10 famous padstals across South Africa

Posted by Imogen on 14 March 2019

When embarking on a road trip, two things are essential: padkos and padstals. The first is important when the road trip begins in the early hours of the morning. Nothing is as frustrating as having a snack-attack without any snacks. The second is of the utmost importance because it gives travelers the chance to stretch their legs and a brief reprive from being in a car all day.

South Africa’s padstals are plentiful and some are even quite famous for their services and product offerings. Here are 10 South African padstals you need to visit on your next road trip.

 

1. Piggly Wiggly, Midlands

Whether you’re traveling as a family, group of friends, a couple or on your own, Piggly Wiggly has something for everyone. Grab one of their award-winning cappuccinos and a freshly-baked treat or order a delicious, hearty meal.

The farm stall, restaurant and winery give travelers ample opportunity to load up on goodies. Think biltong, freshly baked bread, homemade jams, and delicious cheese. For the health-conscious, the Greenery Juice Café packs a healthy dose of juices, smoothies, fruit cups, bagels and salads. For the little ones, there are jungle gyms to play on before the food arrives. If the weather is clear, enjoy your meal on the lawns and breathe in some fresh Midlands air.

Piggly Wiggly is filled with delectable dishes: from wood-fired pizzas to generous burgers, healthy breakfasts, big fry-ups and everything in between. At Piggly Wiggly, travelers can sit back, relax and enjoy their pitstop.

Piggly Wiggly is located at 1 Dargle Road, Lions River, 3265.

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2. Peel’s Honey Shop, Howick

Established in 1924, Peel’s is South Africa’s oldest honey brand. This quaint padstal’s products will leave your sweet tooth wanting more. The famous Peel’s honey is available for purchase, along with delicious honey brittles, peanut butter, caramel crunch and more sweet goods.

Visitors can also purchase padkos like rusks, biscuits, cooldrinks and small eats. To take home, there are a variety of jams, mustards and pickles to choose from. The shop itself was built over 20 years ago and has seen many visitors from near and far, looking to get their hands on the delicious, high-quality honey.

Peel’s Honey Shop is located at 1 Boston Rd, Merrivale, Howick, 3291.

 

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3. Milly’s, Machadodorp

Milly’s holds a very special place in many a heart. The family-owned business is famous for its padstal. Bursting with jams, jellies, chilies, and chutneys, you can’t help but overindulge in their delicious offerings.

From sweet treats to savoury snacks, Milly’s has an abundance of goodies to take on the road. Additionally, the warm welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant is a relief for long-haul travelers. Overlooking a beautiful dam filled with cob, enjoy a hearty or healthy country meal – the menu has a great mix of both. If you don’t have time to sit down, the take-away shop will do just the trick. Offering a variety of jaffels or toasted sarmies, or pick up one of their famous trout pies. Millys also has a petrol station to fill up at, as well as Seattle Coffee for those looking to grab a quick cup of java.

Milly’s is located on the M4, Machadodorp

 

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4. Jasmyn Farm Stall, Hartbeespoort

Also named Jasmyn Farm Products, this farm stall is packed with fresh fruits and vegetable and makes for a wonderful pitstop. Staple farm stall items are stocked here include biltong, rusks, nuts, dried fruits and more. The not-so-staple items include a selection of cheese and dairy products as well as honey and treats for your sweet tooth. With a Dutch-inspired windmill housing a restaurant that overlooks a picturesque garden, a stop here is well worth your time.

Jasmyn Farm Stall Jan Smuts Avenue &, R511, Hartbeespoort, 0216

5. Pucketty Farm Stall, Underberg

Just outside Underberg along the R617 is this humble farm stall. The establishment has grown from its roots of selling fresh farm bread, into a one-stop shop, fitted with a beautiful tea garden.

There is an honesty system at the Pucketty Farm Stall where visitors write their purchases in a book, place their money in a box and collect their change before leaving. The farm has many curious residents, like pigs, cows and chickens and a cheeky cat or two that all add to the experience. The farm stall is abundant with savoury snacks, jams, marmalades, spreads, pâtés and more.  Parents can shop while children can make friends with the furry residents – a win-win for everyone.

Pucketty Farm Stall is located on the Old Main Road, Underberg, 3257.

 

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6. Nanaga Farm Stall, Alexandria

Nanaga Farm stall is Located 50km east of Port Elizabeth at the intersection of three main routes: the N2, R10 and R72.

Travelers can attest for their delectable lamb and mint pies that are best enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee. If you’re looking to make a quick stop, then Nanaga has you covered with their roosterkoek and over 10 different pies to choose from. The best part is that travelers can take home uncooked pies to enjoy with family. There is a gift shop filled with trinkets that make for the perfect present. If you have some time to browse around, then take your time marveling over the home-made treats, such as breads, brownies, biltong and more.

Plant yourself in the courtyard or pick a table in the restaurant and let the kids stretch their legs in the play area, while you enjoying a well-deserved meal.

Nanaga Farm Stall is located on the N2 Highway & R72, Alexandria, Port Elizabeth, 6185.

 

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7. Blue Crane Farm Shop, Heidelberg

The bright blue roof of the Blue Crane is famous among travelers on the N2. This farm shop is an absolute gem that is laden with treats.

The handmade jams and preserves are gobble-worthy and make for a thoughtful and delicious gift. The food from the restaurant served up by the ‘cheeky chef’ Philippa, is a treat for all travelers who stop here. The food team here also make an array of delectable pastries that can be enjoyed in the outside section of the restaurant. Think, scones and tea alongside a lemon meringue tartlet. If you’re hungry for a hearty meal, order yourself a burger with a side of fries while taking in the surrounds.

The Blue Crane Farm Shop is located along the N2 in Heidelberg, 6665.

 

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8. Ronnie’s Sex Shop, Barrydale

With the original intention of becoming a farm stall, Ronnie’s Shop became Ronnie’s Sex Shop overnight. Friends of the owner played a prank by adding in the word ‘sex’ to the hand-painted sign during its construction. This resulted in the farm stall becoming a pub that is legendary for both its exterior and interior.

With undergarments hanging from the roof, and walls covered in grafiti, Ronnie’s Sex Shop is a spectacle for locals and foreigners alike. With a small variety of pub lunches on offer and a well-stocked bar, a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic milkshakes, a visit to this establishment is worth the experience. If you are spending the night in Barrydale, a visit to this local watering hole is a must. Getaway does not condone drinking and driving.

Ronnie’s Sex Shop is located along the R62.

 

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9. Ou Meul Bakkery, Riviersonderend

This padstal serves up the most delicious food and coffee. However, the chicken pie is what makes Ou Meul Bakkery the institution that it is. If you’re looking for something simple to eat, then the humble chicken pie is a must. There are plenty of eats to be bought and taken home. From frozen family-sized pies to a variety of fruit preserve, jams, olives, rusks, cookies and much more.

There are also delicious baked goods on offer, from cakes to pastel de natas. The pie selection offers up the classics: juicy mutton or hearty pepper steak or enjoy a warm sausage roll. There are also sandwiches on offer for those not carnivore-inclined.

Ou Meul Bakkery is located at 27 Main Rd, Riviersonderend, 7250

 

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10. Peregrine Farm Stall, Grabouw

Located an hour away from Cape Town, Peregrine Farm Stall offers a delicious balance of savoury and sweet treats.

Their coffee packs a much-needed punch that will keep your caffeine cravings at bay. Pair your cup with a warm pastry or pie and you’re all set for your adventure on the open road. If you’re heading home after your stop, be sure to pick up a loaf of wood fire oven cooked bread from the bakery. If you have an hour to spare, then it is worth visiting the café to subdue your hunger pans.

Peregrine Farm Stall is located on the N2 & R321, Grabouw, 7160

 

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