- Take a stroll up old Cat se Pad walking trail.
- Take a bottle of wine up to the top of the Franschhoek Pass and watch the sun go down.
- Catch and release – go fly-fishing. Lessons available.
- Go wine tasting on horseback.
- Take a swim in the rock pools over the pass.
- End, or start, the Boland Hiking Trail at Jan Joubert se gat.
- Take a stroll with Professor Rust and learn about the heritage and the flora of the valley.
- Play boules at one of the courts in the village.
- Play golf at Pearl Valley, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.
- Drop off the top of the pass and paraglide down to the village.
- Go horse-riding – even if you have never been before!
- Have a game of tennis on the Franschhoek courts.
- Dine alfresco at one of the many street cafés.
- Take a helicopter ride and see the valley from a different perspective.
- Take a tour round the new Berg River Dam (by appointment only).
- Hire a mountain bike and go cycling in the mountains surrounding the valley.
- Play Bowls on the Bowling green.
- Hike to the top of Du Toits Kop.
- Picnic at Boschendal, Dieu Donné, or alongside the river at Solms Delta.
- Feed the ducks on the dam in Van Riebeck Street.
- Go for a run through the vineyards.
- Pick up a permit and map at the Information Centre and explore the Mont Rochelle Reserve.
- Visit the historical Groot Drakenstein Games Club and watch (or participate in) a game of friendly cricket on the first turf wicket laid in South Africa. *
- Walk through the orchards and vineyards behind Mont Rochelle Winery, past two dams, to reach the beacon, giving you a fantastic view of the valley.
- Visit Bien Donné with its lavender fields, herb garden, manor house and deli. *
Music & Life
- Listen to live jazz on Friday evenings at Vineyard Brasserie.*
- Have a fun night at the Elephant & Barrel pub with live music every Wednesday.
- Attend the monthly classical concert in the historical cellar at La Motte. *
- See 'stars' at the Bridge House theatre.
- The Screening Room - anything from old-time classics to the latest movie.
- Request your favourite song played by Alfio over dinner at the Mont Rochelle Vineyard Hotel.
Food & Indulgence
- Watch the chocolatiers making their confections at Huguenot Fine Chocolates. Tours can also be arranged.
- Eat your heart out – 20% of the country’s five star chefs are in Franschhoek.
- Tea for two? – Try the freshly baked scones and cream at Café Antoinette.
- Learn how to make bread in winter at Bread and Wine, on Môreson Estate. *
- Tuna sashimi to die for at Bouillabaisse.
- Freshly made Sticky buns from Le Quartier Francais.
- Sample a local cheese tasting at La Fromagerie.
- Enjoy a French Cheese Tasting at Fromages de France.
- Dine under the full moon at Boschendal. *
- Discerning coffee lovers should try Reuben’s deli.
- Try freshly-baked pain au chocolat at The Salmon Bar in The Yard.
- Go for a dietary consultation with our resident dietician afterwards - to lose weight!
- Charcuterie at it’s best - savour Neil’s home-cured hams and meats at Bread & Wine.
- At least once, have Franschhoek’s smoked salmon-trout for breakfast.
Wine & Savour
- Bubble along the Cap Classique Route.
- Have a glass...or two, of wine from more than 40 extraordinary wine cellars.
- Jump in a vat of grapes at the annual Blessing of the Harvest at Môreson Estate. *
- Try the locally made Grappa and Schnapps at Chamonix.
- Descend into the depths of La Cotte Wine Sales—one of the greatest wine shops in the country.
- Arrange to have some wine shipped home.
- See Achim von Arnim sabrage at Cabriérè estate.
- Go on a tour of one of the many vineyards.
- Paint the town red (white & blue)...
- Enjoy a taste of the La Motte harvest. Sample the grapes, the fermenting juice and the finished product, the wine... only during harvest time.
- Sample locally made Franschhoek beers at Dieu Donné.
- Walk the long walk to freedom, at Groot Drakenstein prison, from where Nelson Mandela was released.
- Visit Museum van de Caab on Solms Delta Estate.
- Visit the Huguenot Memorial Museum to find out more about Franschhoek’s heritage.
- Amble around the Boschendal manor house built in 1685.
- Stroll into Franschhoek's past with the village heritage walk.
- Take a tour of Mooiwater Township.
- Follow the Winelands' Antique Route.
- Visit Pniel, the town and monument of the first free slaves.
- If you're a Huguenot descendant, trace your family tree.
- Dont miss the thatched Dutch Reformed Church built in 1847.
- Contribute to the Franschhoek Childrens Charity Project at the Information Centre.
- Stroll amongst an array of art shops, galleries and specialist stores that grace the village centre.
- Buy an indigenous plant at Pink Geranium nursery and support a greener life.
- Buy him a cigar at La Cotte Inn.
- Buy her a Naked Chefs of Franschhoek calendar.
- See the largest collection of corkscrews in Africa at The Old Corkscrew.
- Discover the treasures tucked away in our antique shops.
- Visit Penchant and buy some of their unique handmade jewellery, made from natural crystals and semi-precious stones.
- Step out in style; quality hand-crafted leather footwear and accessories from Tsonga.
- Stop by Kazkazi for locally beaded luxury goods.
- Get married in Franschhoek!
- Propose to your lover on the lawn at La Petite Ferme.
- Shop for diamonds at Traceys.
- Order a beautiful floral bouquet for your lover.
- Celebrate your anniversary with a weekend away.
- Take a long, lingering kiss under the Huguenot Monument.
- Renew your vows in the chapel overlooking the lily-filled lake.
- Have a massage.
- Champagne and oysters for lunch at Bouillabaisse.
- Enjoy the pink hue of the setting sun whilst sipping cocktails on the veranda of Mont Rochelle Vineyard Hotel.
- Visit the monthly street market. *
- Watch master potter David Walters and daughter Sarah throw their clay.
- Visit Live Wire Art stall and select one of Princes wire creations
- Make your own Shona sculpture at the Munhutapa Gallery at Boschendal. *
- Take the Franschhoek Meander and meet our innovative artists and craftspeople.
- Browse in the Franschhoek Live Craft Centre and see the resident potter and other crafters in action.
- Invest in a piece of heaven
- In our children, by contributing to the Youth Empowerment Action at the Information Centre.
- Attend Church services on Sundays at one of five different churches.
- Take photos showing the different moods of the valley and mountains.
- Purchase the Franschhoek book for your coffee table.
- Join the Winelands Branch of the Botanical Society on their next outing.
- Host your next product launch or corporate meeting at one of the many venues tailor-made for the occasion.
- Book your next visit!
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