Described as the food and wine heartland of the country – Franschhoek is a mere 30 minutes’ drive from Stellenbosch. Nestled between the mountains, lies the beautiful town with its French influence, brought by the Huguenots over 300 years ago. Between the award winning restaurants and the world class wine cellars, there is something to do for everyone and every budget. The main street is lined with craft shops, galleries and restaurants – ideal for a Sunday stroll. A place worth visiting is the Huguenot Fine Chocolatier, selling hand crafted Belgian chocolates. They offer a half hour program where guests to this chocolate wonderland can view demonstrations; learn about the history of Chocolate and most importunately, have a tasting.
The Franschhoek Motor Museum, another highlight especially for motor enthusiasts, gives visitors the chance to view motoring history dating back more than 100 years. The museum is comprised of an extraordinary collection of motorcycles, cars and bicycles. They even have a Limousine, made by Wolseley, from 1910!
A well know wine farm in the area is Vrede en Lust with daily wine tastings form 10am until 5pm. Their restaurant offers the Cotage Fromage Tasting Menu, especially created to offer their guests 6 small portions to pair with the carefully selected Vrede en Lust Wines. Rich in history, Vrede en Lust was established in 1688 by a French Huguenot Jacques de Savoye. Their logo also has rich history behind it – so remember to ask them when visiting.
The Bastille Day festival, held every July in Franschhoek, celebrates the towns’ iconic French heritage. Festival goers dress up in red, blue and white and are treated to French inspired food, craft markets, good wine and the famous barrel-rolling contest. The highlight of the festival is the Food and Wine Marquee with live music, widely acclaimed chefs preparing mouth-watering dishes with Franschhoek’s finest wines on offer.
But that is not all Franschhoek has to offer, take a stroll through one of the many walking trails, go for wine tasting on horseback, visit the monthly street market or sample locally made Franschhoek beer at Dieu Donnè, all while enjoying the picturesque sights of Franschhoek!