Where to Eat in Franschhoek

As we all know, South Africa’s very own French corner, Franschhoek, is celebrated for its fascinating culinary produce, making it a destination that every foodie should visit. So where to eat, you ask? Franschhoek is filled with a plethora of destinations to wow, not only your palate, but your soul, too. From colourful plates, bursting with flavour, to picturesque vistas, here are 5 of our favourite restaurants in the Franschhoek Valley.

1. Roca Restaurant at Dieu Donne 

For a scrumptious meal in a scenic atmosphere, while sipping on fine wine; Roca Restaurant at Dieu Donne Vineyards is surely worth the visit. The Roca ‘360 degree view’ from the rooftop offers jaw-dropping vistas of the entire Franschhoek Valley and has definitely made this venue a must-visit when travelling to Franschhoek.
 This rustic setting offers a vibrant selection of Mediterranean dishes to pair with their finest wines. As one of Franschhoek’s best-loved destinations, it is essential to book a table in advance - especially during the September to April peak months.

You can reach them on 021 876 3384.

Roca Restaurant

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2. Orangerie Restaurant at Le Lude

For a relaxed French themed atmosphere and a classic French menu with a contemporary twist, indulge at Le Lude MCC Farm’s Orangerie Restaurant. The venue’s all-white interior, with a dash of vibrant colour reflects chef Nicolene Barrow’s fascinating menu which brilliantly marries the European culinary tradition with an added personal flair and modernity. 

You can reach them on 021 100 3464. 

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3. Big Dog Cafe 

Head over to Big Dog cafe in the Terbedore Coffee Roastery where food, design, and coffee work together to bring the latest cafe’ experience to Franschhoek in a laid-back environment. They offer a unique menu of divine classics perfectly juxtaposed with healthy options. For your sweet tooth cravings, they offer delicious cakes along with a glass-fronted cabinet filled with treats - many of them vegan!   

You can reach them on 021 876 2731

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4. La Petite Colombe

Delicate foams, intricate miniature portions, plates arranged with layers of edible ‘soil’ emitting fog, would not be described as your conventional dish - or maybe not even your first preference! However, La Petite Colombe has successfully managed to wow their guests each time, and firmly position themselves as one of the top restaurants in the country.

La Petite Colombe offers a unique dining experience offering you art on a plate with an infusion of tastes and vibrant colour. Menus range from 5 to 9 course meals - all said to stun the appetite and senses. Bookings are essential for this experience.

You can reach them on 021 202 3395. 

La Petite Colombe

Photo courtesy of La Petite Colombe 

5. Pierneef à La Motte

Named after the South African artist Jacob Pierneef, Pierneef à La Motte is an artistic venue to experience, in itself. Key themes in Pierneef’s art, South African diversity and heritage, are significantly celebrated at this a la carte restaurant. The menu embraces tradition, fresh, local ingredients, and recipes of South African culture authentically paired with Pierneef’s European inspiration.

You can reach them on 021 876 8800.

Pierneef A La Motte

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