A visit to Root 44 (Stellenbosch area)
It was a hot Sunday and definitely a great idea to get a few friends together and drive towards Root 44 – nestled in the vineyards between the towns of Stellenbosch and Somerset-West.
What happens at Root 44?
At Root 44 you will find a great selection of food, good wine and fresh produce … all of this, while relaxing in their beautiful gardens (outside under the umbrellas on a hot summer’s day or inside on a rainy day).
Every weekend Root 44 hosts various artists for live entertainment and entry to this beautiful place is free … but make sure to arrive early (especially in summer) in order to find a table under an umbrella or the porch.
Root 44 has recently been renovated and we found the new look quite refreshing! Before the renovation, you could also find arts and crafts here … it seems there is a section above the food stalls that are empty at the moment … hopefully they will fill this area with arts and craft stalls again at some time.
But come, let’s go inside to show you all the amazing stalls with delicious food, drinks and fresh produce …
To enjoy your glass of wine, you can either get a take away (plastic) cup or you can pay a deposit for a stylish wine glass (with Root 44’s logo). At the end of the day, you can take your wine glass back and your deposit will be refunded … or you can just take your glass home as a souvenir to remember a great day!
We have not even mentioned Earthfire Pizza, Dashi Poke, Sovlaking Delicious (their souvlakis are pure Greece), Sweet Dreams (oh, their Pastel de Nata’s – yummy) and so many more … you will have to come and experience it yourself!
Oh, and don’t worry … pets are also welcome (on a leash of course).
As you can see, Root 44 is a great place to relax with family and friends … the food and wine is great and the setting is stunning! Don’t miss this place when you’re visiting Cape Town!
Cape Dutch houses:
To end this post, we just have to include a few images of a typical Cape Dutch house!
On our way back from Root 44, we drove past a beautiful Cape Dutch styled house. The Cape Dutch style is an architectural style found mostly in the Western Cape of South Africa (typically on wine estates).
This style was prominent in the early days (17th century) of the Cape Colony and the name derives from the initial settlers of the Cape being primarily Dutch (Wikipedia).
We hope you have enjoyed another day on our Weekend Getaway … we certainly did!