With busy work schedules and city stress we love nothing more than packing up the car and heading up the West Coast for a weekend away. This year we have discovered Paternoster for the first time during Winter and headed back again this Spring! We so loved spending time in this beautiful town that I couldn’t resist creating a Toomuchloveliness Guide to a weekend in Paternoster. I am hoping to inspire your next weekend away with incredible food, local craft beer and accommodation spots to suit most budgets!
What to Eat:
The Noisy Oyster
This has to be one of the most famous restaurants in Paternoster. This is impressive as Paternoster is known as being a foodie gem! On our first visit in winter they were closed for the quiet season. We were delighted to get a table on our next visit to Paternoster a few months later.
The Noisy Oyster is a gorgeous restaurant and we were so happy sitting outside on such a beautiful day. Our waiter was wonderful and was so helpful in working us through the menu. Narrowing down our choices was hard work but we’re hoping to be back soon to try more of their dishes!
The Noisy Oyster is famous for their oysters and mussels. We started with four oysters, their mussel pot which could easy be a main course and a dish of calamari. The oysters were really fantastic and definitely make my top three list. My main course was a stand out dish of fresh fish was a creamy sauce over crushed potatoes. It was serious comfort food and perfect for my wine flu ;)!
De See Kat
I am delighted to say that De See Kat is home to some of the best sushi I have ever eaten. We ordered just about everything on the sushi menu which completely flustered our waitress. The hand rolls were perfectly wrapped, the wasabi nestled in the red cabbage was beautiful and the prawn fashion sandwiches are the best fashion sandwiches I have ever had. I would drive back to Paternoster to relive this meal alone.
We really enjoyed all the sushi we had – so don’t worry about what the dishes are- just order everything! The sushi does take some time to arrive after ordering so make sure to arrive early before the lunch rush or order quickly and be prepared to wait. It might be a good idea to order a couple of starters to tide you over! We saw many delicious dishes coming out of the kitchen.
Paternoster is a real foodie gem! Die Gaaitjie is another famous spot which we haven’t yet had a chance to visit. We enjoyed pizzas at Blikkie’s Pizzeria which is affordable and has some delicious pizzas packed with ingredients and cheese. Another favourite was Voorstrandt for cheap and cheery fish and chips and great calamari right on the beach!
What to drink:
We saw the Paternoster Pilsner featured in most of the restaurants. We knew we had to try out their local craft beer. Out of interest we bought a few bottles from the local bottle store. We were excited to try a proudly Paternoster beer. I would highly recommend picking up a few beers – and they were great to take home to friends too!
The wine lists at the restaurants are pretty affordable and basic. Which is great if you’re looking for a cheap bottle of wine. If part of your weekends away evolve around fantastic wine we would highly recommend you bring your own along! We brought wine with us, the staff were more than happy to bring glasses and ice buckets and we were happy to pay the R40 corkage per bottle. Serious, bring your own wine. Trust me on this one.
Where to Stay for your Weekend in Paternoster:
We loved De Linden which is a beautiful guest house located in the middle of the village. We were a minute away from the beach and only a few minutes walk from most of the restaurants we wanted to visit. The guest house has seven rooms, lots of social space and makes a fantastic breakfast! De Linden was definitely our luxurious option and we loved this cozy spot for our winter weekend in Paternoster.
Beachwalker’s Cottage: Self catering cottage
We booked this self catering cottage for a Spring weekend away to Paternoster for a wine festival in celebration of the Swartland. When we booked the cottage we didn’t actually realise it was across the road from De Linden! So again, fantastic location just up from the beach and an easy walk to the restaurants. De Linden was a splurge and as such we needed a more budget friendly option for this weekend. Beachwalker’s Cottage was the perfect spot at only R1000 per night to sleep four in the cottage. We loved the house with lovely bedrooms rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor braai and living room upstairs. I would highly recommend this spot for a family or two couples on a weekend away.