Food & Drinks

La Petite Ferme

La Petite Ferme Franschhoek’s gourmet reputation was kick-started by this family-owned restaurant boasting panoramic views of the valley. Continental culinary influences marry with local produce to offer a menu of adventurous comfort food. Helpful pairings match estate wines to each dish. Open Noon-4pm daily. Main courses R90.

Kalfi’s Restaurant

A welcome break from the foams and infusions at Franschhoek’s upmarket eateries, this laid-back spot offers more rustic fare where the menu is as approachable as the service. Expect generous, no-frills favourites like toasted sarmies, bobotie and old-fashioned chicken pie. It’s a popular spot with families and breakfast-run bikers. Open 8am-9.30pm daily. Main courses R80.

Haute Cabrière

Achim von Arnim’s Saturday morning cellar tours have become legendary in Franschhoek, thanks in no small part to the gregarious cellar master’s deft hand at sabrage. Swords and pop-ping corks aside, Matthew Gordon’s acclaimed cellar restaurant is as much of a reason to visit, offering fine dining in the valley with dishes available in half portions – so food and wine...

The Grillroom

Exposed brick walls and plush banquettes give this classy steakhouse a New York feel, while an open-show kitchen lets you watch the chefs at work. Matthew Gordon (of Haute Cabrière fame) is in charge of the kitchen so the meat-heavy menu, with interesting daily specials, doesn’t disappoint. Open Noon-3pm, 6.30-10pm daily. Main courses R110.

Franschhoek Restaurant & Guest House in Holden Manz estate

Franschhoek Restaurant & Guest Franschhoek Restaurant & Guest House in Holden Manz estate formerly known as Kleingenot. we are happy to announce that the refurbished guesthouse is ready to welcome its guests. Bookings are now taken for dates from 1 oct 11 onwards. Indulge yourself and enjoy one of the best places to stay in south africa. Our estate is renowned for its beautiful setting and...

Fyndraai

Fyndraai The tables under the oaks are some of the prettiest in the Valley on a fine summer’s day, and the food matches up to the views with a selection of traditional Cape favourites. Picnic baskets also available, to be enjoyed at a private spot on the estate’s riverbank. Pay a visit to the Museum vande Caab, which explores the history of the valley from its Stone Age...

Franschhoek Station Pub & Grill

This delightfully unpretentious eatery in the old railway station has become a firm favourite with local families. The menu is unashamedly well-priced pub grub, paired with a small selection of local wines. Tables (with blankets for chilly days) are scattered on the station platform, and kids will love the boules court laid out between the railway tracks. Open 11-2am Tue...

Essence Restaurant & Coffee bar

Tables in this quaint café spill out onto the pavement, making it a great place to watch the world go by while you tuck into their menu of light meals, sandwiches and salads. The coffee is good and there’s WiFi on offer, so it’s also a good spot to catch up on your emails. Open 7am-6pm daily. Main courses starts from R55.

Elephant & Barrel Village Pub

Elephant & Barrel Village Pub A touch of Old Blighty in the ‘French Corner’, this English-style pub is as unpretentious as they come. The courtyard is a good bet for tucking into their pub grub of bangers and mash or chicken curry, but when there’s a game on, the flat-screen TVs are where you’ll find the action. Look out for regular live music too. Open 11am-2am (kitchen closes 10pm) daily. Main...

Dutch East

Franschhoek regulars might notice that the old Burgundy’s restaurant has been given a new lease on life. Exposed brick walls, rustic tables and chandeliers set the scene for a spot that looks set to become a local favourite. The tuna starter is amazing, as is the service. Open 11am-4pm, 7-9pm daily. Main courses R90.

Weltevrede Bistro & Wine Estate

Weltevrede Bistro Pop in here for hearty country classics like chicken, mushroom and leek pot pie, and big breakfast fry-ups. Sprawling vineyard views, cheerful checkered tablecloths and a gurgling water feature add to the laid-back appeal of the place. Open 9am-4pm Tue-Sat. Main courses R50 (R30 light meals). Guest house in Weltevrede Wine Estate: Choose between two cottages nestling...

Karoux

Karoux ‘I don’t do jus,’ warns chef Kurt Middleton-Le Roux. Honest food is king at this deservedly popular new eatery run by Kurt and husband André Middleton-Le Roux. The menu, with its focus on fresh, locally sourced quality fare, changes regularly. Almost everything is made on site. Karoux fills up quickly so it’s best to book in advance. Open 6pm-late Fri-Tue; Noon-3pm Sun...

Eseltjiesrus Country Kitchen

Eseltjiesrus Country Kitchen After visiting this beguiling retirement home for abused and neglected Eeyores, pop in for a meal too. A technicoloured roadside windmill points the way to this country spot. Dig into hearty country classics like lamb curry and lamb shank pie. On the weekend, you’ll get a tour of the compound; and a chance to scratch a doe-eyed fellow or two between the ears. Donations...

Café Tebaldi’s

Café Tebaldi’s Named after opera singer Maria Tebaldi, this eatery dishes up Mediterranean fare with an international twist. Chef André Wyngaard gets his inspiration from years of travelling the globe and vegetarian and Italian dishes are his passion. Décor is zen-farmhouse-chic; sit in front of the fireplace in winter or dream away summer days on the stoep. Open 8am-5pm Tue; 8am-3pm...

The Olive Boutique

The Olive Boutique Juliana and Michael Meredith imported the first olive press in the valley 10 years ago and now customers will drive from as far afield as Port Elizabeth to get their olive fix. Taste, buy and indulge in Juliana’s philosophy that olives can be enjoyed all day long, from the tapenade with your eggs on toast in the morning to a massage at bedtime. Open 9am-4pm Mon-Fri; 10am-...