Through the town of Napier

With that old world charm, a countryside town like Napier is a town worth exploring; welcoming you with rolling wheat fields mixed with a quirky countryside style living; all with interesting buildings and heaps of history. 

Yet it’s evident that the wheat fields along the R316 is the heart and soul of Napier; 169km away from Cape Town, shy that I had no idea that this town was so close to home.

With the weather quite gloomy, we greedily gulped down the fresh air; taking our infamous picture stating we here to explore.

The Town of Napier

Established in 1838, Napier is named after the then Governor of the Cape, Sir George Napier. It’s come to my attention that there was a bit of drama in this small town.

There always is.

When Michiel van Breda and his neighbour, Pieter Voltelyn van der Byl couldn’t agree where the church of the community should be. Resulting in two separate churches, and two separate towns, Bredasdorp and Napier.

Explore a little more

It might only boast 2500 residents but it offers many local attractions that will surely surprise any weary traveller like myself in need of refreshment.

Napier Farm Stall

Run by Ilze Vos since 1999, this is the perfect pitstop for travellers who pass by or for ones whose stomach is rumbling with hunger. This eccentric stall is decorated in antiques of rusty bikes, pots and glasses; all uniquely adding to the rich history. It’s stocked with many local produce like rusks, jams, biscuits and freshly baked cakes.

Their menu offers an array of treats. We chose to have roosterbrood with smoked beef and a hot cup of coffee to warm us up in the cold weather.

Opening times: Mon – Sun from 08:00am to 16:00pm | Address: 106 Sarel Cilliars Street, Napier | Contact: 028 423 3440

Vindigo

A tiny establishment situated right next to the Farm stall is Vindigo who sells local art pieces, fascinating crafts and stocks a lot of wine from in and around the area.

Operating times: Mon – Fri: 09:00 to 17:30pm, Sat: 09:00 to 17:00pm and, Sun : 10:00 to 16:00pm | Address: 108 Sarel Cilliars Street, Napier | Contact: 028 423 3069

Dutch Reformed Church

Built in 1838, this church has rather an unusual architecture and a teak interior. It’s one of the first buildings built in the town and, was restored in 1988 to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary.

The Fox Restaurant and Pub

It is said that this building is one of the first houses to be built in 1860 where owners Mike and Louise converted the building into an eatery. The restaurant might seem small but it’s ideal for a small size crowd. The menu varies from hake and chips to steak and rumps; catering to your food needs with an impressive wine list.

With a view of the main street, we got to watch the sun set as trucks and cars passed by.

Operating times: Weds – Mon: 11:00am to 11:00pm, Closed on Tues | Address: 12 Sarel Cilliers Street, Napier | Contact: 028 423 3113

Moerse Farm Stall

Meaning big in English, this farm stall is a must visit. Mannie, the owner welcomes you with a big small and a ‘Moerse lekker’ greeting. The sayings plastered outside makes you giggle and intrigued to see what’s inside. Stocked with homemade strawberry jams that his wife makes, locally made rusks and biscuits and, various arts and crafts, it’s a great place to have breakfast.

We opted to have breakfast that ranged from a typical cheese and ham sandwich, scones with cream and jam and, Courtney’s Moerse breakfast vetkoek.

Opening times: Mon – Sun: 09:00am to 17:00pm | Address: 2 Sarel Cilliers Street, Napier | Contact: 072 592 3693

Browse the streets

There’s so many riveting buildings and places to see. Take a stroll down undisturbed town.

Here are a few other places worth visiting in Napier:

Napier Brewery: Get a tour of the local brewery where they produce their craft beer called Napier Bier. You can also have beer tasting but make sure to make an appointment first. Contact: 083 703 8004 or 073 034 5729.

Riek Creative Art Gallery: Are you an art lover? Then this is the ideal place for you to get your creative juices going, displaying wonderful paintings, delightful ceramics and tactile sculptures.

Nobunto Factory: Specialising in hand-painted candles and ceramics, why not take a tour of the factory and see how the locals get their hands into the craft.

Travel Tips

Getting there: It’s roughly 169km from cape Town along the N2 and turning onto the R316 which takes about 2 hours.

When to go: It’s relatively quiet throughout the year except when it’s the Elim Wine Festival in November, their annual Patatfees in June and, The Caltex Voet Van Afrika Marathon held in October.

Until the next adventure.

Written by Stephanie Marthinus

South African Travel and Lifestyle Blog