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  • Lisa Martus


Haenertsburg and Magoebaskloof attract travellers from across the world, enchanted by the spectacular scenery, activities galore and a feast of options to tempt your tastebuds. Travel should be about feeding all of your senses with the best there is on offer at your destination.  From the delicious local foodie treats to be found at the farmstalls, delis and markets to the eclectic choice of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs in the area, you will find something to delight you.  


Stella's Farm Deli is conveniently situated on the R71 just before you turn-off into Haenertsburg Village.  Make Stella’s your first stop to stock up on local foodie treats and start the holiday vibes with a lovely lunch looking out to Haenertsburg from indoors or on the deck.  A great place for all-day breakfast, burgers, pizzas or the best Bunny Chow.  Phone ahead for take-aways.  More than just a Deli!  Stella's Farm Deli  071 736 6424  |  R71, Haenertsburg  |  Open Monday to Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Sunday and Public Holidays: 9am - 4pm. 

The Pancake House in the distinctive Alpine log building has delicious sweet and savoury pancakes, waffles and breakfasts served on the 'deck with a view' or inside the cosy log cabin next to the fire on a misty day. Treat yourself to their amazing speciality coffees.  The Pancake House  073 256 5326 | R71, Haenertsburg.

Habibi Turkish Restaurant offers an authentic Turkish experience for the whole family.  The newly-renovated restaurant has a lovely open deck outside and cosy indoor seating. The chef is from Istanbul so the menu offers favourites like Pide turkish flatbread, doner kebabs, lamb and beef shawarmas, kofte meatballs or shish kebabs as well as clay oven pizzas.  Habibi Turkish Restaurant  063 560 6214 | Rissik Street, Haenertsburg | Open Friday to Sunday 9am - 9pm | Monday to Thursday 9am - 7pm. Closed on Wednesdays.


The High Street in Haenertsburg is the place for the best pub grub and a festive atmosphere at The Iron Crown Pub & Bistro.  Pull up a stool at the bar for their Irish Coffee or Zwakala beer on tap and a chat with the locals at one of the favourite meeting places in town. You will find a great vibe; welcoming faces and excellent pub grub like ribs, traditional chicken pie or the famous Haenertsburger made from all local produce.  The Iron Crown Pub & Bistro  083 254 6679  |  Rissik Street, Haenertsburg  | Open: Weekends: 9am - late Sunday; 9am - 3pm | Tuesday to Friday: 11am - 8pm | Closed Mondays. 

Bistro (opening mid-June) is a new venue which epitomises the Haenertsburg 'village' atmosphere. On offer will be traditional South African comfort foods and a selection of French, Italian and Mediterranean favourites, served in the cosy interior or out on the stoep. You can also expect 'grab-and-go' coffees and eats, 'more-than-the-usual' breakfasts and authentic Belgian style sweet and savoury waffles. The franchised Krabbefontein Coffee bar is a perfect match for a selection of divine cakes and pastries.

Bistro 083 444 5835 | 083 459 7143 | Village Grocer complex just off Rissik Street, Haenertsburg.  Open Monday: 8am - 2pm | Wednesday to Saturday: 8am - 5pm

Sunday: 8am - 4pm.

The Eatery on Rissik is a fully-licensed coffee shop with a great breakfast, lunch and special dinner menu. Their bakery makes fresh bread daily and pastries as a weekend treat. You can also pick up deli items and other staples here. The Eatery  083 326 5836  | Rissik Street, Haenertsburg | Open Monday to Thursday: 8am - 4pm | Friday & Saturday: 8am - 8pm Sunday: 8am - 7pm. 

Come hungry!  Get a taste of the high street in Haenertsburg at The Red Plate, a friendly, vibey restaurant, in the heart of town.  Enjoy their scrumptious meals outside on the deck or inside next to the cosy fireplace on a cooler day.  The Chicken Schnitzel or Grilled Trout are firm favourites or try the beef fillet with jalapeno & cheese sauce.  Before you go, grab some brownies for the road or delicious frozen meals for later.  The Red Plate   083 305 2851 

Rissik St, Haenertsburg | Open Saturday 8am - 8pm | Sunday: 8am - 4pm

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9am - 10pm | Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 6pm.  

Stop in for coffee, cheesecake, light meals and their weekly Sunday Lunch at Inni-Berg on the stoep of the Memory Hold the Door Bookshop.   Inni-Berg Coffee Shop   061 403 5814 | Pennefather Complex, Rissik Street, Haenertsburg  | Open Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am - 5pm. 


Cheerio Gardens has lovely walking trails meandering through the famous gardens. Cheerio Café, a tranquil open-air coffee shop & pizzeria set on the edge of a scenic dam offers breakfast or a light lunch with a glass of vino - try their pizzas and the best pecan pie this side of the equator. Cheerio Café  Whatsapp 071 771 5152 (phone signal is limited) |  L4.2,  Cheerio Road, Magoebaskloof | Open Thursday to Sunday 8am - 5pm. 

Zwakala Brewery, the northern-most Craft Brewery in the scenic Magoebaskloof Mountains is a favourite place to hang out, slow down and enjoy the beautiful scenery, farmy atmosphere and Tooley family hospitality.  Join the whole festive crew from Zwakala Brewery. Kids and dogs can play on the lawns on a sunny winter’s day, while you enjoy a great vibe, award-winning beer and your gourmet burger or short rib with Maggie’s chips.  Breakfast is now available.  Zwakala Brewery  073 874 8651 | 083 627 2551 | L10, Cheerio Road, Magoebaskloof |  Open Friday to Sunday & Public Holidays: 11am - 5pm.  

 Indulge in a mouthwatering selection of light meals, great coffee and their signature blueberry desserts at Blueberry Farm Café where a wooden deck looks out onto Stanford Lake.  The indoor play area is great for kids or they can romp around outside.  Their weekly 5km Farm Run starts at 8am each Saturday  Blueberry Farm Café   071 540 3800 | A24 off R71, Magoebaskloof | Open Every Day from 8am - 4pm. 

Known since 1998 for their delicious pizzas and local vibes, the Pot ‘n Plow Pub has an open and inviting indoor space with a variety of seating no matter the weather.  Guests can see the action in the kitchen around the central pizza oven and the impressive height of the roof over the outdoor area makes the most of the garden.  Pot ‘n Plow Pub 082 691 5790 | 083 626 9546 | 078 803 9438 | R71, Magoebaskloof | Open daily from 10am. 

The Phoenix & Fireman Bar at the Magoebaskloof Hotel serves traditional pub lunches or evening snacks in front of the large fireplace and is open from 10am - 12pm. Enjoy a light snack or freshly baked cakes indoors or on the enormous wrap-around balcony of the Coffee Bean Café and Tlou Restaurant, overlooking the majestic Magoebaskloof Valley. Open from 6:30am - 10pm. Tlou Restaurant at Magoebaskloof Hotel  069 431 1488 | R71 Magoebaskloof | Open every day from 6am to 10pm

The Magoebaskloof Mountain Lodge has a licensed a-la-carte restaurant with beautiful views over the Magoebaskloof gorge. Magoebaskloof Mountain Lodge  015 305 7906 |  082 571 2555 /  R71, Magoebaskloof  | Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Tucked into the bend of the R71, you will find the Magoebaskloof Farmstall, a lovely stop for an artisanal coffee and delicious wood-fired pizza, or a hearty Farmstall breakfast with all the trimmings.  If your children want to try the kid’s zipline, you can choose a delicious steak sandwich, chicken wings or a vegetarian dish from the varied menu and enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the sun or indoors if it is chilly. Fully Licensed. Magoebaskloof Farmstall  083 353 4478 | 072 274 5520  | R71, Magoebaskloof | Open every day from 7am - 5pm. Dinner on Friday & Saturday nights.    


Krabbefontein Café is a delightful shabby-chic building on a working coffee farm at the bottom of the Magoebaskloof Pass.  This small but charming Café offers Roosterkoek with delicious fillings as well as Coffee, Beer & Gin tasting.  They even have a doggie-menu! Sunday lunches are a traditional family-style meal at long tables.  Krabbefontein Cafe: 076 968 0483 | R71, Magoebaskloof | Tzaneen. Open daily from 9am - 5pm

Public Holidays: 7am - 5pm. Sunday lunch. 11am - 3pm, by bookings only.


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