Franschhoek Wine Valley

River Cafe Franschhoek

River Cafe is one of the newest additions to the beautiful village of Franschhoek. With a focus on keeping it real and bringing back to the village, a little bit of light heartedness. River Cafe serves sumptuous full plate dishes made with fresh local ingredients & is all about real food, paired with relaxed easy eating, delivered in a beautiful setting.

We serve early morning breakfasts with Big Dog coffee, freshly baked pastries & seasonal juices, our late lunches can be perfectly paired with a local Franschhoek wine or one of our original cocktails, alternatively, linger longer & spend time sharing our South African inspired platters or a platter of fresh oysters and watch the village change it’s colours as the sun sets. River Cafe is also the home of the largest selection of genuine Italian inspired gelato in the village. Experience Franschhoek like a local, no fuss, no frills just really good food, hunger busting portions & real value prepared & presented with love.

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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’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020 - Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations (15th position).
  • 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: 09h00 – 12h00
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00
Sunday: closed

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861