French Restaurants in Franschhoek - "The food and Wine Capital of the Cape"

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Lets take a trip to the French restaurants of the Franschhoek valley.

I really love this town. It is surrounded by mountains and it's got a satisfying foreign feeling to it that you don't find anywhere else in South Africa.

We usually come to this town on a Sunday. Though, every now and then you'll find us here on a windless week day. It's a town for being sociable and relaxed. Very nice.

My wife, like most woman I've met, loves chocolate. This is what she has to say on the Huguenot Fine Chocolates.

As far as places to eat go, this is what dad has to say:


"This small town is about 45 minutes from Cape Town and is known for two things:

- It is one of the most picturesque towns in South Africa. It nestles breathtakingly beautiful amongst the vineyards in the shadow of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and
- It harbours at least five of the top 20 restaurants in South Africa

We drive every Sunday to dine at one of these exquisite restaurants. I would like to recommend the top three as far as we are concerned.

First is Grande Provence, a beautiful restaurant that serves the estate's own wine under the label "Angels Tears."

Next is Haute Cabriere, well known for their champagne, brandy and interesting blends produced on the estate.

Lastly, Chamonix. This one is our delight on a beautiful summers day.

All three these restaurants are top quality. My advice is to book at least two days in advance to secure a table, especially in season (December through March) when a lot of tourists visit Franschhoek."


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Amongst the friendly people in the Franschhoek winelands, you'll find a wine estate in every valley so it's no wonder they call this place the food and wine capital. This makes it one of the best places in South Africa to find a french restaurant, have a meal and world class glass of wine.

The main road goes right through town and all the main restaurants and stores are situated here. The road ends in a T-junction and if you look up you'll see the famous Huguenot Monument.

Unlike most of South Africa, the Franschhoek winelands have had a strong French influence. Check out a brief history of Franschhoek.

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