A Traveller’s Guide to Still Bay

Stilbaai, or the “Bay of Sleeping Beauty”, is a beloved holiday spot among South Africans because of its wealth of natural beauty and abundance of activities for the whole family.

Still Bay (or Stilbaai, affectionately known as “Stillies”) is a tranquil seaside town along the southern coast of South Africa, about four hours’ drive from Cape Town.

It is a region rich in natural beauty: think rolling limestone hills, mountain fynbos, dune thicket, and indigenous forests. The region is surrounded by large mountains and the ocean, and divided by a tranquil river running through it.

Restaurants & eateries

The Stables

The Stables Eatery and Bar is one of the oldest restaurants in town. A family-run business, the restaurant is well-known for its friendly, welcoming staff.

The Stables also has excellent pizzas ever On Wednesday nights, there’s a popular buy-one-get-one-free special.

Allegaartjie

Allegaartjie is probably the trendiest cafe in Stilbaai. The atmosphere is great, as the staff is warm and welcoming.

Although the food selection isn’t very wide, the meals’ delicious flavours and aesthetically pleasing presentation makes up for it!

Allegaartjie’s highlight, however, is its breakfasts – you can ask any local. It’s also perfect for tea, though, as its pancakes are to die for!

On the Rocks

East of the river, On the Rocks Steakhouse & Seafood is a restaurant serving the best steak and ribs in town.

The newly renovated restaurant’s decor is a combination of sophistication and old-world charm. It has a warm ambience, which makes diners of all ages feel welcome at On the Rocks.

In addition, the service is prompt and friendly.

Matchbox

Matchbox is a restaurant and trading store on the main road. It’s a great, comfortable spot to have breakfast, light meals or tea. The service is homey and pleasant.

Botterkloof Restaurant

Located on the outskirts of Still Bay, Botterkloof Restaurant has a tranquil setting. It serves breakfast, lunch, and coffee; and it has a wide selection of wines.

“We pride ourselves in creating an environment where friends and family can meet over good food!”

Riaan Malan, Marketing Manager of Botterkloof.

And Botterkloof certainly proves this, with their attentive staff and delicious meals, ranging from traditional to contemporary.

Activities in Still Bay

Bonsai Nursery

Still Bay has its very own bonsai nursery, run by the Barbour couple. Meg, a well-known bonsai expert, started the business and soon got Dave involved.

Their collection of miniature trees includes milk-wood trees, marula, wild olive, bougainvillaea, wild fig, myrtle and acacias.

This is a charming spot to buy or even just to look at these cute little trees.

Gin tasting

Inverroche Distillery produces a range of spirits, although its pride is its fynbos-infused craft gin. 

“Today the brand has three distinct gins, crafted using only a handful of the more than 9 000 Fynbos botanicals.”

inverroche.com

Not only does Inverroche offer tastings, but it also offers tours and gin distilling classes.

Golf

The Stilbaai Golf Course is a well-maintained course surrounded by beautiful indigenous fauna and flora. It even has an ocean view from every tee.

The course is open for visitors from all around.

Horse riding

The Ibalansi Horse Riding School is a local riding school. Besides horse riding lessons and horse training, it also offers trail riding and horseback safaris.

Surfing

The coastal town of Stilbaai has stunning waves, making it a paradise for surfers. 

The highlight of Still Bay’s surfing calendar is the annual Vintner’s Surf Classic, a surfing contest exclusively for winemakers and others working in the wine industry.

Shopping

Matchbox is an interesting place to shop! The building is packed with all sorts of quirky finds, from gifts to beach clothing, making the name quite suitable.

Other gift shops worth visiting are Allegaartjie, Verandah and Busy Bee Gift Shop. You’re guaranteed not to leave Still Bay without a souvenir!

The sleepy town also has quite a lot of bookstores. Bookworms can spend hours looking through the new and second-hand book collections the town has to offer.


Want to know more about Still Bay? Visit Still Bay’s tourism website, stilbaai-info.co.za, for more information on the town, activities, accommodation, events, etc.

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