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 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.


Temenos This non-denominational spiritual retreat gives stressed out city dwellers a chance to reflect. You’ll find healing therapies, meditation spaces, yoga classes and guided retreats. Accommodation consists of pretty, whitewashed garden cottages – and you don’t have to be spiritual to stay here; every-one’s welcome. The great on-site restaurant and fairy-tale garden with its...


Tanagra In 2009 Robert and Anette Rosenbach packed up their lives in Germany and moved to sleepy McGregor to open a boutique winery. Things have gone swimmingly since and Robert now also makes his own grappa. Self-catering cottages and apartments on their farm are all decidedly alluring. Sip some wine on your sundeck, spot birdlife from a bird hide, go for a hike in the adjacent...


This cute, whitewashed, self-catering cottage is stylishly decorated and situated in a peaceful part of town. Wake up to the sound of crowing roosters and spend your days reading and lazing about. Rates starts from R250. No credit cards are accepted.

Green Gables Country Inn

Green Gables Country Inn This guesthouse on the edge of town is flanked by vineyards on the one side and a nature reserve on the other. A stunning stoep overlooks a patch-work of vineyards, thatched cottages and leafy greenery. Rooms are B&B but there’s also a self-catering cottage. The resident restaurant offers three-course dinners in the evening. Rates R350. No credit cards are accepted.

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...