Places to eat in Napier
One thing we can recommend is to enter Napier with your tummy grumbling. You will be surprised at not only the amount of eateries in this village but how many offer a delicious taste sensation. From French inspired cuisines to the traditional hearty country meals, the culinary aspect of Napier promises not to disappoint.
One thing that is guaranteed is farm-fresh goods. As most residents have Garden Plots or farms, many are giving some tender love and care to their own veggie patch. So you can bet that most of the food you eat will be grown by the owners themselves or sourced from one of the neighbouring farms, many of which practice organic methods or have heirloom vegetables. There is nothing quite like fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables to create the most intense flavours.
Menus written on blackboards are a unique little charm for several eateries and farm stalls. The menu will change according to the produce available from the farms and it also allows the chefs to put their imagination to work. You will be happy to find some interesting combination of flavours as well as good old traditional dishes. The cooks in Napier take some of their inspiration from Cuban, French, Italian, Mediterranean and traditional South African cuisine. Be prepared to fall victim to a sublime gastronomical experience that will convert you into a foodie and quick fan of the small village.
Formal is not the common dress code in Napier. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delectable candlelit dinner surrounded by fresh air, good service and intoxicating smells. Dressing comfortable is the best option as you stroll the village and build up an appetite. The locals are also the least bit pretentious so wearing a smile is the biggest asset to your attire.
Many of the restaurateurs have revamped old nineteenth century buildings. While different restaurants may have varying themes or even a quirky décor, the old charm and air of heritage is never lost. From intimate weddings, family sit-downs or romantic dates there are many options that are sure to satisfy your culinary desires and preferred ambience. Several restaurants have shops or memorabilia that you can browse before sitting to a cup of coffee and freshly-baked pie or proper meal. If you would like to walk and eat through the town there are also one or two take aways. Not the franchise takeaways that are commonplace in cities but farm-style ones. Pick up traditional vetkoek or Milk Tart and it will be a quick fix into traditional Afrikaans food.
There are certain pub 'n grills that serve as the local hangout where a quick chat and a beer can be easily shared with the residents and hopefully a few tips into the gems that Napier has. Local quiz nights also promise to be a good laugh! There are occasionally local artists sharing a bit of their talents with some music, which is definitely an event not to miss out on. During the day you can generally enjoy the fresh air and glow of the sun. As many eateries are on large plots or farms there is enough space for kids to run around and something to constantly keep their busy bodies entertained. It is a place for everyone.
If food is your weakness then Napier will steal your culinary heart. Take time out to savour the flavous of life and depart with a newfound satisfaction for farm-grown meals.