TRAVEL DIARY : FRANSCHHOEK

The best places to eat in Franschhoek:

Breakfast: La Motte
Address: La motte and Pierneef, R45
Main Road, Franschhoek – Sat and Sun for
breakfast, Tue to Sun for lunch, Thu to Sat
for dinner – +27 21 876 8800
Why: It is an absolute must do.
Review: The place is MAG-NI-FIQUE, the breakfast amazing and the service perfect! They are also open for wine tasting and tour, in addition to lunch and dinner.
 
Dinner: French Connection
Address:Huguenot Road – Sun to Sat 12:00pm to
3:00pm / 6:30pm to 9:00pm – +27 21 876
4056
Why: This french bistro  is rated as one of the best restaurants of Franschhoek.
Review: Its Moules Frites is excellent and it has a cool vibe.  The service was good but nothing spectacular. It is small with plenty of tables, so if you’re looking for a quiet, private table you’ll either have to eat on the terrace (where it is a bit cold) or somewhere else.
 
Lunch: Dieudonné
Address:Roca Restaurant (Dieu Donne Vineyards) –
Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek 7690 – Mon to
Fri 09:00 to 16:00 and Sat to Sun 10:30 to
16:00 – +27 (0) 21 876 3384/2493
Why: The restaurant is located on the top of a hill so we chose this restaurant because of its spectacular views over Franschhoek. and it didn’t disappoint.
Review: the food was delicious but the service a bit slow. On a hot summer day, we recommend having the rosé “Gorgeous by Graham Beck” on the terrace. It is, indeed, absolutely gorgeous!
Dinner:  Monneaux
Address:Main Road,
Franschhoek – Sun to Sat 8:00 am to 10:00
pm – +27 21 876 3386
 
 
Why: It is one of the best restaurants of Franschhoek.
Review:  Fabulous setting, food and service.

 

Wine tasting & tour:
Where: La petite ferme
Address:
 
 
 
Review: The wine tour is carried out by Dean, the owner, winemaker and patriarch of La Petite Ferme. He is passionate about winemaking, which gives the wine tour and tasting a really authentic feel.The wine farm itself is beautiful and has a beautiful views over Franshhoek.
Where: Haute Cabriere
Address:Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek, Cape Town


The tasting room of Haute Cabriere

 

Why: It is one of the most popular wine tasting spots of Franschoek.

Review: It is beautiful and the wine is exquisite.


For a drink or a slice of delicious cheesecake:

Where: MCC

Address: 3 The Village Ctr, Hugenot Rd, Franschhoek






Why:  MCC is the abbreviation for ‘Methode Cap Classique’, the South African term for sparkling wine produced by creating a second fermentation in the bottle. Fittingly named, this pavement café located on the picturesque Huguenot road boasts an impressive sparkling wine list and reflects the charm of this French-inspired town.





Where: Boschendal

Address: 
Boschendal Estate, Pniel Road,
Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
This iconic wine estate has a quaint bistro bar but if you want to experience this heavenly place like a local, make a reservation for the French picnique on the  lawn: it is all set up with tables chairs, glasses and tablecloths, all you need to do is collect your basket and head to the table.

 

See

If like me you relish everything celebrity related, you might to have a look at the wine estate Sir Richard Branson recently purchased: Mont Rochelle. Its star factor put aside, it is truly a beautiful place.

 

Mont Rochelle on a cloudy day

 

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