Franschhoek, Western Cape
Did you know?
Franschhoek is where the French first made wine in South Africa 300 years ago.
The Franschhoek Valley has treasures that make it one of the most magical places to visit in South Africa. Originally called ‘Olifantshoek’ (meaning 'Elephant’s Corner') by the Dutch government who gave the land to French Huguenot refugees back in 1688, Franschhoek offers a Cape Dutch-French culinary experience like no other.
Franschhoek's local restaurants are sure to treat you to cuisine and wines that are delectably indulgent, ranging from epicurean to rustic with something to please every palate.
Wandering the main street is the best way to start your exploration as its the heart of this vibrant town and is always buzzing. It's lined with shops, restaurants and specialty stores, so you are bound to find something special. A very popular Franschhoek activity is wine tasting and you can visit some of the world's most acclaimed wine estates, which encircle the town. Most of these wine estates started out as humble farms owned by the 'Vignerons de Franschhoek' (French winemakers of Franschhoek).
Along the tree-lined streets are many attractions to see before the day is out. Be sure to visit all the arts and crafts studios and galleries. You should consider visiting Franschhoek during the Bastille Day celebrations that take place every year on 14 July.
Franschoek's accommodation options cater for all tastes and budgets.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Franschhoek Wine Valley and Tourist Association
Tel: +27 (0) 21 876 2861