Franschhoek Wine Valley

Beleef Restaurant

Beleef Restaurant can’t wait to take locals and tourists on a true “boerekos belewenis” (boerekos experience).

Headed by chef Herman Steyn, Beleef offers traditional South African fare with a brand new outlook on “boerekos”!

Inspired by the likes of old South African stalwarts from people like S.J.A de Villiers of Leipoldt’s fame, and of course his parents who were both brilliant, no -nonsense cooks and according to Herman, the pioneers of the original “farm to fork” concept and a “waste nothing” attitude!

Herman’s passion for traditional South African food was born out of these, his childhood memories which almost all involved food. From ouma and oupa to mom and dad and remembering the first time he made an egg when he was just six years old.

Making Franschhoek his home in 2009 and being executive chef of the Traumerei group, Herman fell in love with the quaint village and dreamed of owning his own restaurant here. After a stint on a game farm in the Free State, he returned to Franschhoek in 2015 where Café Franschhoek with Leo and Ilsje de Beer became his home for the next few years. Herman looks back at the experience with fond memories and still names Café Franschhoek as his favourite spot for “coffee and brekkie in town.”

The name Beleef means “experience” in Dutch and Afrikaans and it is his vision of a genuine “oumas kitchen” that Herman wants to bring to life from his kitchen. Expect dishes like smoorsnoek, melktert, pampoenkoekies all with a unique twist and Herman’s signature surprises.

Strictly seasonal and “farm to fork” with unique South African hospitality at its very best!

Die lewe is ‘n pampoen koekie in kaneel! (Life is like a pumpkin fritter in cinnamon!)

Come in and Beleef!

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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.


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.


Contact Us

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road

Office hours
Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 17h00
Sunday’s: 09h00 – 16h00

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861