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. The town is cradled in a pretty valley surrounded by mountains.
The origins of Franschhoek date back to 1688. Historically, 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. Seen in wine estates such as Mont Rochelle, Haute Cabriere, La Motte or L’Omarins, as well as in the number of award-winning restaurants.
Hotels in Franschhoek – in or out of the town?
You can opt to stay in the village, 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 just outside on one of the many wine estates of Franshhoek. Some of our favourite hotels in the village include Le Quartier Francais and Franschhoek Country House plus Mont Rochelle on the outskirts. La Residence and Leeu Estate lie just outside Franschhoek. Plus don’t forget the wonderful Babylonstoren which lies a little further away.
Attractions in Franschhoek
- 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
- Children and the young at heart will love the 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
- Visit Boschendal Cape Dutch homestead & wine estate at the foot of Helshoogte Pass