Parys (pronounced /ˈpɑːreɪs/) is a town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State province of South Africa. The name of the town is the Afrikaans translation of Paris. The name was given by a German surveyor named Schilbach who had participated in the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War and the location next to the Vaal reminded him of Paris on the River Seine. The area of Parys also includes the two townships Tumahole and Schonkenville.
Things to do in Parys
4 based on 281 reviews
Prices are high, i bet you pay for your beautiful view. R25 for a 250ml sparkling water is a bit much. Ordered a large chips for the kids and it was R30 for about 20 pieces. Also the waitress was not very friendly saying we cant sit at a certain table, even if no reservation sign was on it. Must say we will return for the view and location, but not the service nor high prices
4 based on 237 reviews
We had a drink on Saturday lunchtime, and so enjoyed the place we booked to have Sunday lunch.
It’s difficult to describe Hoi Polloi. It is like dining in an eclectic home furnishing store. Every table is uniquely different to the rest, the interior is wonderfully crazy in this regard, the balcony overlooking the road, again set up with quirky tables.
You can dine or just have a drink. The service is really good and friendly. The food selection is quite extensive, with an excellent choice of wines, craft beers and spirits.
The place has a really relaxed and happy vibe. We really enjoyed our couple of hours on the balcony, watching the world go by below, and enjoying a relaxed meal amongst other similarly minded patrons.
If you happen to be in Parys, we’d recommend this place for a drink, lunch or probably dinner.
4 based on 74 reviews
A place with a lot of potential but décor lacks imagination. Outside back tables need to be replaced or refurbished. Plus for being one of the few restaurants where non-smokers can enjoy their food without being passive smokers even in the bar! Food was good and service was great after an initial hiccup.
4.5 based on 9 reviews
Been to Chang Chang twice. Both times perfect. Service is good. Staff are pleasant. Owners are extremely friendly. The menu is "huge". The food is totally awesome. Really the best Chinese food I've had in a very long time. We were a party of eight. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. We test-tasted each others meals. All delicious. So, safe to say, you'll enjoy anything you choose on the menu. Will definitely be back. Again and again and again...
3.5 based on 62 reviews
What a nice little place. The ales are really tasty with its old demeanor and the good food. It's a nice place for one and all.
4.5 based on 47 reviews
I ordered the Siciliana pizza with extra anchovies and artichoke. I had this combination the first time in San Gimignano Tuscany. How this pizza brings back fond memories! One caveat though. Come hungry!
4 based on 27 reviews
Spoil your family & eat out at Oak Creek Spur. We are the best steakhouse & burger restaurant in Parys. Bring along your kids for some great tasting food & dessert from our famous Spur menu.
We ate at Spur for lunch on a day out to Parys, and had double cheese burgers, which were huge, tasty, had all the trimmings, and we're great value as it was 2 for 1. The service was good and speedy, but whenever we're in South Africa restaurant staff always assume we can speak Africaans, but switch to English quickly enough.
4 based on 154 reviews
The timeless French countryside-style restaurant and wedding venue on the Vaal River near Parys just an hour from Johannesburg.
We went to Pont de Val for a friend’s birthday, but were truly disappointed. I’ve had the privilege of eating at quite a few good restaurants in SA and abroad and I must say I was expecting more. The setting is beautiful and I think they have a great concept, but the service was terrible. The waiter was friendly and helpful, but it took an hour to take our order and another hour for the food to arrive. When it came to dessert, 3 out of the 6 items on the menu were out of stock! I would expect a restaurant that only takes pre-bookings to plan better. Although everything was tasty, I would honestly not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
4 based on 27 reviews
4 based on 24 reviews
De Vette Mossel (The Fat Mussel) offers much more than perfectly prepared seafood – this is an experience – in unusual and informal surroundings with traditional Cape fishing culture – in true West Coast Style.
De Vette Mossel is a quite unique meal experience. We loved the beachy set-up and the live cooking. However the whole eating experience is very drawn out and we got quite bored. Before Starters is served a Boere brood with farm butter and Home made Apricot jam is brought to the table...be warned ....this is delicious...so much so that you eat way too much and then don't enjoy the fresh sea food. This was a onve off experience for us.
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