• As the picturesque town of Franschhoek gears up for its annual Bastille Day celebrations on 13-14 July, 2024, visitors are in for a culinary treat!

    This charming South African village, known for its rich French heritage, offers a wealth of gourmet experiences that will make your Bastille Day celebration unforgettable.

    Here are 9 highly recommended restaurants to visit during the festivities, along with some standout menu options to tantalise your taste buds.

    Restaurants to visit in Franschhoek to celebrate Bastille Day:


    Épice, meaning ‘spice’ in French, takes diners on a unique journey through flavours inspired by India and the East. The intimate setting and innovative dishes make it a must-visit spot.

    Location: Heritage Square, 9 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

    Contact: 021 492 4044


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    La Petite Colombe

    An offshoot of Cape Town’s famous La Colombe, La Petite Colombe offers exceptional tasting menus that showcase local flavours with artistic presentation.

    Location: Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek

    Contact: 021 202 3395


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    Owned by celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, Reuben’s combines a relaxed atmosphere with sophisticated dishes, celebrating modern South African flavours.

    Location: 2 Daniel Hugo Street, Franschhoek

    Contact: 021 876 3772

    The French Connection Bistro

    This cosy bistro brings classic French cuisine to the heart of Franschhoek, offering a warm and inviting atmosphere.

    Location: 48 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

    Contact: 021 876 4056

    Grande Provence

    Located on a historic estate, the Restaurant at Grande Provence pairs luxurious dining with an extensive wine list, making it perfect for an indulgent meal.

    Location: Main Road, Franschhoek

    Contact: 021 876 8600


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    La Petite Ferme

    Offering breathtaking valley views, La Petite Ferme serves contemporary South African dishes crafted from fresh, local ingredients.

    Location: Pass Road, Franschhoek

     Contact: 021 876 3016


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    Set on the Kleine Zalze estate, Terroir is renowned for its simple yet sophisticated approach to seasonal cuisine, perfectly paired with the estate’s award-winning wines.

    Location: Kleine Zalze Estate, Strand Road, Stellenbosch (a short drive from Franschhoek)

    Contact: 021 880 8167


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    Le Bon Vivant

    Chef Pierre Hendriks brings creative and contemporary dishes to life at Le Bon Vivant, where the à la carte and tasting menus emphasize bold flavours and elegant presentation.

    Location: 22 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek

    Contact: 021 876 2717

    Orangerie @ Le Lude

    The Orangerie Restaurant at Le Lude focuses on contemporary French cuisine in an elegant setting, offering a refined dining experience.

    Location: Le Lude Estate, Bowwood Road, Franschhoek

    Contact: 021 876 2961


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    Even if you can’t secure reservations at these top spots, Franschhoek has plenty to offer. Explore casual dining options like La Motte’s artisanal bakery or Boschendal for delightful treats. However you choose to celebrate, enjoy the gourmet adventure that Bastille Day in Franschhoek promises.


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