This is a town where good food is reason enough to stay a while. A plethora of small cafes, boutiques, wine farms, and restaurants offer excellent country cuisine in what is generally a casual and unpretentious way. The Kasteelburg Country Inn & Bistro, 13 Fontein St. (tel. 022/448-1110; lunch Wed-Mon; dinner Mon, Wed-Sat), feels ridiculously French, with its shady veranda lined with geraniums in window boxes and a cooling mist spray in summer. Situated on the town square, you can watch life passing by (slowly) while you dine on such pleasures as gnocchi and gammon with blue cheese sauce, or black-fig-and-venison carpaccio. And you must sample the fabulous bread and tapenade. Owners Julien and Allan describe the food as home cooking with country flair, and locals say it is consistently excellent. Also recommended is Travellers Rest (tel. 022/448-1383), which offers rich country food in a lavishly decorated dining area. In summer, don't miss their reasonable -- and varied -- tapas selection. (Note: Both Travellers Rest and Kasteelburg offer excellent-value B&B accommodations besides fine dining.) New kid on the dining block is the young and energetic Bar Bar Black Sheep (tel. 022/448-1031; lunch Wed-Sun, dinner Wed-Sat). Furnished with bright plastic tablecloths and quirky bric-a-brac, it's tucked away amid the colorful boutiques and stores on Short Street. Even on a quiet midweek night, the place is buzzing. This is another menu that changes regularly, but expect South African favorites such as roasted marrow bones, waterblommetjiebredie, and skilpadjies (lamb's liver wrapped in kidney fat).

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