A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to spend an afternoon discovering a few things that make the Spice Route Destination in Paarl such a hit. The Spice Route Destination is pretty much a dream come true for anyone who enjoys the good things in life. There is a little something for everyone and it is a great day out for the whole family. Our Spice Route Destination adventure was filled with good food, beer, views and people and we can totally see why locals and tourists keep coming back for more.
OUR SPICE ROUTE DESTINATION ADVENTURE
CHOCOLATE TASTING AT DE VILLIERS CHOCOLATE
Our afternoon kicked off like any good one should. With a chocolate tasting at De Villiers Artisan Chocolate. Aside from all the delicious chocolate we tasted (the cinnamon and chilli rocked our world) and the beautiful packaging. We really enjoyed getting to know a bit more about the running of one of the few “Bean to Bar’ micro-chocolatiers in the world. Chocolate tastings cost R25 pp and you are guaranteed to walk away having tasted more chocolate than you bargained for. Speaking of pretty packaging, now is the perfect time to fill up on Christmas gifts. I cannot imagine anyone saying no to a slab or two of DV’s hand-crafted goodness.
BEER TASTING AT CAPE BREWING COMPANY
Next up, we visited the Cape Brewing Company which left us both feeling a little star-struck. We were lucky enough to be able to meet, chat and drink Oktoberfest beer with brewmaster, Wolfgang Koedel, who is pretty much a legend in the beer world. We got an inside look into the running of the brewery and learnt that it takes a combination of using the freshest ingredients, state of the art machinery, and having a dedicated and fun team to make a winning range of beer. The master beer tasting costs R40 pp for 6 tastings. We tasted the 4 main brews being the Pilsner, Lager, Krystal Weiss and Amber Weiss, as well as the Pale Ale and Red Weiss. Is there anything better than an ice-cold beer on a hot summers day? I don’t think so.
LUNCH AT BARLEY & BILTONG
After a little walk around the gardens, we made our way to the Barley & Biltong restaurant where we tucked into the most gourmet platter consisting of biltong, droe wors, sausage, cold meats, biltong pate, cheese and pepperdew dip and fresh bread. It was the perfect end to our little Spice Route adventure. This is definitely the route to go if you feel like a long and chilled lunch vibe. We love this way of eating and were more than happy to linger the day away. If you are more of a burger person, you’re in luck because they just so happen to make a mean selection of beef, pulled pork and veggie burgers.
We had a wonderful time getting to know the Spice Route Destination and we only got a tiny taste of what’s on offer. There is quite honestly a little something for everyone. If you like wine, beer, gin, chocolate, pizza, burgers, biltong, ice-cream, art, beautiful views, fresh air and living the good life, then the Spice Route Destination is where you need to be.
A special mention must go out to all the staff. Everyone we met was friendly, helpful and only too happy to welcome us.
We can’t wait for our next Spice Route Destination Adventure.