Fast becoming the Culinary heart of the Overstrand, Stanford’s many restaurants cater for every taste palate. A quick and easy croissant and morning coffee, through to Michelin Star Chef dinners – Stanford has something for everyone. We pride ourselves on our hospitality and there’s always a choice of one of our 9 local Wine Route Estate vintages to match your meal. Dine in the vineyards, along the Klein River or in the beautiful setting of our undulating and mountainous countryside. Not to be forgotten is a mingle at the various weekend markets, especially our monthly Stanford Sunset Market, a great showcase of local produce and a downright lekker local bash where good food, drinks, produce, gifts, ideas and local tunes are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, as they hang out and watch the sun set on another beautiful day in the countryside.

Grab a coffee and read a magazine, or laze in a restaurant vegetable patch sampling fresh-farm produce while you take in the magic of Stanford’s sustainable country living lifestyle. Connect and recharge. Stanford is fast becoming an exciting food destination with chefs serving an array of fresh and locally produced foods with a leaning towards authentic slow food. Authenticity is key. The move towards Artisan food has been gaining momentum with some exceptionally talented purveyors of fresh produce wowing residents and visitors alike and often selling their sought-after homemade and preserved delicacies at the various weekend markets. These talented food artisans use seasonal ingredients, both locally sourced and environmentally friendly. Come ready to stock up your pantry with homemade preserves, to have your appetites satiated and your taste buds deliciously tempted. Please remember to check opening times for the restaurants as times do vary.

With the Overstrand having been awarded the first African City of Gastronomy by UNESCO during the latter half of 2019, it means our region is recognised by the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards for its efforts made toward:

Conserving biodiversity and improving the lives of residents. Work extends beyond the after-care centres for children in the rural agricultural areas, sporting facilities and training programmes to advance scholars and include communities in arts programmes.

Strengthening cooperation within the region with the aim to encourage the participation and development of food-related events and festivals

Nurturing exchange of knowledge and experiences through the Food for Future programme focusing on food and gastronomy as key levers of sustainable urban development by enhancing North-South cooperation.

“All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy,” says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. “This favours political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations.”

As laboratories of ideas and innovative practices, the UNESCO Creative Cities bring a tangible contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through innovative thinking and action. Through their commitment, cities are championing sustainable development actions that directly benefit communities at urban level.

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