Best restaurants in Franschhoek

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    Foliage

    Chef and owner Chris Erasmus has brought the foraging culture to the Cape at this hugely popular restaurant. Forest-floor ingredients such as river cress, dandelion and mushrooms complement decadent dishes like roasted swordfish and braised kudu shank. The restaurant is decked out with creations from Chris' artist wife, Alisha. Book ahead.

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    Pierneef à la Motte

    Named for South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, whose work is on show at the on-site museum, this elegant restaurant serves modern takes on traditional cuisine. Local ingredients like sorghum, springbok rooibos and waterblommetjies (Cape pondweed) feature in many dishes.

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    La Petite Colombe

    The award-winning Cape Town restaurant has opened a breezy sister branch here. The French-inspired menu comes in seven- or 12-course versions and you can opt to pair each course with a different wine.

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    Marigold

    If you fancy a change from all the French-inspired fine dining, Marigold serves elegant North Indian cuisine in its contemporary dining room.

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    Lust Bistro & Bakery

    Based at Vrede en Lust winery, this is a refreshingly unfussy place to eat in a region known for haute cuisine. You'll find salads, sandwiches and a build-your-own pizza option. Daily blackboard specials include some Asian-inspired eats and on Sunday there's a buffet lunch (adult/child R195/99) where you can eat away the day – bookings essential.

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    Reuben's

    Franschhoek's favourite son, celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, is behind this Asian fusion restaurant in a fabulous, light-filled space off the main road. In summer, grab a poke bowl to enjoy on the large patio. There's a carefully curated wine list plus beers from a nearby microbrewery.

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    Haute Cabrière Cellar

    If you want to go all-out on the French-inspired cuisine here, try the five-course menu with wine pairings (R595). Tastings (from R55) are available and there are cellar tours at 11am, which include a demonstration of sabrage – slicing open a bottle of bubbly with a sword.

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    Ryan's Kitchen

    Loved by locals and recommended by travellers, this long-running restaurant marries South African ingredients with fine-dining techniques. Watch chefs prepare intricate dishes such as Madagascan sea bass with seaweed-soya broth in the open kitchen. The menu changes every two weeks.

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    La Petite Ferme

    In a stupendous setting overlooking Franschhoek Valley, this contemporary restaurant makes a big deal of local ingredients. Try the biltong-dusted ostrich steak or harissa-coated Karoo lamb. There are some luxurious rooms if you can’t bear to leave.

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    De Villiers Chocolate Cafe

    The excellent single-origin chocolate here is made at a boutique chocolatier in Paarl and used in all the cakes, pastries and ice cream on offer. There's also excellent coffee. If you just can't decide, try the ice cream or coffee tasting (R55).

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    Fyndraai Restaurant

    Serves original dishes inspired by the Cape's varied cultures and using herbs from the on-site indigenous garden. A handy glossary on the menu helps you to learn some traditional foodstuffs.

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    Franschhoek Market

    Based in the grounds of the church, this market has a real country fete vibe. Shop for crafts and lunch on a range of light dishes, or buy a bag of goodies to take on a picnic.

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    French Connection

    No-nonsense bistro-style food using only fresh ingredients is dished up at this long-standing and deservedly popular place.

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    Racine

    One of the restaurants of celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, Racine has a small menu of fairly rich food to be enjoyed on a pretty deck overhanging a river.