The Food & Art & Lifestyle Route
Please note that information on this Route HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED SINCE JUNE 2015 when the original PROE Mosselbaai came to an end. Individual events hosted by altogether 15 participants culminated in the Seeff Charity Event held at The Ochre Venue in Mossel Bay on 9 May. This highlight in aid of the ACVV was co-organized by PROE Mosselbaai and a wonderful way to say good-bye to an exciting journey of two and a half years.
In February 2016 a bite-size version of PROE Mosselbaai was launched with the focus on the Fragrance Fest, started in February 2015 and inspired by the Fragrance Route, brainchild of Great Brak River resident Heleen Coertze. Click here for the latest news regarding The Fragrance Route & Fest and view pictures of the first Fest on the separate 2015 Gallery.
Sandpiper Cottages and Leisure Centre have been the host for many well-known South Africans. Poets, writers, archaeologists, animal communicators, sport stars, photographers, international financiers and wine makers have all enjoyed the unique atmosphere of Sandpiper.
This bar-cum-restaurant, situated on a farm near the villages of Boggomsbaai, Vleesbaai and Gouritsmond, offers a relaxed ambience and really lives up to its motto “Lekker sit is Stoepsit”. It serves delicious regional dishes and interesting wines (the owner is a connoisseur), and there is ample place for children to play while the adults socialise.
Great Brak River & Surroundings
103 Steps is a labyrinth of life: ever-changing thought patterns, observing something new and different with each step, in every turn, leaving no footprints, and feeling ever humble once you have passed through.
Art @ 39 Long
This is a boutique art gallery in Great Brak River on the Garden Route, where designer objects and covetable art can be found – the ideal place to discover that perfect gift!
De Vette Mossel
For the beste seafood ever… De Vette Mossel bied veel meer as net perfek-voorbereide seekos in oormaat – hierdie is ‘n ervaring in ongewone omstandighede, letterlik op die strand, saam met ou – en nuwe – vriende. Skop uit jou skoene, skink ‘n glas van Kaapse Wynland se heel bestes en tuur oor die see.
Die Ou Pastorie Teetuin
Special touches and a tranquil garden setting make “The Heart of Great Brak” a very popular place for breakfast, coffee and cake, or light lunches.
Great Brak Museum and Information Office
The Great Brak Museum is the proud host of the award-winning Human Origins Exhibit which explores the story of the local community within the context of modern human origins. It also serves as information point for this charming village, well-known for its artistic atmosphere and relaxed pace of life.
Living in Great Brak and working from her home near the Island, with a workshop for public participation in George, Kira offers a selection of handcrafted items that caters for all age groups and tastes.
Become part of our growing nursery family! We strive to inspire gardening lovers with loads of fresh ideas to ensure that they make the most of their gardens. Whether you require plants that are indigenous, exotic, for a wind resistant sea garden or shade inspiration, we have it all – and our friendly staff will help to make your gardening experience really special.
Peperboom Restaurant & Deli
This long standing landmark is a favourite pit stop amongst locals. Under new ownership and recently re-launched with a deli area, this venue is now also licenced. Cyclists especially enjoy a stopover as a dedicated, safe area is available for their bicycles.
Situated in Great Brak River’s atmospheric old railway station, right on the lagoon front and overlooking the estuary, this award-winning restaurant has been serving country cuisine with a French flair for the past eight years. The motto here is “local, fresh and tasty” in a very relaxed atmosphere. Blackboard menus display the wide range of dishes available; the wine list, too, is varied and extensive. Only eight Garden Route restaurants have been included on the prestigious 2014 American Express Fine Dining Awards list – this is one of them.
This year the ATKV Hartenbos teams up with nearby Kleingeluk Venue to host a joint Proe event in the Hartenbos area. Traditional skaapkoppe will be served for the third time running – and for those who can’t face a smiley there will be delicious neck of lamb!
The ATKV Hartenbos Museum lies in the very heartland of Afrikaans culture. This exceptional museum has as its focal point the Great Trek – various interesting dioramas and attractive antiques depict the living conditions of the Voortrekker pioneers from 1835 to 1848.
Baruch’s Coffee Roastery
A favorite one-stop coffee experience with a relaxed ambience and great food. Specials of the day include a wide selection of Israeli cuisine.
Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar
Jakkalsvlei (fox valley) is a family owned boutique winery – and the Garden Route’s best-kept secret. The Jonker family has been proud owners of Jakkalsvlei since 1972, and today winemaker/owner Jantjie Jonker is the third generation to farm on this, the only wine farm in the Mossel Bay area.
South Cape Breweries – Home of Glenhoff Beer
Glenhoff, Mossel Bay’s very own beer, will be available at a number of venues during Proe Mosselbaai.
Situated just 10 minutes from Mossel Bay on the Herbertsdale road, this venue has been in operation for the past 14 years. The Barn has a rustic atmosphere and great sound and lighting equipment as well as state of the art HD multimedia systems. It is rated as the best live music venue in South Africa due to the excellent acoustics and the intimate setting of the lower and upper galleries.
Little Brak River
Mossel Bay CBD
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
This interesting complex offers a unique experience encompassing several absorbing sites apart from the main building that houses, among other exhibits, an accurate life-size replica of the caravel that carried the Portuguese explorers here more than five centuries ago.
Café Gannet & Bloom
Established in 1988, Café Gannet is Mossel Bay’s seafood house, acclaimed for the fresh, local specialities, ingeniously prepared. The restaurant boasts a delectable and varied menu that includes light meals, sushi, pizzas and fresh fish every day from the nearby harbour.
Craft Art Workshop
The Craft Art Workshop is housed in one of Mossel Bay’s historic old stone buildings close to the Bartolomeu Dias Museum, and next to the Mossel Bay Tourism Office.
Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club
The Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club is nestled next to Bartolomeu Dias Museum and Munro Bay. It has the most stunning views, being one of only two north facing Yacht Clubs in the world.
Monroe Theatre / Déjà Vu Vintage House
A quaint sandstone building (ca 1902) houses this ambient little café-style theatre, which transports visitors to the feel-good days of yesteryear.
If you are interested in history and architecture then this unique exhibition is well worth a visit. Pieter Viljoen opens up shop on designated hours to show his fascinating collection of photographs and to tell absorbing tales about the Mossel Bay of yesteryear.
Rauch Gertenbach Photo Gallery
The Rauch Gertenbach Photo Gallery was launched in April 2009, sprouting from an idea to showcase narrative moments captured through photography.
The Anchor Restaurant
Fresh from the sea is the motto, and you won’t find seafood any fresher than this! Only the prawns are frozen – the rest of the seafood on your plate come straight from the harbour (trawler company Viking Inshore Fishing also owns this Mossel Bay restaurant) so top quality and an excellent selection are guaranteed.
The Goods Shed
The Goods Shed houses altogether 80 stalls that offer a vast range of items in various price ranges. Here visitors will find good quality clothing, antiques, locally produced leather goods and silver jewellery, as well as delicacies such as biltong and honey.