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Located within walking distance (3 minutes) from the centre of bustling Stellenbosch, Middedorp offers guests easy access to the variety of restaurants, cafés and art galleries that can be found on the oak-lined streets. Here are some of our favourites for wining and dining and local art:
The Big Easy Restaurant www.bigeasy.co.za
Stellenbosch is synonymous with good wine and it's no surprise that this famous university town is where Ernie Els chose to open his restaurant, The Big Easy, named after the man himself. Located in La Gratitude, a beautiful 16th century Cape Dutch building on Dorp Street, the restaurant has a distinctly French influence and the emphasis is on using the finest, freshest ingredients to produce world-class food in this historic setting.
  The Big Easy Restaurant
Café Dijon www.cafedijon.co.za
Café Dijon serves classic French Country food to satisfied locals and tourists alike. A snack menu is on offer all day whilst more substantial dishes are available during lunch from 12h00 - 14h30. The Dinner menu is extensive and offers many of the classic dishes associated with French Bistro cuisine. The restaurant has a cozy and intimate atmosphere with a long, curved marble-topped bar, mosaic floor, mirrors and 30's art prints.
  Café Dijon
Cognito Restaurant www.cognitorestaurant.co.za
Specialising in African-fusion cuisine, traditional South African and African dishes are served, but the focus is on interesting flavours, combinations and presentations. The owners thrive on creating innovative dishes inspired by exotic spices and fresh seasonal ingredients. They draw inspiration from traditional cuisine, interesting wines and their travels to North and East Africa.
  Cognito Restaurant
Wijnhuis www.wijnhuis.co.za
The Wijnhuis is an atmospheric restaurant where one can sample more than 350 wines from 55, mainly Stellenbosch, wineries on their wine list. Their menu is Mediterranean and light with daily specials making use of the region's freshest and healthiest produce. Following a major renovation in 2004, the Wijnhuis introduced a large range of tagliatas, carpaccios and venison dishes to its menu that has proven to be very popular with locals and tourists alike.
SMAC Art Gallery www.smacgallery.co.za
The Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery (SMAC), is situated in the historical heart of Stellenbosch on the first floor of the De Wet Centre. Since its opening in 2007, SMAC has made huge strides by hosting solo exhibitions, group shows and large themed exhibitions such as Abstract South African Art from the Isolation Years Part I and Part II, and Revisions Plus: Expanding the Narrative of South African Art.
  SMAC Art Gallery