Whether you’re a tourist visiting Cape Town for the first time or a seasoned local, Franschhoek is one of the places you just need to add to your  “have-to-visit list”. Located about 50 km east of Cape Town, this little gem is one that should not be missed out on.

Franschhoek is a little cosy town, nestled in between vineyards and mountains. You can expect a picture perfect view anywhere you go. And since Franschhoek is known to be the food capital of South Africa, make sure you go hungry. Here are the top 5 things to do when visiting Franschhoek.

Wine Tram

There simply isn’t a better way to do wine tastings than taking the wine tram. Exploring Franschhoek in this way, it allows you to view nature in all its glory while stopping at eight fantastic wine farms. Since the wine tram operates on a hop-on-hop-off system, you can stay as long as you want at each estate, have lunch, take a stroll in the vineyards or even book a cellar tour.

Explore the main street

Park your car and take a walk down Franschhoek main street. It is packed with trendy restaurants, art galleries and artisan shops.

Kogelberg Nature Reserve

If hiking is your thing, why not visit the visit the nature reserve considered to be one of the most extraordinary protected areas of CapeNature. Since Kogelberg is known to occupy an area with the least amount of human interference, getting close to nature doesn’t get easier than this.

Huguenot Monument and Memorial Museum

Located next to each other at the end of the main street, you can visit the Huguenot monument and museum. Take a moment to educate yourself on the history of the French settlers who landed in Cape Town in the 17th and 18th century and the contribution they made to South African history and culture.

Franschhoek Pass

If a breathtaking view is what you’re looking for, the Franschhoek pass is where you need to go. Explore by car or by bicycle – either way, you will be left speechless by the beauty this stretch of road has to offer. Locals are known to take a drive on this route as often as possible in order not to miss out on the spectacular views.

As you can see, Franschhoek is definitely a town not to be missed out on. While the above mentioned are some of the main highlights, there is no shortage of things to do in Franschhoek.