Darling is a small town with a surprisingly large number of things to do and places to eat and drink. Here are just some of our favourites.
PLACES TO GO
Darling Sweet, 7 Long Street
Hentie van der Merwe and Frits van Ryneveld started Darling Sweet in 2013. They make the most delicious, old-fashioned toffee. Everything is made by hand and the flavours, including Orange & Pomegranate, Liquorice and Red Wine & Chocolate – are all made from natural ingredients, reduced on the premises.
Daisy Darling Art Gallery 9 Main Road Darling
Curator Fran Sexton along with three local artists work is displayed Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Call 022-4922092 to view the works on display.
Darling Museum, Corner of Hill and Pastorie Street
Originally a Butter Museum founded by the Darling Women’s Agricultural Association in 1978, the museum now showcases the lifestyle, history and agriculture of the area from its beginnings in 1853.
Evita se Perron, Arcadia Street
Evita Bezuidenhout is the much-loved ‘Most Famous Woman in South Africa’. Located on the railway line (‘perron’ is ‘platform’ in Afrikaans), there are two cabaret venues, the Museum Nauseum, a restaurant, bar and craft market. Check their website to find out more and see if there are any performances.
Darling Olives, Yzerfontein Road
For anything and everthing olive, head out to visit Darling Olives, a farm that produces not only table olives, but also olive jams, pastes, rubs, chocolate, extra virgin olive oil, flavoured olive oils and even olive soaps. Visit for a tasting and the perfect gift to take home. Directions: 3 km out of Darling on the Yzerfontein Road
Up on the hill overlooking Darling lies Ormonde wines, with its wonderful Tasting Room and beautiful grounds (including some MTB trails). They produce a vast range of award-winning wines on this special terroir. Directions: Left off Main Street into Mount Pleasant Street, and follow to the top.
During spring, the hills around Darling become carpeted in the most incredible display of wild flowers. Darling provides habitat for 10% of the 12 0000 species of the Cape Floral Kingdom. This is something you want to see. There are numerous reserves around Darling to see the flowers
PLACES TO EAT/DRINK
The Flying Pig, Mantis Mall, 3 Station Street
This casual deli-style lunch spot is a must for lovers of cured pork. Gil Fereira’s charcuterie is becoming known not only locally, but nationally, and a visit to The Flying Pig will explain this easily. Amongst other delicious cured pork products, they make a lip-smacking Bacon Jam. Need we say more?
Bistro Seven, 7 Main Road (next door)
You can’t get more convenient than this cosy eatery, next door! They serve delicious home-cooked food. The menu offers plenty of old favourites and a chalkboard offers fresh and seasonal specials. A bar and garden complete the experience.
The Marmalade Cat, 19 Main Road
Easily spotted just up Main Road from us, this is a treasure-trove of an eatery. Serving fresh dishes during the day (we’d recommend the chicken pie!) and pizzas on a Friday night (booking essential ), food is served in a bustling atmosphere amongst gifts and collectibles or in the courtyard.
Darling Brew, 48 Caledon Street
With about fifteen different craft beers brewed on site, Darling Brew is a beer lover’s paradise. A daily menu includes fresh cheese and charcuterie platters and other tummy-lining goodies.
Directions: Take Evita Bezuidenhout Boulevard over the railway. Turn right at the first road after the railway (4-way stop), then first left and first right. Keep going, you’ll see it on the left.
Udderly Delicious 5 Main Street Darling
Artisan Cheese doesn’t get better than this… The quirky shop stocks not only their own cheeses, but other local products and delectable