Franschhoek Wine Valley

The Greenhouse Restaurant at Babylonstoren

The Greenhouse, at the rear of the garden, is a sight for sore eyes. There’s no better place to sit than here under the oak trees and enjoy an informal, picnic-style snack of tea and buttermilk scones. We also offer more substantial meals of artisanal breads with handcrafted cheeses and dressed meats served with our homemade herb oils, chutneys, preserves and relishes, as well as delicious, fresh garden salads.

The 26 m vintage conservatory in dark green steel was custom built for Babylonstoren in France by Serres et Ferronneries d’Antan. Paired with a collection of brick-red tables and colourful green Luxembourg chairs (the classic park chair design), the Greenhouse is a surprising but thoroughly logical refreshment station for guests who have completed the garden tour.

All our food is served picnic-style in wooden crates with the preserves, jams and salads packaged in weck jars, while fresh bread from our wood-fired oven, boerewors rolls and golden hand-cut chips all come wrapped in the iconic blue-and-white Babylonstoren paper.

Despite its obvious aesthetic appeal and its function as a refreshment station, the Greenhouse also performs a vital role in the garden. It is here where plants or varieties are brought when they struggle to make it in the formal garden due to the Western Cape’s winter rainfall or the lack of humidity in summer. And so you’ll find that exotic granadillas, ginger, cardamom, pineapples, dragonfruit, vanilla, guavadillas and even a baobab tree, all reside here. The Greenhouse menu subscribes to the self-same “pick, clean and serve” philosophy as Babel, with a strong emphasis on honest food with little to no fuss.

The Greenhouse is open Monday to Sunday from 10h00 to 16h00.

Bookings

  • There is no need to make a reservation for the Greenhouse. Guests are seated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Should you wish to bring a group of between 13 and 18 guests, kindly make a reservation. These reservations open two months in advance. 

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Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.

Disclaimer

Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.