Founded in 1688 by French Huguenots, this breathtakingly beautiful town, directly translated as “French Corner” from its Dutch name, is world renowned as the Food & Wine capital of South Africa. With scenic backdrops that would keep many of the 19th-century Impressionists satisfied for hours, this popular village should be a bucket-list destination for wine and food connoisseurs alike.
With more award-winning restaurants concentrated here than anywhere else in South Africa, La Rive is perfectly located to allow you to experience most of them within a short walk or drive. Franschhoek’s restaurants are an eclectic combination of French cuisine and some of South Africa’s finest traditional and contemporary styles, with visitors travelling from around the world to sample some of the most delectable, exquisite tastes on the continent.
A snippet of the highly acclaimed restaurants we’d recommend are:
Wine tasting in Franschhoek is unique. With magnificent mountain backdrops and picturesque vineyards, the entire experience is an overload of sensory delights. Some of the over 300-year-old family-owned wine farms have amazing architecture and incredible views, as well as many added bonuses like museums, farm stalls and garden tours, not to mention the main attractions of cellar tours and wine tastings.