Things To Do

 

Although Franschhoek is small, it has a large offering of great things for visitors to do. There are some beautiful shops, museums and galleries. Here are some to consider. Within easy walking distance of the hotel.

Local Museums & Activities

Franschhoek is a great base for tours and activities across the winelands including Paarl and Stellenbosch. For our more active visitors there is a wonderful choice of hikes, bike tours, kayaking, quad-biking, horseback riding and golf.

For a complete list, please ask Guest Services for more information. In the meantime, why not consider one of the following;

The Huguenot Museum and Monument

The Huguenot Memorial Museum, with its famous monument,  portrays the history of the French Huguenots before and after their arrival in the Cape of Good Hope.

Bicycle Hire

Either hire a bike to tour the town yourself or go on one of the very many bicycle tours available.

Helicopter Trip over the Valley

Franschhoek boasts a spectacular aerial view over the valley, the winelands, the farms and the very many beautiful dams and waterways.

The Franschhoek Motor Museum

The Motor Museum displays a wonderful selection of cars, motor bikes and bicycles dating back 100 years. This unique private collection is one of the finest collections of motor vehicles across the world, and a real must-see for motor and history enthusiasts.

Play a Round of Golf

We have seven impressive golf courses close by. At each course it is possible to hire clubs if you have not brought yours with you.

Winelands Hot Air Ballooning

These hot-air balloon flights in the Bergriver Valley, between Paarl and Malmesbury will take your breath away. They are offered daily at sunrise between November and April, weather permitting.

    Galleries and Shopping

    The Franschhoek Local Market is located in the middle of town, is open every Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm with live music, arts, crafts, gifts and a great selection of food and drink. There is always a wonderful atmosphere and great energy.

    The main road, Huguenot Street, has very many lovely boutiques and galleries. It takes very little time to walk up and down the street to discover the various treasures on offer. Here are some of our favourites;

    Is Art

    A vibrant gallery with a wonderful collection of local contemporary art and antiques. Centrally located in the middle of town.

    Galleria Gibello

    Franschhoek’s original brandy distillery, Galleria Gibello, is the new home to wildlife photographer Caroline Gibello’s iconic images of Africa.

    Indian Summer

    A wonderful collection of local designed ladieswear

    Little Gipsy

    An interesting selection of collectables and gifts

    Huguenot Fine Chocolates

    Locally hand-crafted chocolates in an impressive selection of boxes and packaging. Daily ‘Chocolate Experiences’ are available at 11am and 3pm.

    The Holden Manz Art Gallery

    This gallery is right in the middle of town and hosts a wonderful collection of contemporary African art.

    Ebony Curated

    The Ebony gallery specialises in paintings, sculptures, furniture, handcrafted homeware and local artefacts. The dark walls and warm lighting allow each art piece to shine on its own, and the soft and stylish furniture calls on visitors to come in and browse.

    Peacock Blue

    Design wear for men and women from in and around the Cape

    Masquerade

    Ideal shopping and great ideas for the person who already has everything!

    Other Activities

    Franschhoek is a great base for tours and activities across the winelands including Paarl and Stellenbosch. For our more active visitors there is a wonderful choice of hikes, bike tours, kayaking, quad-biking, horseback riding and golf.

    Please ask Guest Services for more information.

    Wines, Vineyards and Tastings

    The Franschhoek Valley boasts some of the finest wineries in South Africa, if not the world. With a long history of local and important cultivations, the winemakers here have combined innovation and expertise to offer a wonderful choice of wines to taste. For getting around there are many options and the Gust Service team would be happy to assist with this. For an overview of very many of the main vineyards, the Franschhoek tram is a great option, and tickets can be booked at the Front Desk for you. Alternatively, we can offer private tours or chauffer drive. Here are some of our personal favourites, chosen by category of wine or grape;
    Here are some of our personal favourites, chosen by category of wine or grape;

    La Motte

    Located just outside the town. A beautiful old estate with a selection of different grape varietals, but their Chardonnay has been winning awards for years, and is really good. The tasting room is opened from 9 am to 5 pm. It closes for a few days over Christmas.

    Haute Cabrière

    This is home to the well-known and delicious Pierre Jourdan sparkling wine range. Sit outside with breath-taking views of the valley and enjoy the sparkles. Seasonal offers, such as oysters are always popular.

    Rupert and Rothschild

    This tasting room is completely unique, not just in Franschhoek, but probably worldwide. It is located on this very impressive vineyard and made up of a partnership between two families; the Ruperts and the Rothschilds. In addition to offering their estate wines, they also include tastings from Rothschild vineyards in New Zealand, Argentina and France. This allows the taster to really experience how wine lives and grows differently in different climates and locations.

    Mȏreson

    A wonderful farm full of citrus and vines and personality. Many of the wine names cutely names after their dog’s behaviour! Their wine makes is, justly in our view, award winning and well recognized. They offer a tasting with charcutier option, or even better join them at Bread and Wine for lunch.

    Boekenhoutskloof

    This vineyard was established in 1776, making it one of the oldest in the valley. It is located at the furthest most corner of the Franschhoek Valley. It is the farm most synonymous with red wine production and in recent years they have focused on Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Caber-net Franc, Grenache and to a lesser extent Semillon and Viognier. They are fames for the Chocolate Block variety.

    Eating Out

    Franschhoek is undeniably the Gourmet Capital of South Africa boasting one of the Top 50 restaurants in the World and eight of South Africa’s Top 100, so it should be no surprise that we are spoilt for choice with a fantastic food offering in the village and beyond.

    The following restaurants are really very good. They get busy, so why not ask us to book for you before you arrive in the town.

    Le Bon Vivant

    Located on the same block as Chapter House, the atmosphere at Le Bon Vivant is homely and relaxed, while reminiscent of contemporary French restaurants. The glass wall allows you to see Pierre Hendriks and his team working their magic.

    La Petite Colombe

    This is a relative newcomer to Franschhoek and the little brother of the famed Constantia Nek “La Colombe”. It has been immediately recognised for its excellence and it is very worthwhile a visit.

    Reubens

    Now in a new and much improved location, Rueben has a passion for creating fine yet uncomplicated cuisine in a laid back and stylish setting to match.

    Oku

    New and within easy walking distance of the hotel is the South East Asian brainchild of Ryan Shell and Darren Badenhorst.  This offers a great new design, and an inspired menu all prepared by a well trained and friendly team.

    Le Coin Francais

    Well know chef Darren Badenhorst opened this restaurant relatively recently and has made a real impact with his own twist on nostalgic foods from our memories.

    Chefs Warehouse

    Irish chef Liam Tomlin has been taking the Peninsula by storm for years, and his recent portfolio addition in Franschoek in another resounding success. Here, it is all about the food; the sheer pleasure of taste in tapas format.

    Café Franschhoek

    A relaxed and popular informal setting right in the middle of town – sit and watch the world go by!

    Getting Around in Franschhoek

    Franschhoek is small and very easy to get around. The town itself is made up of a single main road with tributary roads off it. In and around the greater Franschhoek area, the roads are good and well signposted.

    We have a private tour and transfer company available to our guests. Their services include airport transfers, tours across the peninsula, and in the winelands, and short distance transfers. This is an easy and popular solution to your transport needs whilst staying at our hotels.

    There is little in the form of public transport, but many other options are available. Please speak with the guest service team for more information.

    Taxis: Reliable taxis can be ordered at reception.
    Tuk Tuk: These three-wheel taxis are a new and very popular attraction to Franschhoek. They do need to be booked in advance so please speak with a team member for help with this.
    Wine Tram: This hop-on hop-off experience can bring you to very many of the well-known vineyards and wineries in and around town. These tickets are available at reception.

    Franschhoek Calendar

    Festivals and Upcoming Events

    The town, although small is very busy and vibrant. We are proud of an active calendar of Festivals and Events, many of which repeat each year. Some of these dates shift for organizational reasons, so if you have questions, please contact us and we will update you on the calendar;

    Franschhoek Summer Wines Festival

    What better way to celebrate than by sampling seasonally-inspired wines at Franschhoek.

    The Franschhoek Literary Festival

    The events take place in a variety of village venues within a few minutes’ walk of each other, creating a vibrant ambience in streets buzzing with book-lovers.

    The Franschhoek Bastille Day Celebrations

     Your virtual journey through Franschhoek starts on 1 July as we showcase to you some of the region’s finest offerings.

    The Uncorked Wine Festival

    This multi-faceted celebration takes place on satellite farms throughout the Valley, and affords highly esteemed wineries, as well as those smaller hidden jewels, the opportunity to ‘bloom’ as they showcase new vintages and releases, coinciding with the onset of spring. 

    Franschhoek Open Gardens

    Every year we try to bring you new and exciting gardens. Other attractions include the ‘Garden in a Pot’ competition and teas and wine tasting in some of the gardens.