Although Franschhoek is small, it is large in its offering of great things for visitors to do. Within close walking distance of the hotel are some beautiful shops, museums and galleries. Here are some to consider.

Local Museums & Activities

Franschhoek is a great base for tours and activities across the winelands including Paarl and Stellenbosch. For our more active visitors there is a wonderful choice of hikes, bike tours, kayaking, quad-biking, horseback riding and golf.

For a complete list, please ask Guest Services for more information. In the meantime why not consider one of the following;

The Huguenot Museum and Monument
Huguenot Memorial Museum, with its famous monument in front of it, portrays the history of the French Huguenots before and after their arrival in the Cape of Good Hope.
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Bicycle Hire
Either hire a bike to tour the town yourself, or go on one of the very many bicycle tours available.

Helicopter Trip over the Valley
Franschhoek boasts a spectacular aerial view over the valley, the winelands, the farms and the very many beautiful dams and waterways.

The Franschhoek Motor Museum
The Motor Museum displays a wonderful selection of cars, motor bikes and bicycles dating back 100 years. This unique private collection is one of the finest collections of motor vehicles across the world, and a real must-see for motor or history enthusiasts.
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Play a Round of Golf
We have seven very good golf courses close by. At each course it is possible to hire clubs if you have not brought yours with you.

Winelands Hot Air Ballooning
These hot-air balloon flights in the Bergriver Valley, between Paarl and Malmesbury will take your breath away. They are offered daily at sunrise between November and April, weather permitting.

Galleries and Shopping

The Franschhoek Local Market is located in the middle of town, is open every Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm with live music, arts, crafts, gifts and a great selection of food and drink. There is always a wonderful atmosphere and great energy.

The main road, Huguenot Street, has very many lovely boutiques and galleries. It takes very little time to walk up and down the street to discover the various treasures on offer. Here are some of our favourites;

Is Art
A vibrant gallery with a wonderful collection of local contemporary art and antiques. Centrally located in the middle of town.

Galleria Gibello
Franschhoek’s original brandy distillery, Galleria Gibello, is the new home to wildlife photographer Caroline Gibello's iconic images of Africa.

Indian Summer
A wonderful collection of local designed ladieswear

Little Gipsy
An interesting selection of collectables and gifts

Huguenot Fine Chocolates
Locally hand-crafted chocolates in an impressive selection of boxes and packaging. Daily ‘Chocolate Experiences’ are available at 11am and 3pm.

The Holden Manz Art Gallery
This gallery is right in the middle of town and hosts a wonderful collection of contemporary African art.

Ebony Curated
The Ebony gallery specialises in paintings, sculptures, furniture, handcrafted homeware and local artefacts. The dark walls and warm lighting allow each art piece shine on its own, and the soft and stylish furniture calls on visitors to be taken home.

Peacock Blue
Design wear for men and women from in and around the Cape

Masquerade
Ideal shopping for the person who already has everything!

Other Activities

Franschhoek is a great base for tours and activities across the winelands including Paarl and Stellenbosch. For our more active visitors there is a wonderful choice of hikes, bike tours, kayaking, quad-biking, horseback riding and golf.

Please ask Guest Services for more information.

Wines, Vineyards and Tastings

The Franschhoek Valley boasts some of the finest wineries in South Africa, if not the world. With a long history of local and important cultivations, the winemakers here have combined innovation and expertise to offer a wonderful choice of wines to taste. For getting around there are many options and the Gust Service team would be happy to assist with this. For an overview of very many of the main vineyards, the Franschhoek tram is a great option, and tickets can be booked at the Front Desk for you. Alternatively, we can offer private tours of chauffer drive. Here are some of our personal favourites, chosen by category of wine or grape;
Here are some of our personal favourites, chosen by category of wine or grape; .

La Motte
Located just outside the town. A beautiful old estate with a selection of different grape varietals, but their Chardonnay has been winning awards for years, and is really good. The tasting room is opened from 9 am to 5 pm. It closes for a few days over Christmas.

Haute Cabrière
This is home to the well-known and delicious Pierre Jourdan sparkling wine range. Sit outside with breath-taking views of the valley and enjoy the sparkles. Seasonal offers, such as oysters are always popular.

Rupert and Rothschild
This tasting room is completely unique, not just in Franschhoek, but probably worldwide. The tasting room is on this very impressive vineyard made up of a partnership between two families; the Ruperts and the Rothschilds. In addition to offering their estate wines, they also include tasting from Rothschild vineyards in New Zealand, Argentina and France. This allows the taster to really experience how wine lives and grows differently in different climates and locations.

 

Mȏreson
A wonderful farm full of citrus and vines and personality. Many of the wine names cutely names after their dog’s behaviour! Their wine makes is, justly in our view, award winning and well recognized. They offer a tasting with charcutier option, or even better join them at Bread and Wine for lunch.

La Bri
This little boutique private farm is one of the original nine farms allocated to the Huguenots on their arrival in Franschhoek Valley in 1694. The farm borders have remained unchanged but it has been through five families before being bought by Robin Hamilton in 1997. This farm offers two wine ranges, one range of estate wines, and one range from neighboring farms. Wine pairing with biltong, chocolate and Turkish delight are also available.

Boekenhoutskloof
This vineyard was established in 1776, making it one of the oldest in the valley. It is located at the furthest most corner of the Franschhoek Valley. It is the farm most synonymous with red wine production and in recent years they have focused on Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Caber-net Franc, Grenache and to a lesser extent Semillon and Viognier. They are fames for the Chocolate Block variety.

Franschhoek Wine Tasting

Eating Out

Franschhoek is undeniably the Gourmet Capital of South Africa boasting one of the Top 50 restaurants in the World and eight of South Africa’s Top 100, so it should be no surprise that we are spoilt for choice with a fantastic food offering in the village and beyond.

The following restaurants are really very good. They get busy, so why not ask us to book for you before you arrive in the town.

Le Bon Vivant
Located on the same block as Chapter House, the atmosphere at Le Bon Vivant is homely and relaxed, while reminiscent of contemporary French restaurants. The glass wall allows you to see Pierre Hendriks and his team at work.

Foliage
One of Eat Out's top 20 in 2017, this restaurant goes from strength to strength. Excellent in every way, but not overly fussy or formal.

Reubens
Now in a new and much improved location, Rueben has a passion for creating fine yet uncomplicated cuisine in a laid back and stylish setting to match.

Marigold
This North Indian inspired restaurant has been a revolutionary addition to the choice of restaurants in Franschhoek. The menu, exotic and aromatic, offers a wonderful variety which has made it a popular choice for visitors.

 

La Petite Colombe
This is a relative newcomer to Franschhoek and the little brother of the famed Constantia "La Colombe". It has been immediately recognised for its excellence and it very worthwhile a visit.

Reubens
Now in a new and much improved location, Rueben has a passion for creating fine yet uncomplicated cuisine in a laid back and stylish setting to match.

Le Coin Francais
Well know chef Darren Badenhorst opened this restaurant relatively recently and has made a real impact with his own twist on nostalgic foods from our memories.

Chefs Warehouse
Irish chef Liam Tomlin has been taking the Peninsula by storm for years, and his recent portfolio addition in Franschoek in another resounding success. Here, it is all about the food; the sheer pleasure of taste in tapas format.

 

Franschhoek Eating Out

Getting Around in Franschhoek

Franschhoek is small and very easy to get around. The town itself is made up on a single main road with tributary roads off it. In and around the greater Franschhoek area, the roads are good and well signposted.

We have a private tour and transfer company available to our guests. Their services include airport transfers, tours across the peninsula, and in the winelands, and short distance transfers. This is an easy and popular solution to your transport needs whilst staying at our hotels.

There is little in the form of public transport, but many other options are available. Please speak with the guest service team for more information.

Taxis: reliable taxis can be ordered at reception.
Tuk Tuk: These three-wheel taxis are a new and very popular attraction to Franschhoek. They do need to be booked in advance so please speak with a team member for help with this.
Wine Tram:This hop-on hop-off experience can bring you to very many of the well-known vineyards and wineries in and around town. These tickets are available at reception.

Franschhoek Wine Tasting

Franschhoek Calendar of Festivals and Upcoming Events

The town, although small is very busy and vibrant. We are proud of an active calendar of Festivals and Events, many of which repeat each year. Some of these dates shift for organizational reasons, so if you have questions, please contact us and we will update you on the calendar;

Franschhoek Summer Wines Festival
February every year

Masters Polo (Veuve Clicquot at Val de Vie Estate)
2 March 2020

The Franschhoek Cheese Festival
25 – 27 April 2020

The Franschhoek Literary Festival
15-17 May 2020

The Franschhoek Bastille Day Celebrations
Around 14 July 2020

The Uncorked Wine Festival
2nd weekend of September

Franschhoek Art Festival
October every year

Franschhoek Open Gardens
25 October 2019

Cap Classique and Champagne Festival
Beginning December 2019