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
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Franschhoek Highlights

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     Great wine, food, scenery and more wine 

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Franschhoek Things to Do

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • The lions at Drakenstein

    If you can pull yourself away from the pool, food and wine, there is a small lion rescue centre in Drakenstein which is between Franschhoek and Paarl. The lions here are taken in from zoos, wildlife shows etc from all over the world and would not be capable of surviving if returned to the wild has they have been in captivity for all their lives.

  • Camberley Winery

    Want to try wonderful wines in a laid back, unpretentous setting? Then Camberley is the place. Camberley is a small family-run vineyard producing some of the Cape's best reds. Johnny Neil is a highly-acclaimed wine-maker well-used to plum accolades (such as the Double Veritas award) being lobbed his way.They make amazing Pinotage and Syrah. Be sure...

  • Dutch Reformed church

    The church is situated in the middle of the village and was always the pride of the town. IT is a beautifull church and you should visit the inside as well to see the beautifull wood work.

  • The Memorial museum

    The Memorial Museum neighbouring the monument elaborates on the history of the French Huguenots who settled in the Cape, and especially in the Franschhoek valley. On exhibition are the various tools they used to make wine, clothes they wore and the culture and desire for a better life that they brought with them.Also on the site are wine cellars...

  • The Huguenot Monument

    The Huguenot Monument is dedicated to the cultural influences that French Huguenots have brought to the Cape Colony after their immigration during the 17th and 18th centuries.The monument was designed by J.C. Jongens, completed in 1945 and inaugurated by Dr. A.J van der Merwe on April 7th 1948.The three high arches symbolizes the Holy Trinity, the...

  • Tokara Winery

    Tokara was our first stop of the morning. The winery is known mainly for its spectacular views (as it is located on the Simonsig mountain) and its white wines. The owner's wife also has an olive grove on the estate and they have this year started selling olive oils too.The Tokara Winery is owned by merchant banker and Napa Valley billionaire, GT...

  • Wine tasting at Boschendal!

    If you are in Franschhoek then you are middle in the winelands of South Africa, that means that you have to taste the best wines of the world!!!There are a lot places where you can do some wine tasting one of the most famous vineyards is Boschendal!!!It's very pretty but also very commercial! A lot of busses with a lot of tourists, but the wine...

  • Butterfly World in Klapmuts

    Klapmuts is a small village not too far from Franschhoek and Paarl if I recall well.The weather wasn't too good, so we decided to follow the signs to "Butterfly World". We were not at all disappointed!The indoor garden is beautifully landscaped with great smelling flowers and exotic plants, water features, etc. The colorful butterflies fly freely...

  • The Huguenot Memorial & Musuem

    A monument in memory of the French Huguenots who came to Franschhoek to enjoy religious freedom about 300 years ago, after a general edict in France which encouraged their extermination. In the museum one can see old bibles, furniture, silver ware, documents, relics and artefacts of that decade.


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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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:...

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Micro brewery, vineyard and good food

    Dieu Donné is a great place for lunch. As well as being a wine cellar there is also a micro brewery on site, but the main reason for going there is the view overlooking the town. The food is good, the venison pie I had was very good.

  • The best in town(?)

    Rueben’s is currently “the place to eat” in Franschhoek. The meal I had there was superb and the service fantastic. The problem is getting a table. Their web site suggests booking 2 weeks in advance. However, the concierge at Le Franschhoek did get Jan and me a table for the same day. Also, I noticed that although they were turning away walk-in...

  • 'The true marriage of food and wine'

    Eating at Haute Cabrière is truly a wonderful experience. The restaurant is situated in a cellar in carved into the mountain side with a wonderful view overlooking some of the most beautiful valleys in South Africa. The cellar also produces "premiere Methode Champenoise and classic cultivar wines". The ambience of the restaurant is described as...


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 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 Warnings and Dangers

  • by jessyip Written Feb 3, 2009

    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 back to our hotel, still no other guests have sat near us. 2 hours later, we realised we left our camera on the table at the restaurant. We called back and even drove back to the hotel to get our camera back, according to the manager, none of the wait staff including the waitress who was serving us found the camera when they cleared the table. It was frustrating, upsetting and disappointing. This was supposed to a good restaurant with good service and reputation. We would think that the staff would turn the camera in out of goodwill and honesty but obviously not. This was a very bad experience, we will never go back to the restaurant again.

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Franschhoek Off The Beaten Path

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    Seethrough butterflies

    by mvtouring Written Jul 29, 2007

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    Butterfly world lies on the road as you leave the N1 to go to Franschhoek. It is a delightfull place to visit for both adults and children alike. Not to be missed in my opinion

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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!

  • 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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