This story was updated on 14 May 2019.
If cheese and chocolate are your guilty pleasures, Greg Landman has found just the places you can pop by for an indulgent treat. Best of all, both are in the picturesque town of Franschhoek in the Western Cape…
If you’ve ever wondered why the French, who seem to eat plenty of cheese and chocolates, should have one quarter of the deaths from heart disease that the Brits do, there are so many theories that one could go on about it ad infinitum.
One theory – to which I wholeheartedly subscribe is that the French, like most Mediterranean countries, eat for pleasure not just for fuel. The way one eats is all important – slowly, savouring every delicious moment, taking one’s time.
Having said that, two of my favourite places to stock up on the things that make life go round most deliciously, cheese and chocolates, are in Franschhoek. There is also wine to be had at one of them – at cellar door prices. That is supposed to have an ameliorating effect on cholesterol, and who am I to argue.
For the love of cheese
La Cotte, on the main street as one enters the village on the left side, is an Aladdin’s Cave heaven for cheese lovers.
They import French cheese at the most opportune time – for instance when the French cows are eating the fresh new spring grasses which make their milk superb for cheese making. One would never think of that making a difference but it does.
Ask for a sliver of something and you will be hooked. They also have a wide selection of wines from the area – all presented in a charming interior packed with character.
Going to be in town for the Franschhoek Literary Festival? Here’s a helpful guide.
For the chocoholic
Huguenot Chocolates, also in the Main Road, is the domain of Danver Windvogel and Denver Adonis who were trained in Belgium to be the master chocolatiers they are.
The range can be bought in great gift boxes or just by the kilo in packets that will almost certainly be finished before one gets home. Superb soft centres like mango vie with crunchy ones like praline, all coated in Belgian imported chocolate.
One can watch them being made at certain times of the day and there are options to suit many a pocket and taste.
Greg also heads to Franschhoek to find the best places for wine tasting.
- La Cotte Inn +27 (0) 21 876 3775; [email protected]
- Huguenot Fine Chocolates 021 876 4096;
Photography NastyaSensei Sens; Greg Landman
Words Greg Landman