Le Quartier Français
A gastronomic journey in the heart of Franschhoek
Le Quartier Français
Slap bang in the heart of foodie heaven—Franschhoek village—Le Quartier Français is a boutique gourmet bolt-hole with a touch of the Gallic elegance. This quaint country inn is particularly famous for its signature restaurant: the Tasting Room, with one of South Africa's finest chefs at the helm—Margot Janse. Despite being surrounded by a multitude of award-winning restaurants, Le Quartier Français still manages to stand out in the crowd. Get some winelands R&R by the pool or wander into the village, lined with superb restaurants, local bistros and coffee pit-stops that will keep you busy for days.
At the lodge
The Tasting Room and the more informal Living Room restaurants are at the heart of the hotel and there’s also a cosy library, adorned with contemporary art and a selection of coffee-table masterpieces to browse. Guests can choose to have breakfast here, in their rooms or in the pretty courtyard. A large swimming pool surrounded by teak loungers offers the perfect spot for some R&R and for a quiet night in book a spot in the hotel ‘cinema’, bag of homemade popcorn included!
There are numerous rooms at LQF and all are gorgeous, thoughtfully designed and really quite hard to leave. 15 en-suite rooms are set in a blooming, rose-filled courtyard around the main swimming pool, whilst 2 suites each have 2 bedrooms and their own private pools. The opulent Four Quarters suites, with lashings of vibrant silks and a hefty dose of quirkiness, are set slightly further back. Perfect little luxuries include rich Egyptian cottons, Nespresso machines, under-floor heating and DVD libraries.
Franschhoek is surrounded by some of the country’s best vineyards with each one offering a variety of wine tastings and, of course, sumptuous food. Take the hotel’s chauffeur driven car and explore as many as you can squeeze in. Also on offer from LQF is a wonderful guided hike through the mountains and a walking tour of the village – a stop off at the chocolatier is highly recommended! Otherwise, indulge at the spa or visit the shop for a spot of souvenir hunting.