A gorgeous new little place has popped up in Stellenbosch recently. Now this is a sentence that most people living in Stellenbosch hear every other week, as there is always a new wine bar/coffee shop/pop up vintage clothing market appearing and it’s always interesting to find out what theme or famous chef makes it different from the others. But, I have to say, for someone who sounds pretty skeptical of all of this, I am not skeptical of this place.
De Warenmarkt is housed in a beautiful old historical building in Stellenbosch, and though it is housed under one roof, there are a variety of different food and drink options available. Set out like a market, with separate little stalls you can travel around and piece together a meal as small or as big as you like. Whether you want to just grab a coffee from the friendly, and funny baristas at the Deluxe Coffeeworks stall at the door, or want to experience the beautiful street food pieced together by the chefs under George Jardin (currently also continuing to create great things at the Jordan Restaurant as well), or pick at a platter with meats, cheeses and wood fired bread – there’s something for everyone, at every time of day.
The term Warenmarkt loosely translates to “Warehouse” in dutch, which is quite appropriate in terms of the various local goods and fresh produce you’ll find inside. On their facebook page they also suggest the interpretation of “Real Market”, which they say is more appropriate to their philosophy. I love the fact that they are using local products; bread baked in Stellenbosch, wine from the area, produce from the town – it creates a beautiful celebration of the best that Stellenbosch has to offer, in the most beautiful setting.
I’ve stopped in a few times, mainly just to grab a coffee – such good coffee, for a really good price if you’re interested – but once also to get some late breakfast. We chose to share a crepe between three of us, from the For The Love of Yummyness stall, and can I just tell you how much crepe we got for our money! It was stuffed full of eggs, feta, bacon and avocado and it was so gorgeous.
I can’t wait to stop by in the evening, and sample some of the other food on offer – though it might be hard to find a seat, it’s already a popular choice for a lot of people! Definitely work stopping by to check it out for yourself. Check out De Warenmarkt on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more info!