Gastronomy on the Garden Route
A culinary paradise for foodies and oenophiles
Gourmet travelers will discover many hidden gems when exploring the Garden Route – amongst them Fynboshoek Cheese. Located in the Tsitsikamma area, just a short drive from The Plettenberg, the restaurant is housed in a farm cottage and has enchanting views of forest trees and a lake. The menu is simple, yet memorable: cheese, homegrown herbs and salad leaves, served with freshly baked bread. All the cheeses are handcrafted on the farm; expect matured goat’s cheese, smoked provolone, fresh ricotta, mozzarella and more.
Plettenberg Bay is an exciting destination for oenophiles, too. Its wine region was granted official Wine of Origin status in 2005, and its reputation for superb winemaking is growing exponentially – especially for Méthode Cap Classique (sparkling) wines.
Bramon Wines was the first estate to produce wine in Plettenberg Bay; it is situated in The Crags, a beautiful, mountainous area. Try their bubbly at a tasting, or order a bottle with lunch: tapas-style dishes served at tables in the vineyard.
Traveller’s tip: Bramon Wine Estate is extremely popular, so we do recommend booking in advance. Ask for a table amongst the vines!
For great food, try the Harkerville Saturday Market: pop into this bustling little market for fresh bread, hot coffee and a variety of other organic food. It begins at 8am every Saturday, with breakfast served under the trees. Another favourite is Market on Main, for delicious food and live music.
Traveller’s tip: Plettenberg Bay’s local markets are great if you are looking for a souvenir to take home with you. From fruit preserves to curios, your best bet of finding them is at one of these markets!