We may not celebrate a white Christmas in sunny South Africa, but we’re guaranteed to bring lots of cheer to all who visit the Franschhoek Wine Valley this festive season.
Franschhoek may be known for being the country’s Gourmet Capital and home to world-class wines, but for those in the know it’s also the place to be (and be seen) when stocking up on a gift or two for family and friends. Franschhoek’s Main Road is dotted with quaint shops and galleries, all within leisurely walking distance, and providing shoppers with ample to choose from. While out and about you’ll find an assortment of boutique fashion and jewellery studios, world-class art galleries and studios. Specialty deli’s and wine shops add extra appeal, while the interior design shops and interesting bric-a-brac shops will undoubtedly get the creative juices flowing for that next room revamp. The wine farms, which are situated in close proximity to the village, make for a welcome change of scenery after a day’s shopping spree.
Shopping is guaranteed to work up a hefty appetite and this is where the restaurants also situated in close vicinity will come in handy. Make time to treat yourself to something appetising from the many restaurants in and around the valley. These include the recently opened Asian eatery, Ōku Restaurant (the first of its kind in Franschhoek), Entrée and Tapasco, as well as the relocated La Petite Colombe (now situated at Leeu Estates). Not forgetting those that have been around for quite some time and remain favourites with visitors. Alternatively stop in for brunch at the relocated Big Dog Café or Boschendal’s Deli. Wherever you choose to dine you’re guaranteed a delicious meal.
Did you know that Franschhoek is home to South Africa’s only Cap Classique Route with more than 20 producers. These range from large traditional estates to the smaller lesser-known niche producers. Some of the producers include L’Ormarins, Noble Hill, Colmant, Le Lude, Topiary Wines and My Wyn, to name but a few. One of the unique characteristics of this route is that visitors have the opportunity to tailor make their experience by means of a user-friendly Cap Classique Route map, which can be downloaded via this link . Alternatively, a map is also available from the tourism office.
Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, a day trip to Franschhoek is a breeze, but why not treat yourself (and that someone special) to an overnight escape, or better yet a weekend getaway. Franschhoek offers a wide range of accommodation– from luxury boutique hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts and self-catering establishments. Choose to stay in one of the many establishments located within easy walking distance of the main road or opt for a more secluded establishment – located on farms in and around the valley – offering you the ultimate winelands experience. Whatever your choice, you will be guaranteed of a blissful night’s rest. Browse our website here for our range of accommodation offerings.
We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful valley this season.