Franschhoek

The picturesque village of Franschhoek is brimming with ‘joie de vivre’ and rural charm. This is the foodie capital of South Africa with award-winning restaurants, interesting shops and art galleries.

Overview

The picturesque village of Franschhoek is brimming with ‘joie de vivre’ and rural charm. This is the foodie capital of South Africa with award-winning restaurants, interesting shops and art galleries. All in a pretty valley surrounded by mountains. And many of the hotels in Franschhoek are within easy walking distance of these charms. Whilst others are picturesquely situated on nearby wine estates.

The origins of Franschhoek date back to 1688. Some of the French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution settled in the valley. With their arrival, it became known as French Corner, or ‘Franschhoek’ in Afrikaans. The French influence is still very evident today with wine estates such as Mont Rochelle, Haute Cabriere, La Motte or L’Omarins amongst others. The wine tram is a notable attraction of Franschhoek which connects the town to its surrounding wine estates.

You can opt to stay at a hotel in Franschhoek, which is great if you like browsing through shops and galleries. Plus it means that you can walk to one of the many excellent restaurants in the evening. However, if you prefer a more rural location, you can stay on one of the wine estates.

Features

Why you may love it

  • Vibey picturesque village full of eclectic boutiques, galleries and antique shops
  • Choice of gourmet restaurants as well as casual alfresco dining
  • Sample the Wine Route, perhaps using the Franschhoek Wine Tram
  • Indulge in delicious chocolate at Franschhoek’s own chocolatier
  • Or visit the excellent Franschhoek Motor Museum at L’Omarins wine estate
  • Take a tour of the amazing gardens at Babylonstoren followed by a delicious lunch at Babel and some wine-tasting
  • Alternatively visit Boschendal Cape Dutch homestead & wine estate at the foot of Helshoogte Pass

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Did you know
  • NameOriginally called Olifantshoek (Elephants Corner)
  • FoodCulinary capital of South Africa