By Daryll Williams | October 18, 2022

Chapter 2: Franschhoek - Updated 2022

Babel – Babylonstoren

Babel features nods to its former life as a cow shed—the original trough stands in the centre of the room, and a giant illustration of a cow’s head dominates the back wall. It’s light and airy, with delicate white flowers poking out of coloured glass bottles brightening up wooden tables.

Why go?

The restaurant has a pick, clean, serve approach to their meals, with all the fruits and vegetables harvested fresh from the garden.

Farm-to-fork philosophy, Image Credit: Babylonstoren


a: Babylonstoren farm, Simondium Rd, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 863 3852

h: Breakfast: Monday to Sunday, 08h00–10h00 (Last order at 09h30)

h: Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday, 12h30–15h30 (Last order at 15h00)

h: Dinner: Monday to Sunday, 18h00–21h00 (Last order at 20h30, last seating at 20h00)

Chefs Warehouse Maison

Chef David Schneider joins Liam Tomlin in using fresh ingredients, based on seasonal availability, to create a global tapas-inspired menu that incorporates a world of different flavours in one, multi-course meal.

Why go?

You’re on a wine farm – and a very popular one at that – so expect plenty of great options. Perhaps the most obvious choice, though, is something from the selection of Maison’s wines by the glass.

Farm-style fine dining, Image Credit: Chefs Warehouse Maison


a: Maison Estate, R45, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 876 2116
h: Monday to Saturday, 12h00–21h00
h: Sunday, Lunch only starting at 12h00

Greenhouse – Babylonstoren

Here, no-fuss food is the order of the day. Expect home-baked treats, fresh garden juices, artisanal breads with handcrafted cheeses and cold meats, as well as fresh garden salads and, of course, teas and coffees.

Why go?

The Greenhouse, at the rear of the garden, is a sight for sore eyes. There’s no better place to sit than under the oak trees and enjoy an informal, picnic-style snack.

Highlighting fresh and seasonal ingredients inspired by the garden, Image Credit: Babylonstoren


a: Babylonstoren farm, Simondium Rd, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 863 3852
h: Monday to Sunday: 09h00–16h00

La Petite Colombe

Although the cuisine has a worldly influence, the food is steeped in South African heritage, creating a contemporary offering that incorporates locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, doused in French flair and set alight with slight Asian influence.

Why go?

Sublime, humbling dining of this nature is a rarity, even in one of the world’s most talked-about culinary capitals.

Contemporary fine dining in Franschhoek, Image Credit: La Petite Colombe


a: Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 202 3395
h: Monday to Sunday, 12h00–22h00


Épice means 'spice' in French, and this restaurant is a celebration of all things flavourful. With fine-dining masterpieces created by chef Charné Sampson (former sous chef at La Colombe), you're in for a real treat.

Why go?

A plethora of flavours inspired by India, as well as Spain, Japan, Denmark, Mexico, and the US.

Serving an array of delectably curated dishes, Image Credit: Epice


a: Le Quartier Français, Cnr Huguenot & Berg St, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 492 4044
h: Lunch: Friday to Sunday, 12h00–14h00
h: Dinner: Monday to Sunday, 18h00–20h30

Le Coin Français

Chef-proprietor Darren Badenhorst’s fine dining establishment is a welcome addition to the flourishing and varied Franschhoek restaurant scene, where cutting-edge methods meet time-tested French elegance.

Why go?

The chic, polished restaurant setting with its classy interiors, perfectly match the chef’s impressive plating.

French elegance in cuisine, Image Credit: Le Coin Français


a: 17 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek
t: +27 74 126 0022
h: Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday, 19h00–20h30 (last seating)


The restaurant menu draws inspiration from Asian flavours, with classic French influences; the result is bright and fresh, almost mirroring the interior vibe.

Why go?

The restaurant space has been designed around a central show kitchen, with alfresco dining areas at both ends to ensure a wonderful dining experience carefully considered for the interior aficionados.

A refined, flavour-packed approach to casual fine-dining, Image Credit: Protégé


a: Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 492 4048
h: Lunch: Monday to Sunday, 12h00–14h30
h: Dinner: Monday to Sunday, 17h30–20h00


Celebrity chef Rubben Riffel’s flagship restaurant has a menu that offers taster plates for sharing, while main courses are a globetrotting lot, jetting from peppered picanha steak to butter chicken curry and excellent Vietnamese pho.

Why go?

Despite being a place you go to treat yourself to a fancy dinner, the restaurant is delightfully unpretentious—think paper menus, minimalist furnishings and smiley staff. In summer there are tables out on the patio and in winter, the fireplace makes it an inviting way to get out of the Franschhoek freeze.

Classic Beef fillet, served with mushroom ravioli and bone marrow bordelaise sauce, Image Credit: Reubens


a: 2 Daniel Hugo St, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 876 3772
h: Lunch: Monday to Sunday, 12h00–15h00
h: Dinner: Monday to Sunday, 18h30–21h00

Werf at Boschendal

At least three-quarters of the ingredients are sourced within 30 kilometres of the farm, and prepared with trademark generosity. Most meals are sumptuous platters that groan with portions almost too sizable for two.

Why go?

Modern, scrumptious farm-to-table dining with a light and local touch.

Pair your wine tasting with dishes from The Werf's homegrown soil-to-fork menu, Image Credit: Werf


a: R310 Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 870 4209
h: Breakfast: Monday to Sunday, 08h00–11h00 (last orders by 10h00)
h: Lunch: Monday to Sunday, 12h00–17h00 (Last orders by 15h30 | 14h30 on Sundays)
h: Dinner: Thursday to Saturday, 18h00–22h00 (Last orders by 21h00)

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