Darling Food Guide: 8 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Darling

February 17, 2018 Veronika Gaddis

Discover the best restaurant in Darling, South Africa including Chicory Cheese Cafe, Marmalade Cat, Hilda's Kitchen, Bistro on 7, Brig's Barn Restaurant, Evita se Perron, The Flying Pig eXpress, Vygevallei Padstal
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1. Chicory Cheese Cafe

5 Lang Street, Darling 7345, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Healthy, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks +27 76 975 6197
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Chicory Cheese Cafe

For the freshest munchies and the best coffee in town!

Reviewed By Heszu - Franschhoek, South Africa

We visited Darling on 8 January. The Chicory Cheese Hotel looked attractive. We felt like coffee. We were showed to a quaint tea garden outside. That is where service ended. We sat in the corner forever. We decided to leave. We were ushered out with...MoreI am so sorry about the bad experience you had at Chicory Cheese Cafe. There is absolutely no excuse for this. I would love it if you could pop me a email at [email protected] . Hope you will give us another go one day. Carien

2. Marmalade Cat

19 Main Street, Darling 7345, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +27 22 492 2515
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Marmalade Cat

Reviewed By olive c - Cape Town, South Africa

This is a quirky place...is it a restaurant, cafe, bric a brac shop or deli?? Who knows and who cares....the experience was delightful...very friendly hosts and service was welcoming and efficient...food was tasty and probably a bit above average...enjoyable experience so try it out when you are ibn Darling, Darling (sorry).

3. Hilda's Kitchen

Groote Post Wine Farm, Darling Hills Road, Darling 7345, South Africa Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining Vegetarian Friendly Lunch +27 22 492 2825
Excellent
57%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Hilda's Kitchen

Welcome to Groote Post. We appreciate your visit to our oasis on the West Coast and sincerely hope you enjoy your time with us. Our Modern Country cooking only uses the freshest of produce, much locally sourced and grown and the menu is designed to complement the outstanding range of Groote Post wines. Hilda's Kitchen has become a very popular wedding and functions venue so please contact us to discuss your next special event. The only restaurant in South Africa to be nominated by Eat Out 2013 in both "Best Bistro" and "Best Country-Style" categories in its region. Why not enjoy a lunch before a show at Evita's Peron in Darling on Saturdays or Sundays.

Reviewed By olive c - Cape Town, South Africa

This time we were seated outside the restaurant in glorious Sunshine but shaded by beautiful trees.....we both went for steaks and they were perfectly prepared with good quality ingredients and appropriate accomplishments...delicious...if I have an issue it is with the cost of the wine from the wine estate on which this restaurant is sited....considerably more than the tasting room and none available by the glass...otherwise still wholeheartedly recommended.

4. Bistro on 7

Main road, Darling 7345, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +27 22 492 3626
Excellent
35%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 91 reviews

Bistro on 7

Reviewed By Hirene - Johannesburg, South Africa

Darling is quite definitely the porky center of South Africa and Wednesday nites is Eisbein 2 for 1 at the Bistro. And the restaurant definitely had a smell of pork about it. But the owner/chef was simply charming did what they could to make us comfortable as we definitely are not lovers of pork. We had a nice meal, well prepared and served and were happy to meet the owner/chef. Don't let our feeling about pork put anyone off - in fact the Eisbein 2 for 1 on Weds is a MUST if you are in Darling.

5. Brig's Barn Restaurant

10 Van Der Stel Street | Englis, Darling 7345, South Africa Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$126 +27 22 492 2451
Excellent
29%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Brig's Barn Restaurant

Brig's Barn is not only known by the locals for it's hearty meals but also our regular visitors from Cape Town and surrounding areas. Good Food At A Good Price!

Reviewed By 812marina - Western Cape, South Africa

I always have my breakfast at Brig's Barn when in Darling. The 'Lady's Breakfast' on the menu is an old favourite and totally ample to enjoy with very food coffee. Family atmosphere with the locals Afrikaans speaking adding to the charm.

6. Evita se Perron

8 Arcadia Street | Old Darling Station, Darling 7345, South Africa Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch +27 22 492 2851
Excellent
33%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

Evita se Perron

Reviewed By ushanaidu - Durban, South Africa

This place is certainly worth a visit and not just if you are an Evita fan. The gift shop was extensive, with all kinds of South African made and related goodies, the coffee shop and restaurant was great for coffee and cake and was buzzing with activity on the day we went. Lots of spots in which to take photographs! There is a theatre here too with regular shows. A fun place to visit if you are in Darling.

7. The Flying Pig eXpress

3 Station Street, Darling 7345, South Africa Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, International, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch HK$16 - HK$63 +27 73 361 1091
Excellent
63%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

The Flying Pig eXpress

The Flying Pig is about 3 things - coffee, charcuterie and locally sourced deli products. Proprietors Gil and Aleks Ferreira are also the owners of The Flying Pig CureSmiths, producing artisanal cured meats, ranging from salami, parma style hams, cooked hams, fresh sausages and bacon jam. The CureSmith, or charcuterie, is also situated on the premises, and visitors can see directly into the bespoke curing chamber to view how the curing process takes place. Much of the produce in the Deli at The Flying Pig is also locally sourced - so much so that The Flying Pig has become known as the 'Darling Deli." From cheese, exotic mushrooms, pomegranate ice lollies, reductions, nougat, Turkish delight, farm style preserves, interesting toffees (like Darling Sweet toffees) and rusks to so much more! The coffee, known as The Flying Pig blend, is also close to their heart and is produced by local west coast Wings Coffee Roasters. The establishment of The Flying Pig is the marriage of all these wonderful products with Charcuterie at its heart! Come and enjoy wonderful fare in a lovely garden setting, right in the heart of wonderful Darling - and finish off your meal with arguably the best coffee in the Swartland! Gil and Aleks Ferreira look forward to receiving you!

Reviewed By Dave B - Pretoria

Bohemian coffee shop where the owner was slightly pre-occupied, the service good, the toasted breakfast bagel extreme! coffee excellent and the garden setting like a tiny oasis.

8. Vygevallei Padstal

R 27, West Coast Road, Darling 7345, South Africa Fast Food +27 74 138 1610
Excellent
16%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
0%
Terrible
33%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 6 reviews

Vygevallei Padstal

Reviewed By AntSomersetWest - Somerset West, South Africa

This farm stall boasts a coffee shop, general farmstall, wine shop and petrol station with toilets. It sounded fabulous in the all the reviews I had read which suggested one could get and taste the wines from the area. While the wine shop is well stocked with the wines from the area, the wines are pricey, and there is no tasting room facility. The farm stall had some intersting food offerings which include bokkems- dried fish. Worth a stop.

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