Stellenbosch is at once a wine and food capital, a lively university town, and a historical hub. Just an hour’s drive east of Cape Town and set at the foot of the Stellenbosch Mountain, it’s easy to visit either on a day out from the city or as a stop-off on a self-drive tour of South Africa. While there, other than hopping between the area’s wine estates and taking in the mountainous backdrop, you can walk along the town’s oak-lined avenues, admiring the Cape Dutch architecture and stopping to sample some of the local food. Each dish helps tell the story of Stellenbosch’s colonial history, which dates back to 1679.
After Cape Town, Stellenbosch was the second European settlement in South Africa thanks to its strategic position on the banks of the Eerste River. Its colonial history is everywhere you turn, from the Cape Dutch farmsteads whose white exteriors shine brightly against the green countryside to the Victorian and Georgian mansions that are set on streets lined with 300-year-old oaks. Stellenbosch University’s student population brings a more youthful feel to the town, and you can enjoy drinks in some of the bars that come to life in the evening. For remote workers and entrepreneurs, Stellenbosch presents a unique opportunity to experience local culture while meeting and networking with other local business owners in the city’s many coworking spaces.
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