Franschhoek Exploring: Visiting the Franschhoek Village Market

by Karisa

This is part 2 of my “Franschhoek Exploring” series.  If you missed part 1 (Marigold Restaurant) – you can check it out over here.

So on the Saturday morning we decided to grab some coffee & something to eat at the Franschhoek Village Market.  It’s a really pretty market situated at 29 Huguenot Road in the centre of town, tucked away under some beautiful Oak trees.

The market is open every Saturday from 10am to 3pm (weather permitting) and showcases local fresh produce, delicatessens, beer, coffee and more alongside locally made arts, crafts & clothing.  And, for the vintage lovers out there, you may even snap up a cool antique or vintage fashion find.

My other reasons to love this market:

  • Entry & parking is FREE
  • Doggies of all shapes & sizes are welcome (as long as they’re on a leash of course)
  • They have a kid’s play area (so mommy & daddy can enjoy a bit of a breather)
  • They have Snapscan, so you don’t have to carry cash (there’s limited card facilities, but there are also ATMs within walking distance)
  • They sell regte egte pannekoek – not crepes, pannekoek served by a lovely old lady with a skottel.  It’s my kryptonite.

Their website also mentions that from time to time you may find some of our country’s top chefs at the market who come to set up a temporary shop.  Some of their guest chefs have included Chris Smit (SABC 3’s Cooking with Chris Smit), Chris Erasmus (Foliage), and Chef Pasch (Dutch East Restaurant).  So that’s something foodies should definitely keep an eye out for.

Here are a few pics I took on the day to give you an idea of the market’s vibe:

Just look at that beauty… I like to keep it simple: cinnamon sugar & a touch of lemon juice. So so good.

You can also have a look at some of their permanent traders over here.


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