In an ideal world you would be able to visit all these establishments in one day, but unfortunately your stomach is limited in size. So, depending on which meal you want to enjoy, whom you'll be meeting and what your budget looks like, these are my recommendations for foodie outings in Stellenbosch.
Frequented by locals, the Blue Crane offers some of the best coffee and cake in town (my favourite is the Lime Courgette Cake, going for R35). The breakfast croissant with mushrooms and scrambled eggsat R70 is also a winner. I find that they often try to present combinations and flavours that are new and innovative e.g. How do you like the sound of "Pumpkin doughnut muffins with toasted pecans, blueberries and yoghurt"? If the place is full and you're sitting inside, it can be a bit lively (or noisy, depending on how you look at it). It's maybe not the best place to take grandma, unless you go late afternoon when things have quieted down. Or aim for a table on the sidewalk.
This super stylish Scandinavian-inspired eatery has good coffee and all the classics that you would expect from a café. In fact, Meraki recently won the award for Best Coffee Shop in the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries in the Western Cape competition. My go-to's are the eggs benedict (R65) and the quinoa burger (R75). If you pop in at Meraki, it won't break the bank and you will leave feeling inspired by the minimalism and simplicity. The acoustics could be better and the experience is definitely more enjoyable and calming for me if I go before or after peak times.
With one of the most beautiful mountain valley views, Postcard Cafe offers the opportunity to dine away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Note that reservations are usually necessary. The prices at Postcard are a bit steeper than say Blue Crane, so I rather opt for late morning or afternoon tea and scones (to die for). Price-wise you'll be looking at R46 for the scone option.
If you're in the mood for quality, take-out style burger and chips and want to enjoy a calming lunch in nature, then this is where you should go. Rivalling Postcard for majestic views, chef Bertus Basson's The Deck has a mini-menu and from what I gather the Wagyu cheese burger and chips (insane!) is the bestseller. This meal sets you back R125. Call ahead as they're only open when the weather plays along.
Alrighty, if you are celebrating a momentous occassion and you have just been paid then you should go The Table at De Meye. It is important to book in advance though. They are not open every day and only have a set amount of people they can accommodate. In summer you can sit outside on the lawn, each dining party given enough privacy and in winter you can sit inside with a very welcoming wood-burning stove. They grow their own produce and pride themselves on using and supporting local farmers and ingredients. The three course set menu, priced at R325, is served from antique platters and brings back memories of traditional family dinners.