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7 Tips for Living in Stellenbosch

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Stellenbosch or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Stellenbosch or thinking about moving there.

Stellenbosch, is a vibrant city that offers a unique blend of rich history, stunning landscapes, and a thriving food and wine scene. It's a popular destination for expats and digital nomads, offering a high quality of life and a welcoming community. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in Stellenbosch.

1. Explore the Local Cuisine

Stellenbosch is renowned for its culinary scene, with a plethora of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. Be sure to visit Overture, a restaurant nestled in the Hidden Valley wine estate that offers stunning views and a menu inspired by local produce. Another must-visit is The Restaurant at Clos Malverne, which offers a unique wine and ice cream pairing experience. For a more casual dining experience, head to The Fat Butcher, known for its succulent steaks and relaxed atmosphere.

2. Embrace the Wine Culture

Stellenbosch is in the heart of South Africa's wine country, and no visit would be complete without exploring the local vineyards. There are numerous wine tours available, or you can venture out on your own to estates like Rust en Vrede, known for its red wines, or Jordan Wine Estate, which offers stunning views of the Stellenbosch mountains. Remember to drink responsibly and consider hiring a driver or using a taxi service if you plan to visit multiple wineries in one day.

3. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

Stellenbosch is made up of several neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. Central Stellenbosch is the historic heart of the city, with its oak-lined streets, Cape Dutch architecture, and bustling shops and cafes. Paradyskloof offers a more suburban feel, with stunning views of the mountains and easy access to the Jan Marais Nature Reserve. Techno Park is the city's business hub, home to many tech companies and start-ups. Spend some time exploring each neighborhood to find the one that feels like home to you.

4. Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Stellenbosch is surrounded by natural beauty, and there are plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy it. The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve offers hiking and mountain biking trails with stunning views, while the Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve is a great spot for bird watching. If you're a golfer, don't miss the chance to play a round at the Stellenbosch Golf Club, one of the oldest golf clubs in South Africa.

5. Learn the Local Language

While English is widely spoken in Stellenbosch, learning some Afrikaans can go a long way in helping you connect with the local community. There are several language schools in the city, as well as online resources to help you get started. Even just learning a few basic phrases can make a big difference in your daily interactions.

6. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new city is to get involved in the local community. There are numerous clubs, organizations, and events in Stellenbosch that welcome expats and digital nomads. Whether you're interested in sports, arts, or social causes, there's likely a group that aligns with your interests. Do some research and don't be afraid to reach out and get involved.

7. Understand the Cost of Living

While Stellenbosch offers a high quality of life, it's important to understand the cost of living before you move. Housing, food, transportation, and other expenses can add up quickly. Do some research to get a sense of what your monthly expenses might be, and make sure you have a financial plan in place. Remember, it's always better to overestimate your expenses and be pleasantly surprised than to underestimate them and find yourself in a tight spot.

Living in Stellenbosch offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in South African culture, enjoy stunning natural beauty, and be part of a vibrant and welcoming community. With these tips in mind, you're sure to make the most of your time in this beautiful city.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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