A Quirky Day in Franschhoek | iinfo TZANEEN

Franschhoek is one of the best towns in South Africa to enjoy fine wine and haute cuisine; its one of the countrys top wine-producing regions and many of South Africas most acclaimed fine-dining restaurants are in Franschhoek. But Franschhoek can also be quirky and casual. 

If youd like to spend a day in Franschhoek thats fun, off-the-beaten-path, and wont cost the world, here are a few suggestions.

Terbodore Coffee

Terbodore Coffee Roasters, founded in the midlands region of KwaZulu-Natal, has a second location in Franschhoek and is the perfect place to start the day. Grab a cappuccino, made with beans roasted on-site, order breakfast, and enjoy the morning sun outside. If youre really interested in coffee, ask for a tour of the roastery. Jommo, Terbodores head roaster, is more than happy to explain the process from beginning to end. 

Terbodore Coffee is at 191 Main Road, Franschhoek. Call 021-876-4716.

Haut Espoir Boutique Wine Estate

Haut Espoir is a small, family-run vineyard with a beautiful view of the mountains perfect for a mid-morning wine tasting. Haut Espoirs managing director Rob Armstrong is a former archeologist and champion of biodynamic farming, which means the farm is designed to have as minimal an impact as possible on the surrounding environment. The vineyard uses no fungicides, pesticides, or commercial fertilisers and a large portion of the Haut Espoir land is uncultivated and preserved for fynbos restoration.  

Haut Espoir is at 3 Excelsior Road, Franschhoek.  

Black Elephant Vintners

Black Elephant is a vintner, not a vineyard, which means it buys itsgrapes from wine farms around Franschhoek and makes interesting wine out of it. But wine farm or not, Black Elephant is the quirkiest wine-tasting spot in Franschhoek. Owner and host Kevin Swart Kevin and his co-owners call themselves the rebels of the vine” — is rarely seen, even during tastings, without Kulula the parrot on his shoulder. Black Elephants wine is fantastic. Call in advance to schedule a music and wine pairing.

Black Elephant is at 40A Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek. Call 021-876-2903.  

Franschhoek Pass

The Franschhoek Pass, one of only two routes into or out of town, sits at the edge of the Franschhoek Mountains just before the road plunges into the Franschhoek Valley. If youre not tired of drinking yet, head up the pass at dusk with a bottle of wine (and a designated driver) to watch the sun drop down behind the beautiful mountains.

Franschhoek Pass is on the R45 (Lambrechts Road), southeast of Franschhoek on the way to Villiersdorp.

Cafe des Arts

For a casual dinner in town check out Cafe des Arts, where you can eat delicious, carefully crafted food without paying lots of money. Cafe des Arts is child-friendly (there is a jungle gym outside) and serves, among other things, fresh tuna that tastes as if it came straight from the sea.

Cafe des Arts is at 7 Reservoir Street, Franschhoek. Call 021-876-2952.

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