We recently joined Middelvlei for a beautiful Sunday afternoon braai! I often get asked by foreign visitors where they can eat traditional South African food. It is a tricky question for me because our food is so varied against so many different cultures. But I have often said the best way is to get yourself invited to a braai. Now that I have visited Middelvlei I’ve learnt it is easy to take yourself out for a braai in Stellenbosch! That paired with some smashing red wines, great views and a super family friendly venue makes Middelvlei a solid recommendation!

If you’re looking for more Stellenbosch recommendations make sure to check out the many many blog posts I have written on the area over here!

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Middelvlei Traditional Braai Starters

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The vibe at Middelvlei is super chilled and relaxed which is great if you’re a large noisey group but can be a bit of a challenge if you’re hungry and ready for lunch!! There were lots of large tables with families and young children. I would highly recommend booking a spot in summer if you have smalls. There is plenty of space for running around and a little petting zoo with goats and bunnies!

We started with potbrood (bread baked in a cast iron pot under coals) with smoked snoek pate, strawberry jam and butter. I love bread so big chunks of warm bread with plenty of butter is always a good thing! 🙂

The Main Braai Event!

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The Middelvlei braai feast arrives all at once! We enjoyed traditional braai sides like potato salad, pampoenkoekies, braaibroodjies and a fresh green salad. And the braai meats included lamb chops, boerewors and honey and mustard chicken sosaties. The full menu is R245 per person which I think is fantastic value for money.

Lamb chops are my favourite braai dish and I absolutely love Middelvlei’s crispy delicious lamb chops. These paired well with their fresh salad and creamy potato salad. Another South African favourite dish is pampoenkoekies which are puffed up little pumpkin pancakes often sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

Another of favourite of mine are the braaibroodjies which are cheese, tomato and onion sandwiches toasted on the braai until the cheese is melted and the edges are crunchy.

I’d highly recommend enjoying a bottle of Middelvlei’s premium shiraz with your braai lunch. The shiraz is smooth enough that it works with all the delicious flavours!


  • Location: Middelvlei Wine Estate, Flamingo St, Stellenbosch
  • Opening times: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm
  • Contact details: 021 883 2565 or their website

Disclaimer: We enjoyed the braai experience as guests of Middelvlei. However, all images and opinions are my own.

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