The village of Franschhoek is 1 of the prettiest spots to pay a visit to in the Cape Winelands. And when it will come to food, it doesn’t disappoint. From the Saturday farmer’s market and a top notch Indian to biltong shops and bistros, it’s bought a wonderful concentration of sites to eat alongside the Principal Avenue. In this article are just a couple of of the best…
Disclaimer: We had been staying at the Leeu Estates so some of the crucial places to eat we experimented with were bundled in our continue to be, however these are authentic tips!
Terrific locations to try to eat and consume in Franschhoek
If I’m proper, Marigold is the only Indian cafe you’ll discover in Franschhoek and it is the brainchild of Analjit Singh who started the Leeu Estates and broader Leeu Assortment (you can browse a bit much more about the Leeu Estates in my assessment below).
As you will almost certainly know, Indian influences are existing across significantly of South Africa’s cuisine, because of to the background of Indian immigrants in Durban.
At Marigold, you’ll obtain a fantastic modern cafe with exposed brick, modern-day art and a quite chi-chi fashion. The menu consists of biryanis, signature curries and tandoor charcoal meat executed by a workforce who’ve been directed by Chef Vanie Padayachee, who hails from Durban in reality.
Verdict: Although the portions were being really modest and team seemed a little bit hesitant at instances (the restaurant was in its infancy when we frequented) there have been some pretty flavours throughout the dishes and we beloved it. Pretty classy put and amazing wines. (oh and examine out the lovely De Villiers Chocolate Store though you’re listed here in Heritage Square.)
Heritage Sq., 9 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek 7690, Western Cape, South Africa
2. Leeu Dwelling
Leeu Property is a very chic sister house of the Leeu Assortment and offers a wonderful selection of 12 boutique rooms for people who want to remain in the heart of Franschhoek and take pleasure in the beautiful Cape Dutch architectural fashion of the a lot of qualities in this area.
The cafe at Leeu Home, acknowledged as The Conservatory, is super intelligent and excellent for a innovative lunch prevent.
We dined outside the house in the sunshine shut to the attractive swimming pool and had a selection of internationally-motivated plates like spring rolls, Caesar salad and mozzarella-topped bruschetta.
Verdict: I adored the environment below: the striped back garden home furniture felt pretty French and I don’t know what was greatest, the welcoming employees, the lovely mountain sights or those much more-ish truffle fries!
12 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
3. The Franschhoek Village Industry
The Franschhoek Village Sector usually takes spot in the village just about every Saturday (temperature dependent) and is not only a attractive location to do some searching (you can select up almost everything from arts and crafts to dresses and jewellery below) it is also a good area to consume!
There’s a lovable coffee van where by you can decide up a properly poured flat white and then you can make your way through cheeses, biltong, ‘samoosas’, cakes, salads and all sorts of other delicious items. You’ll also find loads to consume, including area craft beers and of study course wine!
There was a stay band when we frequented and a lot of hay bales to kick again on if you materialize to slide into a foods coma.
Verdict: Make it your mission to go right here! Wonderful neighborhood vibe and fantastic for a sunny day.
29 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands
4. Tuk Tuk Brew
Tuk Tuk Brew is a tiny dark horse in the Franschhoek food items scene. Just when you believe you have learnt every thing there is to know about South African wine, a exciting and energetic microbrewery slash Mexican food stuff be a part of pops up. I know, proper.
You can satisfy the brewmaster and do tours here of the microbrewery – a joint venture between the Leeu Selection and Cape Brewing Firm. Then when you have learned anything there is to know about craft beer, you can get a tasting rack of 4 or 5 miniature craft beers which is a terrific way to get a feel of how they differ.
I’m not a massive beer drinker but I seriously relished it and the food stuff is so superior. Believe informal Mexican motivated tacos, pulled pork burgers and mouth-watering corn on the cob. If the sun’s shining, sit outdoors and soak up the buzzy vibe.
Verdict: Tuk Tuk us a indicator of the new, a lot more amazing and informal vibe that is coming to Franschhoek so be expecting a youthful crowd and laid-back truly feel. It’s a terrific area to stop by in among all the large-stop eating places and high-quality eating that Franschhoek does so very well. I cannot advise this place more than enough.
5. The Eating Area at The Leeu Assortment
If you are keeping at the Leeu Assortment then you will quite probable dine in The Dining Place, a incredibly grand but fashionable restaurant that features, arguably, some of the very best views in Franschhoek.
It is headed up by British chef Oliver Cattermole and gives a menu of global favourites cleverly infused with Cape Malay methods and South African ingredients. Read my review of the Leeu Collection to locate out additional.
Verdict: Sublime location, wonderful staff and exquisite foodstuff. Great for a intimate supper and honestly, the food will blow you absent.
Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
6. The Tasting Area (soon re-opening as a manufacturer new restaurant!)
If you ever frequented Franschhoek although The Tasting Area was continue to close to, you will know that this was one particular awesome area to take in. This no-menu strategy cafe at the fabulous Le Quartier Francais required you to book out at the very least a few hrs of your evening and sit back as a stream of entertaining and theatrical dishes ended up placed in entrance of you, prepared to consider your tastebuds on a culinary journey.
All the things from ‘African soil’ to fynbos infused delights had been laid out in front of us and it experienced all the fancy methods you’d be expecting from theatrical eating even though telling all sorts of tales about South Africa.
What’s additional, each dish was paired with a high-quality South African wine and the component of shock built it a pretty fascinating working experience! The unhappy factor is, just after 12 a long time, Govt chef Margot Janse has hung up her chefs aprons and The Tasting Home is at this time undergoing a refurb and transformation into a distinctive cafe. And it is the staff behind La Colombe who’ll put together to take above the reigns any moment now (August I feel).
So when I cannot advise The Tasting Place anymore, I have been explained to its successor is going to be just as impressive and fascinating. So view this room and if you get to visit, allow me know what it’s like!
Cnr & Streets, Berg St & Wilhelmina St, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
And that’s my list!
I hope this has aided you in your journey strategies on the place to try to eat in Franschhoek. If you at any time get to visit this pretty area I hope you have a fantastic time and be sure to enable me know how you get on!
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Many thanks to the Leeu Collection for internet hosting us at Leeu House, Tuk Tuk and The Tasting Space.