Swellendam’s culinary culture is renowned for bringing your meal straight from the farm, onto your plate, supporting local producers. But La Sosta Restaurant, right on the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, adds fine dining to the experience.



Run by Italian-South African chef-couple Nina and Salvatore Branda, at La Sosta, cultures collide to create a unique foodie experience. This mixture of Italian passion, and South African gees has created an experience that saw the restaurant voted the Third Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Africa in the Tripadvisor Travelers Choice Awards: Best Of The Best in 2021.

The restaurant was also nominated as one of the 50 best Italian restaurants outside Italy.


La Sosta Restaurant: What’s On The Menu

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La Sosta offers two, three, and four-course meal options, using a traditional Italian menu format.

The menu changes constantly, although a few Italian staples, like risotto and pasta, are ever-present. Another menu staple is tiramisu, which Nina says earns her the ire of her customers when she removes it.

Keeping with its Italian roots, La Sosta follows a traditional menu format. It starts with antipasti (Starter), then moves on to primi (starchy pasta-based meal). This is followed by secondi (main meal, with no starch meals) and finally Dessert (which is often that scrumptious tiramisu)

If you want to see the exact La Sosta menu, check out the menu page on their website.


La Sosta: The Guesthouse


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Taking the experience beyond food, Nina and Salvatore also manage a guesthouse. Just a short walk away from the restaurant, It has six rooms all of which include DSTV, free WiFi, and access to a swimming pool.

There is also an impressive breakfast and heated blankets for those cold nights. A super convenient on-site laundry, tops off the stay, coming in handy for patrons who packed light.

La Sosta: Bookings and Prices



Note that La Sosta only does dinner, and operates from 18:30 to 20:00, Tuesday to Saturday. The prices of the dinner courses vary as the menu changes, so keep an eye on La Sosta’s website to confirm the prices.

Bookings can be made by calling 073 899 6912 or visiting the La Sosta booking page on their website.


Contacts: La Sosta Restaurant
145 Voortrek Street, Swellendam
Phone: 028 514 1470, 073 899 6912


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