If there’s one thing you HAVE to do this spring, it would be to spend a day in the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. One of the oldest towns in South Africa, Franschhoek is nested between majestic mountains in the Cape Winelands. With its rich history and breathtaking scenery, there are endless things to do during the spring.
Take a look at a list we’ve put together of places to wine-and-dine at, and discover, when you’re visiting Franschhoek.
Start the day off at Big Dog Café
In Franschhoek, we are spoiled for choice when looking for a spot to eat a delicious breakfast, but Big Dog Café is the ultimate choice for an authentic café experience. Get a cup of Terbodore coffee, while you take your time choosing from a variety of mouthwatering breakfast options (vegan options are available, too).
After eating a delicious breakfast, get moving with a scenic hike along one of the trails in Franschhoek. Starting at Haute Cabrière Wine Estate, Cat se Pad is an easy trail that takes about an hour to complete. Note that you need a valid hiking permit (issued by Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve) to gain access to the trailhead.
With both self-guided and guided tour options, La Motte also offers a breathtaking hiking trail that stretches over five kilometers and takes about two to three hours to complete. While you’re there, don’t miss out on their guided sculpture walk, where you’ll experience a celebration of the arts. Reservations are essential, so be sure to book ahead of time.
Eat lunch at some of the best restaurants in Franschhoek
After your hike you may feel a little bit peckish. Luckily, there are lots of excellent restaurants in Franschhoek to get a bite to eat for lunch.
For a true culinary experience, visit La Petite Colombe. Each meal is full of complexity, flavour and artistically presented, with the option of a wine pairing. They also have a Spring lunch special menu, which is available from Monday to Sunday.
If you prefer a relaxed setting after your walk, but still want a fine dining experience, take a seat at Le Petit Manoir. Their selection of beautifully crafted meals is perfect if you’re in the mood for a light lunch with a gorgeous view.
If you’d like to experience food like you’ve never experienced it before, Chef’s Warehouse at Maison is a must! Their menu is focused on pairing flavours in unexpected and exciting ways, to enhance the pleasure of food and taste. The backdrop of mountains overlooking the restaurant offers magnificent views that compliment the incredible food and wine.
On to the next activity!
If you’re keen for a few more drinks visit The Geometric Drinks tasting room, where you’ll experience the natural beauty of the Franschhoek Valley and refreshing botanically-spirited drinks.
Rather have a beer than gin? Then head to The Franschhoek Beer Co. for a tasting of their amazing handcrafted beer.
If you’d like to skip the drinks, visit the Hugenoot Memorial Museum, where you can revel in their beautiful gardens and relive history. Or make your own perfume and cream with Kumanov Perfumery’s Perfume Prive Workshop.
Time for dinner
Beleef Restaurant is a great place to grab dinner and experience authentic South African Cuisine with a twist. This restaurant is perfect if you’d like to experience fine dining with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
For an amazing experience and a warm and cosy atmosphere visit Foilage. Their fresh and tasty food is presented beautifully and has an earthy touch. Their menu comprises of fresh and seasonal ingredients sourced from the surrounding hills, adding to the earthy essence of the restaurant.
Marigold’s authentic Indian cuisine is the perfect choice if you’re in the mood to try something a little bit more exotic. Their variety of Indian dishes are a must; and compliments the restaurant’s bright and vibrant interior exquisitely. They also have a fireplace, making it an excellent spot to warm up if the weather is a little bit chilly at night.
Keen for homely country style cuisine, then head to La Petite Ferme. Their exceptional experiments with flavours, ingredients and textures are bound to exceed your expectations. They also have a seasonal menu that is perfect for Spring, creating a harmonious balance between country cuisine and a fresh contemporary touch. End the night with a relaxed atmosphere and memorable experience here.
Tuk Tuk Microbrewery is another great spot to grab some dinner and if you’d like to keep the party going. Along with their great selection of CBC brews they have delicious Mexican foods, ranging from Chimichangas, Tacos and Burritos, creating a perfect end to a wonderful day in Franschhoek.
Do you have any recommendations of where to eat and what to do in Franschhoek? Let us know in the comments below.