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Cafe Des Arts

7 Reservoir West Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 2952
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Closes in 20 min
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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7 Reservoir West Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

This hidden gem is frequently visited by locals. You have to know where to find it: Next to Essence you will see a little pathway going to the library and to Cafe des Arts. If you feel like eating out, but you don't want the...More

Thank YsabelLebon
Reviewed 22 April 2016

My meal of penne mushrooms was one of the best pastas I have had. My wife had the duck which she thoroughly enjoyed. Local wines are excellent. My favourites are Sauvignon Blanc.

Thank terrydavo
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Yummy breakfast foods. We had the truffle scrambled eggs, which were a bit oily. We wanted to order the french toasted crossaint, but they hadn't finished making the crossaints when we arrived for breakfast so they made it with ciabatta, which was still yummy. They...More

Thank Monique4444
Reviewed 14 April 2016

Returning to Franschhoek after two years our first port of call for dinner was Cafe des Arts and we were not disappointed. The pork belly was incredible as I believe was the lambs liver. This is a quaint little place down a lane off the...More

Thank Bovington-Smythe
Reviewed 12 April 2016

This spot is one of Franschhoek's best kept secrets. That's if you appreciate characterful, honest, laid-back quality. A sign in the shop says it so well: No racists, no homophobes, no bad attitudes, no BS. The service is upbeat, smooth and friendly. The food is...More

1  Thank Nunca_Nunca
Reviewed 10 April 2016

Lamb was overdone and cardboard texture when asked for rare. The food of all our others were not what it described it to be, some got chicken when requested steak. Pity since it looked so interesting and fun. The service was great and very apologetic...More

1  Thank goodaccomdation
Reviewed 3 April 2016

On the 1st of April we decided to have lunch at Franschhoek once again. As we were driving towards Franschhoek, we saw many possibilities for Friday lunch. Babel Restaurant on the historic Cape Dutch farm Babylonstoren is definitely on our list for a special event....More

1  Thank SouthAfricaDeon
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

This was one of the most delicious cafe breakfasts I have ever had, and we do good breakfasts where I'm from! The truffled scrambled eggs with mushrooms were just divine. My husband just about died over his French toasted croissant with bacon and banana. Excellent...More

Thank Elisabeth F
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

It's a beautiful restaurant set in a leafy courtyard. This makes it immediately quite special. We hear the dinners under the stars are amazing, but as it was a cold night when we were there, we are inside. The acoustics make for quite a jostling...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 28 March 2016

Service was great with friendly, helpful staff. Food was excellent - the croissant french toast was amazing! Fun vibe for all ages - family and dog friendly. Beautiful setting, tucked away from the main street with tables under the trees. Very cutely decorated!

Thank Aleksa K
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Reservoir West Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 2952
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Based in the small village of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Franschhoek is renowned world wide for Haut Cuisine and Fine Dining. Cafe des Arts is neither Haute Cuisine nor Fine Dining! Cafe des Arts is a simple, rustic, relaxed restaurant where all that matters is the food. There are no table cloths, no silver service and the food is from the pan to the plate. If you're lucky, you may even get some cutlery! -
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