Home to some of South Africa’s finest eateries, Franschhoek is widely regarded as the country’s gourmet capital, offering up a wide variety of culinary experiences unmatched elsewhere. From five-star dining to cosy coffee shops and casual bistros, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes in this verdant valley.
But where to start? After all, unless you’ve planned a month-long stay, you’re unlikely to make it to all the town’s most talked about hotspots. Luckily, help is at hand, and we’ve handpicked some of our favourite foodie destinations to help make those all-important gastronomic decisions a little bit easier.
One thing you can be sure of is that whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find it in Franschhoek. So read on and prepare to embark on a voyage of culinary discovery.
Light & Lazy – Café Bon Bon
Café Bon Bon is a firm favourite with Franschhoek locals, who flock here in their droves to enjoy sumptuous breakfasts, languid lunches and mouth-watering cakes under the oak trees. The fare here is simple yet sophisticated, with the picturesque surrounds elevating the dining experience to spectacular new heights.
Open daily for breakfast and lunch.
Room with a view – La Petite Ferme
High on the hills above town, La Petite Ferme boasts striking panoramas of the valley and surrounds, with show-stopping culinary offerings to match. The chefs’ food philosophy is one of simplicity, with the menu boasting a series of uncomplicated dishes, infused with natural flavours and prepared using the highest quality ingredients.
Open for lunch daily 12:00 to 15:30
Dinner available Friday & Saturday 18:30- 21:30
Parisian Pizzazz – The French Connection
A charming, bistro-style eatery with a welcoming and unpretentious atmosphere, The French Connection serves up simple yet enticing fare, which can be enjoyed on its outdoor Parisian-style tables in the summer months, or beside a roaring fire in winter. A favourite amongst the locals, The French Connection’s steaks are the stuff of legend, prepared in a range of unique basting sauces and served alongside perfectly prepared frites.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Reservations: Recommended for dinner.
Champagne Chic – Orangerie at Le Lude
Classic French cuisine gets a delicious contemporary twist at this relatively new arrival on the Franschhoek food scene. Chef Nicolene Barrow, an alum of the world-famous Le Gavroche Restaurant in London, serves up creative seasonal menus inspired by local ingredients, infusing traditional dishes with a distinct Franschhoek flair.
Top tip: Make sure to pair your meal with the estate’s legendary MCC – you won’t regret it.
Open for lunch and dinner.
Experiential Eating – Foliage
Specialising in farm-to-table dining experiences, Chef Chris Erasmus’s latest offering is a sumptuous showcase of Franschhoek’s fabled produce. At Foliage, Erasmus serves up adventurous and delicious fare, taking on classic favourites and adding unexpected twists sure to both intrigue and delight your palate.
Open for Dinner only Monday to Friday
Saturdays both lunch & dinner. Sundays closed