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Dining in the Winelands

Dining in the Winelands


Franschhoek is the “food and wine capital of the Western Cape.”  Many people visit just to eat at the famous Franschhoek restaurants, some on the wine farms, some attached to the hotels and some independent ones in the village itself, we have a compiled a list of just a few of the favorites that shouldn’t be missed!

Le Quartier Français - The Tasting Room -  Margot Janse has been voted S.A.’s best chef and the restaurant rated in the top 50 restaurants in the world for several consecutive years by Restaurant Magazine UK and the number one restaurant in South Africa (Eat Out 2008). A five-course à la carte menu or a nine-course “surprise” African-inspired menu, with or without wines to match, is a must for people who like superb, out of the ordinary food.

Dieu Donné – located on the slopes of the mountain with magnificent views over the valley offering a lovely spot for sundowners!

Freedom Hill - on the way to Paarl, opposite the prison where Nelson Mandela walked out as a free man. A nice stop for in-between snacks (Tapas) with a view!

Fyndraai at Solms Delta - Very interesting building, offering  South African dishes, with the bonus of an informative Museum and lovely wines – well worth a visit.

Grande Provence – a beautiful venue especially for al fresco dining, offering good food, exceptional red wines, a sculpture garden and an interesting contemporary art gallery. 

Haute Cabriere – a truly romantic setting in a wine cellar built into the mountainside above Franschhoek!

Reuben's -   Reuben Riffel, much fêted local lad who has become a household name! The food is simply wonderful. The interesting pub section even boasts a bar counter that is the wing of a Dakota airplane!  Reuben’s is also at the One&Only Hotel in Cape Town where he has replaced Gordon Ramsey.

Pierneef à La Motte - located on La Motte farm offering South African dishes with a contemporary twist in a stunning setting.

The French Connection - Bistro style, very popular, particularly with the locals set in the heart of the village.

The Grill Room – offering other dishes on menu besides grills, a vibey venue serving the best steaks!

Tokara - A state of the art restaurant and winery with stunning views. If dining during the day, ask for a window seat!

Bread and Wine – located on Môreson Wine Farm and also named one of the top10 restaurants in South Africa (Eat Out 2008). Highly recommend sitting outside under umbrellas looking at the orange tree orchards and eating the wonderful food in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere.

La Petite Ferme – undoubtedly one of the most popular restaurants in Franschhoek for at least the last twenty years located on the mountainside with amazing views.

For further information or guidance on planning your vacation to the Cape Winelands, contact the Southern Africa Travel team today!



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