Just outside Durbanville lies the village with the beautiful name, Philadelphia (brotherly love).
It is popular with Capetonians, not only for a weekend getaway, but also for the Sunday lunches at de Malle Meul, the restaurant which is also the art gallery of the well-known South-African artist, Pieter van der Westhuizen. This 150 years old village originated when farmers in the vicinity wanted their own church. The beautiful white church at the entrance to the town was founded in 1863 where-after the village started taking shape.
Peter van der Westhuizen was famous for his etchings, pastel-works and paintings. He was part of Philadelphia for 24 years. Today his art gallery has been transformed into a restaurant. At de Malle Meul restaurant visitors relax and dine while viewing a part of his studio and favourite personal belongings. It seems as if he could appear at any time amidst the diners. De Malle Meul is also famous for conferences and has a chapel for weddings.
Deon and I love to pop in at the restaurant during holidays for a meal and to wander around in the village. This village is like a fresh breeze just kilometers away from the busy city life.