15 pics showing how Stellenbosch is just magical in winter

2014-07-25 09:30
Cape Town – There’s nothing quite like the feeling of Stellenbosch on a crisp winter afternoon.

Amid the buzz of student life – bicycles whirring down the streets, animated conversations and bar table procrastination – there’s a tangible wistfulness, a heightened awareness of the passage of time.

It gets you right in the gut, forms a lump in your throat and then sends a shock of energy through your bones – an urgent need to ‘carpe the hell out of this diem!’.

A bit like the Sunday blues in overdrive.

To be quite honest, I’d forgotten all about this feeling, until I recently got to re-explore my old student stomping ground as part of the #comesitstellenbosch Instawalk.  

It was a perfect mid-winter Wednesday afternoon for photographing this, the most delightful of all South African towns: blue sky above, only slightly mottled by grey clouds, sun slanting just so through the dramatic skeleton trees lining the streets (don’t worry they’ll have leaves in Spring again) and not a breath of air.

A rough route had been mapped out for us, punctuated by points of interest, delicious treats and an array of 24 concrete benches-turned-canvas for artists, forming part of the ‘Kom Sit Stellenbosch’ public art exhibition.  

Our adventure started off at the luxuriously eclectic Showroom in Bird Street with canapés and delicious Peter Falke wines (the Syrah is definitely one for every red wine lover’s rack!), followed by a squiz into Smac art gallery, which is currently hosting an exhibition of psychedelic Trevor Coleman artworks dating to the 1960s and ‘70s.  

Next stop – JC Le Roux bubbly served with macarons at M-Patisserie in Andringa Street, all rounded off with a nice cold one at Schoon de Companje.

Here are 15 pics capturing some of the magic:

Psychedelic art at SMAC

What #comesitstellenbosch is all about

Macarons in a glass?

Quaint little nooks wherever you look!

Brampton Wine Studio in Church Street is always buzzing with life!


Excuse me, pretty lady, let me hold that umbrella for you

Possibly the coolest of all the benches - this one has little LED lights that ignite when you swing!

And there's always something pretty to look at!

What are you reading over there?

In spring and summer the trees come back to life, but there's something magical about their winter look too

It's all in the details

What's a student town without a volksie or two?

And, if you're lucky, you will find music wherever you go. Here Schalk van der Merwe takes a tiny moment out on stage at The Showroom

Winelands views are always breathtaking, but add a little winter fog and they become almost unreal!

This little guy is lost. Why not go sit down next to him for a bit?

Unfortunately we only had about two hours to explore the town with the waning of the light.

However, there’s so much more to see and experience and best of all?

You’re invited!

With an abundance of quaint and cosy spots to share some warmth, laughs and good times, Stellenbosch has established itself as a prime winter destination.  

From as little as R1 200 per person, you can Come Sit, Stay & Savour Stellenbosch, which includes two nights’ accommodation, dinner, lunch and two activities selected from a “bucket list” of authentic Stellenbosch experiences.  Premium packages are available from R2 800 per person.

Find out more about these offers in our Savour Stellenbosch this winter article.

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