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*Go fishing to some of the lakes nearby
 
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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 exceptional by European standards.
  
 
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Revision as of 11:21, 10 July 2007

Franschhoek [4] (Dutch for 'French Corner') is a city in the Cape Winelands of South Africa.

Church in Franschhoek.

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.

Even though no one speaks French, most of the street names, restaurant names and wine farms in the "French Corner" are French.

Franschhoek makes a serious attempt at being the "food and wine capital of South Africa". Be as it may, it's a great place to relax, enjoy top food and wine, in an almost European atmosphere.

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.

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

You can walk along the main street to see all the nice old houses and have a look at the shops and various restaurants.

See

Franschhoek is a place to relax. Stroll up or down the main street and take your time to have a look around.

Do

Huguenot Monument.
  • Rent a bike to go up and down the hills along the wine farms.
  • Go fishing to some of the lakes nearby
  • Visit the Huguenot Monument
  • 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 exceptional by European standards.

Buy

Eat

There are many excellent restaurants in and around Franschhoek. Along the main road are a number of very good restaurants.

  • Bouillabaisse, [1]. M,W-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 10AM-5PM. 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.
  • 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.
  • Reuben's. More upmarket than Bouillabaise.
  • Haute Cabriere, (on the road up to the Franschhoek Pass).
  • La Petite Ferme, (on the road up to the Franschhoek Pass). lunch only.

Drink

Sleep

  • Residence Klein Oliphantshoek, (close to the center of town), [2]. Quiet
  • Le Quartier Francais, [3].

Get out

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