Bo La Motte cottages

Bo La Motte cottages Families will love the four cottages at Bo La Motte. Grassy lawns and a jungle gym will keep young travellers entertained for hours, while the peaceful cottages are tucked amongst the vines or overlooking the farm dams, which are stocked with trout if you fancy casting a line. Rates R600-R1,600 per unit.

Bellingham Homestead

Bellingham Homestead You can almost feel the walls speak the history of the valley on this wine estate a little out of town. The Manor House, a declared national monument, offers a guest suite, but the four cottages have more charm: Benji’s Cottage is surrounded by rose gardens, while The Garden Cottage is a 300-year-old escape that used to be the estate’s cowshed! Rates R500-R1,200 per...

Ashbourne House

Ashbourne House This is a touch of English elegance in a famously French village. Ashbourne House offers six beautiful suites each with its own entrance and private patio. It’s just a short walk from the centre of town, so you can easily stroll to dinner in the evenings. The guesthouse is proudly hospitable to gay travellers. Rates: R540-R1,140.

Akademie Street Guesthouses

Akademie Street Guesthouses One of the best options in Franschhoek, this peaceful owner-run property has five immaculate guesthouses that offer a wonderful respite from the tourist hubbub. Art adorns the walls of the four cottages, each with a private pool, with meandering pathways through the garden leading you to the main house and its smaller en-suite rooms. Breakfasts served poolside in summer...

Huguenot Fine Chocolates

Huguenot Fine Chocolates This old-style chocolatier comes alive at Easter, but any day of the week there’ll be a crowd choosing their favourites from the glass display case filled with handmade goodies. Real chocoholics should sign up for the half-hour Chocolate Experience (R25pp), which tells the story of chocolate and ends with a demonstration and tasting. Open 8am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm Sat...


Packed floor-to-ceiling with everything the home cook has ever coveted, this small shop is what heaven must look like for Julia Child wannabes. You’ll find brioche pans, copper pots and top-quality cook’s knives here, and although the prices aren’t shy it’s sure to tempt any foodie. Open 9am-5.30pm daily.

Franschhoek Wine Bus

Franschhoek Wine Bus A new way to wander between wineries, the off-road ‘wine bus’ whisks you through vineyards and over mountains, tasting some of the valley’s best wines and meeting winemakers along the way. Booking is essential, as each tour can only accommodate 10 people. Departs from Rickety Bridge Wine Estate . Tours Weekends 11am. Winter 10am, 2pm Mon-Fri. Season 9.30am, 2.30pm Mon-...

The Riverside

This family-friendly spot is decidedly laid-back, with a safe children’s play area so parents can relax and tuck into the restaurant’s legendary bobotie or chicken pie. There are also braai-equipped riverside picnic spots on offer, with spacious lawns for tossing a Frisbee. Open 8am-5pm Wed-Sun. Main courses R65.

Rickety Bridge Restaurant in the Vines

Rickety Bridge Restaurant in the Vines Wonderful vineyard views come standard at this unassuming Winelands restaurant where the focus is firmly on hearty country fare. Picnic baskets are a good option in summer, and the boules court amongst the vines is a great way to work off lunch. Don’t forget your beret! Open Noon-4pm daily. Main courses R100.

Reuben’s Restaurant

Reuben’s Restaurant One & Only Cape Town is now home to one of South Africa’s most loved and award-wining chefs, Reuben Eiffel, Reuben’s serves deceptively simple, wholesome bistro fare, with fresh flavours, generous portions and beautiful-plated dishes. The restaurant has a sophisticated, but unfussy, brasserie feel and the food provides an exciting combination of local flavours. Award-...

The Restaurant at Grande Provence

The Restaurant at Grande Provence There’s a strong Asian influence on the menu at this historic wine estate where diners are invited to create their own menu from a selection of 20 or so meal options. This is fine dining made fun, with the likes of duck and rabbit gateaux. Enjoy at delightful tables under the oaks, with local art and sculpture in the garden and visit the acclaimed gallery. Open Noon-2.30...

Mont Rochelle Country Kitchen

A relaxed way to enjoy the great views from Mont Rochelle is the country kitchen next door to the estate’s wine-tasting tables. The small chalkboard menu has a distinctly Mediterranean slant, with some great vegetarian options. Gourmet picnics can also be ordered to enjoy at the designated picnic spots. Open 10am-9.30pm Mon, Tue; 10am-7pm Wed-Sun. Main courses R90....

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards & Mange Tout Restaurant

Mange Tout Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards Despite offering five-star bells and whistles, Mont Rochelle still retains the relaxed feel of a rambling country house. Sixteen bedrooms all have a cosy country charm, but the six plush suites are the pick of the bunch, offering stupendous views across the valley as well as private splash pools. There’s also a small wellness...

Lecca II Gelato

Lecca II Gelato You won’t want to share your scoop of dark-chocolate-and-orange ice cream, but luckily there are around 70 other flavours to choose from at what is easily one of the best ice-cream shops in the Cape. Grab a sugar cone for your stroll up the Main Road, or park off and enjoy on the tables outside. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Thur; 9am-6pm Fri-Sun. Price From R16 per scoop. No...

Le Bon Vivant

Le Bon Vivant A classy art-filled restaurant that spills onto a wonderful shaded terrace. The discreet open kitchen allows you to keep an eye on Dutch-born chef/patron Pierre Hendricks while he whips up dishes that balance Asian and European flavours with fabulous local produce. Excellent value for the gourmet artistry on offer. Open Noon-3pm, 7-9.30pm Thur-Tue. Main courses R80.