Best day in Franschhoek

When you’re the General Manager of the romantic boutique hotel, La Residence in Franschhoek, you’re bound to know all the ins and outs of the Cape’s most charming village in the winelands.  We asked Werner Krause to share his secret round-up of a perfect day in Franschhoek.

Grab a coffee with the Locals at The Hoek Espresso Bar

Pay a visit to The Hoek for a speciality coffee. You’ll cross paths with locals on the way back from their bike ride, en route to work or heading out for a morning stroll.

Hike on the Mountains in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve

The Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve offers some of the most incredible views of the Franschhoek Valley. With hiking trails to suit varied fitness levels, any adventurer will be happy to spend time exploring the mountains surrounding the valley.

Visit Atlas Swift Wines for a horizontal tasting of four Chardonnay wines and delicious vegan snack platter

You’ll fall in love with Chardonnay all over again when you meet winemaker Welma Smith and her four wines from four different regions. Each wine is made in the same way but wait until you’re transported to the distinct land where the grapes come from and how it is portrayed in the glass. While you’re there, sample their delicious vegan snack platter including cashew nut cheese and other delicious bites. Keep an eye out for Welma’s cat who welcomes you to the tasting room.

Have Dinner at Orangerie at Le Lude

Indulge in honest, thoughtful and delicious classical French Cuisine at the stylish Orangerie. Set in a beautiful conservatory surrounded by lush, green plants, you’ll have a wonderful meal exquisitely crafted by Chef Nicolene Barrow. Make sure you have a stroll through their vegetable, herb and rose gardens before you leave.

Stay at La Residence Hotel

Experience the utmost comfort and luxury at La Residence while enjoying the beautifully adorned bedrooms decorated by the owner Liz Biden. Each suite is unique and showcases its own theme with all the comforts needed for the most perfect night’s rest.

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