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The “French Corner” of South Africa’s Cape Winelands is famous for its bodegas and restaurants, art galleries, nature walks and stunning scenery.

Surrounded by mountains and green valleys, Franschhoek (meaning “French Corner”) is the gourmet heartland of South Africa. French Huguenots settled here in the 1680s and brought with them centuries of food and wine traditions. Just a one-hour drive from Cape Town, Franschhoek is a place to enjoy award-winning cuisine in the shadows of picturesque scenery.

Franschhoek’s leafy streets are pleasant to explore on foot and are lined with art galleries, antique shops and museums. View works by contemporary African artists at the Holden Manz Collection. Learn about the history of the French Huguenot settlers at the Huguenot Memorial Museum. Watch chocolate-making demonstrations and sample Belgian chocolate at Huguenot Fine Chocolates.

Visit one of the wine estates of the Franschhoek Valley to enjoy wine tastings and cellar tours, picnics and leisurely walks. Step aboard the hop-on hop-off Franschhoek Wine Tram, which passes rolling vineyards and stops off at some of the country’s oldest bodegas. Among these is the Haute Cabrière winery, which dates back to 1694. Rent a bike and take a self-guided tour of the bodegas.

Franschhoek takes its culinary scene seriously and has more award-winning restaurants than anywhere else in the country. Join a tour of the Franschhoek Valley Food and Wine Route for olive oil and cheese tastings, cooking demonstrations and food and wine pairings. Food and wine culture is also celebrated at numerous cultural events, such as July’s Bastille Festival and the Cap Classique and Champagne Festival.

For the energetic there are many hiking trails in the surrounding mountains and valley. Go to Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve for panoramic views of the Cape Winelands. On a clear day you can see as far as Table Mountain. Make the short drive to Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve for more walking trails and the chance to spot over 100 bird species.

Play a round of golf at nearby Pearl Valley, a course designed by world-famous golfer Jack Nicklaus.

Rent a car and drive to Franschhoek from Cape Town. Once there you can go without your car and get around on foot or as part of a tour.

Franschhoek Boutique Hotel
Franschhoek Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
6 Daniel Hugo St, Franschhoek, Western Cape
The price is £181 per night from 13 Jun to 13 Jun
Situated in Franschhoek, this golf hotel is steps away from Franschhoek Wine Tram, Sénéchal-Senekal Art Gallery and Franschhoek Town Hall. Franschhoek Art House ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (79 reviews)
"Friendly staff, beautiful rooms with a view. Had a wonderful stay"

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2020

Franschhoek Boutique Hotel
Le Quartier Francais
Le Quartier Francais
5 out of 5
Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Street, Franschhoek, Western Cape
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Located in the heart of Franschhoek, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Franschhoek Wine Tram and Sénéchal-Senekal Art Gallery. Franschhoek Town ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
"I loved everything about it. Staff A+++++++ and hotel gorgeous."

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2020

Le Quartier Francais
Angala Boutique Hotel
Angala Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
Corner R45 & Klapmuts Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape
The price is £251 per night from 14 Jun to 14 Jun
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Vrede en Lust Estate and within 6 miles (10 km) of Allee Bleue Estate and Backsberg Estate ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (67 reviews)
Excellent retreat in Winelands
"Wonderful retreat in winelands - very serene, beautiful pools and gardens, amazing, large rooms with great bathrooms, outdoor showers etc. Would highly recommend. Food in evening is good and service is good. Staff are friendly but management could be a bit more involved"

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2019

Angala Boutique Hotel
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