The once sleepy little holiday retreat of Franschhoek is now the Gourmet Capital of the country, with around eight of South Africa’s 100 top restaurants being in this picturesque village.
Franschhoek is the place for you if:
- You love to explore beautiful vineyards and sample wonderful wines.
- You would like to experience the terrific Wine Tram.
- Admiring gorgeous scenery on a horse or mountain bike is totally up your street.
- You have a special affinity for chocolate or a particular interest in Huguenot history.
- You would love the chance to dine at some of the most reputable restaurants in the Cape.
The once sleepy little holiday retreat of Franschhoek is now the Gourmet Capital of the country, with around eight of South Africa’s 100 top restaurants being in this picturesque village. A Franschhoek restaurant even made the list of top 50 restaurants in the world. It’s no wonder that many refer to Franschhoek as the ‘food and wine capital’ of South Africa. Although the village has grown to include all these terrific places to wine and dine, it has maintained all of its charm from the days when it was known as le Coin Francais (the French Corner), and has become one of the most sought-after places to stay in the country.
Many of the settlers to whom the farms first belonged named them after the areas in France from where they originated. A few of the first farms established include La Provence, La Cotte, La Motte and La Terra de Luc.
Franschhoek restaurants are the home of several internationally acclaimed chefs, including Chris Erasmus, Darren Badenhorst, Carmen Muller and Reuben Riffel. With food superstars such as these, you can be assured of a dining experience you will never forget! From the freshest of local produces, they create everything from the finest of innovative cuisine to the most stylish of light meals. A diverse culinary experience in Franschhoek is also provided through its festivals, the Food and Wine Route and the Artisan Food Route. The Franschhoek Bastille Festival and the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival are two events you might like to attend.
The food routes are becoming increasingly popular with visitors and include all sorts of fabulous treats such as stopovers at some of Franschhoek’s finest culinary establishments, olive oil tastings, food and wine pairings and the art of chocolate making. Delightful cheeses, artisanal breads, chocolate, craft beer and fine olives are just a few of the mouth-watering things that you can enjoy on the Artisan Food Route. Many of these lovely products are also available at the Franschhoek Village Market on Saturdays.
Franschhoek is one of the loveliest villages nearby Cape Town, and we will be most surprised if you don’t absolutely fall in love with its gorgeous mountain scenery, entertaining attractions and superb restaurants. For the ultimate Franschhoek experience, select a recommended place of accommodation and contact us for any further enquiries.