Eating Out in the Free State Province

History and culture converge in the Free State Province of South Africa, which is laden with rolling hills and sprawling fields of wheat, maize and sunflowers. It is within these scenic surrounds that a number of pubs, restaurants, coffee cafés, and farm stalls can be discovered by adventurous travellers wanting to get the most out of the culinary world of South African food.

Did you know? Notable areas around the Free State include the Gariep Dam, Ficksburg, Parys, Bethlehem and Harrismith. Each of these has a character of their own, and the restaurants and pubs to which they are home boast a similarly unique appeal.

The Free State city of Bloemfontein is an ever-growing metropolis, with a CBD and main roads that are brimming with different kinds of restaurants. These range from well-known international chains to quirky little eateries, from take-aways to classic restaurants with an elegant touch, and everything in-between. This gives visitors a wide array of choices when it comes to deciding on the perfect place to kick back and enjoy South African hospitality and moreish meals.

Other notable areas around the Free State include the Gariep Dam, Ficksburg, Parys, Bethlehem and Harrismith. Each of these has a character of their own, and the restaurants, pubs and cafés to which they are home boast a similarly unique appeal. They are lovely pit-stops in which to meet some of the local folk, sample authentic South African meals, and soak up the pretty heritage of each destination.

After booking the perfect Free State acommodation for your trip, browse through our featured restaurants below or view more at Free State Restaurants, Cafés & Eateries (a collection of Cafés, Eateries and Restaurants as submitted or recommended by our site users).

Restaurants in Free State

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Recommended Free State Restaurants

Dine at the De Stijl Gariep Hotel

Overnight? Stay in Gariep Dam
If you plan to stay overnight in the Karoo, be sure to enjoy some real Karoo hospitality and fresh produce at the De Stijl Gariep Hotel. This eatery is nestled in ...

The Hound and Hare

Overnight? Stay in Harrismith
If you are a fan of pub grub then you might want to plan a trip to Durban if you live in Jozi or vice versa if you live in Durbs. You don’t need more of a reason to ...

Primi Piatti Bloemfontein

Overnight? Stay in Bloemfontein
In the heart of Rugby country, Primi Piatti Bloemfontein matches the electric sports atmosphere with energetic passion. Big screens mean you can watch every move ...

Clarens Brewery

Overnight? Stay in Clarens
The Clarens Brewery was inspired by and established on a platform of adventure, fun and a passionate approach to brewing craft beers. The team here share an ...

The Bottling Company Pub & Restaurant

Overnight? Stay in Ficksburg
The historic Bottling Company Pub & Restaurant at the corner of Piet Retief Street serves good steaks, pastas, chicken and fish dishes. The Restaurant is fully ...

Dine at Jenka

Overnight? Stay in Bethlehem
The moment you step through the doors not only does one get a Hearty Warm welcome but you are also drawn into a world where the Aroma of freshly ground Coffee beans ...

Nell's Restaurant

Overnight? Stay in Zastron
Nell's is a charming, fully licensed restaurant situated in the town of Zastron in the Free State. Good food, warm hosptality and a menu that changes regularly all ...

Coco C Restaurant and Chocolatier

Overnight? Stay in Bloemfontein
Coco C is a chic haute cuisine hotspot that offers first-class service, food and ambience. The atmosphere is established by luxurious textures and opulent ...

Kuilfontein Farmstall

Overnight? Stay in Springfontein
If you travel along the N1 you have to stop off at Kuilfontein Farmstall. Here you will find a treasure trove of Karoo style goodies from arts and crafts produced ...

Pickled Pig Ale House

Overnight? Stay in Parys
The Pickled Pig Ale House is a classic gastro-pub that has taken the beer-lovers of the little Free State town of Parys by storm. This is a cosy little pub that ... has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.