Discover Dorp Street
Dorp Street is the oldest road in Stellenbosch. The white washed Cape Dutch homesteads and leafy oak trees that line the broad street can inspire a sense of enchantment with a simple stroll down the sidewalk. There are a number of bistros, curio shops, guest houses and restaurants that populate the busy street, and these are the venues that we feel deserve a stopover.
Oom Samie se Winkel – 84 Dorp Street
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This curious store, reminiscent of a Victorian-era general dealership, has established itself as a landmark of Dorp Street. Here you can rummage through the wares on offer and possibly walk out with a rare and priceless antique that had long been forgotten in a dusty corner. Additionally, the store sells vintage clothing, fresh produce and bottled wine of unusual varieties. Be sure to pop by their adjoining restaurant, the Koffiehuis.
The BP opposite Oom Samie’s
As strange as it may seem, this petrol station deserves a special mention as a Dorp Street attraction. Its Wild Bean Café is renowned for serving an incredible cup of coffee and many swear it sells the best coffee in town.
Gypsy – 147 Dorp Street
It’s difficult to miss this little store when wandering down Dorp Street – the colourful quilts and antique park benches that decorate the shop’s front-of-house invite entry. Step inside a room that pulsates with wonder, as the eclectic collection of goods for sale look like wares shipped straight from the tales detailed in the fictional 1001 Nights. Find incense burners, aromatic oils, jewellery carved out of wood and bohemian clothing – from leather slippers to paisley printed maxi skirts.
Mila the Cake Shop – 87 Dorp Street
Step out of the Victorian era at Oom Samie’s and into the plush European styled cake shop located just a few steps away. The carefully crafted confectionery on display almost looks too delectable to dig into, while the savoury menu offers innovative light meals such as waterblommetjie quiche.
If you’re enjoying a stay at Bonne Esperance situated on the corner of Neethling and Van Riebeeck Street, be sure to explore the attractions surrounding the old road.