Founded in 1688 by French Huguenots, Franschhoek is renowned for having some of the top restaurants in South Africa. This quiet town’s pristine beauty, strong winemaking heritage and exquisite architecture have made Franschhoek into what many describe as the ‘food and wine capital’ of South Africa.
The Franschhoek Valley boons with the treasures that make it one of the most magical places to visit in South Africa. Originally called ‘Olifantshoek’ (meaning 'Elephant’s Corner') by the Dutch government who gave the land to French Huguenot refugees back in 1688, Franschhoek offers a 'Cape Dutch' culinary experience like no other.
Dubbed the gourmet capital of South Africa, Franschhoek's local restaurants are sure to treat you to cuisine and wines that are delectably indulgent, ranging from epicurean to rustic with something to please every palate.
Wandering the main street is the best way to start your exploration as its the heart of this vibrant town and is always buzzing, lined with shops and specialty stores, you are bound to find something special to take home. A fond Franschhoek activity is wine tasting and you can mosey on to some of the world's largely acclaimed wine estates that encircle the town. Most of these wine estates started out as humble farms owned by the 'Vignerons de Franschhoek' (French winemakers of Franschhoek).
Along the tree-lined streets there are many world-renowned Franschhoek attractions to see before the day's out so be sure to visit all the arts and crafts studios and galleries. One should consider visiting Franschhoek, South Africa during the July 14 Bastille Day celebrations that take place every year.
Getting married in Franschhoek is becoming extremely popular with couples from all over the world. Franschoek's accommodation options are endless and cater for all tastes and budgets.
Where to stay
Franschhoek's accommodation options are endless and cater for all tastes and budgets. Try one of the many guesthouses or self-catering venues in or around the area.
Tours to do
There are a variety of cellars, from small boutique wineries that cater for those in search of something unique, to large cellars that offer organized tours and conducted wine tastings.