Cape Winelands audio tour: Paarl Heritage Trail: A Story of Wine and Pearls

Paarl Heritage Trail: A Story of Wine and Pearls

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

If you like walking tours with quirky facts, hidden corners and a few surprises, this meander along the beautiful oak-lined Main Road of Paarl (meaning, “pearl”) is the tour for you.

Apart from being one of the best-preserved roads in South Africa, it’s also the longest. Along the way, passionate, proud Paarlite and experienced guide, Janet, will share stories about the town’s earliest residents, and show you the wide range of architectural styles dotted along the Main Road, too.

The tour’s highlights include:

• The story of an influential resident who considered trains to be the antichrist 

• The oldest Cape Dutch church still in use by a congregation in South Africa

• The spot where a businessman’s servants would roll out a red carpet for him every time he
crossed Main Road

• The building where the very first Afrikaans newspaper was printed

• One of only three buildings in the Cape with Egyptian decorations, from an era when  the Suez
Canal’s construction renewed interest in all things Egyptian

• A church that makes its own wine

Whether it’s your first time in Paarl or you’re a local who’s curious about its fascinating history, this walking tour is an invaluable introduction to the town and its stories of yesteryear.

Allow 1.5-2 hours for this walk. There are several coffee shops and restaurants en route for a quick (or lengthy) stop.

Tour Producer


Paarl Wine and Tourism

‘Paarl Wine and Tourism’ is the Destination Marketing Organisation of Paarl. We are passionate about our town, its heritage and its people! Download your tour for free and visit our website to find out what else there is to do, see, eat and taste in the pearl of the Cape Winelands.

Major Landmarks

  • The Afrikaans Language Museum

  • Strooidak Church

  • Town Hall Protea Cinema

  • Toring Church

  • Paarl Museum

Directions to Starting Point

Start the tour from De Hoop Farm on the Main Road. De Hoop Farm is situated on your left hand when you enter Paarl via the N1 (a national route).

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Places to stop along the way

Various coffee shops along the route

Best time of day

In summer, it is best to start the walk in the early morning or mid-afternoon when it is less hot. In winter, enjoy the walk at any time of day before sunset.


Wear comfortable shoes and be aware of your belongings. In summer, bring along some water and a hat as it can get very hot. In winter, bring a jacket or raincoat as it can get cold and wet.


Please note that Mom's Cafe is currently closed. A great stop is Backs Deli and Restaurant

Posted by Janet Malherbe , 9 months ago

The info and route is great, the app could be a little more user friendly. Please repeat instructions how to pause and continue throughout the tour as it can be confusing. Otherwise great..!

Posted by Janet Malherbe , 9 months ago
Paarl Heritage Trail: A Story of Wine and Pearls