The Cape Winelands is known for its natural beauty and historic relevance to South Africa. Paarl is the third-oldest European settlement in South Africa and the largest town of the Cape Winelands. It remains much of old –world charm and is surrounded by miles of vineyards.
Paarl is known as “the pearl of the Cape” and named after the huge granite outcrop that stands proud above Paarl Mountain. The rock is reminiscent of a giant pearl when rainy weather causes it to glisten in the sunlight. This natural phenomenon is just one example of the area’s breathtaking beauty.
Paarl has the commercial structure of a small city without sacrificing its country atmosphere. Paarl is home to a prosperous community, with many well maintained and attractive Cape Dutch houses, beautiful gardens and streets lined with old oak trees. There are many vineyards in and around the residential neighbourhoods adding to the unique character of the town. Property owners experience vistas of seemingly endless vineyards and dramatic mountain landscapes. Paarl offers peace and quiet and the fresh air can leave one feeling rejuvenated. People buying property in Paarl to get away from the stress of the city life.
The town’s famous 11.2 kilometre Main Street is the longest in South Africa. A drive down this road will provide you with an insightful experience in architecture. It range from earliest Cape Dutch through to the elegant English styles, from ornamental Victorian to Art Deco giving the Main Street it’s unique character.
Farms and Smallholdings
Wine and Polo Estate
A variety to choose from opulent mansions, houses that range in size and price, townhouse developments, luxury apartments and retirement villages. Take a look at our range of properties in Paarl to find a new home.
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There are plenty of commercial opportunities in Paarl for commercial real estate buyers. The location of Paarl makes it ideal for people who want to start a guesthouse or a bed and breakfast to take advantage of tourist frequent visits to the area. PAARLROCK ESTATES can help business owners assess their property requirements and find their ideal Paarl property.
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The Cape Winelands are world-renowned for producing some of the best wines in the world and tourists travel from all over the world to our region. Farms for sale in Paarl are an excellent choice for wine farmers, if you are a professional wine farmer or want to enter into the wine-making industry. Vacant land in Paarl offers an increasing number of development opportunities.
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PAARL GOLF DEVELOPMENTS
Boschenmeer and Pearl Valley are world-class golf developments. If you are looking for high-end property why not consider purchasing real estate in one of these exclusive golf developments. These golf estates offe property owners an exclusive location with many on-site activities. When not practicing their golf swings, residents can take part in equestrian activities, enjoy spectacular views or relax in the spa.
Wine & Polo Estate
Val de Vie WIne & Polo Estate offers a matchless and distinctive lifestyle experience whether you're looking for secure, luxury country living, dreaming of a perfect wedding venue or wish to experience world class wine and great polo . We've brought it all together to offer you a unique,truly superior lifestyle experience.
Banks and Building Societies
All major South African banks and building societies have branches in Paarl. Banking services are generally available from 09:00 to 15:30 (Mon-Fri) and 08:30-11:30 (Sat), although some do have extended hours.
There are 3 homes for the aged in Paarl.
ACVV Tel. +27 (0)21 8722738
Oude Renbaan Tel. +27 (0)21 863 2202
Groenleegte Tel. +27 (0)21 872 8977
All the major religious denominations are represented.
Cultural and Service Organisations
A complete list is available from the Paarl Tourism offices.
Located in Berg River Boulevard
Tel. +27 (0)21 807 4500
There are 3 libraries: Mill Street, Mbekweni and Drakenstein, Tel. +27 (0)21 807 4500.
The local newspaper, as well as all national newspapers are available.
See Paarl Post or Tel. +27 (0)21 871 1711
The Paarl Provincial Hospital is in Hospital Street, Tel. +27 (0)21 872 1711.
The Medi-Clinic is in Berlyn Street, Tel. +27 (0)21 871 1330.
Paarl Med 24 is on Patriot Plein, Tel. +27 (0)21 872 0560.
Post Offices are open from 08:00-16:30 during the week and to 12:00 on Saturdays. Telegrams may be sent from Post Offices or telephoned through on 1028.
Telephones are fully automatic with direct dialling to most parts of the world. Telephone cards are available at Post Offices and cafès. The South African dialing code is +27 and Paarl (0)21.
Dial 1023 for number enquiries, free of charge.
Dial 1026 for the correct local time.
Paarl Animal hospital is in Market Street, Tel. +27 (0)21 871 1703. See SPCA under Emergency Numbers.
Telephone +27 (0)21 40881 for the weather forecast for the coastal region. Average temperature: Winter - 14 °C; Summer - 29 °C.
With an award winning range of wines under its Fairview, Goats do Roam and Spice Route labels, as well as the country’s leading selection of gourmet cheeses, this Paarl wine farm is a firm favourite amongst local and international visitors.
As the resident goats laze on the iconic Fairview Goat Tower, quests can enjoy a relaxed wine & cheese tasting, browse at the deli and cheese shop for the latest innovation from our cheesemakers, or simply enjoy the gardens and views.
Take a break and enjoy fine farm fare at the goatshed eatery, with cheeseboards, light lunches and fantastic fresh breads on offer, or slowly sip one of their delicious cappuccino’s. The Fairview experience is a perfect way to spend a day in the Cape, a welcoming and relaxed escape only 40 minutes from Cape Town
Le Joubert Wine Estate
Le Joubert Wine Estate nestles in the shadows of Paarl Mountain. A combination of rich broken granite soils and warm climate create optimum terrior. Driven by nature’s gifts, only the finest grapes are harvested to produce prestige wines. Enjoy the fruits of our labour with pride. A heritage of excellence. Trust in the future. These are the paths that meet at our boutique family winery Le Joubert.
Le Joubert, conference and function centre embodies style and sophistication. Our venue room boasts breathtaking views over the dam, vineyards and Paarl Mountain. Le Joubert venue centre also houses a kitchen, “cigar lounge” for relaxation and a farm to explore and restore your sole. We strive for individual attention and trust that your experience will be unforgettable. Class and expertise.
Rhebokskloof Wine Estate
The magnificent Rhebokskloof Estate is situated on the scenic outskirts of the historic town of Paarl, at the foot of the majestic Paarl Mountain, just 45 minutes from cosmopolitan Cape Town. Vineyards and tranquil streams create true moments of memory against a breathtaking backdrop of mountainscapes. The Victorian Restaurant offers guests sumptuous award winning dining. The menu is a connoisseur’s fine dining delight, accompanied by full-bodied estate wines. The perfect milieu for your wedding or corporate function.
A beautiful, underground maturation cellar boasting French and American oak barrels slowly matures the John Platter accredited wines. Full-bodied and fruity, reflecting the care and nurture our vineyards enjoy during every season.
KWV Wine Emporium
The KWV Wine Emporium presents a range of unusual offerings to those who want to experience something unique.
Real winners are our specialised tastings: our extremely popular Chocolate and Brandy tasting marrying fine Belgian chocolate with award-winning KWV brandies, as well as our Biltong, Nut and Wine tastings. These effective presentations are a true fun learning experience and give our visitors a chance to test their taste buds.
Available seven days a week without booking.
Our mulit-lingual cellar tours that include the magnificent Cathedral Cellar and the five largest vats in the world under one roof are certainly amongst the most comprehensive tours in the Winelands.
The same attention to detail that has helped to establish Nederburg as the most awarded winery in South Africa is applied to our visitors. On the farm, we offer you a warm, professional welcome amidst a blend of the most contemporary and wll-preserved historic facilities.
Take a tour, visit our Cellar Museum, relax in the exquisite gardens with Nederburg’s iconic 1800 manor house as the centrepiece and the majestic Drakenstein Mountains as your backdrop while enjoying summer-season picnic baskets and chilled wine.
You can choose from wine tastings across Nederburg’s multi-tiered range; delicious mezze platters; wine and cheese pairings; and Nederburg’s own special potstill brandy served with coffee and biscotti.
We can host your conference or tailor make your special occasion in Nederburg’s iconic 1800 Manor House.
ACCOMMODATION GRANDE ROCHE – A Stylish Cape Treasure
Plantasie Street PAARL Tel:+27(0)21 8635100
Experience the freshly enhanced atmosphere of this sophisticated hotel where classical inspiration has been effortlessly combined with chic, contempory energy.
A legacy of progressive style is celebrated at the newly refurbished Grande Roche Hotel – the Cape Winelands’ most sublime and tasteful treasure. Beautifully restored suites resonate with understated elegance and cosmopolitan refinement, offering guests the opportunity to indulge in luxurious comfort with a setting imbued with matchless Cape hospitality.
A fusion of imaginative and innovative epicurean delights will tantalize the most discerning of palates at the fashionably revamped and award-winning Bosman’s restaurant and a sumptuous selection of the Cape’s finest fare can be savoured in the more relaxing setting of the Bisto Allegro.
Pontac Manor Hotel & Restaurant is a celebrated establishment in the historic town of Paarl, at the heart of the Cape Winelands. Surrounded by majestic oak trees and manicured gardens, the hotel has been restored to its former Victorian elegance and welcomes guests from around the globe. Here in a luxurious and yet homely atmosphere, first-class service and modern convenience blend with traditional style and genteel hospitality.
13 Monte Christo Avenue PAARL Tel:+27(0)21 871 1677
A world of elegance, grandeur and contemporary luxury. Designed as an exclusive getaway. The Villa is a self contained world of luxury and grace with unsurpassed views of the pricuresque Paarl Valley, a mere 45 minutes from Cape Town. Staffed to the highest standard The Villa is your own personal home for the duration of your stay. It is perfectly positioned in the historical Winelands with award winnng Restaurants and outstanding golf courses nearby.
A passion for food, atmosphere and style pervades this Provencal-style Restaurant with its comfortable couches, raw pine tables and eclectic chair collection. The chef plucks herbs and fruit from the Restaurant’s garden for inclusion in superb dishes – simple, light and delicious cuisine at its best. Marc Friederich, the owner, has brought his experience as an award-winning sommelier to the wine collection. Enough said.
Taillefert Street PAARL Tel: +27(0)21 807 3093
Laborie Restaurant is situated on the majestic Laborie Wine Estate in the heart of Paarl. The spacious, stylish restaurant and terrace, secluded by vineyards and shaded by ancient oak trees, offers a relaxed atmosphere and provides an informal and relaxed dining experience.
Laborie Restaurant is the pride and joy of Belgian owners, Peter and Maureen Raes, who invite all to indulge in the marvellous global-fusion cuisine and to enjoy their wide selection of fine wines.
Traditional home cooked South African cuisine at its best makes De Kelder Restaurant a very popular venue for tourists. All dishes are freshly prepared on order by our chefs. Wines from local wine farms are available by the glass of bottle and are very reasonably priced.
An extensive A la Carte menu, Kiddies menu and Pensioners menu is available. Daily specials on food an drinks. Your first restaurant when entering Paarl from the N1. Let us spoil you with real South African hospitality.
INCANDA LEATHER FURNITURE
Situated in South Street Paarl South Tel:+27(0) 21 863 1965
Incanda supplies uniquely designed leather and gameskin furniture and accessories including sofas, wingback chairs, ottomans, leather beds and headboards, gameskin and leather floor rugs and cushions. We also fabric upholstery.
Everything is manufactured in our own factory, enabling us to function as a boutique upholstery. We design and manufacture custom build products to satisfy the specific needs of our customers.
Incanda is known for high quality and excellent service and referrals from happy customers is our best asset. We also export.
Situated in Paarl Mall Tel: +27(0)21 863 4424
A family business where service is a tradition since 1950.
Qualified diamond grader who carries a wide range of mounted and unmounted diamonds. Designing and manufacturing of a special piece of jewellery can be done in a short time in their well equipped workshop.
“Sleep with lions” A once in a lifetime experience. Overnight in our well appointed tented cam surrounded by lions! Traditional South African cuisine and Boland hospitality. A must for animal lovers.
All of the lions housed at the Park are captive born / hand reared animals and cannot be rehabilitated into the wild.
They are ensured a safe haven where they can live out their lives in as natural conditions as is practically possible.
Free flying exotic butterflies in a 1000 square metres covered tropical garden. Insectarium displays indigenous and exotic insects and arachnids in glass terraria. Various reptiles on show e.g. large vegetation-eating green tree iquanas. A museum room provides information on the lives and habits of butterflies. Gift shop with butterfly themed items for sale and Jungle Leaf Cafe provides light meals and refreshments. A beautiful outdoor garden with large aviary, meerkat enclosure and free range ducks, geese & chickens.
Fascilities and activities
For our visitors af huge variety of experiences awaits you in our town. Enjoy the tranquillity between the vines, capture the breathtaking views and visit interesting places. Paarl offers true country-like hospitality, superb accommodation and some of the Winelands best cuisine. Our town is also known for its award winning wines, beautiful nature scenes, golf courses and Afrikaans Language Monument.
A total of 4 hospitals in the vicinity of Paarl and several schools provide education to students from grade 1 to 12.
Paarl also has many museums that celebrate the long history of the town. Visit the Afrikaans Language Museum, Afrikaans Language Monument and Paarl Museum to delve into the history of Paarl and South Africa.
Visit the “Strooidak Church” regarded as the oldest church building in South Africa and still in use.
Paarl made headlines in 1990 when Nelson Mandela completed his long walk to freedom after being released from the nearby Victor Verster (now Drakenstein)
Prison. Madiba House is a significant icon for the political settlement that lead to the unravelling of apartheid, negotiations and freedom.
However the most popular activity in Paarl is exploring its numerous wine farms.
Many of Paarl’s Wine farms offer wine tastings in which you can taste many delicious varientals, whether you choose to purchase a farm or house in Paarl, you can benefit from the large variety of wines produced in the area.