The Spice Route Paarl in Cape Town, South Africa

The Spice Route Paarl in Cape Town, South Africa

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I recently visited the Spice Route Paarl and I loved it! I had delicious brunch, saw African arts and crafts, tasted chocolate and ice cream and enjoyed beer and wine.

If you are a foodie, you are not only you are going to be amazed by the incredible variety of food and drinks in this place; but you are also going to relax by eating while experiencing the scenic beauty of the South African landscape.

1. The Place

Spice Route Paarl is amazing, it is big and has several buildings with all the restaurantes and stores. The atmosphere is nice, there is a kids area and the views of the mountains are amazing!

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Spice Route - Cape Town - South Africa - Travel
Spice Route - Cape Town - South Africa - Travel
Spice Route - Cape Town - South Africa - Travel
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2. What can you find at Spice Route Paarl?

This place is a popular tourist destination. The name Spice Route dates back to the historical mariners who used to trade Eastern spices to Europe along the “Spice Route” for spice trade in the 15th century. Today, it offers a variety to discover: typical South African delicacies like local wines, draft beer and dark chocolates.

Visitors can go on a journey on that traditional route, which takes them to the following 15 destinations to explore the culture, art and taste of South Africa:

Restaurants

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  1. Barley & Biltong Emporium: gourmet burgers, biltong and craft beer.
  2. La Grapperia Bistro & Pizzeria: German / Italian Bistro food – Pizza, Eisbein, G&T’s, beer and wine on tap with the most incredible view. 
  3. Bertus Basson: traditional South African Cooking.

Drinks

  1. Cape Brewing Company (CBC): produces and offers a wide range of beers using only the finest ingredients.
  2. Spice Route Wines: artisan, small batch wines from Swartland.
  3. Wilderer Destillery: making award-winning grappa and eau de vie (schnaps) since 1995.

Taste

  1. De Villiers Chocolate: chocolate made from cocoa bean developing unique flavour profiles.
  2. Richard Bosman quality curated meats: pasture-reared, hand cured Italian and Spanish style charcuterie.
  3. DV Café: freshly roasted coffee, gluten free cakes and homemade ice cream.

Shop

  1. Brenda’s Deli: glazes, jams, preserves, cordials, condiments, olives & oils, chutneys, and spices.
  2. Red Hot Glass: contemporary style glass blowing studio & gallery.
  3. The Trading company: an eclectic mix of old and new.
  4. Sirenia: diamond jewellery store.

Activity

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  1. Hero Adventure Trails: get active with Paarl Mountain Trails.
  2. Pilates for life: Pilates for life, move, breathe, connect.

For me, the highlights were:

a. De Villiers Chocolate

When we arrived we went directly to taste chocolate at De Villiers Chocolate. I liked that they had all kinds of chocolate, some with some flavors added.

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De Villiers Chocolate - Spice Route - Feast Africa - Cape Town - South Africa - foodie
De Villiers Chocolate - Spice Route - Feast Africa - Cape Town - South Africa - foodie
De Villiers Chocolate - Spice Route - Feast Africa - Cape Town - South Africa - foodie

b. CBC Beer

You can see the beer making process and taste a variety of delicious beer.

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CBC Beer - Spice Route - Cape Town - South Africa - foodie

c. Red Hot Glass

We saw live glass making process and several finished pieces that looked modern and trendy.

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d. La Grapperia

We had brunch at the La Grapperia which is now one of my favorite restaurants in Cape Town. We had antipasti salumi (italian cold meat platter), a fairview cheese platter and margherita pizza and it was absolutely delicious. Perfect to start the day and move on to our next destination.

La Grapperia - Spice Route - Cape Town - South Africa
La Grapperia - Spice Route - Feast Africa - Cape Town - South Africa - foodie
La Grapperia - Spice Route - Feast Africa - Cape Town - South Africa - foodie
La Grapperia - Spice Route - Feast Africa - Cape Town - South Africa - foodie

3. Opening hours and location

The Spice Route is open 09:00 ~ 17:00 hrs, Monday ~ Sunday

Open ALL Public Holidays except Christmas & New Years Day

4. Contact

Spice Route Paarl

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