Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. Celebrate Christmas at the Franschhoek Village Market

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    Every year the Franschhoek Village Market spoil visitors to the Cape Winelands with a 3-day Christmas Market. This is the place where locals and hundreds of holiday makers spend a day under the historic oak trees located in the old church gardens. On the menu are affordable artisan foods paired with the best wines and craft beer from the Franschhoek area. Quality handcrafted goods are also on offer. Bring along the whole family as there is a play area for the kids and furry friends are welcome (on a leash).

    This Christmas market has been voted the 39th best Christmas Market in the world by Big 7 Travel!

    With over 100 hand-picked traders you can expect unique arts and crafts, vintage clothing, antiques and a remarkable variety of delicatessen, fresh produce, craft beer, coffee brewers amongst many other treats. Perfect for your Christmas shopping to spoil your loved ones with handmade and original gifts. 

    Join the Franschhoek Village Market under the trees, with live music from amazing local talent:

    • Saturday 21 Dec 2019: Newton & Co
    • Sunday 22 Dec 2019: Guy Veltman
    • Monday 23 Dec 2019: Peter Wyness

    On these days the market will be open from 9am till 3pm. Entry is free.
    Franschhoek Village Market, 29 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

    Christmas gift ideas available at the Franschhoek Village Market:

    • Christmas Cakes, mince pies, decorations, napkins and beautiful cotton Pajamas by ChristmasThyme
    • Christmas Angel ornaments for the tree made from recycled Nespresso pods by NesJewels
    • Signature, handmade and professional knifes for every occasion by Alain’s Signature Blades
    • Hand crocheted swimwear and clothing, perfect for the SA summer by KASA Knits & Krochets
    • Handmade, real leather shoes by Arnold Vengari
    • Stunning African inspired pottery by Elvis Potina
    • Colourful South African designed shorts and more by Tsotsi Streetwear
    • Fynbos designed pillows and scatter cushions by Junice Hanekom
    • Beautiful and soft linen clothing Kim Howell
    • Creative, delicate and beautiful beaded jewellery by Nicholas Snaith
    • Original artwork, paintings and imagery by Angel, Alex, Paddy, Fernando and more
    • Gorgeous real wood cutting blocks and lighting design by Neighbourwood

    The list of perfect Christmas gift shopping at the Franschhoek Village Market continues – all authentic, handmade and original. 

  2. Shop to your heart’s delight this festive season in Franschhoek

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    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.

    Indian Summer, Franschhoek

    During the festive period most of the galleries and shops will be extending their business hours until 7pm, allowing you more than enough time to browse all the shops along the Main Street at leisure. Shopping is guaranteed to work up a hefty appetite and this is where the restaurants also situated in close vicinity will come in handy. This is where you’ll find the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Top 20 Restaurant winners, La Petite Colombe, Le Coin Français, Chefs Warehouse at Maison and Foliage. One of the village’s favourite watering holes, Tuk Tuk Microbrewery, will treat your taste buds to a craft beer sensation, whilst tucking into their delicious assortment of tapas.

    Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

    Why not make an overnight (or even weekend) experience of your visit to Franschhoek? Book into one of the village’s luxuriously quaint, yet affordable B&B’s, guest houses or boutique hotels, and discover all that Franschhoek has to offer.

    Akademie Street Boutique Hotel

  3. Savour Special Moments…

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    The Franschhoek Valley – first settled by French Huguenot refugees in 1688 – mixes magical ingredients to create unforgettable experiences.

    When it comes to accommodation in Franschhoek the options are endless, with accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Decide between classic auberges, boutique hotels, lavish country lodges, cosy B&Bs, pleasant guesthouses or comfortable self-catering cottages.

    Franschhoek is the gourmet capital of South Africa. Franschhoek restaurants will treat you to cuisine that is delectably indulgent, ranging from gourmet to rustic with something to please every palate.

    Franschhoek’s wine estates encircle the village. On these award-winning wine estates acclaimed winemakers create glorious wines. Tantalise your taste buds with wine tastings overlooking the vineyards where the grapes were harvested … each one an exceptional experience heightened by the beauty of its setting in this the most beautiful wine valley in the world. So beautiful in fact that getting married in Franschhoek is extremely popular with couples from all over the world.

    If you want to know what to do in Franschhoek spending a day wandering along the tree-lined streets is the perfect way to start. The main street is the heart of this vibrant village, lined with shops and specialist stores it is always buzzing. Visit all the Franschhoek arts and crafts studios and galleries – you are bound to find that something special you weren’t even looking for! Even better, visit on one of the fun-filled days when one of the numerous Franschhoek festivals is on.

    Then, of course, there is the great outdoors. The Franschhoek Valley and the adjacent Dwars River Valley offers energetic hiking, walking, cycling, horse-riding, fly fishing and golf. There is even something for those looking for an activity with a kick: adrenaline junkies can paraglide to the perfect aerial view of the village.

    Come and be part of the many-splendoured tapestry that is Franschhoek.