The town logo says it all: Food, Sleep and Wine!
Franschhoek was founded by French settlers (hence the name), who fled the inquisition in Europe and were looking for a little hide-out on the other side of the world.
They found it in this valley - initially known as Oliphantshoek, as the valley was known for its large numbers of elephants. Not to worry, today there are no elephants. :-)
The main street is the heart of this vibrant village, lined with shops and specialist stores, it is always buzzing.
Visit arts and crafts studios and galleries, a chocolaterie, book shops or just walk and enjoy the permanent relaxed atmosphere.
Numerous festivals are hosted annually providing you with more reason to visit regularly.
In recent times the town have become the food and wine capital of South Africa and many award-winning restaurants and wine farms can be found in the valley.
The Huguenot Monument, standing proudly at the top of the village, is a heritage to those early settlers.
The adjoining museum tells the history of those settlers, with each of the original Huguenot farms having its own fascinating story to tell.
Most people speak English but many of the street names, restaurant names and wine farms in the "French Quarter" have French names.
It's a great place to relax and enjoy top food and wine, in a spectacular and relaxing atmosphere.
Ons geniet dit regtig baie om gereeld net hier te kom rondloop en bietjie te snuffel - en die mense dop te hou natuurlik :-).
Terwyl jy 'n heerlike ontbyt of middagete sit en nuttig, sien jy gewoonlik 'n besonderse hoeveelheid luukse motors verbyry. Ek en die kinders geniet dit om die nuutste modelle van naby te kan sien.
Vir 'n bietjie stilte kan jy gerus vir 'n oomblik in die pragtige NG kerk gaan ontspan. Die gebou is gewoonlik oop as daar nie dienste gehou word nie.
My gunsteling restaurant? ColCacchio
Hoor ek 'n snak jou asem? Wat van al die restaurante wat die pryse wen. Ek hou maar van die eenvoudige en onopgesmukte dinge in die lewe.