Franschhoek has never suffered from a shortage of cultural offerings, its bars, cafés, vineyards and restaurants well acquainted with international acclaim. But even the world’s most well-established hot spots need a face lift from time to time.
Never content to rest on its laurels, Franschhoek is constantly reinventing itself, with a slew of new attractions an inevitability every summer season. If you’re planning on a repeat visit in the near future, we’ve rounded up some of the valley’s finest new offerings that you’ll definitely want to add to your to-do list:
If you fancy something a little different from the usual winelands gastronomic experience, look no further than Marigold, Franschhoek’s first authentic Indian restaurant. The eatery, which offers up an enticing menu inspired by the aromatic and spicy cuisine of Northern India, adds an exotic new twist to town’s well-established culinary offering. You can expect to excite your palate with a variety of Indian dishes such as fragrant curries, biryanis and succulent meat cooked in a charcoal tandoor.
Contact: 021 876 8971
Tuk Tuk Microbrewery
A refreshing alternative to the usual Franschhoek wine tasting exploits, Tuk Tuk Microbrewery on Huguenot Street is affectionately described as a “brewery on steroids”, thanks to its unique approach to technological advances and energy savings. Pull up a seat around the microbrewery, where you can watch Tuk Tuk’s beer being expertly brewed, or take in a spot of people watching in the outdoor sunken courtyard.
Offering up a variety of delicious craft beers and a Mexican-inspired food menu, Tuk Tuk is fast becoming a firm favourite amongst locals and visitors alike.
Contact: 021 492 2207
De Villiers Chocolate Café
Chocolate lovers are already well catered for in Franschhoek, but this brand new café cum chocolateria has unquestionanly hit the sweet spot. Offering up a variety of hand crafted indulgences, including ice creams, coffee and every imaginable form of chocolate, De Villiers Chocolate Café is a one-stop shop for all things decadent.
Contact: 021 874 1060
An imaginative and innovative hybrid offering, the Boutique Gallery is a new lifestyle concept store, where you can find a range of unique artworks, gifts and crafts, all of which are beautifully displayed in a fresh and stylish space. Part gallery, part contemporary gifting nirvana, The Boutique Gallery is the ideal place to delight your senses, and to find the perfect gift for that special someone.
Contact: 021 876 2723