The oldest residential street in South Africa is a highlight when visiting Stellenbosch. Lined with buildings dating back to the 19th century, a few to look out for are No.116 Voorgelegen, containing original Batavian tiles, a military museum housed in the Kruithuis and the homestead of Libertas Parva which is now a Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery. Dorp Street has the typical Cape Dutch architecture with their prominent features being the rounded gables as well as the H – shaped houses. A good example being the Burgher House which is also a national monument. The Ackerman House, number 48-50 Dorp Street, used to be the residence of South Africa’s former Prime Minister, Jan Christiaan Smuts, who was a boarder here while attending the University. Here he also met his future wife.
If history is not really your thing and you would rather prefer a delicious gourmet meal then Dorp Street is still the place to be. Dorp Street Deli, located in the Black Horse Inn Centre, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will be amazed to know that the decor at the Dorp Street Deli is made entirely from recycled or organic material. Some specialties to try are the pain au chocolate – a delicious croissant filled with dark chocolate as well as their gourmet sandwiches! An interesting fine dining restaurant in Dorp street is Big Easy. Owned and named after the famous Ernie Else, nicknames “Big Easy”, and situated in the La Gratitude building, which is a famous 16th century Cape Dutch building. The menu has a variety of exceptional food with a well thought out wine menu.
Another well worth visiting attraction is ‘Oom Samie se winkel’ – when translated it means ‘Uncle Sams shop’. This old world store opened its doors in 1904 and you will find anything and everything there. From sweets, wine, antique furniture to biltong and anything else that is South African. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08h30 to 17h30, Saturday and Sunday from 09h00 to 17h00.