Franschhoek Travel Guide

  • Franschhoek and wine country, Dec 2013
    Franschhoek and wine country, Dec 2013
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  • La petite ferme, Dec 2013
    La petite ferme, Dec 2013
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  • Views from the restaurant, Dec 2013
    Views from the restaurant, Dec 2013
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Franschhoek Things to Do

  • The Town Hall of Franschhoek

    This is the townhall of Franschhoek and in my opinion it is one of the most beautiful buildings of that village.There is an interesting coat of arms under the Roof, but it is not the coat of arms of the village, neighter of the Huguenottes, according to what I have found in the Internet so far !

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  • The famous Franschhoek Motor Museum

    This is my favorite sight in the village of Franschhoek: The motormuseum that belongs to the owners of the L'Ormarins Estate Winery in Franschhoek. The museum consists of 4 large halls that show a total of 80 cars of all ages and periods, while the collection has a total of 320 cars, so you will see just 80 of them while 240 are hidden somewehere...

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  • an old fortification

    This is an old fortification right in the centre of Franschhoek. It is a pity I was not able to go inside and I also did not find any further infos!The building dates back to 1777 , as you can read on the roof and might have been the store for weapons and gunpowder.

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  • Dutch Reformed church & other churches

    The Dutch Reformed Church is another sight of an interesting local architecture that you will see when you drive through Franschhoek. I did not go inside, as I was driven around by friends and we were on a tight schedule.Hopefully I will be able to see its interior the next time, as I have heared about great wood works inside that church.

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  • The Huguenot Monument

    This is the Huguenot Monument inside a small park and you will find it at the end of the mainroad, so you cannot miss it. The monument was created in 1945 by J.C.Jongens and there are 3 arches, symbolizing the Holy Trinity of God Father, Son and Holy Spirit.French Huguenots had settled that valley around Franschhoek in the 17th and 18th century,...

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  • The scenery around Franschhoek

    You will see a lot of great mountains in the panorama around Franschhoek and when you have a rental car I can also highly recommend to you to drive up the mountains for some great scenery and photo-stops !

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  • Franschhoek Motor Museum

    The owner of the L'Ormarins Estate Winery in Franschhoek, South Africa has a love of classic cars and owns 320 of them. At any one time 80 are on public display in 4 custom built garages. The cars are stunning in their quality and rarity. The other nice thing is that they do not mind people taking photos, and were even happy for me to use my...

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  • Colmant - Champagne tasting

    For a champagne tasting, this is the place to go. The owner/winemaker will take you on a guided our, where local sparkling wine (bubbly) is made. After the tour there is a tasting of champagne which is imported by Colmant. This is a great way to spend an afternoon. Sales are available from stock on the farm. open:every Friday from 10:00 to 17:00...

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  • Huguenots Chocolate

    When visiting this small chocolate shop, you can have a ‘tour’ where the making of the chocolates are demonstrated and tasted. It is a nice experience with a well informed and knowledgeable chocolateer. All chocolates are made on the premisesOpen Mon-Fri 8 - 17h30 and weekends and holidays 9h30 - 17h00.

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Franschhoek Restaurants

  • Dining by a vineyard

    Located within a winery up the hill from Franschhoek, la Petite Ferme is considered one of the top restaurants in town. It blends European and local flavours accompanied by local wines, naturally. The service is a bit more casual than the white table cloth would make you believe, but this is where my complaints end, for la Petite Ferme is still a...

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  • Gourmet Meal with Wine

    Our guide had mentioned the day before that this restaurant was a wonderful place to have lunch. We did not realize that it would be such a great culinary experience as well as beautiful. Since we did not make a reservation in advance, we had to wait for about 1/2 hour. Still it was oh so enjoyable. You wait on benches in the garden and a staff...

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  • Five star cooking in a five star...

    Klein Oliphantshoek, tucked away behind the High Street in Franschhoek, is one of the most charming and personal restaurants I've ever been to. (It also has some lovely rooms to stay in but can't comment personally on those.)You start your meal on the verandah, overlooking the lavender-filled garden. The first two courses are served here, along...

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  • Make Your Reservation In Advance

    When I return to South Africa, this restaurant will be high on my list. It was voted Best Restaurant in the Middle East & Africa by Restaurant magazine in 2005. We tried to get a reservation but found out they were booked months in advance (during the high season). We did go inside and look around. The restaurant is separated into two sections:...

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  • Fantastic Food

    A very upmarket restaurant, with a rather stiff atmosphere on the Grand Provence wine estate. The French cuisine is outstanding. Prices are quite high, but so is the quality of the food. You can only have wines of the wine estate with the same name.

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  • Great experience

    A Gastronomic Experience not to be missed. This restaurant has won multiple awards. The food is innovative (Adrian Buchanan). It is rated as one of South Africa's best and serves an inspired fusion of Western and Eastern influences. There are many great dishes to choose from!

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Franschhoek Nightlife

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    by Greatwalk0 Written Sep 8, 2007

    The Theatre Cafe is unique for two reasons - it is one of Franschoek's only downtown bars and it serves a racially and sexually mixed crowed (at least in 1998).

    A small, but friendly bar - the Theatre Cafe is worth a visit.

    Dress Code: None

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Franschhoek Transportation

  • rent a Limousine & more

    At the Wijnland Carmuseum in Kraaifontain you will be able to rent cars like the Rolls Royce and maybe others for you weddings and similar occasions. Just contact the Museum and ask for the Details. All of These cars were rented to movieproductionsKraaifontain is about halfway between Capetown and Franschhoek

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  • How to get to Franschhoek ?

    There are regular fullday- bustours from Capetown and other places in the area, but most of them will be mostly for visiting vinyards and you will hardly find enough time to explore the Franschhoek Motor Museum as well. For one of the many such tours you will find a link below !I was lucky to have been invited by VT-member GeraldD and his wife for...

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Franschhoek Shopping

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    by TRimer Written Jul 31, 2007

    I had decided in Cape Town that I wanted to purchase a black diamond while in South Africa- but I did not know a reputable dealer. So while in Franschhoek, I stopped in Tracey's Diamonds to ask for a consult. They were out of their supply of black diamonds but put me in touch with their dealer at a store in Cape Town.

    The store was small but had a nice selection of diamonds and pearls. The owners (who were there) were very nice and helpful.

    What to buy: Diamonds of course. The gems are sold in 18k and platinum.

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Franschhoek Local Customs

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    by globetrott Written Jul 8, 2014

    This is something that you will find in many houses of the area: The attic is much too low to stand, but it has lots of open windows into all directions in order to let the wind in and cool down the high temperatures.
    A really clever idea !

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Franschhoek Warnings and Dangers

  • Dont feed them & stay in your car !

    You will see apes, monkeys and other animals at many places of the area around Franschhoek. In such a case it is always best to stay in the car and watch the scenery with the carwindows closed.You never know what might happen , as soon as you open the door or window.There are some some babies in this group, another reason to be more careful !

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  • Lost and NOT FOUND in Mont Rochelle...

    Went to the Mont Rochelle restaurant and vineyard just recently. We were there for a late lunch, arrived at 2pm and sat in the garden, there was no one, the lunch crowd has obviously thinned out. We were looking at photos taken earlier in the day, when the food came we put our camera aside on the table to start lunch. We left past 330pm and went...

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Franschhoek Off The Beaten Path

  • Wijnland Carmuseum in Kraaifontain

    About 35km from Capetown and on the way to Franschhoek you will find this interesting carcollection: The Wijnland Carmuseum with a fine collection of cars, and some of them are well-known movie-stars like the red car of "Starsky and Hutch" and many others. This museum also works a bit different from other museums, as you will first get to the...

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  • See the "Starsky and Hutch" Gran Torino

    For thousands of fans this is the most interesting car of the Wijnland Carmuseum in Kraaifontain: The Ford Gran Tourino of 1976 with the white arrow on a red car. After the big success of that TV-series you could even buy that car, painted that way directely at Ford.For me there are other cars that are more important, like the ones in my extra...

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  • The car - cemetery of the Wijnland...

    This is the part of the museum that you will see first: rusty cars in partly terrible conditions waiting for restauration and maybe even a role in a movie or commercial !And what is even more interesting about the way of restauration that is done here is the fact that the cars that are used for commercials and movies are mostly ordered to be made...

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Franschhoek Favorites

  • Previous visits

    Many other restaurants wort visiting. On previous visits I had lunch/dinner at:Haute Cabriere - restaurant (fantastic setting!!!)Le Quartier Francais (a fantastic restaurant)Le Petit Ferme (Great for Sunday picnics)Other attractions:The Huguenot Monument and MuseumShopping!

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  • Cute little town

    Unfortunately we didnt have long here so only drove through the town but it looked really cute and I'd loved to have had longer. Its fairly small and had a good selection of restaurants and shops - would definately return.

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