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About 33 km from Malmesbury and 40 km from Cape Town, in the Western Cape, South Africa, you will find the very small village called Philadelphia.  Now, Philadelphia SA is not at all anything near Philadelphia in the USA.  Here in South Africa, it is a very peaceful haven for all who need to get away from city life…

Philadelphia sign

With no traffic lights and only a few shops, this is where you get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  The best time to visit this village would be over weekends:  Friday to Sunday.

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De Malle Meul in Philadelphia SA

First on our list was De Malle Meul who apparently offers the best Sunday buffet and shows.  Unfortunately, our timing was a bit out, but we will definitely make time to visit in the future.  According to their website a good menu and a wonderful wine list to accompany your meal makes this a stop worth your while.  Especially, if you can add a good show to watch.


The Peppertree Art Stable and Coffee shop

The Peppertree Art Stable and Coffee shop normally entice you with the smell of delicious home-baked bread but now also launched their new initiative of “Pick-up-a-Box”.  

  • Fresh produce (organic fruit and veg)
  • Baked goods (a variety of artisan bread and pastries made with stoneground flour and wood-fired)
  • Grass-fed dairy products
  • Free-range poultry & eggs
  • Venison
  • Free-range pasture-fed lamb
  • Products from their shop and deli

Obviously all packed as they source it from their suppliers – the local farmers.  (Orders via Whatsapp – check out their website.)  So, now is the time to support them if you’re in the region.


In Peppertree’s own words: 

“In winter we light a fire in our little Dover stove and strive to entice you with the smell of our own home-baked bread and soup. Come and enjoy some of our locally produced preserves, and honey from our local beekeeper.” 

In summer:  “Come and enjoy fine home-cooked cuisine under a huge Pepper Tree at the very popular Peppertree Coffee shop in this homely, country-style setting. Delicious, home-baked cakes and light lunches served with the finest roasted coffee, teas, and homemade juices under the shade of the big Pepper Tree.”

To view more wine estates in the region see Durbanville Wine Estates or see South Africa Wine Estates.

The Dutch Reformed Church, Church Square, Philadelphia, SA

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This church dates back to 1863 and apparently the town’s name is also of biblical origin, meaning:  “brotherly love”.  

Philadelphia South Africa is really a very tiny little village, but on weekends it is a famous stop for those wanting some true South African country love.

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