Franschhoek (South Africa)

Franschhoek Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Graeme Churchard

Gastronomic capital of South Africa

Franschhoek is a small town in South Africa's Cape Winelands
Great scenery, good boutique shops, but above all great food and wine
Some of the restaurants here do not only have a good menu but are spectacularly set

The list of hidden gems in South Africa is fairly long, but we would still be surprised if Franschhoek (pop. 15,000) didn't rank somewhere near the top on it.

Franschhoek (in Dutch/Afrikaans "French Corner") lies in the heart of the Cape Winelands, forming part of the Stellenbosch municipality. It was established by French Huguenot settlers in the 18th century and is nowadays widely known for being one of the country's wine and gastronomic hotspots. So if you need to get your cheese, breads or wine fix, head over here.

Or, alternatively, as Franschhoek is nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountains, you could just head here for the spectacular scenery. Go hiking or biking and explore the lake and vineyards, or stroll down the main street to do some boutique shopping. At the end of the day you must of course finish it off with a meal - may we recommend Mont Rochelle or Dieu Donne Vineyards and Restaurant, if only for the views? [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Franschhoek is a city in South Africa's region of Western Cape. It has a population of 15,616, is situated at an altitude of 1142ft and the best airport to fly into is CPT (Cape Town International, Cape Town)
  • The main spoken language here is Afrikaans/English, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in South Africa is the South African rand (ZAR)

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Franschhoek Weather

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