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The JAN Guide to Franschhoek

Home of JAN Franschhoek

Nestled in the picturesque Cape Winelands of South Africa, Franschhoek is a charming village that exudes a rich history and culinary charms. Known as the “Food and Wine Capital of the Western Cape,” this quaint town attracts visitors from all around the world, seeking to indulge in its delectable cuisine, exquisite wines, and unique shopping experiences. If you’re planning to visit JAN Franschhoek restaurant, why not turn it into a full-day adventure? Here’s a guide to the best places to shop, eat, drink, and stay in Franschhoek.

WHERE TO SHOP

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The Franschhoek Artisan Route

Embark on a delightful shopping journey through the Franschhoek Artisan Route. This trail leads you to several local boutiques, galleries, and craft shops showcasing an array of handcrafted products, from pottery and art to jewellery and textiles. It’s a fantastic way to support local artists and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Find out more here.

Masquerade | 1 Kruger St, Franschhoek, 7690

Explore the unique and enchanting Masquerade boutique, offering an array of fashion-forward clothing, accessories, and gifts. Step inside and discover a world of stylish finds that cater to different tastes and preferences.

Old Corkscrew | 1A Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

Wine enthusiasts will appreciate a stop at Old Corkscrew, a specialised wine shop offering an extensive selection of local and international wines. Discover rare vintages and new releases to add to your collection.

Ebony Curated | 3 Franschhoek Square, Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

For contemporary South African art and design, visit Ebony Curated. This upscale gallery features an exquisite selection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts created by both emerging and established artists.

Franschhoek Village Market | Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

Held every Saturday, the Franschhoek Village Market is a bustling hub of local produce, crafts, and food stalls. Browse through the stalls to discover handmade jewellery, clothing, artisanal bread, cheeses, and much more.

WHERE TO EAT

La Motte Bakery | La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek, 7690

Start your day with a visit to La Motte Bakery, located on the beautiful La Motte Wine Estate. Indulge in freshly baked artisan bread, pastries, and cakes while enjoying the serene surroundings of the estate.

Tuk Tuk Microbrewery | 14 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

Enjoy a laid-back lunch at Tuk Tuk Microbrewery, which pairs its craft beers with tasty pub-style food, including gourmet burgers and wood-fired pizzas.

Babylonstoren | Klapmuts-Simondium Rd, Simondium, 7670

Dine amidst the lush gardens of Babylonstoren, a historic Cape Dutch farm. The Greenhouse restaurant offers a farm-to-table experience, with a menu inspired by the estate’s own organic produce. It’s a feast for the senses in a truly enchanting setting.

Leopards Leap Family Vineyards | R45 Main Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Leopards Leap Family Vineyards, a picturesque estate known for its award-winning wines and delectable food offerings. The restaurant’s relaxed ambience and scenic views make it a perfect spot to unwind.

La Petite Colombe | Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek, 7690

Located in a picturesque setting, La Petite Colombe offers fine dining with a focus on contemporary French cuisine. The exceptional dishes and impeccable service make it a must-visit for food enthusiasts.

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WHERE TO DRINK

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La Bourgogne Farm | La Bourgogne Farm, Franschhoek Pass Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

Escape to the serene La Bourgogne Farm, where you can enjoy wine tasting in a tranquil setting. Their wines are handcrafted with care, and the friendly staff will make it a memorable visit by guiding you through the tasting experience.

Holden Manz Wine Estate | Green Valley Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

Sample award-winning wines at Holden Manz Wine Estate, known for its top-quality reds and whites. The estate’s tasting room offers breathtaking vineyard views and a chance to explore the art gallery and sculpture garden.

Rickety Bridge Winery | R45 Main Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

Raise a glass at Rickety Bridge Winery, which boasts a wide selection of wines to suit every palate. Take in the beautiful surroundings while savouring their estate wines on a leisurely afternoon.

Le Lude MCC | Bowling Green Ave, Franschhoek, 7690 

Delight in Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) sparkling wines at Le Lude. This boutique winery offers guided tours of its cellars, followed by MCC tastings paired with delectable canapés.

My Wyn Boutique Winery | My Wyn Boutique Winery, Franschhoek, 7690

Discover My Wyn, a hidden gem focused on producing small-batch, handcrafted wines. Their intimate tasting room provides a personalised experience, and their limited-edition wines are a must-try.

The Wine Tram | Corner of Main Road and, Cabriere St, Franschhoek, 7690

For a fun and informative way to explore the Franschhoek wine region, hop aboard The Wine Tram. This hop-on-hop-off tram experience takes you to multiple wineries, including some of the lesser-known boutique gems.

WHERE TO STAY

Mont Rochelle Hotel and Vineyard | Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

Experience luxury at Mont Rochelle Hotel and Vineyard, owned by Sir Richard Branson. This elegant hotel offers stylish rooms, a top-notch spa, and breathtaking views of the Franschhoek Valley.

Le Quartier Français | Le Quartier Français, 16 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690
Enjoy a charming stay at Le Quartier Français, a boutique hotel known for its warm hospitality and sophisticated ambience. The comfortable suites and fine dining restaurant ensure a memorable experience.

Franschhoek Country Cottages | Franschhoek Country Cottages, 32 Cabriere St, Franschhoek, 7690
If you prefer a more intimate retreat, opt for Franschhoek Country Cottages. These cosy cottages, surrounded by vineyards and mountains, offer a peaceful and private getaway.

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Before concluding your day of exploration, we invite you to make a grand finale at JAN Franschhoek, a unique pop-up concept that celebrates Chef Jan Hendrik’s love of South African cuisine with a seasonal communal dining experience in Veepos, a charming 19th-century farmhouse situated in the heart La Motte Wine Estate’s lavender fields. And after an incredible first season, Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen and La Motte return with the second season in September 2023. For more information, click here.