5 Cool Things to do in Franschhoek with Young Teens

Teenagers are a fickle bunch, so one can appreciate an activity or experience that doesn’t get an eyeroll from them because it’s “so uncool, mom” (experienced mom here!). Franschhoek is widely known for being a paradise for adults who love an incredible culinary experience, with wine farms plentiful and places to just unwind and watch the world pass by. The following things to do in the majestic winelands could possibly get two thumbs up from the kids… Who knows?

1. TERBODORE CAFÉ or any cool café would do, really. These are perfect for a bit of people-watching while enjoying great coffee and delicious food too. The Terbodore Café has a gorgeous and cool courtyard under the trees where you can enjoy a sparkling cold brew in summer with lovely menu options and friendly service. Their artisanal coffee beans are also on sale along with other unique merchandise sporting the famous big dog.

2. HUGUENOT FINE CHOCOLATES – who doesn’t love an indulgent chocolate tasting experience, right? This boutique chocolaterie in Main Road offers a wide range of the finest imported Belgian chocolates and will surely be appealing to those with a sweet tooth. Their Chocolate Experience of tasting, demonstrations and chocolate history takes place at 11:00 and 15:00 daily, so be sure to book for a sweet 30-minute treat at only R50pp. You can also purchase their chocolates loose or in attractive boxes at their shop as a reward for good behaviour.

3. HUGUENOT MEMORIAL MUSEUM – this experience is, of course, for those teens who appreciate learning about the history of the area and how it contributed to shaping the story of South Africa. The museum really sets the stage for the “French Corner’s” (Franschhoek) cultural, natural, gastronomic and viticultural attractions. Here you’ll learn about the story of the Huguenots before and after their arrival at the Cape of Good Hope. A new addition is the first South African Perfume Museum, which features amazing antique perfume bottles and perfume-making equipment. In addition to a visit to the museum, you can also take a short stroll to the magnificent Sculpture Garden. Admission prices for the full experience is R100 for adults and R50 for students.

4. ART GALLERIES – once again, another cultural experience for the budding aesthete but definitely worth taking the time to stop and enjoy the artistic talent of local and international artists. One has only to stroll down Main Road to find these gems dotted along the way. As much as Franschhoek is established as a food and wine destination, it is fast becoming known for hosting the country’s finest art too. Visit the Everard Read Gallery, Makiwa Gallery, ManZArt and so much more.

5. FARM SANCTUARY – Everyone loves rescue animals, and even better if one of them is a renowned artist! Meet Pigasso, the world’s only painting pig, right here in the heart of Franschhoek along with her farm friends at the Farm Sanctuary. Here you can enjoy a tour of the sanctuary where admission is free, and donations are welcome.

Other activities that may be of interest…

- For the young adrenalin junkies: mountain biking at Boschendal, hike at the magnificent Berg River Dam

- For a spot of shopping: The Franschhoek Village Market (Saturdays), dog-friendly Boschendal Weekend Market (Sat & Sun)

If you’ve made it through an entire day in Franschhoek without so much as an eyeroll from your teen, then you deserve a glass of wine (or a bottle!) to celebrate. Take your pick from an array of fantastic farms in the area. Cheers!

For more information, opening times and admission fees, contact Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism Office here:
Tel: +27(0) 21 876 2861
Email: info@franschhoek.org.za

- Blog by Letishia Charles