics, adding their twist to your favourite dishes, and keeping you on your toes with every visit.

The menu dances with the seasons, promising something fresh and exciting every time you walk through the doors. But don’t just take our word for it; previous visitors rave about everything from the tender, slow-roasted lamb neck to the succulent Mediterranean fish.

Picture: The Barn / Facebook

The Valley Deli

Valley Deli stands as a stylish haven for foodies. This chic deli café and bar, formerly known as Bay Leaf and Thyme, exudes an upscale charm that allows visitors to unwind.

Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, Valley Deli offers a variety of delights, from picnic hampers to platters, making it the perfect venue for gatherings and celebrations. Whether lounging on the veranda or exploring the bistro and wine boutique, guests are treated to a curated selection of both local and imported specialities.

  • Location: Corner of Plein and Fontein Street, Riebeek Kasteel
  • Website: Facebook
Picture: The Valley Deli Riebeek Kasteel / Facebook

Aardvark Eats

Open-fire cooking is the name of the game at Aardvark Eats. From hearty breakfasts to tapas and evening meals, Aardvark Eats has it all.

Operating Wednesdays to Sundays, Aardvark Eats captivates diners with its commitment to fire-kissed flavours. The menu, ever-evolving based on ingredient availability, promises a delightful surprise with each visit.

Set in a coveted house on the town square, the eatery exudes warmth and hospitality. However, the real stars are the dishes themselves, from grilled skilpadjies to Cajun mussels. And for dessert? A freshly baked cheesecake, decadent brownies or wood-fired Alaska.

  • Location: 3 Plein St, Riebeeck Kasteel
  • Website: Facebook
Picture: Aardvark Eats / Facebook

Panera Bakery & Bistro

Panera is a charming country bakery and bistro in Riebeek Kasteel that specialises in artisan bread. They offer a delicious selection of baguettes, ciabattas, ryes, croissants, sourdough, and more. Visitors can treat themselves to cakes, pastries, and desserts, along with mouth-watering breakfasts and burgers. Vegan-friendly options are also available, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

The bistro has a laid-back atmosphere and is shaded by trees, allowing guests to bask in the fresh air. Whether it’s a leisurely breakfast, brunch, lunch, or a delightful coffee and cake break, Panera welcomes you daily from 7:30am to 4pm.

  • Location: 20 Sarel Celliers St, Riebeeck Kasteel
  • Website: Facebook
Picture: Panera / Facebook

La Parrilla

La Parrilla is more than just a restaurant. Here, unforgettable memories are crafted over delicious Latin American cuisine, both traditional and contemporary. Just as South Africa brims with diversity, so does Latin America, with each nation offering its own distinct foods.

The name ‘Parrilla’ speaks for itself, meaning grill in Spanish, promising the delicious sights and scents of smoke and flames emanating from the kitchen.

Whether it’s a special occasion or a casual get-together, La Parrilla is a spot worth visiting in Riebeek Kasteel.

  • Location: 1 Royal St, Riebeeck Kasteel
  • Website: Facebook
Picture: La Parrilla / Facebook

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Picture: Eight Feet Village / Facebook

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