It is difficult to describe the small village of Napier in the Western Cape. Many travellers might have rushed through the town without really noticing, as they rush to get to their seaside destination. For this reason I want to stop in the village today.
Founded in 1838 and named after Sir George Thomas Napier, a British governor of the Cape Province at that time.
While driving through town you will definitely notice the beautiful Dutch Reformed church. The church was built in the form of a Greek cross with teak interior. Included inside is a beautiful pipe organ made of solid yellow copper.
The little village is highly rated by the Tourism Board, although you will not find high-end shopping malls and holiday resorts here. Napier has increased in popularity for those seeking a quiet spot away from busy towns.
Near to the end of town you will find an Ox Wagon monument (Kakebeenwa) to commemorate the Ossewa Trek of 1838.
It is next to this monument that we found the little gem: Napier Farm Stall and Restaurant. Undoubtedly famous for their fresh bread, they also stock homemade jam, rusks and many more. In my opinion it is the perfect place to stop for a slice of cake with tea. Alternatively you can enjoy venison pie and coffee, as we did. Despite the fact that is a tiny little shop inside, you can enjoy your coffee on “the stoep”.
During June months you can visit Napier for their “Patatfees” (Sweet potato festival). In September each year they are part of the “Voet van Afrika” marathon. The first marathon was held in 1978. A newspaper article described it as “tough, challenging and a combination of a marathon and a trail run.”
If you were thinking that evenings would be pretty boring, think again. In particular you can visit Pascal’s in the main road. Named after the well-known French cabaret singer Daniele Pascal who started this theatre in 2002. With this in mind it became well known in the village. In 2010 Mark Kerr and Stephen Nicholenas took over and are now hosting jazz, classical or cabaret evenings, accompanied by a sit down dinner.
Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the Fat Cat cocktail bar and dine al-fresco in the summer. Alternatively in winter you can enjoy your dinner in front of a cosy log fire.
Furthermore they are famous for their traditional Sunday lunches. Make sure to book in advance. They also offer accommodation.