Top 10 Restaurants near Durbanville

Durbanville is a place well-loved for its classy wine farms and peaceful suburbs, where city life is slow-paced and calming… but there’s a lot more to this Northern Suburbs stretch than meets the eye!

In fact, some of the most delightful restaurants and eateries in the Mother City lie in and around Durbanville… Let us introduce you to ten of the best restaurants near Durbanville:

#1 De Grendel Restaurant

Few restaurants in Cape Town are as show-stopping and visually stunning as De Grendel Restaurant… If the interiors and the views don’t leave your jaw hanging open in wonder, then the gorgeous, tastefully plated dishes (perfectly complemented by De Grendel Estate’s excellent wines…) certainly will.

Chef Ian Bergh – visible from behind his glass kitchen – will leave you positively enchanted and wishing for more… This is fine-dining at its best, after all.

Note: At De Grendel Restaurant, children under the age of 10 are not permitted to join for dinner. | And, for guests of 12 or more, an advance deposit is required.

Contact: +27 (021) 558 7035, restaurant@degrendel.co.za

Website: degrendel.co.za

Address: De Grendel Wine Estate and Restaurant, Plattekloof Road, Panorama, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Arugula Bistro & Bread

Although Arugula lies in the sleepy suburb of Welgemoed, it’s unquestionably one of the longest standing and most admired restaurants in the Northern Suburbs – and Cape Town as a whole too!

Fronted up by the go-getting Anouchka Horn, Neil Swart and their efficient team, Arugula runs like clockwork, bringing mouth-watering (beautifully plated) dishes to your table in no time at all.

This classy, family-friendly fine dining restaurant is quite meat-focused but there is still something for everyone to enjoy – even the kiddies, given that there’s a special, dedicated children’s menu.

Arugula is almost always busy, especially at nighttime and on weekends, so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappoint.

Contact: +27 (021) 913 6906, info@arugulabistro.co.za

Website: www.arugulabistro.co.za

Address: Arugula Bistro & Bread, Shop 18, Welgemoed Forum, Welgemoed, Cape Town.

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#3 Diemersdal Farm Eatery

Situated on the beautiful Diemersdal Estate, Diemersdal Farm Eatery offers a taste of the countryside, peaceful farm vibes and above all, good, quality food.

Housed within a restored former stable, this cosy eatery is a treat for the tastebuds – as everything from hearty Sunday lunches to tantalising Steak Nights or incredible, freshly baked bread can be enjoyed here.

The restaurant, which possesses a laid-back atmosphere and soothing interiors, offers great food – cooked by chef Martin de Kock – that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is to the taste…

Note: Regrettably, no dogs allowed.

Contact: +27 (021) 976 1810, restaurant@diemersdal.co.za

Website: diemersdal.co.za

Address: Diemersdal Farm Eatery, M58 (Koeberg Rd), Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa.

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#4 The Hussar Grill Willowbridge

With eateries spread across the country, Hussar Grill is one restaurant chain that requires no introduction. And, if you’re in the mood for steak, they are always the answer.

But their Willowbridge branch might just be one of the most beautiful. It’s cosy, snug and offers gorgeous views of the green, surrounding suburbs… Oh, and it’s also conveniently positioned at Willowbridge Shopping Centre, meaning it is centrally located within the Northern Suburbs.

This eatery is renowned for being one of the most consistently great restaurants near Durbanville – don’t you think it’s time you paid it a visit to see why?

Note: Walk-ins are welcome but bookings are advised.

Contact: +27 (021) 9140757, willowbridge@hussargrill.com

Website: www.hussargrill.co.za

Address: Hussar Grill Willowbridge, Shop G21, Willowbridge Shopping Centre, Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Bellville Park, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Durbanville Hills Restaurant

Durbanville Hills Restaurant offers diners an ideal environment in which they can escape the city rush – and instead, embrace the gorgeous Durbanville Wine Valley.

This elegant, airy restaurant space – which showcases earthy, wood tones and South African decor at its best – provides the perfect blend of quality estate wines and delicious, unpretentious cuisine, prepared by chef Louisa Greeff.

Whether you sit inside or out on the wooden deck, you are assured stunning views of Table Mountain, the rolling hills and so much more. So lean back and enjoy all that this popular Durbanville restaurant has to offer you…

Contact: +27 (021) 558 1300, info@durbanvillehills.co.za

Website: www.durbanvillehills.co.za

Address: Durbanville Hills, Tygerberg Valley Road, Cape Farms, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Annapurna

For those craving rich Indian cuisine at its best, Annapurna offers a wonderful array of dishes for every type of palate. In fact, this restaurant offers a taste explosion in the best possible way(s)!

For many, Annapurna has been a firm favourite since its opening in 2001 – and with its quality food, reliably good service and authenticity, it isn’t hard to understand why.

It’s neatly tucked away near the Tyger Waterfront, so while it isn’t right in Durbanville, it’s within easy driving distance – and you will definitely want to pay them a visit!

Contact: +27 (021) 914 4802, annapurna.tyg@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/annapurnatygerwaterfront

Address: Annapurna, Shop 7, Canal Edge Walkway, Carl Cronje Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Alberto’s

This long-standing restaurant offers great service, relaxed dining spaces (whether you sit indoors or outside) and a good mix of South African meals, stellar Eisbein and excellent pizzas too… a relatively new addition to the menu!

For those looking for a warm, family-friendly eatery, which is well-priced and proudly run, then Alberto’s is the perfect place to go with your friends and family alike.

Contact: +27 (021) 9751480

Website: www.albertos.co.za

Address: Alberto’s, 10 King Street, Skilpadvlei, Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Yoco Eatery

At Yoco Eatery, they say ‘the art is in the eating’… And that is true – almost literally! For this beautiful restaurant lies just next door to the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, a popular local art gallery and itself a Durbanville attraction.

Add up the two and you have the perfect art-meets-food combination. Sit outside in the courtyard or inside in this airy space, and enjoy this eatery’s serenity and tasty food.

Here, freshness, local produce and good food and service take precedence – and it truly shows.

Contact: +27 (021) 975 6322, info@yocoeatery.co.za

Website: yocoeatery.co.za

Address: Yoco Eatery, 10 Wellington Road, Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Roco Mamas Durbanville

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Roco Mamas Durbanville is a great place to go for generous meals with your friends, families or colleagues.

It has a fun atmosphere, cool decor and a great central location… and the food, oh, the food. Think gourmet burgers, incredible shakes and divine fries.

So if you are looking for a chilled, quality eatery in Durbanville, you can’t go wrong with this excellent Roco Mamas branch…

Contact: +27 (021) 975 5457, durbanville@rocomamas.com

Website: www.rocomamas.com/restaurant/cape-town/durbanville

Address: Roco Mamas Durbanville, Palm Grove Centre, Corner of Main and Church Street, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Zibaldone Italian Restaurant

Although it is located within Bellville’s Tyger Waterfront, this excellent Italian restaurant remains one you can’t miss when you’re in and around Durbanville.

Owners , Adriano and Roberto Pietrella, bring their vast restaurant experience in the Northern Suburbs to the table here, serving up an eatery that is smart, trendy and wholesome.

What’s more, the menu comfortably sits somewhere between traditional, local food and rustic Italian cuisine.

Join them in this stunning, waterfront-side setting for relaxed, al fresco lunches or stylish dinners.

Note: Zibaldone is open once a month for Sunday lunch; be sure to book well in advance though!

Contact:  +27 (021) 914 1771, info@zibaldone.co.za

Website: zibaldone.co.za

Address: Zibaldone Italian Restaurant, Shop 1B, Tygerlake Building,
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These are just a few of the top, tantalising eateries around Durbanville… knives and forks at the ready, now, go!

Top 10 Activities near Durbanville

Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs are known for their enviable winelands (which lie a hop, skip and jump away), laid-back, family-friendly suburbs – and most of all, for the peacefulness that prevails, as you head just outside of the city centre and into quiet suburbia.

In Durbanville (and its surrounding neighbourhoods), Cape Town is blessed with more than a handful of unique gems – including gorgeous wine farms, classy eateries and shops and some excellent outdoor adventures too!

Here are the top ten things to do in and around Durbanville:

#1 Dine at De Grendel

Few places in Durbanville (and indeed, Cape Town as a whole) are as widely praised as this superb wine farm.

De Grendel is known for its outstanding views (particularly of Table Mountain in the distance), excellent wines and its multiple award-winning restaurant. If that’s not enough to tempt to visit, then we don’t know what is!

De Grendel Restaurant – which is gorgeous without a drop of pretentiousness – lies safe within the talented hands of chef Ian Bergh, who, along with his team, works his magic behind the glassed-in kitchen.

Watch in wonder as your food is prepared and then feast on an array of mouthwatering and visually stunning dishes. These draw from a classic, ever-changing and altogether creative menu, which incorporates locally sourced ingredients and inventive modernity.

Note: At De Grendel Restaurant, children under the age of 10 are not permitted to join for dinner. | Also, for guests of 12 or more, an advance deposit is required.

Contact: +27 (021) 558 7035, restaurant@degrendel.co.za

Website: degrendel.co.za

Address: De Grendel Wine Estate and Restaurant, Plattekloof Road, Panorama, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Let them eat cake at Soet Society Cafe

Few things in this world are as well-loved and delicious as a selection of exquisite, beautifully baked cakes… And at Soet Society Cafe, cake lovers will find themselves well and truly in cake heaven.

At Soet, you can order from a wide selection of cakes, dreamily decorated and delicious tasting. Best of all, the cakes change daily, so you can always expect to find something new to sample!

Soet offers an excellent cake platter, which allows you to choose any four slices of cake. It is perfect for sharing – or even enjoying on your own, if you’re a true cake fanatic! This can be ordered for the reasonable price of just R79.

While you’re there, browse the other interesting offerings found within the Soet Emporium, of which Soet Society Cafe forms part.

Contact: +27 (021) 975 5294, info@soetemporium.co.za

Website: soetemporium.co.za

Address: Soet Society Cafe, 11 Wellington Road, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Sip on good wine at Durbanville Hills

Durbanville Hills is famed far and wide for its gorgeous wines. As such, no visit to the Durbanville Wine Valley is complete without a fun, quality wine tasting at this classy Durbanville estate.

As you relax at the indoor and outdoor tasting centre, choose from the likes of the Cheese, Chocolate, Biltong and Dried Fruit or Crystal pairing/tasting options.

And, if you’d like to see even more of this incredible wine estate, don’t forget to book ahead to enjoy an insightful cellar tour!

Note: Cellar tours must be booked at least 24 hours in advance and are available from Monday – Friday. Tours cost R80 per person (and include the Crystal tasting).

Contact: +27 (021) 5581300,  info@durbanvillehills.co.za

Website: www.durbanvillehills.co.za

Address: Durbanville Hills, Tygerberg Valley Road, Cape Farms, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Hike in Tygerberg Nature Reserve

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Tygerberg Nature Reserve is a beautiful, peaceful and well-maintained nature reserve, nestled above the sleepy suburb of Welgemoed.

The views from the reserve are truly spectacular and, at a very low cost rate, it offers some excellent outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. These include: several easy to moderate hiking trails, picnics and even some insightful lessons at the Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education (located just near the entrance).

Plus, there is a rich, diverse landscape of unique flora (and some fauna) to be marvelled at.

So if you’re looking for a great place to enjoy the fresh air, catch up on your daily fitness or simply to spend time with the ones you love, then head to Tygerberg Nature Reserve.

Note: Selected parts of the reserve are wheel-chair friendly. | From 1 November 2018, the Plattekloof access gate will be permanently closed.

Contact: +27 (021) 444 8971, tygerberg.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za

Website: capetown.gov.za

Address: Tygerberg Nature Reserve, Totius Street, Welgemoed, Northern Suburbs, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Enjoy art appreciation at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery

Art lovers, this one’s for you… The well-established Rust-en-Vrede Gallery showcases inspiring works by both emerging and established artists alike.

Situated within a beautiful Cape Dutch building and National Monument, visitors can enjoy traversing three exhibition spaces.

The main gallery consists of two rooms, known as Salon A and B, while Salon C is the entrance room and offers more informal, solo- or group-exhibitions.

Exhibitions change on a monthly basis and the gallery itself is free to the public.

Note: You can also enjoy eating at the delightful Yoco Eatery before or after you’ve explored the museum’s interiors.

Contact: +27 (021) 976 4691, rustenvrede@telkomsa.net

Website: www.rust-en-vrede.com

Address: Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, 10 Wellington Road, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Tuck into gourmet burgers at Roco Mamas Durbanville

Ah, Roco Mamas – the place where burger dreams come to life! And happily, the Durbanville branch is one of the friendliest and most fun you can find anywhere in the Mother City!

Choose from a mouthwatering selection of gourmet burgers, chips and shakes to name just a few of the menu options.

How it works is you receive an order sheet and fill out your order from there. And, to keep things even more playful, the waiting staff all go by aliases.

Roco Mamas Durbanville is centrally located, laid-back and altogether great – so, if you haven’t been yet, you really need to make a plan to visit them soon!

Contact: +27 (021) 975 5457, durbanville@rocomamas.com

Website: www.rocomamas.com/restaurant/cape-town/durbanville

Address: Roco Mamas Durbanville, Palm Grove Centre, Corner of Main and Church Street, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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#7 Visit the Durbanville Rose Garden

Durbanville Rose Garden is one of Durbanville’s most iconic and pretty spots. Here, you can enjoy a stroll among the roses free of charge – just please don’t pick any!

This attractive, award-winning rose garden is ideal for a family picnic, springtime walk or even as a lovely backdrop to special wedding photos (which is what it is often used for).

A fun jungle gym and the smooth, paved paths through the rose bushes make it especially child-friendly, so be sure to bring the whole family along.

Note: On Sundays, during October through to May, visitors are invited to enjoy tea (served by various charity organisations) in the garden’s tearoom. Tea is served from 14:30 pm – 17:30 pm.

Contact: +27 (021) 948 8717

Website: capetown.gov.za

Address: Durbanville Rose Garden, 33 Drakenstein Road, Durbanville Hills, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Explore Durbanville Nature Reserve

Located just next door to the Durbanville Race Course, one finds the small, but beautiful Durbanville Nature Reserve.

Here, amid the hustle and bustle of suburban life, you can step out into the fresh air and enjoy exploring this protected plot of land.

It offers some great walking trails and wheel-chair-friendly paths, picnic spots and birdwatching sites and is also home to some excellent local flora and fauna.

Happily, this reserve is also free to visit, making it a real gem indeed! So go on… lose yourself in the beauty of this unique, little reserve.

Contact: +27 (021) 979 0060, durbanville.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za

Website: capetown.gov.za

Address: Durbanville Nature Reserve, Race Course Road, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Shop till you drop at Willowbridge Mall

Shopaholics rejoice because the upmarket and vibrant Willowbridge Mall offers some 90 stores, which include everything from boutique clothing and home ware stores (like @home) to Woolworths and Pick n Pay.

There are also some great restaurants to be enjoyed here, including Hussar Grill, Primi Piatti and Baconville. And, best of all, every Saturday, shoppers and visitors alike can enjoy browsing the popular Willowbridge Slow Market.

The centre is also extremely child-friendly and has a wonderful outdoor play area, which keeps the little ones occupied for hours at a time.

Prepare to shop till you drop at Willowbridge Mall… you have been warned.

Contact: +27 (021) 914 7218, info@willowbridgecentre.co.za

Website: www.willowbridge.co.za

Address: Willowbridge Mall, 39 Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Northern Suburbs, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Head to Willowbridge Slowmarket

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Situated at the bustling, oh-so-trendy Willowbridge Mall, this laid-back, fun market takes place every Saturday, from 09:00 am – 14:00 pm.

At Willowbridge Slowmarket, you can browse a wide assortment of food, clothing, jewellery and home ware stalls. Then, when you’re done, you can still catch up on your Saturday shopping or lunchtime outing to Willowbridge Mall itself.

All goods on offer at this chilled market are of the highest quality and are organic or lovingly made/selected, so you can rest easy knowing you will leave with only the best buys in the Northern Suburbs!

Contact: +27 (021) 886 8514, +27 (072) 416 4890, admin@slowmarket.co.za

Website: www.slowmarket.co.za

Address: Willowbridge Slowmarket, Willowbridge Mall, 39 Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Northern Suburbs, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the best picks from Durbanville and its surrounds – be sure to check them all out next time you’re in the idyllic Northern Suburbs.