What to do and see in Somerset West, Western Cape: The Best Free Things to do

October 15, 2021 Hector Krause

Somerset West (Afrikaans: Somerset-Wes) is a town in the Western Cape, South Africa. Organisationally and administratively it is included in the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. It is situated in the Helderberg area (formerly called Hottentots Holland), about 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of Cape Town central city area, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) from Strand. The town is overlooked by the Helderberg (meaning "clear mountain"), a part of the Hottentots-Holland range of mountains. The vehicle registration code for Somerset West is CFM and the post code is 7130 for street addresses, and 7129 for post office boxes.
Restaurants in Somerset West

1. Lourensford Wine Estate

Lourensford Ave, Somerset West 7130 South Africa +27 21 847 2333 [email protected] http://www.lourensford.co.za/
Excellent
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Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 324 reviews

Lourensford Wine Estate

Reviewed By 681lynnCol - Claremont, South Africa

This was our first visit to Lourensford. what a breathtakingly beautiful venue! Very well organised, right from the parking, friendly professional staff attending with friendly welcoming smiles. We were a group of 6 friends, together to celebrate my husband's birthday! Service at the Millhouse restaurant was fabulous. Happy staff attending , nothing was too much trouble. The pizzas were delicious. We sat outside on the deck. We did a wine tasting in the cellar after lunch, which was fun and informative and, this is a wine estate we will definitely be inviting all our friends to visit, and we'll be back! We also enjoyed the looking at the diverse Art in the Art gallery. Restrooms were pristine. This is a place to spend the day and chill and just enjoy the beauty.

2. Morgenster Wine Farm and Olive Estate

Vergelegen Avenue, Somerset West 7130 South Africa +27 21 852 1738 [email protected] http://www.morgenster.co.za/
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 160 reviews

Morgenster Wine Farm and Olive Estate

There’s a place, in close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, on the foothills of a mountain where nature reigns. Amongst undulating hills and valleys of decomposed shale, unspoilt nature stitches in vineyards and olives trees; roots dug deep into the soil, canopies arched towards the South African sun. Only 74 ha of the 200 ha estate is under vine and olive trees, the rest is given over to the mountains and the wetlands where eagles carve through the sky and owls roost in trees close to the cellar door. Visit our contemporary tasting room, perched on the edge of a dam, with views of mountains and wetlands. Visitors can experience a variety of both wine and olive oil tastings in this bucolic setting.

Reviewed By Yusavia - Johannesburg, South Africa

We did the experience tasting which includes full olive oil tasting, wine tasting (three different wines) and two platters (Juicy fresh olives, bread, crackers and a chatucerie board). The tastings were lovely (quality olive oils and wines). The lady who did our tasting was friendly and knowledgeable. The olive oils and wines were amazing and unlike others, quite unique in flavour! And all in a picturesque setting. An unusual and pleasant tasting that I recommend!

3. Idiom Wine Tasting Centre & Restaurant

Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Idiom Wine Tasting Centre & Restaurant

Idiom Tasting Centre offers spectacular views of the majestic ‘Helderberg basin’ mountains and the full profile of the Cape Peninsula from Table Mountain to Cape Point. The wine tasting centre showcases Idiom’s Flagship Blends, signature Italian varietal wines and rare limited release 900 Series wines. Idiom offers wine tastings, wine and canapé pairings as well as wine and macaron pairings.

4. Waterkloof Wines

Sir Lowrys Pass Road What3words: ///solving.hang.then, Somerset West 7130 South Africa +27 21 858 1292 http://www.waterkloofwines.co.za
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 148 reviews

Waterkloof Wines

Turn off the Sir Lowry's Pass Village Road and enter the Waterkloof gates, and a lane of trees beckon towards the hills, where a total sensory experience awaits. The road meanders through an amphitheatre flanked by reclaimed fynbos and immaculately kept vineyards, before arriving at our state-of-the-art cellar. A sign welcomes you to our tasting lounge. Stop for awhile outside and breathe deeply. Fill your soul with the views over the surrounding Schaapenberg Hills and the waters of False Bay down below. Now enter the main area, designed to hold you in awe, showcasing the sincere, clean essence of our Old World-style wines. Tall glass walls allow views of both the working cellar and the farm below, while raw concrete columns frame artworks from well-known South African artists.

Reviewed By JanineLiane - Cape Town, South Africa

The setting is unrivaled, perched high overlooking Somerset West - we were there on an overcast day and it was still spectacular! The service is what really stood out to us, the people are just happy to be there and nothing is too much to ask. Shane the sommelier was great throughout, Faith our waitress was a delight, each chef who came out to present a dish was excellent, and even the Executive Chef, Gregory, wasn't too caught up to leave the kitchen to check on each table and stay for a chat. The food is obviously the highlight, every course, every bite is an experience, and the wine pairing with the dégustation menu is spot on with wines from the farm itself. We didn't want to leave and could have stayed there forever. An absolute experience from start to finish - thank you!

5. Flagstone Winery

12 De Beers Road AECI, Heartland properties, Somerset West 7130 South Africa +27 21 850 5891 [email protected] http://www.flagstonewines.com
Excellent
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Good
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Flagstone Winery

We offer wine tastings of all 3 our wine brands Flagstone, Kumala and Fish Hoek. We are situated in a old dynamite factory next to the Cheetah Outreach project. Come visit this beautiful historical site and savour some of the best wines that South Africa has to offer.

Reviewed By TrudyLB - Wellington, United Kingdom

A warm welcome greeted us with an excellent and knowledgeable host. The atmosphere is relaxed, a great range of wine and good prices and best of all - the wine is really good for the 'normal' wine drinker as well as the more sophisticated palates. A really good experience. NOTE: tasting fee was waived when we bought wine.

6. Avontuur Wine Estate

R44, Somerset West South Africa +27 21 855 3450 [email protected] http://www.avontuurestate.co.za/
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Avontuur Wine Estate

Reviewed By LittledogNottingham

Avontuur Wine Estate and restaurant is our very favourite place to eat as the food is always excellent and the service outstanding. Now they have introduced a guided walk around the farm which my husband and I did today. It's a lovely gentle walk taking about two hours to walk the 5 kms trail. The views are outstanding and it is so lovely to see the horses up close. Our guide, Alistair was extremely knowledgeable about the farm and its history as well as being able to tell us all about the flora and fauna in the area. This walking tour is highly recommended.

Strand Rd R44, Somerset West 7129 South Africa +27 21 855 3218 [email protected] http://cavallistud.com/art-and-events/art-gallery
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Cavalli Art Gallery

The gallery at Cavalli (Winner of the regional 2015 Best of Wine Tourism Award for Art and Culture) aims to encourage the local arts through its platforms of public sculpture spaces and a public art gallery. Themed contemporary exhibitions are presented at regular intervals in the 600sq/​m main gallery space allocated on the below ground level. An innovative stretched translucent ceiling backlit with LEDs illuminate the impressive space to simulate daylight. All art is available to purchase.​ The Cavalli Private Collection of South African Masters is frequently rotated in the portico situated within the main gallery and two memorabilia rooms allocated in close proximity showcase a remarkable collection of rugby and sports Memorabilia. The gallery is open 5 days a week​, Wednesday to Sunday ​10am to 6pm​.​

Reviewed By rhiannonj922

Stunning estate with outstanding restaurant setting to enjoy their delicious food and Estate wine and fizz.

8. Lourensford Market

Lourensford Rd Lourensford Estate, Somerset West 7130 South Africa +27 72 284 1654 [email protected] http://www.lfhm.co.za
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Lourensford Market

** CLOSED for Winter | Reopening Sunday 1 September '19** Situated on the stunningly scenic and historic Lourensford Wine Estate, we didn’t have to add much to appeal to all the senses. When visiting, you are spoiled with sprawling lawns, majestic trees and newly landscaped, award-winning gardens with an interactive fountain. A rare and special space to soak up all of nature’s beauty! Add to that our vibrant market, boasting with more than 70 permanent stalls, as well as a number of Pop-ups to ensure an interesting mix. Housed in a permanent u-shaped structure with both a modern and rustic feel – it is unlike any other market space around. Quality products are our first priority and when strolling from vendor to vendor, you will find everything from delectable food, uniquely handmade wares and original art, to organic, locally sourced, artisanal produce. The Estate’s superb wine collection alongside ABRU craft beer, complement the inevitable festive atmosphere.

Reviewed By AndreWolhuter - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Wine tasting, excellent restaurants, wonderful gardens, play areas for the young ones, a food market, art gallery, a water fountain in which the kids are allowed to play on a sunny day, makes Lourensford THE place to visit.

9. Journey's End Vineyards

Sir Lowrys Pass Road, Somerset West 7130 South Africa +27 21 858 1929 [email protected] http://www.journeysend.co.za/
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 9 reviews

Journey's End Vineyards

10. Somerset Mall

Centenary Drive, Intersection of N2 & R44, Somerset West 7130 South Africa +27 21 852 7114 http://www.somersetmall.co.za
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 95 reviews

Somerset Mall

Reviewed By Zandy456

If you are looking for relaxed atmosphere, good food and great service go to Mugg & Bean, Somerset West Mall. They make the best bottomless coffee and scone. Hope, was our waitress, we've been there couple of time but she is always attentive, polite and friendly. I will highly recommend that if you happen to be around Somerset West Mall, Mugg & Bean is where you should go.

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