Things to do

Things to do in the Franschhoek Valley

Keep yourself entertained in the area

Music & Lifestyle

 

Take a stroll up old Cat se Pad‚ walking trail.
Take a bottle of wine up to the top of the Franschhoek Pass and watch the sun go down.
Catch and release‚ go fly-fishing @ La Ferme. Lessons available.
Go wine tasting on horseback.
End, or start, the Boland Hiking Trail at Jan Joubert se gat.
Play golf at Pearl Valley, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.
Go horse-riding ‚ even if you have never been before!
Have a game of tennis on the Franschhoek courts.
Dine alfresco at one of the many street café’s.
Take a helicopter ride and see the valley from a different perspective.
Take a tour round the Berg River Dam (by appointment only).
Hire a mountain bike (Franschhoek Cycles) and go cycling in the mountains surrounding the valley.
Play Bowls on the Bowling green.
Hike to the top of Du Toit’s Kop/Perde Kop @ Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve.
Picnic at Boschendal, Holden Manz, Warwick, or alongside the river at Solms Delta.
Go for a run through the vineyards.
Pick up a permit and map at the Information Centre and explore the Mont Rochelle Reserve.
Walk through the orchards and vineyards behind Mont Rochelle Winery, past two dams, to reach the beacon, giving you a fantastic view of the valley.
Visit Bien Donne with its lavender fields, herb garden, manor house and deli.
Listen to live jazz on Sunday evenings at Station Pub & Grill.
Have a fun night at the Elephant & Barrel pub with live music every Wednesday.
Request your favourite song played by Alfio over dinner at the Mont Rochelle Vineyard Hotel.
Take a helicopter ride from Cape Town Waterfront and see the valley from a different perspective.

Food & Indulgence

 

Watch the chocolatiers making their confections at Huguenot Fine Chocolates. Tours available and can be arranged.
Eat your heart out ‚ 20% of the country’s five star chefs are in Franschhoek such as Chefs Reuben Riffel, Chris Erasmus, Neil Jewell and Darren Badenhorst.
Tea for two? Try the freshly baked scones, pancakes and pastries at Le Petit Paris.
Learn how to make bread at Bread and Wine Restaurant on Moreson Wine Estate.
Discerning coffee lovers should try Reuben’s deli.
Charcuterie at it’s best – savour Neil’s home-cured hams and meats at Bread & Wine.
At least once, have Franschhoek’s smoked salmon-trout for breakfast.
Visit Spice Route Winery. From cheese tasting to cured meats and ice-cream tastings.
Enjoy an endless cheese tasting at Dalewood Formage.

Wine & Savour

 

Bubble along the Cap Classique Route.
Have a glass…or two, of wine from more than 40 extraordinary wine cellars.
Jump in a vat of grapes at the annual ‚Blessing of the Harvest
Try the locally made Grappa and Schnapps at Chamonix.
Descend into the depths of La Cotte Inn Wine Sales‚ one of the greatest wine shops in the country.
Arrange to have some wine shipped home.
Go on a wine tasting tour of one of the many vineyards in the valley.
Enjoy a taste of the La Motte Wine Estate harvest. Sample the grapes, the fermenting juice and the finished product, the wine. Only during harvest time.
Sample some of the valleys locally made beers at TukTuk Microbrewery or Franschhoek Beer Co.

Heritage

 

Walk the long walk to freedom, at Groot Drakenstein prison, from where Nelson Mandela was released.
Visit Museum van de Caab on Solms Delta Estate.
Visit the Huguenot Memorial Museum to find out more about Franschhoek’s heritage.
Amble around the Boschendal manor house built in 1685.
Stroll into Franschhoek’s past with the village heritage walk.
Take a tour of Mooiwater Township.
Follow the Winelands’ Antique Route.
Visit Pniel, the town and monument of the first free slaves.
If you’re a Huguenot descendant, trace your family tree.
Don’t miss the thatched Dutch Reformed Church built in 1847.
Contribute to the Franschhoek Children’s Charity Project at the Information Centre.

Shopping

 

Stroll amongst an array of art shops, galleries and specialist stores that grace the village centre.
Buy him a cigar and her a bottle of wine at La Cotte Inn Wine Sales, one of the best wine shops in the country.
See the largest collection of corkscrews in Africa at The Old Corkscrew.
Discover the treasures tucked away in our antique shops.
Visit Penchant and buy some of their unique handmade jewellery, made from natural crystals and semi-precious stones.
Step out in style; quality hand-crafted leather footwear and accessories from Tsonga.
Stop by Franschhoek Live Craft Centre for locally beaded luxury goods.

Getting Married?

 

Propose to your lover on the beautifully manicured lawn at La Petite Dauphine.
Shop for diamonds at Tracey’s.
Order a beautiful floral bouquet for your lover at Franschhoek Flowers.
Celebrate your anniversary with a weekend away at La Petite Dauphine.
Take a long, lingering kiss under the Huguenot Monument.

Arts & Culture

 

Visit the weekly street market.
Watch master potter David Walters and daughter Sarah throw their clay.
Make your own Shona sculpture at the Munhutapa Gallery at Boschendal.
Browse in the Franschhoek Live Craft Centre and see the resident potter and other crafters in action.
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