Top things to do in Riebeek-Kasteel

Posted on 1 April 2024 By Louise Bell

A charming and quaint town with an artsy edge, Riebeek-Kasteel is the perfect place for a unique getaway location near the urban rush of Cape Town. If you blink, you might miss the turn to this beautiful place, but you’ll never want to leave once you’re there.

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Need help to determine where the hidden gems are in this sleepy town? Here are a few spots and shops to add to your weekend itinerary for an unforgettable experience.

Explore the art galleries

Interestingly, a few artists reside within the warm and homey embrace of Riebeek-Kasteel, so the art galleries are a marvel to experience. Make your way to the Môi Art Gallery to peruse an array of exceptional artists’ work and their given art forms.

From sculptural masterpieces to seemingly otherworldly drawings, you’ll spend hours in this establishment soaking it all in. A wide variety of events occur at this location each year, so be sure to visit their website beforehand to see what they offer.

Go olive oil tasting at Kloovenburg Wine & Olive Estate

With a vast open space filled to the brim with activities for all ages, Kloovenburg is an excellent place if you have a gaggle of busy kids to look after. While your bundles of joy tire themselves out at the impressive jungle gym, you can make your way to the wine cellar facility.

While the wine tasting is a tasty tannin-filled tapestry to try, the olive oil tasting is a great option if you’re looking for something different. With chilli olive oil infusions to an olive jam, you can tickle your tastebuds with a smorgasbord of flavours.

Have scones at The Royal Hotel

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Are you looking to feel like royalty on your weekend getaway? The Royal Hotel is the ultimate opportunity to feel part of the British monarchy. This establishment is one of the oldest hotels in South Africa, with its last structural renovation stint in 1927.

Once you step foot on the premises, you’ll feel transported back to a simpler time with its exquisite Cape Dutch trimmings and old-school decor. The scones are a wonderful treat while admiring the town, with frothy cream and local strawberry jam to ensure you feel the essence of luxury living.

Get thrifty at second-hand stores

If you miss the city’s malls, you’ll have a ball exploring the various second-hand and vintage shops dotted around the town. Whether you’re looking for clothing with character or furniture with a story, Riebeek-Kasteel has you covered. Be sure to visit Wunderkammer for a cooky and quirky keepsake to remember your trip.

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