Things To Do

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

Ormonde Wines

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Wildflowers

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

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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 delectables too. Watch them ‘cutting  the curds’ through  the big glass   kitchen window.  Udderly Delicious Darling  is definitely  worth  a stop.   You  wont  be  able  to  walk  away without purchasing some of their products.