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.
Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in a magnificent double-deck railway tram and an open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of double deck railway tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour.