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Franschhoek was originally named Olifantshoek (Elephant's Corner) by the early Dutch settlers.
The Franschhoek Market proffers a taste of small-town South Africa at its best. The market enjoys a spectacular setting, in the shade of oak trees next to the historic Dutch Reformed Church on the main road of this attractive town.
Franschhoek is known as a gourmet hub of South Africa thanks to its choice of upmarket country hotels, guest houses, restaurants, delis, chocolatiers and wine farms. Art galleries and specialty shops add to its charm.
The Franschhoek Market offers visitors a feast of quality, organic fresh produce; delicious deli items; indigenous artwork and craft items; the chance to have a child-friendly outing; and the opportunity to experience country living at its tastiest.
At this market you can buy anything from handmade breads, croissants, cakes, tarts, freshly brewed coffee and home-made ginger beer to smoked cheese, award-winning local olive oils, marinated olive treats and local wines.
Food markets in South Africa always feature specialties that allow visitors a true taste of the local cuisine, and similarly this market puts out quality edibles to sample.
Be sure to try the cinnamon and sugar pancakes, veggie-stuffed wraps, whole grape jam, traditional breads and baked goods such as milk tart. The plant and flower stalls can be your introduction to the indigenous flora, which includes proteas, prickly pears and wild herbs.
The Western Cape is known for its fresh fruit, and the produce here is irresistible, particularly the peaches, apples, pears and grapes.
Make a day of your visit to Franschhoek. Stop off at a local wine farm for a tasting and visit the Huguenot Memorial Museum that commemorates the contribution the French Huguenot settlers made to South African life – most notably founding the local wine industry
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How to get here
The Franschhoek Market is held under the trees at the Dutch Reformed Church in Huguenot Street, the main road running through the village.
Best time to visit
The market is open every Saturday from 09h00 to 14h00.
Around the area
A visit to the many excellent wine and olive farms in the area is a must. Enjoy tastings, tours and, of course, the chance to stock up on some of South Africa’s best wines and olives.
You can either organise a transfer or taxi from your hotel to Franschhoek, or enjoy a slow, scenic drive there through this picturesque region yourself. Franschhoek is less than an hour's drive from Cape Town.
What will it cost
Entrance is free and there’s a good selection of products to choose from, across the price spectrum.
Where to stay
There’s no shortage of accommodation in Franschhoek. Try the 4-star Les Chambres Guest House, Maison Chablis Guest House or Rusthof Country House; or the 5-star establishments, Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, Franschhoek Manor or Le Quartier Francais.
What to eat
You are spoilt for choice in terms of award-winning restaurants in the area.