Did you know?
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