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Birthday Explorations at the Spice Route in Paarl (2018-05-11) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 23 JAN 2019

I’m really fond of the Spice Route as an idea. Take a whole heap of talented artisan producers, house them all in one gorgeous old Cape Dutch farmstead, and then open the doors to the public. With so much refined deliciousness (and one Craft Brew operation at the top of its game), it is no wonder then that The Spice Route is as big a tourist attraction in Paarl as what it is.

I’ve written about the Spice Route before, and last year in May Chantelle and I got to visit without the distraction of having the kids with us. After having started out by browsing at the delightful Brenda’s Deli, we next moved up to the main complex and started exploring the rest of the producers. Wine, cured meats, glass, decor, craft beer, ice cream, chocolate, gin – what more could you ask for?

Chocolate tasting at De Villiers, lunch at Bertus Basson’s Barley & Beer Emporium, and a long stroll around grounds that were so much quieter thanks to it not being a weekend day. Perfect.

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(And because if was my birthday, a special Helderberg Cake Company rainbow cake back home!)

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Chocolate Tasting at Moniki Chocolatier in Tulbagh (2016-12-10) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 03 JAN 2017

Chantelle and I found ourselves enjoying a mini break away from the kids back in December last year, escaping to the tiny, historic and laden with wine and olive producers town of Tulbagh for the weekend.

Tulbagh is of course known having many wine estates and historic buildings, but given that the town essentially consists of only two streets of commerce, touristy things to do that are not wine tasting are relatively hard to come by.

Enter Moniki Chocolatier, brainchild of Niki de Wolf, who moved down to Tulbagh from the Netherlands with partner Rijk von Kooij, purchasing the historic Schoonderzicht Farm (dating back to 1795) in the process.

Seeing as starting a guest house wasn’t really an option given their small children, Niki, a journalist and food writer, decided to try her hand at luxury chocolate making – one of the things that she missed from back home in Europe.

Thus Tulbagh’s very own chocolatier was born.

Having moved shop  few times already, Moniki now finds itself sharing an old restored house on the historic Church Street with the handcrafted curio and clothes shop Het Land van Waveren.

Obviously, Chantelle and I simply had to drop in and taste their fine chocolates, and while slightly disappointed with the size of the operation, we were thrilled with the absolutely decadent array of chocolates on offer – it is not often that you come across someone who incorporates things like wine and amarula in their chocolate making!

They offer a chocolate tasting experience which allows you to select a single type of drink and four different chocolates to go with it – which of course means that between the two of us we tasted 8 very good chocolates!

So although not really a serious travel attraction in itself, if you do however find yourself in Tulbagh and happen to enjoy good chocolate, then it certainly is worth popping in to Moniki Chocolatier while you are there.

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