Salty ocean air, beach trails and nature walks, lob tailing whales in season, hidden sidewalk cafés to fine dining restaurants, and cosy B&Bs through to fancy hotels. There’s everything you’ve ever needed for a romantic holiday in Hermanus, just an hour and a half from Cape Town.

The best way to explore Hermanus is to park your car and throw your keys in your bag for the rest of the weekend. This unassuming town is best explored on foot. Here are a few things to do in Hermanus with your loved one, come storm or shine.

 

PICNICS

With nature reserves, coastal routes, and remote beaches, Hermanus is the ultimate spot for a romantic picnic. Grab your baskets and blankets and throw in a candle and bottle of wine for luck.

 

Fick’s Pool

Ficks pool by Hermanus.co.za

You’ll find Fick’s Pool in Westcliff, cradled between the rocks and the ocean. It’s much smaller than the marine tidal pool, but it’s a fantastic spot for a sunset swim and picnic.

Westcliff Road, Hermanus | GPS: -34.422606, 19.235662 | Open: daily

 

Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Picnic area supplied by Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Picnic under the trees in the cultivated gardens of Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Explore the fragrance garden, arboretum, and herbarium, and play a game of boule on the lawn.

Cost: free

Fir Avenue, Hermanus | GPS:  -34.397942, 19.266263 | Open: daily, 07:00 – 19:00 | +27 (0)28 313 0819

 

Beach picnics

Beach picnic

Pack a picnic and head to one of Hermanus’ untamed beaches. The busier Blue Flag Grotto and Hawston beaches have lovely picnic areas, Kammabaai has a braai area under Milkwood trees, and Sandbaai has calm pools for snorkelling. If you’re looking for something a little more intimate, Rowweklip and Langbaai are quieter alternatives.

 

Klein River Cheese Factory

Picnics next to the river supplied by Klein River Cheese

Order a pre-packed picnic or fill your own basket with food from the deli at Klein River Cheese Factory in Stanford. Spread out a blanket on the banks of the Klein River and enjoy a lazy day in the sunshine with a bottle of wine. Cuddle up in the Picnic Shed when the weather doesn’t play along.  Picnic menu.

Cost: R140 for cheese platter (serves 2), R255 for picnic basket (serves 2)

Klein River Farm, Stanford | GPS: -34.434928, 19.477841 | Picnics available daily, 11:00 – 15:00 (November to May) | +27 (0)28 341 0693 | info@kleinrivercheese.co.za

 

MOVIES

Hermanus is the queen of old theatre. And we don’t mean Nu Metro or Ster Kinekor. There are some fantastic non-commercial movie houses for a cosy night in front of the big screen.

 

Romantiques Bygones and Collectables

Romantiques theatre supplied by Its a Me Thing Blog

Every Saturday afternoon, you can watch a golden oldie on an old reel to reel projector and screen. Sink into a red velveteen armchair in a theatre you’ll quite possibly have all to yourself! They even make popcorn.

Cost: R10

14 Aberdeen Street, Hermanus | GPS: -34.418854, 19.240827 | Open: Saturday afternoons | +27 (0)28 312 4226

 

Sprokkelster Theatre Bar

Supplied by Sprokkelster Theatre

Sprokkelster Theatre Bar has live shows and community theatre productions for the local community every weekend. Pack a picnic basket or a pizza from next door and enjoy some good old fashioned entertainment. There is a cash bar in the theatre.

Cost: R80 – R150

19 Van Blommenstein Road, Onrus River | GPS: -34.412680, 19.174835 | Open: 19:00 in winter and 20:00 in summer

 

HORSE RIDES

There are various trails in Hermanus, through mountains, valleys, fynbos, and forests. On coastal rides, you can even whale watch from the saddle.

 

Horse Trail Safaris

Supplied by Horse Trail Safaris

Horse Trail Safaris has well-schooled horses and ponies for every fitness level. Trails include day rides and weeklong excursions.

1) Standard Trail
Our standard trail is a 90 minute ride on our farm. It includes scenic mountain and ocean views and is suitable for all levels of riding.
Cost: R450 per person

2) Wine Trail
Join us on a wine tasting excursion from the stables and to two wine estates. This trail takes a bit longer and is for riders that are more
experienced and comfortable with a trot and canter. The duration is 3 hours.
Cost: R700 per person

3) Enduro
Ok so you are horse riding fit! Come do a 30km trail. Mostly canter and trot. Only for the very experienced rider. Options include riding through the whole of the lower Hemel and Aarde Valley including rotary road or riding to Fisherhaven to look for the wild horses. Duration 2½ hours.
Cost: R650 per person

Hermanus |Open: on request| +27 (0)82 729 7776 | info@horsetrailsafaris.co.za

 

African Horse Company

Beach rides supplied by African Horse Company

African Horse Company runs outrides as well as beach rides in De Kelders and Gansbaai.

Cost:

  • Outrides: R250 per person (1 hour), R400 per person (2 hours)
  • Beach ride: R500 per person (3 hours)

Farm 215 Private Nature Reserve, Hermanus | GPS: -34.569077, 19.504492 | Open: on request | +27 (0)82 667 9232 | contact@africanhorses.com

 

Heaven & Earth Horse Trail Rides

Horse rides supplied by Heaven and Earth Trails

Heaven & Earth Horse Trail Rides on Karweyderskraal Farm has standard trails, wine tours on horseback, and sunset and moonlight rides. The Wine Trail consists of a circular route between La Vierge and Sumaridge.

Cost:

  • Standard trail: R400 (1.5 hours)
  • Wine trail: R650 (3 hours)

Karweyderkraal Farm, Hemel and Aarde Valley, Hermanus | GPS: -34.361974, 19.217569 | Open: weekends, 09:00, 16:00 (other days on request) | +27 (0)83 885 5608

 

WHALE WATCHING

Whale watching in Hermanus

You can enjoy regular visits from Brydes whales all year round, and from June onwards, Southern Right and Humpback whales can be seen frolicking along the coastline.

Whale season: June to November.

Check out 8 wicked ways to whale watch in South Africa.

 

BOAT CRUISES

Boat cruises are run by various companies and are a great way to spend an afternoon. Relax on the deck and look out for dolphins, penguins, seals, resident Brydes whales, and seasonal Southern Right and Humpback whales.

 

Marine Dynamics

Dyer Island Cruises

Marine Dynamics runs trips to Dyer Island in Gansbaai to see the marine Big 5. They have eco marine excursions between January and June, and whale watching cruises between July and December.

Cost:

  • Whale watching marine safari: R950 per adult, R650 per child under 12, free for under 5
  • Eco marine excursion: R600 per adult, R450 per child under 12, free for under 5

5 Geelbek Street, Gansbaai | GPS: -34.614819, 19.352874 | Open: daily, 08:00 and 12:00 | +27 (0)28 384 0406 | bookings@whalewatchsa.com

 

Southern Right Charters

Whale cruises supplied by Southern Right Charters

Join a Southern Right Charters  whale cruise and get as close as 50m from the whales. They also run romantic sunset cruises around the bay. Private charters can be arranged for engagements.

Cost:

  • Whale cruises: R700 per adult, R600 per student or senior, R300 for under 14, free for under 5
  • Scenic cruise: R200 per adult, R100 per child under 12

The Whale Shack, New Harbour, Hermanus | GPS: -34.433691, 19.224747 | Whale cruises open: daily, 09:00, 12:00. 15:00 (June to December). Scenic cruises open: daily, 18:00 (December holidays) | +27 (0)28 312 4587 | info@southernrightcharters.co.za

 

Whale Seekers

Whale cruise supplied by Whale Seekers

Whale Seekers runs catamaran cruises out into the bay to view whales in season. They also have sunset cruises in the December holidays.

Cost:

  • Whale cruise: R700 per adult, R600 per student and pensioner, R350 for under 14, and free for under 5
  • Sunset cruise: R200 per person (1.5 hours)

Hermanus Harbour, Hermanus | GPS: -34.434191, 19.225047 | Whale cruise open: daily, 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00 (June to December). Sunset cruises open: daily, 18:00 (December holidays) | +27 (0)83 694 4471 | info@hermanuswhalewatching.com

 

Walkerbay Adventures

Whale watching cruises supplied by Southern Right Charters

Walkerbay Adventures offers boat based whale watching trips in season to see whales and a variety of other marine life.

Cost: R700 per person (2 hours)

Marine Drive, Hermanus, | GPS: -34.420078, 19.244142 | Open: Sundowner cruise available December to February, whale watching available June to December | +27 (0)82 739 0159 | wbadventures@hermanus.co.za

 

Stanford River Cruises

African Queen supplied by Stanford River Cruises

Enjoy a sunset cruise on the African Queen down the Klein River in Stanford. Spot birds, otters, terrapins, and more. You can braai on board or bring your own picnic basket.

Cost: R150 per person with minimum 10 people (2 – 3 hours)

Corner Caledon and Du Toit Street, Stanford | GPS: -34.436951, 19.454050 | Open: daily, 10:00, 14:00, and 18:00, September to May | +27 (0)82 732 1284 | africanqueenstanford@gmail.com

 

SCENIC DRIVES

Explore the town of Hermanus in a tuk tuk or head out on the mountain passes for some exceptional coastal views. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Rotary Way

Rotary Way by Hermanus.co.za

Rotary Way is a favourite for locals with views over the mountains, ocean, golf courses, and vineyards.  The 3.8km route is great for sunsets and photos, and it has plenty of walking trails and picnic spots. Other day trips include drives to Betty’s Bay, Gansbaai, Arniston, Struisbaai, and L’Agulhas.

Rotary Way, Hermanus | GPS: -34.417000, 19.216068

 

Ride a tuk tuk

Tuk tuks supplied by Hermanus Taxi

Whisk your loved one off on a day of adventure in a tuk tuk. They run all day and night and are a fantastic way to explore the town – while still getting to sip those cocktails!

Cost: Determined by how many people are in the tuk tuk and distance of the trip. Trips from the town centre to Grotto Beach cost R65.

Covers all of Greater Hermanus | +27 (0)84 688 5885


HIKES AND WALKS

Set off on foot to explore the beauty of Hermanus.There’s plenty of routes to choose from, whether you’re looking forward to wildlife spotting in the mountains or a spectacular sea view.

 

Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Fernkloof supplied by zoeshuttleworth (Flickr)

Fernkloof Nature Reserve has over 50km of paths to choose from with varying lengths and gradients, leading through 1600 species of fynbos. The Tree Trail has signs describing interesting facts about each tree species. Keep an eye out for baboons, small buck, and 111 species of birds. Pick up a walking stick and map from the hut at the start of the trails. Download map.

Cost: free

Fir Avenue, Hermanus | GPS:  -34.397942, 19.266263 | Open: daily, 07:00 – 19:00 | +27 (0)28 313 0819

 

Walker Bay Nature Reserve

Walker Bay Nature Reserve supplied by Cape Nature

Walker Bay, stretching from Klein River to De Kelders, has plenty of coastal routes. The beach walk to Die Plaat with its limestone outcrops is fantastic for whale watching while the nearby Klipgat Cave, previously home to middle to late Stone Age humans, has an interesting interpretation centre. Pick up a reserve permit from the gates at De Kelders or Uilkraalsmond. Walker Bay brochure.

Cost: R40 per adult, R20 per child

Walker Bay Nature Reserve, Stanford | GPS: -34.438664, 19.345334 | Open: daily, 07:00 – 19:00 | +27 (0)28 314 0062

 

Cliff Path

Cliff path in Hermanus

The 12km Cliff Path hugs the cliffs between the New Harbour and Grotto Beach, leading through rocky coves, fynbos, sandy beaches, and forest groves. Well placed benches are great spots for whale watching. Keep an eye out for mongoose and dassies. Route map.

Still Street, Hermanus | GPS: -34.432306, 19.225736 (harbour side) or -34.422369, 19.235995 (Grotto Beach side) | Open: always

 

ADVENTURE

Make some memories. Nothing lasts longer than a virtual photograph etched into your memory of a time you dared to experience something new and exciting.

 

Cessna plane flight

Cessna plan supplied by Wikipedia

If you’re brave enough to climb into a 3-seater Cessna plane, you’ll be rewarded with an unbeatable view of Hermanus from above. You can spot whales from the air between June and December.

Cost: R3200 (30 minutes), R4450 (45 minutes), and R6000 (60 minutes) for 3 people

48 Main Road, Hermanus | GPS: -34.420276, 19.240455 | Open: on request | +27 (0)72 062 8500 | travel@percytours.com

 

Paragliding

Paragliding

Take an unforgettable tandem paragliding flight over the coastline from Rotary Drive with Para Taxi.

Cost: R1300

Marine Drive, Hermanus, | GPS: -34.40240, 19.24220 | Open: on request | +27 (0)82 966 2047

 

Hermanus Zipline Tour

Hermanus zipline tour supplied by SA Forest Adventures

The Hermanus Zipline Tour has 12 different ziplines, all with varying heights and views. A quad train provides transport to the first platform. Watch the video.

Cost: R350 per person + optional R20 for quad train (funds go to an NGO for community initiatives).

Adventure Farm, Hemel & Aarde Road, R320 | GPS: -34.399189, 19.214587 | Open: on request | +27 (0)83 517 3635 | clinton@saforestadventures.co.za

 

Shark cage diving

Shark cage diving supplied by White Shark Projects

Shark cage diving is an experience you’ll remember for years to come. Tours depart from Kleinbaai harbour in Gansbaai, just 40 minutes from Hermanus. A steel cage provides a (reasonably) safe way to view the Great Whites in the water. No qualifications are needed and you can surface view from the boat if you chicken out.

Season: all year round but winter (March to September) is best.

Cost:

 

ROMANTIC

Hermanus has some fantastic activities for romance and bonding, both on the water and under the stars.

 

Canoeing and kayaking

Canoe trips supplied by Walkerbay Adventures

Experience the beauty of the Klein River on a canoe trip with Walkerbay Adventures. The 10km lagoon is visited by 130 bird species, including rare coastal birds like the fish eagle. Alternatively, you can enjoy a sea kayak trip to see a variety of marine animals which departs from Hermanus Yacht Club. Enjoy wine tasting with a difference with a wine kayak tour to Mosaic Farm and Stanford Spookhuis.

Cost:

  • R450 per person for canoe trip (5 hours)
  • R550 per person for kayak wine tour (3 hours)
  • R350 for sea kayak from December to June, R400 per person from July to November (2 hours)

Old Harbour, Marine Drive, Hermanus | GPS: -34.420195, 19.243662 | Sea kayak: daily, 08:00, 10:30, and 13:00 (November to April), 09:00, 11:30, and 14:00 (May to October). Wine kayak: daily, 10:30 or on request | +27 (0)82 739 0159

 

Sundowner and stargazer quad biking

Quad bikes supplied by SA Forest Adventures

Jump onto a quad bike and bump along through the mountains and vineyards of Hamilton Russel and Southern Right wineries. Don’t miss out on a star gazing quad bike tour.

  • Mountain and vineyard ride: R500 (1.5 hours)
  • Wine tasting quad trail: R600 per person (2.5 hours)
  • Sundowner and sunset ride: R500 (2 hours)
  • Star gazing ride: R500 (4 hours)

Adventure Farm, Hemel & Aarde Road, R320 | GPS: -34.399189, 19.214587 | Open: on request. Star gazing: 19:00 | +27 (0)83 517 3635 | clinton@saforestadventures.co.za

 

COUPLE’S SPA TREATMENTS

Enjoy a romantic couple’s treatment at a spa in Hermanus.

  

The Birkenhead House Spa

Spa treatments supplied by Bbirkenhead House Spa

Enjoy invigorating treatments overlooking the ocean at the Birkenhead House Spa. A duo treatment room is specially designed for couples. 2015 spa menu.

119 11th Street, Hermanus | GPS: -34.409985, 19.280587| Open: daily, 09:00 – 19:00 | +27 (0)28 314 8000

 

Carchele Health and Beauty Spa

Spa couple supplied by Tara Angkor Hotel (Flickr)

Carchele Health and Beauty Spa has a magical His and Hers spa package. Spa menu.

Main Road, Hermanus | GPS: -34.417695, 19.244753 | Open: daily, 09:00 – 20:00 (after 18:00 by appointment) | +27 (0)28 313 0909 | healthandbeautyspa@hermanus.co.za

 

Arabella Spa

Couple treatments supplied by Arabella Spa

Arabella Spa has a choice of luxury spa treatments available for couples.

R44, Kleinmond | GPS: -34.317313, 19.134779| Open: on request | +27 (0)28 284 0036 | reservations@arabellahotelandspa.com

 

La Femme

Aroma massagesupplied by Wikimedia Commons

La Femme is a health and beauty centre with a range of couple’s treatments.

13 Dirkie Street, Hermanus | GPS: -34.417142, 19.240618 | Open: Monday to Friday, 08:00 – 17:00, Saturday, 08:00 – 13:00 (September to April) and Monday to Friday, 08:30 – 16:30, Saturday, 08:30 – 13:00 (May to August) | +27 (0)28 313 0660 | chantelle@lafemmehermanus.co.za

 

ICE CREAM ROMANCE

Did you know it takes 72 hours to make 1 scoop of gelato? Ice cream can be enjoyed no matter the weather. Pick up a cup or cone of your favourite ice cream and head to the beach.

 

Gelato Mania

Ice cream flavours supplied by Gelato Mania

Gelato Mania specialises in Artisan gelato with flavours like chocolate hazelnut, Turkish delight, and lemon sorbet. They even have diabetic banting gelato!

Cost: R27.90 per scoop

Corner Market Street and Marine Drive, Hermanus | GPS: -34.420056, 19.243537 | Open: Sunday to Friday, 09:00 – 18:00, Saturday, 09:00 – 19:00 | +27 (0)28 313 2960

 

Don Gelato Traditional Italian Ice Cream

Ice cream flavours supplied by Don Gelato

Flavours like cappuccino, pistachio, and fynbos honey fusion are just a few things to look forward to at Don Gelato Traditional Italian Ice Cream. They also have a pairing of alcohol with gelato.

Cost: R24 per scoop, R44 per double scoop

Corner Main Road and Long Street, Hermanus | GPS: -34.420228, 19.242051 | Open: Wednesday to Monday, 08:00 – 18:30 | +27 (0)81 805 7470

 

MARKETS

 

Hermanus Country Market

Saturday market supplied by Hermanus Country Market

Hermanus Country Market is a fantastic place to grab breakfast on Saturday mornings. The market has everything from organic produce and herbs, to jewellery and arts and crafts. Map to market.

Hermanus Cricket Club, Jose Burman Drive, Hermanus | GPS: -34.407317, 19.244021 | Open: Saturdays, 08:00 – 12:00 (October to March), 09:00 – 13:00 (April to September) | +27 (0)72 883 3 894 | farmersmarket@hermanus.co.za

 

Hermanuspietersfontein Farmer’s Market

Flowers and bread supplied by Hermanuspietersfontein Farmer’s Market

The market at Hermanuspietersfontein is held on Saturdays and is a great place to enjoy wine tasting and a little retail therapy.

Hermanuspieterfontein Wine Cellar, Hermanus | GPS: -34.410937, 19.197533 | Open: Saturday, 09:00 – 13:00 | +27 (0)28 316 1875

 

St Peter’s Church Market

Tea and scones

Enjoy a steaming cup of tea and scones in a lovely garden setting at St Peter’s Church every Saturday.

St Peter’s Church, Main Road, Hermanus | GPS: -34.420738, 19.240844 | Open: Saturdays, 09:30 – 13:00 | +27 (0)28 312 1325

 

Fisherman’s Village Craft Market

Craft market in Hermanus

This craft market is held on Lemm’s Corner on weekends and has everything from arts and crafts, to clothing and jewellery.

Corner of Main and Harbour Road, Hermanus | GPS: -34.420619, 19.241699 | Open: Saturday and Sunday, 08:30 – 15:00 | +27 (0)28 312 2629

 

Stanford Sunset Market

Friday market supplied by Stanford Sunset Market

The Stanford Sunset Market is a beautiful way to spend the last Friday evening of the month. Grab some food and a bottle of wine and enjoy the laidback atmosphere as the sun sets.

Birkenhead Brewery, R326, Stanford | GPS: -34.441722, 19.463209 | Open: last Friday of the month, 18:00 – 22:00 | +27 (0)83 604 0808

 

DINING OUT

Hermanus is chock-a-block full of fantastic eateries, whether you want to grab a quick bite to eat or spoil your loved one with a fancy 5-star dinner.

 

The Barefoot Cook

The Barefoot Cook supplied by Trip Advisor

Barefoot Cook is a local favourite hidden down a side street with an unfussy vibe and home-cooked food. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

12 Aberdeen Street, Hermanus | GPS: -34.418766, 19.240536 | Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 – 15:00, Thursday to Friday, 18:00 – 22:00 | +27 (0)28 312 4681

 

Rossi’s

Rossi's exterior supplied by Rossi's Pizza

Rossi’s is an Italian restaurant with wood-fired pizzas, pasta, and seafood. It has a lovely outdoor area with a view of the Overberg Mountains. Serves lunch and dinner.

10 High Street, Hermanus | GPS: -34.418909, 19.242925 | Open: daily, 11:00 – 22:00 | +27 (0)28 312 2848 | info@rossis.co.za

 

La Creperie

Supplied by La Creperie

La Creperie has savoury galettes and sweet crepes with a choice of tasty fillings. The garden patio has mountain views and free Wi-Fi. Serves breakfast and lunch.

8 Harbour Road, Hermanus | GPS: -34.421068, 19.241955 | Open: daily, 07:30 – 17:00 | +27 (0)28 313 0629

 

Crazy Horse Restaurant

Supplied by Crazy Horse Restaurant

Crazy Horse Restaurant is a saloon themed restaurant where you can dine “where the fun never sets”. The menu has everything from nachos to steaks and seafood.  Serves lunch and dinner.

3 Long Street, Hermanus | GPS: -34.418867, 19.239633 | Open: Monday to Saturday, 16:00 – late, Sunday, 11:30 – 18:00 | +27 (0)28 312 1944

 

Just Pure Bistro

Supplied by Just Pure Bistro

Just Pure Bistro is a deli bistro with a large terrace overlooking the ocean. Serves breakfast and lunch.

Ocean View, Corner Marine Drive and Park Lane, Hermanus | GPS: -34.421065, 19.239082 | Open: daily, 08:30 – 16:30 | +27 (0)28 313 1193

 

Anya’s Mum Café

Supplied by Anya's Mom Cafe

Anya’s Mum Café is a bright yellow building tucked away in a narrow street. This homely coffee shop has a daily changing menu of delicious baked goods and a shady outdoor courtyard. Serves breakfast, lunch, and occasional dinners.

5 High Street, Hermanus | GPS: -34.418917, 19.242361 | Open: Monday to Friday, 07:30 – 16:30, and Saturday, 08:00 – 14:00 | +27 (0)28 312 3407

 

Mogg’s Country Cookhouse

Mogg's Country Cookhouse

Mogg’s Country Cookhouse serves country and Mediterranean cuisine in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, surrounded by mountains, fields, fruit, and vines. Think roasted lamb shank, panfried halloumi cheese salad, and seasonal berries in phyllo pastry. Serves lunch.

Hemel en Aarde Valley, Hermanus | GPS: -34.346744, 19.276072 | Open: Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00 – 14:30 | +27 (0)76 314 0671 | jennymogg@gmail.com

 

B’s Steakhouse

Steak supplied by Wikipedia

B’s Steakhouse has the best steaks in town and with a handy cooking chart included in the menu, your steak will always be cooked just right. Bestsellers include the Chateubriand and Carpetbagger. All sauces are handmade. Serves dinner.

Hemel en Aarde Village, Hermanus | GPS: -34.410636, 19.197394 | Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 18:30 – late | +27 (0)28 316 3625

 

Bientang’s Cave

Restaurant view supplied by Bientang's Cave

Enjoy a meal in the depths of a century old cave. Bientang’s Cave Restaurant is known as one of the best land based whale watching restaurants in the world. Serves lunch and dinner.

Below Marine Drive, Hermanus| GPS: -34.419308, 19.244588 | Open: daily, 11:30 – 16:00 and dinners by arrangement | +27 (0)28 312 3454

 

Burgundy Restaurant

Supplied by Burgundy Restaurant

Burgundy Restaurant on the edge of Walker Bay is just a short walk from the old harbour. The menu includes seafood to steak. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Corner Marine and Harbour Road, Hermanus | GPS: -34.420720, 19.242978 | Open: daily, 08:00 – 21:00 | +27 (0)28 312 2800

 

La Pentola

Supplied by La Pentola

La Pentola has panoramic views of Walker Bay so you can whale watch from your table. The menu has seafood, prime meat, and vegetarian dishes. Serves lunch and dinner.

87 Marine Drive, Hermanus | GPS: -34.419033, 19.243901 | Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 12:00 – close | +27 (0)28 313 1685

 

Harbour Rock

Supplied by Harbour Rock

Known as “the Rock” by locals, Harbour Rock has a 280˚ view of the ocean and a popular sushi bar.  All mains come with wine pairing suggestions. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hermanus Harbour, Hermanus | GPS: -34.434821, 19.225150 | Open: daily, 09:00 – 11:00, 12:00 – 16:00, 18:00 – 22:00 | +27 (0)28 312 2920

 

COCKTAILS

 

Coco’s Island Grill & Cocktail Bar

Supplied by Coco's

Coco’s Island Grill & Cocktail Bar has a relaxed vibe and views of Walker Bay. They are famous for their cocktails and live music.

Village Square, Marine Drive, Hermanus | GPS: -34.419679, 19.243696 | Open: daily, 09:00 – late | +27 (0)28 313 1178 | cocos@mwebbiz.co.za

 

Tapas Food & Wine Bar

Supplied by Tapas

Nurse a cocktail or glass of wine at Tapas Food & Wine Bar with a view of Walker Bay and the harbour below. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Market Square, Hermanus | GPS: -34.419881, 19.243376 | Open: daily, 09:30 – late | +27 (0)28 312 4840

 

Dutchies

Supplied by Dutchies

Dutchies is a beachfront restaurant on Grotto Beach and is a popular cocktail spot at the end of a hot summer’s day. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Grotto Street, Grotto Beach, Hermanus | GPS: -34.412833, 19.287273 | Open: daily, 09:00 – 21:00 | +27 (0)28 314 1392

 

WINE ROUTE

The Hermanus Wine Route  along the Hemel en Aarde (Heaven on Earth) valley has plenty to keep you busy with 15 boutique wineries. Wine tasting is free at most of the estates and some charge as little as R10. The following estates have been recommended by the locals for their unique views and wine tasting opportunities.

 

 La Vierge

Supplied by La vierge

La Vierge has a tasting room with a 360˚ view over the Hemel en Aarde Valley. The restaurant has magnificent views of the vineyards and delicious dishes to go with their wines.

Cost: R30 per person (6 wines)

R320, Hermanus | GPS: -34.376746, 19.238302 | Open: daily, 10:00 – 17:00 | +27 (0)28 313 0130 | restaurant@lavierge.co.za

 

Hamilton Russel Vineyards

Supplied by Hamilton Russel Vineyards

Visit the most southerly wine estate in Africa. Hamilton Russel is also the closest wine estate to the sea and produces some of the best terroir driven pinot noir and chardonnay in South Africa.

Cost: R35 per person

R320, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley | GPS: -34.385074, 19.234839 | Open: Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:00 and Saturday, 09:00 – 13:00 | +27 (0)72 903 8998

 

Creation Wines 

Supplied by Creation Wines

Creation Wines overlooks a still dam, budding vineyards, and mountains. With various wine and food pairings available, you should do your soul a flavour and visit Creation Wines.

Cost:

  • Wine and chocolate pairing: R75
  • Food pairings: R50 – R135
  • Canapé tasting: R125
  • Cheese platter: R125 for 2 people
  • Secret pairing: R250
  • Non-alcoholic pairing: R205
  • Brunch pairing: R375

R320, Hemel en Aarde Valley, Hermanus | GPS: -34.331773, 19.331901 | Open: daily, 10:00 – 17:00 | +27 (0)28 212 1107
Seven Springs Vineyards

Supplied by 7 Springs Vineyard

Seven Springs is a relatively new estate managed by a couple in the UK. Luckily, they have the help of Riana, an excellent wine maker, who will taste wines with you herself in the middle of the vineyards.

Cost: TBC

R3210, Hemel en Aarde Valley, Hermanus | GPS: -34.324897, 19.362662 | Open: by appointment only | +27 (0)28 316 4994 | riana@7springs.co.za

 

Join a tour: Hermanus Wine Tours

Map supplied by Mountain View Manor

Hermanus Wine Tours chauffeurs you door to door in an air conditioned mini bus to any of the 70 wineries in the area – so you don’t have to worry about finding a designated driver.

Cost: R400 per person for 2 hours, R75 per person for each additional hour. Full price list.

R320, Hemel en Aarde Valley, Hermanus | GPS: -34.410990, 19.200589 | Open: by arrangement | +27 (0)72 062 8500

 

ACCOMMODATION

Le Paradis Penthouse

Hermanus has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets, whether you prefer a secluded self-catering cottage nestled in the mountains or a hotel room on the edge of the ocean. Find your romantic accommodation in Hermanus.

 

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