Philadelphia is a small town 30 km south of Malmesbury and north of Bloubergstrand just outside of Cape Town. Found just off the N7, it is an easy ride from anywhere, but to give a frame of reference, Philadelphia is about 50 kilometres from Constantia and 39 kilometres from Bellville, so the perfect escape from city life!
The roots of this town lie in religious convenience and the large NG Church dominates the town. Below the Church lie a series of little streets with shops, galleries and coffee shops waiting to be enjoyed. The town is a “way of life”, a small, quaint and artistic town which has attracted artists, potters, crafters and chefs from all over who have now made Philadelphia their home.
The best way to explore the village is on foot – Philadelphia is a small up-an-coming town, whose residents hope it doesn’t develop too much, - so you can expect to see old buildings being restored and converted into more beautiful spaces. For example, the old Mill is now an art studio and the Post Office which has been converted into a pretty and creative space and intertwined with these spaces are some beautiful period homes and pretty cape cottages.
This charming village offers a few Guesthouses for those spending the weekend however, its proximity to Cape Town also allows visitors to stay in Cape Town and visit Philadelphia on a day trip.
Things to do and see
- Philadelphia Pottery
- Pieter van der Westhuizen Gallery
- Old Post Office Building
- Philadelphia NG Church
- Capaia Wines
- Mountain Views Horse Trails
Philadelphia receives approximately 547 mm of rain annually, occurring throughout the year.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 21˚C.
There are daily flights into Cape Town International Airport, 40 Km away via the . Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Just as many of the little towns in the country began, Philadelphia too began on a farm after a local farmer donated a portion of his land to the local brethran to build a Church – this is quite possibly why Philadelphia, meaning love of brothers, is named such.
The reason for the Church receiving the land was because local farmers were at the time having to travel all the way, by horse and cart, to Durbanville for Nagmaal (the Eucharist). The Church was established in 1863 and the village then took shape around it.
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