One of the most popular tourist destinations in Barrydale has closed its doors for the next three weeks resulting in a drastic decline in milkshake consumption on the world famous Route62.
Diesel & Crème served the last of their incredible cappuccinos and gourmet shakes this weekend and will only be fully operational again on June 14.
Fortunately there are a number of other options tourists can consider during this time. In fact, many travellers who frequently visit Barrydale will confess that while they were initially lured here by the sheer brilliance of Diesel & Crème, there are a few lesser known gems that are equally impressive.
From Diesel to MUD and beyond
Situated at the entrance of Barrydale when traveling from Ladismith, the MUD Gallery offers an experience where you are welcomed by the rich aromas of locally coffee roasters Mojoe, before discovering breakfast and light lunch options that are almost as breathtaking as the view from their stoep.
A haven for vegan dinners, MUD also serves alcoholic beverages and it has been scientifically proven that a slice of Carol’s carrot cake will change your life. They are also an official retail outlet of Barrydale Handweavers and with The Farm Deli next door, you are guaranteed to leave with a smile.
From MUD to the Waterfront
Tucked away just off the R62 in Tennant Street, The Blue Cow provides a a very relaxed breakfast/lunch experience that is likely to convince you that living in a big city is an absolute waste of your time on this planet.
Their milkshakes are heavenly and their apple crumble is to die for. They always have the freshest salads and light meals and The Blue Cow has also built a reputation for the excellent catering they provide for business conferences.
It is a place where quality and tranquility meets and it is therefore no wonder that their guests leave town fully recharged.
Heading further south, Lydia’s mouth watering Roosterkoeke and light lunches are served at newly opened Ruth62 Diner (formerly known as The Lemon) which doubles as an art gallery where some of Barrydale’s top artist exhibit their work.
A stone’s throw from Lydia’s the ladies at The Country Pumpkin are most likely cooking up a storm of note. Here you will find anything from a toasted sandwich to their must-try fish basket (perhaps some of the freshest fish you will find in the Karoo) – all at a setting that is both homely and inviting.
And if you are alone (or travelling in a group, and life is making you lonely, we strongly recommend that you go down town.
Situated across the street from the local grocery store (Barrydale is fortunate to have only one big city brand) you will find the welcoming folk of The Hub. The Hub translates to Barrydale Head Office (Hoofkantoor) for locals and here Heather Meaker makes it her priority to ensure that you are treated like royalty in their quant garden.
The place is also decorated with art – mostly by the artist affectionately known as Ant.
Weekend Breakfast Options
A many a motorcycle enthusiast (or rock ‘n roller who spent the night) will confess, the Biker Breakfast at the Karoo Saloon, situated just 15km outside of town towards Montagu) is simply delish.
And the reason for this is two fold. Firstly you get to enjoy your man size breakfast at a classic setting where the rock art inspires. Secondly, the is always a chance that a famous South African musician might be playing the piano (or guitar), while you enjoy Candice’s next level delicious Bloody Mary.
Seriously, Candice makes the best Bloody Mary you will find on this planet – and Mars.
Lastly, back in town, a new exciting fun breakfast option was born at The Makers’ Brew this week. Some say it is the best hangover cure, while others simply enjoy the fact that their breakfast is served on a brilliantly baked sourdough crust.