Hantam Huis is the hub of many activities regarding the Hantam Huis Complex and Calvinia. From being the centre of the local tourist industry, to conservation and restoration, to being a licensed restaurant.


Hantam Huis is an authentic building that is representative of the late 18th century’s building methods. Built in 1854, it is laid out in a T-shape, and is the oldest authentic house in Calvinia. It took more than a decade to restore this building to its original glory, complete with its authentic reed roof, and was declared a national monument in 1983. Hantam Huis is currently being used as licensed restaurant on one hand, and museum complete with curio shop stocked with handcrafted merchandise on the other.


The restaurant part of Hantam Huis serves the most delicious traditional meals from early morning to late night. By day you can get home made milktart served with traditional “moerkoffie”, rooibos tea or traditional ginger beer that is prepared to an age-old recipe.


All meals for occupants of the guest houses where applicable are served in the Hantam Huis. The most elegant dinners you can think of are presented here by candlelight and romantic music.

Typical Menus At the Hantam Huis:

Hantam Breakfast (for Guesthouse Guests)
  • Fruit juice / Coffee / Tea
  • Fruit served with yogurt
  • Cereals
  • Bacon, eggs, sausage, ‘tortoise’ (lambsliver wrapped in caul)
  • Toast with butter and home-made jam


Coffee Shop / Lunch Menu
  • Home-made lamb, chicken & springbok pies
  • Bobotie with rice & vegetables
  • Curried Tripe served with rice / samp and vegetables
  • Green bean stew with rice & vegetables
  • Soup of the day (served with bread)
  • Various toasted sandwiches
  • Cheese Cake
  • Scones with strawberry jam and cream
  • Whole wheat muffins with home-made jam
  • Koeksisters
  • Pancakes with cinnamon & sugar
  • Ice cream served with chocolate sauce / prickly pear syrup
  • Brandy Pudding
Traditional Dinner ( only for Guesthouse Guests)

Menu available on request/ Fully licensed.

Pre-booking essential.


Menu for day visitors – Click Here


All correspondence, bookings and reception is done at Hantam Huis.


Hantam Huis now has a internet WiFi hotspot.

Hantam Huis Restaurant Gallery