Fall in Love with Franschhoek
No matter what the time of year you can ramp up the romance with a trip to our very own little French quarter… Franschhoek. Yes, the town is dotted with spots exuding Franco-flair, but it also showcases some of our most award-winning local wineries, some of the best places in the country to eat, as well as interesting and historical places to visit. We pick a few must-see spots to help you plan your visit…
Get your caffeine fix at The Hoek Espresso Bar
No matter where a city slicker travels, one thing that is tough to compromise on, is a good coffee. If this resonates with you, then pop in and get your morning cup of get-up-and-go from The Hoek Espresso Bar. Serving up freshly brewed Deluxe coffee, a range of cakes and muffins and a good chat, this is one address you should programme into your GPS. If you don’t have a GPS, simply inhale deeply and follow your nose down Main Road, the smell of freshly brewed coffee is hard to miss!
Fountain Square, Unit 9, Cnr Huguenot Str & Daniel Hugo Str, Franschhoek
Mon – Sat, 07h00 – 15h00.
Sun, 08h00 – 15h00
Design meets food & wine at Maison Wine Estate
Visit Maison to experience wine tasting in a refreshingly contemporary and stylish setting. Here you will find a restaurant and tasting room with a clean design aesthetic that wows, and as owner, Chris Weylandt, says of the space “all your senses will be engaged”.
Wine tasting is paired with a platter of delicious bites such as biltong (made on site) paired with the estate’s flagship Shiraz and a dark chocolate and hazelnut truffle paired with the estate’s Cape Ruby Port. Book for lunch at the restaurant, The Kitchen – a bistro-style setting with an open frontage and a spectacular verandah overlooking the garden and vineyard. Delicious menu items from Chef, Arno Janse van Rensburg, include BBQ beef shortrib with cabbage slaw and shimiji pickle, or tempura prawns with mango togarache, pancetta and aioli. For some amazing take-home additions to your foodie pantry, visit The Deli, located inside the tasting room. Pick up preserves, pickles, chutneys and even lemons freshly picked from the lemon trees in the garden. You may see chickens wandering around the estate, or even Porcini the pot-bellied pig – his moods are fairly temperamental, so don’t be alarmed if he greets you with a disgruntled oink!
Right hand side of the R45 as you travel into Franschhoek
Tue – Sun, 10h00 – 17h00.
Fri – Sat, Dinner
Tel: 021 876 2116
Step back in time at Anthonij Rupert Wyne
Franschhoek is rich in history and culture and one of the places where this is most evident is at Anthonij Rupert Wyne. To experience a small taste of this historic culture, make this farm a definite stop on your visit to the area. While there are many things to see and do on the estate, the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room located in the historic manor house has a unique quality. Built around 1833, its mid-19th century style is reflected in each detail from the original architecture, down to the artworks and décor touches. Enjoy a wine tasting of the flagship Anthonij Rupert wine collection comprising seven reds. If you are interested in how wine ages, try the vintage flight tasting, which allows you to sample a specific wine and its progression as it has matured. While you are there, take a wander through the kitchen herb garden or the historic rose garden – both abundant in colour and scent. If it tickles your fancy, book for an elegant high tea, which is served on the verandah overlooking the stunning gardens and is accompanied by a glass of chilled estate MCC. This is a taste of history you really shouldn’t miss.
Tasting Room: Mon – Sat, 10h00 – 16h30.
Cost: R10 – R60 per wine flight
Akkerdal Wine Estate – Terroir Wines
If you are a serious wine drinker, with an appreciation for unique varietals, then you must find a spot on your itinerary to stop at Akkerdal Wine Estate. The tasting room overlooks the beautiful vineyards and has an intimate space to taste Akkerdal Wine estate’s eight limited edition wines, which when combined, have received a staggering number of accolades. The focus at Akkerdal Wine Estate is on understanding terroir – as hands-on owner and winemaker Pieter Hanekomwill tell you, “Wine is made 80% in the vineyard and 20% in the cellar”. Pieter has crafted each of these wines, and their accompanying stories, and sometimes unusual names, and given each a personal touch. Don’t miss out on tasting the unusual blend Akkerdal TDT – a blend of Tempranillo, Durif and Tannat. This blend of Spanish and French cultivars is quite distinctive in South Africa. Also try the Wild Boar, a blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Roobernet, Tempranillo and Merlot. It has flavours of wild fynbos spices, with understones of chocolate. Stay in the self-catering accommodation which overlooks the vineyards and enjoy an incredible sunset with a glass of wine and a barbeque. When visiting Akkerdal Wine Estate make sure that you give the four-legged assistant winemakers a scratch behind the ears. Zorba, Hitler, Turbo and Diesel will greet you at the tasting room door with wagging tails.
Tel: +27 (0)21 876 3481
Forest-to-table dining at Foliage Restaurant
Looking for somewhere to lunch with some flair? Make sure that you make a reservation ahead of time for lunch or dinner at Foliage, headed up by owner, executive chef and champion-of-the-forest, Chris Erasmus. Forgo the regular in exchange for something that will push your culinary boundaries – this is foraged food at its most creative.
If any of the art displayed in the restaurant catches your eye, pop next door and chat to Chris’s wife, Alisha, who you will find in the adjoining art gallery. See more on Foliage in our restaurants section here.
11 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek
Mon – Sat lunch, 12h00 – 14h00
Dinner, 19h00 – 21h00
Tel: 021 876 2328
Take in the view at Haute Cabriere
If you reach the top end of Huguenot (Main) Road, Franschhoek, a left turn at the T-junction and a short drive up the hill will lead you right to the door of Haute Cabriere, the home of Pierre Jourdan Cap Classique. Set into the Franschhoek Mountains, the winery and restaurant offer a unique underground cellar setting, which you won’t find anywhere else.
Enjoy wine tasting and lunch overlooking a magnificent view of the valley below. If you are still enjoying your tasting around three o’ clock in the afternoon, choose a spread of tapas snacks to nibble on as you watch the sunset. If you fancy a bit more of an intimate look at wine making, take a guided cellar tour on a Saturday with founder Achim von Arnim or his son, Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim. This animated tour includes the opening of a bottle of Pierre Jourdan MCC by sabrage, using a French cavalry sabre. If you are in a celebratory mood, book in for one of the tasting menus (this includes a fully vegetarian option) – each course is paired with wines from the estate and the food, from Chef Ryan Shell, is sure to impress.
Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek
Mon – Fri, 09h00 – 17h00.
Sat, 10h00 – 16h00
Sun, 11h00 – 16h00
French country charm at Auberge Daniella
If you are planning a stay in Franschhoek, you may consider a self-catering option. If luxury, personal touches and a spacious environment are important to you, then Auberge Daniella is the place to stay. Located at the bottom of Main Road, it is the ideal base from which to explore all that the town has to offer. The guesthouse consists of three private spaces differing in size. Each is decorated in an elegant, understated style, with all the necessary amenities. Personal touches like a suggested recipe card with fresh herbs placed in the kitchen, a scattering of rose petals with an inspirational quote left on the bed, and the pool basket with towels, sunscreen and a printed weather forecast, elevate the experience. It is these thoughtful touches that separate Auberge Daniella from others. Take a dip in the pool, read a book under the shade of the tree-covered balcony, or simply indulge in an afternoon nap in your air-conditioned suite after a long day of exploring. In the morning, collect your breakfast basket from outside your door and enjoy fresh fruit, croissants from a local bakery with butter and jam, as well as yoghurt and muesli and the morning paper. Auberge Daniella is a real Franschhoek gem, whether you are spending a night or a week, it has everything you could possibly need and more.
5 Main Rd Franschhoek
Franschhoek Country House
If you decide to stay over in Franschhoek, you will be spoilt for choice with all the amazing accommodation on offer. If you like a sense of French style, then Franschhoek Country House is ideal. Transport yourself to a world of well-manicured gardens encircled by exquisite vineyards and breath-taking mountain views. This is the perfect place to unwind from the stresses of the world – relax on a chaise longue at the edge of the pool soothing drink in hand, or sun yourself on one of the generous, villa suite balconies if you are after something slightly more private. As you would expect, every detail is taken care of in this oasis of tranquillity – the rooms and suites are uniquely designed and ooze style and lavishness.
The guesthouse is located only a kilometre from the hustle and bustle of the main street of Franschhoek, but if you want to stay put and really relax, there is a spa and the award-winning Monneux Restaurant. Along with all these elegant distractions, Franschhoek Country house is also well equipped with modern essentials such as Wi-Fi and satellite television for the guest who would like to stay more connected. Expect personal service to match the opulent beauty of Franschoek Country House with one warning… is can be quite hard to return to normal life after you leave this sublime sanctuary!
Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek
Dine in style at Monneaux Restaurant
Monneux restaurant is located in what was one of Franschhoek’s first perfumeries and is situated in the
beautiful grounds of Franschhoek Country House. Chef, Louis Jansen, and his talented team present contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with a Cape Malay influence at this award-winning restaurant, which has been voted one of South Africa’s Top 100 restaurants for the past six years. It is an enchanting environment overlooking the Tuscan-style courtyard, where the many water features provide soothing, muted background sounds. To get the full experience, try the tasting menu paired with the best of local wines.
Chef Louis Janse, sources fresh local ingredients – some of which are picked fresh from the gardens on the grounds. The tasting menu takes one on a journey, from plates with local flavours such as creamy mussels encased in a delicate tempura batter and thinly shaven potato frites, to hints of Asian cuisine with a sushi-style salad dish – a delicate rice stack served with a mouth-watering Soy reduction. This dining experience is perfect for a celebration such as an intimate dinner with your Valentine.
Huguenot rd, Franschhoek
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