Places to Eat in Villiersdorp
In line with simple country living, eating establishments in Villiersdorp offer an assortment of freshly home-baked treats and family favourites. Expect anything from fluffy quiches to legendary sweet potato cake made with love, or apple wood-fired pizza enjoyed by the fireplace.
The crowning jewel of Villiersdorp cuisine has to be the variety of hot and cold smoked food on offer and that have been made using traditional smoking methods. Apple and oak wood is used to flavour anything from fish, olives, meats, butter and bread. Only the finest and freshest in-season ingredients are used, making it a food connoisseur's dream!
For lunch you can sit under pretty, shaded patios and choose from a rotating ‘meal of the day’ that can be anything from chicken curry to a burger and fries. During the week you’ll find the town quiet in the evenings with just one family-run restaurant open until late, serving hearty favourites. Pizza, burgers and salads can be made to deliver if you don’t feel like leaving the luxury of your country guest house.
The weekend opens up more dinner options with the chance to dine and get festive on the water's edge, or taste a perfectly crafted apple wood-fire pizza. Alternatively, the church sometimes hosts evening Bazaars where locals get together to sell their home-baked pies, rusks, spring rolls and pancakes, while the men take charge of an outdoor braai in the enclosed parking lot.
The streets of Villiersdorp are lined with cute coffee shops that serve a variety of light meals and desserts, and are generally open for breakfasts and lunches. In summer enjoy a coffee surrounded by vintage décor for sale or in a tea garden, while winters are made to keep cosy in a restored historic house. Home-baked cakes, quiches, scones and biscuits are a popular offering on menus, and tea and cake is an afternoon highlight. A few of the galleries and museums also serve light snacks like savory pancakes and salads made with fresh ingredients from the garden.
The town’s farm stall creates more sophisticated dishes at refreshingly affordable prices. It’s also a great idea to purchase some locally made jams, honey and preserves. Alternatively, grab some fresh fruit, local cheese, home-baked bread and smoked meats from the deli to make up an al fresco picnic lunch under the trees or along the water's edge. Villiersdorp is also the only place in South Africa that processes and dries persimmons, a perfect addition to your picnic basket.
True to the Villiersdorp spirit of simple country living and genuine hospitality, the local cuisine is a mirror of these values. Indulge in country life with a basket of locally produced delights and enjoy an afternoon of fine food and breathtaking views on the banks of the Theewaterskloof Dam.