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'''Franschhoek''' [http://www.franschhoek.co.za] (Dutch for 'French Corner') is a city in the [[Cape Winelands]] of [[South Africa]].
 
'''Franschhoek''' [http://www.franschhoek.co.za] (Dutch for 'French Corner') is a city in the [[Cape Winelands]] of [[South Africa]].
  
[[image:Franschhoek-Church.JPG|thumb|300px|Church in Franschhoek.]]
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[[Image:South_Africa-Franschhoek-001.jpg|thumb|300px|The Franschhoek valley with the town of Franschhoek nestled between the mountains.]]
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
Franschhoek was founded by French settlers (hence the name), who fled the inquisition in Europe and were looking for a little hide-out on the other side of the world. They found it in the fertile valley of Franschhoek - initially known as Oliphantshoek, as they valley was known for its large numbers of elephants.  
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Franschhoek was founded by French Huguenots settlers (hence the name), who fled the inquisition in Europe and were looking for a little hide-out on the other side of the world. They found it in the fertile valley of Franschhoek - initially known as Oliphantshoek, as the valley was known for the large number of elephants.  
  
 
Even though most people don't speak French, many of the street names, restaurant names and wine farms in the 'French Quarter' have French names.   
 
Even though most people don't speak French, many of the street names, restaurant names and wine farms in the 'French Quarter' have French names.   
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
Only one road (R45) leads to Franschhoek from Stellenbosch or Paarl. For a more scenic drive, you can enter Franschhoek all the way over the "Franschhoek Pass" - a spectacular mountain route leading into Franschhoek from Villiersdorp.
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Only one road (R45) leads to Franschhoek from [[Stellenbosch]] or [[Paarl]]. For a more scenic drive, you can enter Franschhoek all the way over the "Franschhoek Pass" - a spectacular mountain route leading into Franschhoek from [[Villiersdorp]].
  
There is a taxi service (small buses with loud music and often loud drivers) from Stellenbosch and from Paarl.
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There is a taxi service (small buses with loud music and often loud drivers) from [[Stellenbosch]] and from [[Paarl]].
  
 
There's no train service.
 
There's no train service.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
You can walk along the main street to have a look at the shops and various restaurants and a stroll through the streets off the main street will show you some nice old houses.
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[[image:Franschhoek_Wine_Tram_001.jpg|thumb|Franschhoek Wine Tram.]]
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[[image:Franschhoek_Wine_Tram_Bus_001.jpg|thumb|Franschhoek Wine Tram-bus.]]
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The '''Franschhoek Wine Tram''' hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the Franschhoek Valley. Passengers aboard the tour journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest wine estates. The tour includes a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, complimentary wine tastings and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards. <see name="Franschhoek Wine Tram" alt="" address="Franschhoek Square, 32 Main Road, Franschhoek" directions="Ticket office located in Franschhoek Square, Main Road Franschhoek just after Bordeaux Street" phone="+27 (0)21 300 0338" url="http://www.winetram.co.za" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected].za" fax=""></see>
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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[[image:Franschhoek-Huguenot_Monument.jpg|thumb|Huguenot Monument.]]
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[[image:Franschhoek-Church.JPG|thumb|Church in Franschhoek.]]
 
Franschhoek is a place to relax. Stroll up or down the main street and take your time to have a look around.  The mountains surrounding Franschhoek are spectacular and there are many places you can reach within easy driving distances.
 
Franschhoek is a place to relax. Stroll up or down the main street and take your time to have a look around.  The mountains surrounding Franschhoek are spectacular and there are many places you can reach within easy driving distances.
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* <see name="Huguenot Memorial and Museum" alt="" address="Corner of Hugenot&Lambrecht St" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 876-2532" url="http://www.museum.co.za/" hours="M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 2PM-5PM" price="R10" lat="-33.914695" long="19.123721" email="" fax=""></see>
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* <see name="The Franschhoek Motor Museum" alt="" address="L'Ormarins Wine Farm" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 874-9000" url="http://www.fmm.co.za" hours="Tu-F 10AM-4PM, Sa, Su 10AM-3PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+27 (0)21 874-9100"></see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
[[image:Franschhoek-Huguenot_Monument.jpg|thumb|Huguenot Monument.]]
 
 
*Rent a bike to go up and down the hills along the wine farms.
 
*Rent a bike to go up and down the hills along the wine farms.
 
*Go fishing to some of the lakes nearby
 
*Go fishing to some of the lakes nearby
*Visit the Huguenot Monument
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* Go wine tasting in some of the many excellent wineries. Some are reachable on foot from the village; you can use a shuttlebus or arrange a wine tour for those that aren't
*Take your golf clubs - Pearl Valley and Paarl golf clubs are within 15 minutes drive; Stellenbosch and De Zalze within 30 minutes.  All are top quality lay-outs and prices are exceptionally cheap by European standards.
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* Eat at some of the fantastic restaurants in Franschhoek
* Go wine tasting in some of the many excellent wineries
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*<do name="Winelands Experience" alt="" address="inside Protea Hotel" phone="+27 (0)21 876-4042" url="http://www.winelands.travel" hours="8:30AM-5PM" price="" lat="" long="">Wine tours, scenic tours, chauffeur drives, airport transfers, village transfers, car hire and more. </do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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There are several outstanding shops in Franschhoek. It is fast becoming the place to shop with several excellent and unusual family run businesses.
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* Indian summer - Ladies Boutique which sells dresses cashmere wraps semi precious jewellry.
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* Peacock Blue - men's Boutique lots of designer clothes ,own brand linen shirts and shorts .shoes etc etc
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* Beluga Bear - children's shop with beautiful unusual designs.
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* Tracey Diamond store third generation diamond specialists.
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* Ebony - unique furniture paintings and gifts.
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* Penchant - wonderful jewelry made in the village from semi precious stones
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* Masquerade - exciting and delicious interior ideas with a french twist.
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* Anpa is an exquisite semi precious jewelry shop ,all the designs are their own and hand made in cape town.
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* David Walters Pottery made in the studio right in the village,unusual and chic and can be custom made.
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* Art in the Yard is a new gallery stuated in an outstanding location behind the Salmon Bar.new and exciting exhibitions are held monthly.The views from the Gallery down the mountain are quite lovely.
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There are several more lovely shops selling handmade chocolates local honey,antiques.handbags and much much more.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
There are many excellent restaurants in and around Franschhoek. Along the main road are a number of very good restaurants.
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There are many excellent restaurants in and around Franschhoek. Along the main road are a number of very good restaurants. Many of the vineyards have restaurants, although most are only open for lunch. For the visitor faced with 20 restaurants and only 3 days to sample them the agony of choice can considerable. In general you won't have a bad meal, and the level of competition means that prices are not high (R300 for a three course meal without wine would be the average) - its a good idea to look at the menus on the restaurant websites and make your selection based on that, rather than spending hours reading Tripadvisor reviews!
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*<eat name="The French Connection" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 876-4056" url="http://thebistrofranschhoek.co.za" hours="Open daily for lunch and Dinner" price="" lat="" long="">This restaurant has a "Paris Bistro" feel with both an intimate inside section and a "Al Fresco" on the spacious patio area.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Bouillabaisse" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="M,W-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 10AM-5PM" price="" url="http://www.seafooddeli.co.za/">One of the latest additions, run by award-winning chef Camil Haas. This vibrant, trendy 'front-cooking' eatery serves freshly prepared favorites like bouillabaisse and gourmet seafood tasters. French champagne available. The open kitchen lets you watch the chef and his team at work, and be sample tasting portions. Bouillabaisse also sells fresh fish, caters, and has a deli shop.</eat>
 
 
* <eat name="The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais" alt="" address="" directions="in the heart of the village" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">Recently voted the best restaurant in Africa and the Middle East by Restaurant magazine.</eat>
 
* <eat name="The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais" alt="" address="" directions="in the heart of the village" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">Recently voted the best restaurant in Africa and the Middle East by Restaurant magazine.</eat>
* <eat name="Reuben's" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">More upmarket than Bouillabaise.</eat>
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* <eat name="Haute Cabriere" alt="" address="" directions="on the road up to the Franschhoek Pass" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Reuben's" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 876 3772" email="[email protected]" fax="" hours="7 days a week for lunch and dinner" price="" url="">Upmarket bistro.</eat>
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* <eat name="Haute Cabriere" alt="" address="" directions="on the road up to the Franschhoek Pass" phone="+27 (0)21 876 3688" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url=""></eat>
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* <eat name="La Petite Ferme" alt="" address="" directions="on the road up to the Franschhoek Pass" phone="+27 (21) 876 3016/8" email="[email protected]" fax="+27 (21) 876 3624" hours="lunch only, bookings essential, excellent view over the valley" price="" url="http://www.lapetiteferme.co.za/"></eat>
 
* <eat name="La Petite Ferme" alt="" address="" directions="on the road up to the Franschhoek Pass" phone="+27 (21) 876 3016/8" email="[email protected]" fax="+27 (21) 876 3624" hours="lunch only, bookings essential, excellent view over the valley" price="" url="http://www.lapetiteferme.co.za/"></eat>
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*<eat name="Roca on Dieu Donne" alt="" address="uitkyk street" directions="top of Uitkyk street" phone="+27 (0)21 876 3384" url="http://www.rocarestaurant.co.za" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Iconic view of the Franschhoek valley</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
 
*<drink name="The Bistro" alt="" address="14 Huhuenot Road" directions="" phone="" url="http://thebistrofranschhoek.co.za" hours="" price="R 80" lat="" long="">Located in the beautiful countryside of Franschhoek, The Bistro Franschhoek aims to make your dining experience as pleasing as possible.
 
The restaurant has a “Paris Bistro” feel, which was also the inspiration behind the excellent menu.
 
Food is served all day, with a wide variety available, and can be enjoyed either inside this tastefully furnished intimate venue, or "Al Fresco" on the spacious patio.
 
 
The Bistro Franschhoek 14 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
 
Directions: Take the N1 out of Cape Town until you get to the second turn off to Paarl, +- 40 minutes Exit 59. Follow the R 301 for 25 kilometers until you get to the end of R 301. Turn left onto the R45 and follow the road until you reach Franschhoek.+- 10 km. 'The Bistro' is at the top of the main road on the right hand side, 100 metres before the Huguenot Monument</drink>
 
*<drink name="The Bistro" alt="" address="14 Huguenot St Franschhoek" directions="Top of Huguenot Road Near Monument" phone="0218764714" url="http://thebistrofranschhoek.co.za" hours="" price="R80" lat="" long="">
 
The Bistro Franschhoek is now under the new ownership of Tasha Thomas.
 
This restaurant has a "Paris Bistro" feel, aiming to please those who enjoy freshly cooked food from an imaginative menu.
 
Customers are able to enjoy their dining experience, either inside this tastefully furnished intimate venue, or "Al Fresco" on the spacious patio.
 
Tasha is passionate about cooking. With this in mind, she is totally 'hands on', making sure that food served to your table is of the highest standard.
 
The Bistro is open daily for Breakfast, Lunch and from September 1st 2008, will be opening every evening for Dinner.
 
Situated at 14 Huguenot Road, close to the Huguenot Monument, makes The Bistro an ideal place to enjoy excellent food whilst in Franschhoek.</drink>
 
 
Wine is plentiful and cheap.
 
Wine is plentiful and cheap.
  
Haute Cabriere and La Petite Ferme (see above) sell their own wines.  Just outside of the village are two top wine estates, Le Grand Provence and Boschendal, where tastings are available daily.  There are also many other smaller wine estates in the area.  Virtually all welcome visitors and tastings can be arranged with most.  Enjoy.
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Haute Cabriere and La Petite Ferme (see above) sell their own wines.  Just outside of the village are two top wine estates, Grande Provence and La Motte.  There are also many other smaller wine estates in the area.  Virtually all welcome visitors and tastings can be arranged with most.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
* <sleep name="Residence Klein Oliphantshoek" alt="" address="" directions="close to the center of town" phone="" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.kleinoliphantshoek.co.za/">Quiet</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Plumwood Inn" alt="" address="11 Cabriere Street" directions="close to the center of town" phone="+27 (0)21 876 3883" email="[email protected]" fax="" checkin="14h00" checkout="11h00" price="R625-R1095 p.p." url="http://www.plumwoodinn.com/">Quiet</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Petit Jourdan Self-catering cottage" alt="" address="3 Pierre Jourdan Street" directions="close to the center of town" phone="+27 (0)72 199 0536" email="[email protected].co.za" fax="" checkin="14h00" checkout="11h00" price="R1695-R2295 for up to 4 people" ">Quiet</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Le Quartier Francais" alt="" address="16 Huguenot Road" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 876-2151" url="http://www.lequartier.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Le Quartier Francais" alt="" address="16 Huguenot Road" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 876-2151" url="http://www.lequartier.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Le Ballon Rouge" alt="" address="" directions="close to the center of town" phone="" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.ballon-rouge.co.za/"></sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Le Ballon Rouge" alt="" address="" directions="close to the center of town" phone="" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.ballon-rouge.co.za/"></sleep>
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*<sleep name="La Galiniere Guest Cottages" alt="" address="Main Road, Franschhoek" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 876 2579" url="http://www.lagaliniere.co.za" checkin="14:00" checkout="10:00" price="From R550 per person per night" lat="-33.9016952549" long="19.1060829163">Comfortable and affordable self-catering accommodation in two charming cottages on a boutique wine farm close to the centre of the village.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Maison Chablis" alt="Quite Oasis In the Middle of Town " address="Berg Street" directions="Befind Le Quartier Francais" phone="+27(0)218762366" url="www.maisonchablis.co.za" checkin="14h00" checkout="11h00 " price="R900 - R1400 per Suite " lat="" long="">Maison Chablis is a 7 Suite 4 Star Guest House. It is located in the heart of Franschhoek Village. Guests can feel safe and secure while sunbathing or having a barbecue.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="La Chataine Wines" alt="" address="" directions="Off the R45 7km before Franschhoek see Google Maps" phone="+21 (0)21 876 2579" url="www.lachat.co.za" checkin="" checkout="" price="R700 for 2 or R1100 for 4 / night" lat="" long="">La Chataigne Wines offers three wondefull 3* self catering cottages set on the Franschhoek river, a splendid pool in amongst the pear orchards as well as a wine tasting room with DSTV access and private tasting. </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Otter's Bend" alt="" address="Dassenberg Road" directions="near Mont Rochelle winery" phone="+27 21 876 3200" url="http://www.ottersbendlodge.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Affordable lodge / backpackers with a selection of twin / double rooms from around R400 per night.  Walking distance from town.</sleep>
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==Stay safe==
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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*Follow the N2 highway to the east to get to the famous [[Garden Route]]
 
*Follow the N2 highway to the east to get to the famous [[Garden Route]]
 
*Go to the beach at [[Strand]] or [[Gordon's Bay]] (less crowded) and swim in the [[False Bay]]
 
*Go to the beach at [[Strand]] or [[Gordon's Bay]] (less crowded) and swim in the [[False Bay]]
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*Take your golf clubs - Pearl Valley and [[Paarl]] golf clubs are within 15 minutes drive; [[Stellenbosch]] and De Zalze within 30 minutes.  All are top quality lay-outs and prices are exceptionally cheap by European standards.
  
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Latest revision as of 13:41, 20 April 2016

Franschhoek [15] (Dutch for 'French Corner') is a city in the Cape Winelands of South Africa.

The Franschhoek valley with the town of Franschhoek nestled between the mountains.

Understand[edit]

Franschhoek was founded by French Huguenots settlers (hence the name), who fled the inquisition in Europe and were looking for a little hide-out on the other side of the world. They found it in the fertile valley of Franschhoek - initially known as Oliphantshoek, as the valley was known for the large number of elephants.

Even though most people don't speak French, many of the street names, restaurant names and wine farms in the 'French Quarter' have French names.

Franschhoek makes a serious attempt at being the food and wine capital of South Africa and there are many fine restaurants. It's a great place to relax, enjoy top food and wine, in a spectacular atmosphere.

Get in[edit]

Only one road (R45) leads to Franschhoek from Stellenbosch or Paarl. For a more scenic drive, you can enter Franschhoek all the way over the "Franschhoek Pass" - a spectacular mountain route leading into Franschhoek from Villiersdorp.

There is a taxi service (small buses with loud music and often loud drivers) from Stellenbosch and from Paarl.

There's no train service.

Get around[edit]

Franschhoek Wine Tram.
Franschhoek Wine Tram-bus.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the Franschhoek Valley. Passengers aboard the tour journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest wine estates. The tour includes a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, complimentary wine tastings and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards. Franschhoek Wine Tram, Franschhoek Square, 32 Main Road, Franschhoek (Ticket office located in Franschhoek Square, Main Road Franschhoek just after Bordeaux Street), +27 (0)21 300 0338 (), [1].  edit

See[edit][add listing]

Huguenot Monument.
Church in Franschhoek.

Franschhoek is a place to relax. Stroll up or down the main street and take your time to have a look around. The mountains surrounding Franschhoek are spectacular and there are many places you can reach within easy driving distances.

  • Huguenot Memorial and Museum, Corner of Hugenot&Lambrecht St, +27 (0)21 876-2532, [2]. M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 2PM-5PM. R10. (-33.914695,19.123721) edit
  • The Franschhoek Motor Museum, L'Ormarins Wine Farm, +27 (0)21 874-9000 (, fax: +27 (0)21 874-9100), [3]. Tu-F 10AM-4PM, Sa, Su 10AM-3PM.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Rent a bike to go up and down the hills along the wine farms.
  • Go fishing to some of the lakes nearby
  • Go wine tasting in some of the many excellent wineries. Some are reachable on foot from the village; you can use a shuttlebus or arrange a wine tour for those that aren't
  • Eat at some of the fantastic restaurants in Franschhoek
  • Winelands Experience, inside Protea Hotel, +27 (0)21 876-4042, [4]. 8:30AM-5PM. Wine tours, scenic tours, chauffeur drives, airport transfers, village transfers, car hire and more.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are several outstanding shops in Franschhoek. It is fast becoming the place to shop with several excellent and unusual family run businesses.

  • Indian summer - Ladies Boutique which sells dresses cashmere wraps semi precious jewellry.
  • Peacock Blue - men's Boutique lots of designer clothes ,own brand linen shirts and shorts .shoes etc etc
  • Beluga Bear - children's shop with beautiful unusual designs.
  • Tracey Diamond store third generation diamond specialists.
  • Ebony - unique furniture paintings and gifts.
  • Penchant - wonderful jewelry made in the village from semi precious stones
  • Masquerade - exciting and delicious interior ideas with a french twist.
  • Anpa is an exquisite semi precious jewelry shop ,all the designs are their own and hand made in cape town.
  • David Walters Pottery made in the studio right in the village,unusual and chic and can be custom made.
  • Art in the Yard is a new gallery stuated in an outstanding location behind the Salmon Bar.new and exciting exhibitions are held monthly.The views from the Gallery down the mountain are quite lovely.

There are several more lovely shops selling handmade chocolates local honey,antiques.handbags and much much more.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many excellent restaurants in and around Franschhoek. Along the main road are a number of very good restaurants. Many of the vineyards have restaurants, although most are only open for lunch. For the visitor faced with 20 restaurants and only 3 days to sample them the agony of choice can considerable. In general you won't have a bad meal, and the level of competition means that prices are not high (R300 for a three course meal without wine would be the average) - its a good idea to look at the menus on the restaurant websites and make your selection based on that, rather than spending hours reading Tripadvisor reviews!

  • The French Connection, +27 (0)21 876-4056, [5]. Open daily for lunch and Dinner. This restaurant has a "Paris Bistro" feel with both an intimate inside section and a "Al Fresco" on the spacious patio area.  edit
  • The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, (in the heart of the village). Recently voted the best restaurant in Africa and the Middle East by Restaurant magazine.  edit
  • Reuben's, +27 (0)21 876 3772 (). 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Upmarket bistro.  edit
  • Haute Cabriere, (on the road up to the Franschhoek Pass), +27 (0)21 876 3688.  edit
  • La Petite Ferme, (on the road up to the Franschhoek Pass), +27 (21) 876 3016/8 (, fax: +27 (21) 876 3624), [6]. lunch only, bookings essential, excellent view over the valley.  edit
  • Roca on Dieu Donne, uitkyk street (top of Uitkyk street), +27 (0)21 876 3384, [7]. Iconic view of the Franschhoek valley  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Wine is plentiful and cheap.

Haute Cabriere and La Petite Ferme (see above) sell their own wines. Just outside of the village are two top wine estates, Grande Provence and La Motte. There are also many other smaller wine estates in the area. Virtually all welcome visitors and tastings can be arranged with most.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Plumwood Inn, 11 Cabriere Street (close to the center of town), +27 (0)21 876 3883 (), [8]. checkin: 14h00; checkout: 11h00. Quiet R625-R1095 p.p..  edit
  • Petit Jourdan Self-catering cottage, 3 Pierre Jourdan Street (close to the center of town), +27 (0)72 199 0536 (). checkin: 14h00; checkout: 11h00. Quiet R1695-R2295 for up to 4 people.  edit
  • Le Quartier Francais, 16 Huguenot Road, +27 (0)21 876-2151, [9].  edit
  • Le Ballon Rouge, (close to the center of town), [10].  edit
  • La Galiniere Guest Cottages, Main Road, Franschhoek, +27 (0)21 876 2579, [11]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:00. Comfortable and affordable self-catering accommodation in two charming cottages on a boutique wine farm close to the centre of the village. From R550 per person per night. (-33.9016952549,19.1060829163) edit
  • Maison Chablis (Quite Oasis In the Middle of Town), Berg Street (Befind Le Quartier Francais), +27(0)218762366, [12]. checkin: 14h00; checkout: 11h00. Maison Chablis is a 7 Suite 4 Star Guest House. It is located in the heart of Franschhoek Village. Guests can feel safe and secure while sunbathing or having a barbecue. R900 - R1400 per Suite.  edit
  • La Chataine Wines, (Off the R45 7km before Franschhoek see Google Maps), +21 (0)21 876 2579, [13]. La Chataigne Wines offers three wondefull 3* self catering cottages set on the Franschhoek river, a splendid pool in amongst the pear orchards as well as a wine tasting room with DSTV access and private tasting. R700 for 2 or R1100 for 4 / night.  edit
  • Otter's Bend, Dassenberg Road (near Mont Rochelle winery), +27 21 876 3200, [14]. Affordable lodge / backpackers with a selection of twin / double rooms from around R400 per night. Walking distance from town.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Visit one of the other towns in the Cape Winelands, like Stellenbosch and Paarl, or go to Cape Town and enjoy its attractions.
  • Follow the N2 highway to the east to get to the famous Garden Route
  • Go to the beach at Strand or Gordon's Bay (less crowded) and swim in the False Bay
  • Take your golf clubs - Pearl Valley and Paarl golf clubs are within 15 minutes drive; Stellenbosch and De Zalze within 30 minutes. All are top quality lay-outs and prices are exceptionally cheap by European standards.
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