The village of Franschhoek is one particular of the prettiest places to go to in the Cape Winelands. And when it arrives to food stuff, it does not disappoint. From the Saturday farmer’s sector and a prime notch Indian to biltong shops and bistros, it’s got a fantastic focus of spots to try to eat together the Key Avenue. Right here are just a number of of the best…
Disclaimer: We had been remaining at the Leeu Estates so some of the key places to eat we tried out had been provided in our remain, having said that these are real recommendations!
Excellent areas to take in and consume in Franschhoek
If I’m suitable, Marigold is the only Indian restaurant you’ll uncover in Franschhoek and it is the brainchild of Analjit Singh who founded the Leeu Estates and wider Leeu Collection (you can read a bit much more about the Leeu Estates in my evaluation in this article).
As you’ll in all probability know, Indian influences are present across significantly of South Africa’s delicacies, thanks to the background of Indian immigrants in Durban.
At Marigold, you’ll find a fabulous modern restaurant with exposed brick, fashionable art and a extremely chi-chi style. The menu is composed of biryanis, signature curries and tandoor charcoal meat executed by a team who’ve been directed by Chef Vanie Padayachee, who hails from Durban in actuality.
Verdict: While the parts were fairly modest and staff appeared a bit hesitant at instances (the cafe was in its infancy when we visited) there have been some attractive flavours throughout the dishes and we loved it. Very trendy place and wonderful wines. (oh and look at out the lovely De Villiers Chocolate Shop even though you are right here in Heritage Square.)
Heritage Square, 9 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, Western Cape, South Africa
2. Leeu Home
Leeu Dwelling is a pretty chic sister residence of the Leeu Collection and provides a excellent assortment of 12 boutique rooms for those people who want to keep in the heart of Franschhoek and appreciate the stunning Cape Dutch architectural style of the several homes in this region.
The cafe at Leeu Residence, regarded as The Conservatory, is tremendous smart and fantastic for a advanced lunch quit.
We dined outdoors in the sunshine near to the stunning swimming pool and had a variety of internationally-influenced plates like spring rolls, Caesar salad and mozzarella-topped bruschetta.
Verdict: I adored the placing in this article: the striped backyard home furnishings felt extremely French and I don’t know what was best, the friendly staff, the lovely mountain views or these extra-ish truffle fries!
12 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
3. The Franschhoek Village Current market
The Franschhoek Village Market place normally takes area in the village just about every Saturday (weather dependent) and is not only a charming place to do some procuring (you can select up all the things from arts and crafts to garments and jewellery listed here) it is also a great area to take in!
There’s a adorable espresso van exactly where you can decide up a correctly poured flat white and then you can make your way as a result of cheeses, biltong, ‘samoosas’, cakes, salads and all types of other delectable points. You’ll also uncover loads to consume, including community craft beers and of class wine!
There was a dwell band when we visited and a good deal of hay bales to kick back again on if you occur to fall into a foodstuff coma.
Verdict: Make it your mission to go listed here! Excellent local community vibe and best for a sunny day.
29 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands
4. Tuk Tuk Brew
Tuk Tuk Brew is a small dim horse in the Franschhoek foodstuff scene. Just when you feel you have learnt everything there is to know about South African wine, a entertaining and lively microbrewery slash Mexican foods sign up for pops up. I know, right.
You can satisfy the brewmaster and do tours here of the microbrewery – a joint venture among the Leeu Collection and Cape Brewing Business. Then the moment you’ve learned anything there is to know about craft beer, you can buy a tasting rack of 4 or 5 miniature craft beers which is a great way to get a feel of how they differ.
I’m not a huge beer drinker but I truly enjoyed it and the foodstuff is so very good. Feel relaxed Mexican influenced tacos, pulled pork burgers and mouth-watering corn on the cob. If the sun’s shining, sit exterior and soak up the buzzy vibe.
Verdict: Tuk Tuk us a indicator of the new, additional great and relaxed vibe that’s coming to Franschhoek so assume a younger group and laid-back really feel. It’s a great put to visit in amongst all the high-close places to eat and good eating that Franschhoek does so effectively. I just can’t suggest this location adequate.
5. The Dining Place at The Leeu Assortment
If you are being at the Leeu Collection then you will extremely likely dine in The Eating Place, a quite grand however fashionable restaurant that boasts, arguably, some of the most effective views in Franschhoek.
It is headed up by British chef Oliver Cattermole and gives a menu of intercontinental favourites cleverly infused with Cape Malay approaches and South African substances. Read through my evaluate of the Leeu Assortment to locate out a lot more.
Verdict: Sublime location, attractive staff members and beautiful meals. Perfect for a intimate evening meal and honestly, the food will blow you away.
Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
6. The Tasting Area (before long re-opening as a brand new cafe!)
If you ever frequented Franschhoek even though The Tasting Area was still all around, you will know that this was one incredible spot to take in. This no-menu idea restaurant at the fabulous Le Quartier Francais required you to e-book out at minimum a few hrs of your evening and sit back again as a stream of entertaining and theatrical dishes have been placed in front of you, prepared to consider your tastebuds on a culinary experience.
Everything from ‘African soil’ to fynbos infused delights were being laid out in entrance of us and it experienced all the fancy techniques you’d assume from theatrical eating whilst telling all kinds of tales about South Africa.
What’s much more, each dish was paired with a fine South African wine and the aspect of surprise created it a very interesting working experience! The unfortunate detail is, immediately after 12 a long time, Government chef Margot Janse has hung up her chefs aprons and The Tasting Room is at the moment undergoing a refurb and transformation into a diverse cafe. And it’s the group behind La Colombe who’ll put together to get more than the reigns any moment now (August I assume).
So whilst I can not propose The Tasting Space any more, I have been advised its successor is likely to be just as revolutionary and enjoyable. So check out this room and if you get to visit, enable me know what it is like!
Cnr & Streets, Berg St & Wilhelmina St, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
And which is my record!
I hope this has served you in your travel plans on in which to consume in Franschhoek. If you at any time get to take a look at this beautiful put I hope you have a fantastic time and remember to permit me know how you get on!
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Thanks to the Leeu Assortment for hosting us at Leeu Home, Tuk Tuk and The Tasting Room.