GPS: S 28 16.186 E 029 07.513 | pop. 70,000 | elevation 1,641 m/5,384 ft
Harrismith gets a decent amount of visitor traffic, as it is the fork in the road where the N5 to Bloemfontein
branches off from the Johannesburg-Durban N3 artery. Unfortunately for Harrismith, the vast majority of the travelers who do stop never come into the city but instead gather at the Bergview 1 Stop center just off the N3 outside of town where there is fuel, restaurants, shops, ATMs, a playground, tourist information office and hotel. If you do come into town there is a pleseant central square with most of what you'll need within easy walking distance.
Bergview 1 Stop has a handful of stores.
The Guinea Fowl has choice biltong and raw honey products.
Classic Country has a pretty and prim selection of home décor and handmade soaps and candles.
Harrismith International Backpackers is run out of a family home with a double private room and a dorm in freestanding buildings beside the house. This place doesn't tend to get very busy and there isn't much of an area to lounge around apart from the room, but it is a fine place to stay.
Amadudu Guesthouse is a pleasant guesthouse located in a residential suburb with five individually decorated rooms. Inside the main house are four rooms with a spacious living room and open kitchen. There is also a self-catering room with a full kitchen that has a private entrance in a separate building beside the main house.
Pringles Mountainview Inn is located off to the side of the Bergview 1 Stop center just off of the N3 with a few rows of standard rooms, each with two double beds, TV and AC. It is rather characterless but perfect if you're just looking for a place to stop and sleep. It has all of the conveniences right next door with restaurants and a few small shops.
The Daily Grind Coffee Shop has a great local vibe and is the perfect downtown location to enjoy a meal or stop for a drink. It serves a full menu of wholesome food that can be enjoyed inside or on the sidewalk tables.
@Coffee is a little coffee shop serving muffins, quiche and waffles. The coffee shop also doubles as a small bookstore and tourist information office.
Heike's Place is a locally owned coffee shop and restaurant serving breakfast and light meals. It has outdoor garden seating in back and a small specialty foods shop inside, mostly featuring rusks (dry biscuits) and jam.
Teak Table has sizeable steaks and standard fare, a full bar and a large screen for viewing the occasional rugby game. Nothing fancy, but the joint can be fun on game night.
Krom Boom is the place to be in town for the younger crowd. You can bring your own meat in for a braai or buy meat from the bar and catch sports games on the big screen. At night the bar nudges patrons onto the dance floor with a smoke & bubble machine.
Legends Sportsmans Pub & Grill is another Harrismith watering hole where locals gather for entertainment in front of a few TVs and a fireplace. They also serve pub food.