When visiting Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands you are immediately transported to a world filled with breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine and superb wines.
Regarded as South Africa’s Culinary Capital your gastronomic experiences range from haute cuisine to locally sourced artisanal foods, prepared by highly acclaimed chefs. Local cuisine adds extra pizzazz to your experience. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the selection of fine dining, café-style restaurants and local dishes in this quaint village. Local dishes include simple yet delicious vetkoek (a traditional Afrikaner fried dough bread) to the more elegantly yet appetising fragrant Cape curried seafood. Guaranteed to delight even the fussiest of taste buds, your Franschhoek foodie experience will without a doubt be a memorable one. Plan your visit to include attending one of the renowned lifestyle festivals such as the glamorous Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival.
Dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best preserved farmyards in the Cape. Beloved for its magnificent garden that is laid out over 3,5 hectares (8 acres), the garden is divided into 15 sections that comprise fruit, vegetables, berries, bees for pollinating, indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, ducks and chickens, and more. Every aspect of Babylonstoren – including the contemporary Farm Hotel & Spa, the Farm Shop and Bakery – are led by the ever-changing tapestry and botanical diversity of the garden.
Dishes served in Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant are based on recipes used and modified in the Cape Winelands over more than three centuries as different cultures contributed to the shaping of Cape Winelands Cuisine. Such traditions are still alive at the restaurant with the use of a seasonal menu, fresh vegetables and fruit from the La Motte sustainable garden, the vital use of spices and herbs as well as cooking with wine – creativity of the early Cape being recreated today, for guests’ enjoyment.
Kopano - a dining with locals experience arranged by the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy and Learning Centre, who offer an almost free hospitality training & skills development program to 20 students from disadvantaged communities within the Franschhoek area. You will receive a shuttle service & a guided walk through the township, ending off with an authentic South African lunch (prepared by the students), while being entertained with local songs & storytelling.