Darling is a vibrant place, a harmonious blend of old and new. The tranquillity of the village with its rural atmosphere inspires the many creative souls who live here.
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It’s a treasure trove of kitchen collectables, bric-a-brac and nostalgic finds from granny’s attic. The shop also stocks home produced goods such as jams, preserves, farm butter, lemon squash, toffee and fudge plus local crafts & products: woodwork items; mohair scarves, shawls & blankets, olive soap, etc
There’s something for everyone so it’s a great place to purchase a gift that’s a little out of the ordinary.
Thank you for your support!
|address:||Darling Museum, corner of Pastorie & Hill streets|
|tel:||022 492 3361|
|hours:||Mon-Thurs: 9h00-13h00 & 14h00-16h00Friday: 9h00-13h00 & 14h00-15h30Sat, Sun: 10h00-13h00 & 14h00-16h00(Closed Easter, Christmas and New Year)|
The arts and craft shop offers a broad variety of original items that have been manually produced by San community members from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The stunning products range from traditional and contemporary ostrich eggshell jewellery to traditional hunting tools, decorated leather bags and music instruments. Examples of the renowned ostrich eggshell jewellery range titled ‘The Pearls oft the Kalahari’ are particularly attractive as they combine traditional with innovative designs. In addition, the shop displays lino cut prints, which often display motifs of game species that play significant roles in San culture. The shop also offers excellent books on the San’s past and present culture and CDs of San music.
The craft shop manageress will be able to visualise and explain the laborious process of producing ostrich eggshell jewellery through a slide show. She is familiar with most of the San communities in the southern African region and therefore the ideal person to answer questions about the San’s unique crafts and prints.
|contact:||The General Manager|
|tel:||022 492 2998|
|fax:||022 492 3566|
|hours:||Tues to Sun: 09h00 – 17h00|
|GPS:||33º 22’11.00″ S / 18º 15’52.00″ E|
‘Evita se Perron’ is a lively place to meet, eat, drink and talk. A stress-free zone, where humour and enjoyment are the primary aims. Evita se Perron has two cabaret venues, a restaurant, bar, arts and crafts market and conference facility – the ideal venue for corporate functions, wedding receptions or any other special occasions.
It is from here that Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout, the most famous white woman in South Africa, keeps an eye on the progress of democracy. She is the hostess and entertains in her own inimitable style.
Tannie Evita’s Pantry opens 10h00 – 17h00 from Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch, serving traditional South African fare. Dinner is served when there are shows or for pre-booked functions. This venue combines the restaurant-bar with cabaret and 90 people can be comfortably seated.
|address:||Arcadia Street, Darling, 7345|
|tel:||022 492 2851/022 492 2831|
Splitpiece: The symbiotic contrast between murals and its existing environments AND ITS HERE IN DARLING!
31 murals in one road
The idea for this project is unique. Never before has a residential area been concentrated with so many mural arts to form part of a living gallery.
Usually, mural projects are done in more ‘built up’ urban areas and emphasis is placed on doing large murals. This project is about creating good murals all clustered in one road.
The artists spent extensive time in the area doing the murals and built up a prolonged and interactive relationship with the local residents.
The artists shared their visions, ideas and knowledge about what they do and locals could in return share their thoughts with the artists.
All splitpieces are being produced for a future book and the living gallery of Akkerboom Street in Darling is being visited as a tourist attraction.
Falko – project manager & artist
Jadas – artist
Nardstar – artist
Where: Darling East just off Evita Bezuidenhout Boulevard towards Moorreesburg – turn right at the first three way stop – then left into Akkerboomlaan. You won’t miss it and you DON’T WANT to miss it!
This is an initiative supported by The Darling Trust.
|contact:||Tasha St John-Reid|
|tel:||022 492 3384|
Being a unique and trendy hotspot for locals and tourists alike, the Marmalade Cat, is everything its names suggests! The small marmalade-coloured building is easy to spot on Darling’s main road and as one walks past bougainvilleas to enter the yellow, white and blue polka-dotted shop, one is greeted by smiling faces, freshly baked scents and a kaleidoscope of gifts and collectables individually selected by the owner, Sandi Collins.
The Marmalade Cat is the perfect place for a bustling atmosphere, freshly prepared, flavour-filled breakfasts, lunches, morning and afternoon teas. Specialties such as the fluffy bacon and feta omelets for breakfast, or the designer chicken pies will have you desperate to return for more! The Marmalade Cat is also open on Friday nights for their famous pizzas, which include a complementary salad to start and an atmosphere that is sure to have you dancing by the end of the night. The Marmalade Cat is also the perfect place for birthday or business functions, which must be booked in advance.
So with its flower and fountain filled courtyard, good-mood music, delicious food, treasured gifts and a real-life marmalade cat to top it all off, you’re likely to have a spring in your step for the rest of the day.
|address:||19 Main Road, Darling|
|tel:||022 492 2515|