Top things to do in Paarl

Top Choice Winery in Paarl


This 2.5-sq-km wine and fruit farm is on the north slope of the Simonsberg mountain between Klapmuts and Paarl. Its highlight is an 800-sq-metre, formally designed garden; inspired by Cape Town’s Company’s Garden, i…
Top Choice Winery in Paarl


This quiet spot in a gracious old homestead serves delectable, organically made wines. The formal tasting takes around an hour, or you can join a two-hour eco-safari through the vineyards on the back of a tractor, w…
Top Choice Winery in Paarl

Spice Route

Spice Route is known for its complex red wines, particularly the Flagship syrah. Aside from wine there is a lot going on, including glass-blowing demonstrations, wine and charcuterie pairings (R85), a chocolatier (t…
Top Choice International in Paarl

Glen Carlou

The food at this stylish winery is on a par with the views: magnificent. Dishes, such as pan-roasted sea bass, Parmesan mousse and lamb shoulder with sweetbreads, come with a recommended wine pairing. There's also a…
Top Choice Bistro in Paarl

Tea Under the Trees

The only downside to this fabulous tea garden is that it's only open for half the year. Based on an organic fruit farm, it's a wonderful place to sit under century-old oak trees and enjoy an al fresco cuppa, a light…
International in Paarl

Bosman’s Restaurant

This elegant spot within the Grande Roche Hotel is one of Paarl’s top restaurants, serving multicourse gourmet dinners and more casual bistro-style lunches (mains R175 to R240). Bookings highly recommended.
Winery in Paarl


This hugely popular estate off Rte 101, 6km south of Paarl, is a wonderful winery, but not the place to come for a tranquil tasting. It's great value, since tastings include six wines and a wide range of cheeses (yo…
Historic Site in Paarl

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

On 11 February 1990, when Nelson Mandela walked free from incarceration for the first time in over 27 years, the jail he left was not on Robben Island, but here. Then called the Victor Verster, this was where Mandel…
Winery in Paarl

KWV Sensorium

Just when you thought you'd seen every possible pairing option, KWV chooses to couple its wines with local art inspired by the region. It's a fun way to taste or you can visit the gallery for free. There's also a ch…
Fusion in Paarl


Recommended by locals all over the Winelands, this restaurant and wine bar has a comprehensive menu of upmarket dishes like slow-roasted lamb neck, roast duck and wild-mushroom risotto. Check out the South African d…