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Le Quartier Francais, Western Cape, South Africa - Hotel Review

A Luxe Retreat on the South African Cape

Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek Valley has the largest wine collection in South Africa
Le Quartier Français

Le Quartier Français in the heart of Franschhoek deals in the art of surprise. More than a hotel, Le Quartier Français is a destination. Walking through the tranquil property, where individual suites are threaded through fragrant lush gardens, the scent of indigenous fynbos carries you along. You may spy chefs snipping away in the herb and vegetable garden, where a natural pool and arresting local artwork cause you to stop in sudden wonder. Surprises can be found throughout, from lambs peeking out of overgrown bushes to sunbirds hovering over open blooms.

Overlooking the indigenous herb garden is B.gorgeous, a fun and fabulous day spa. Get pampered with a mani-pedi while sipping a glass of bubbly, or indulge in a wash and blow dry for your hair. Or, make your way over to The Treatment Room for the full spectrum of wellness services.

The Cape Victiorian-style accommodationsthirteen rooms and eight suites have all been decorated with individual flair. Each abode has something unique to offer, from private gardens and pools to incredible art, along with all the amenities you could want, from plasma screen TVs to complimentary Nespresso machines.

Guest suite bathroom at Le Quartier Francais in South Africa A spacious guest suite at Le Quartier Francais in South Africa
Guest suite bathroom
A guest suite

Le Quartier Français is a culinary destination of note, featuring the world-renowned, fine dining restaurant and theatre, The Tasting Room. Here, surprise and nostalgia take center stage as diners embark on a journey of taste, guided by culinary storytellers in a beautiful and whimsical setting.

The restaurant has no menu; instead, executive chef Margot Janse creates an ever-evolving African-inspired Surprise Tasting Menu of either five or eight courses, sublimely paired with local wines.

Long, leisurely breakfasts are to be had in The Garden Room, so called as it opens up onto the hotel's rambling gardens through wide glass doors. Here, expect fresh fruit as bright as jewels, cold-pressed juice bursting with vitality, the restaurant's famous sticky buns, homemade müsli, thick creamy yogurt, preserves made with local Franschhoek ingredients and more. They also offer hot food: Try the eggs benedict made with herb brioche, a poached egg, dry-cured pancetta and smoked hollandaise. Additionally, tapas and sharing plates are served all day. Visit the onsite tea room, the Long Tea Table, for the most innovative and surprising high tea you can imagine.

The sense of wonder continues at the Lounge Bar, where the focus is on food-based cocktails. These cocktails use local ingredients such as mebos, sour figs, buchu and nettles. The bar specializes in molecular mixology in which the chefs and bartenders work together to create interesting texture and flavor combinations. These innovative drinks are accompanied by special 'Bar Bites' dishes created with local ingredients.

Though you could spend days uncovering all the property has to offer, if you desire a getaway from this getaway, explore the historic Huguenot Street on foot, or indulge in a bit of culinary shopping at the Le Creuset pop-up store.

Le Quartier Français is an experiential destination to suit all kinds of travelers, from couples on honeymoon to families to solo-adventurers. Here, you can truly experience the richest parts of Franschhoek life.

Le Quartier Français
16 Huguenot Rd., Franschhoek 7690
Western Cape, South Africa
27 21 876 2151 | Reserve with for the best rate!

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