Situated just eight kilometres outside of town, La Paris Estate is the quintessential Franschhoek farm. Its grounds pay homage to the region’s majestic beauty, with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, ancient oaks and peaceful dam, with a jetty across the water and an island in the centre – making it a dream spot for any occasion.
Aside from being a scenic wedding and sought-after functions venue, the historic estate is home to a popular bistro that serves a selection of delicious farm-to-table fare in a stylish, comfortable setting that even welcomes little members of the family.
There’s also a farm deli for take-home delights, and a bakery churning out fresh artisanal breads and cakes daily (who doesn’t love freshly baked, preservative-free treats?)
A succession of oak trees lines the patio, beckoning you to take a seat on one of the hand-crafted cane chairs, while inside, resident architect Ashleigh Ratcliffe has created a relaxed, yet upscale environment with French-oak floors that mirror the giants outside – the perfect spot to cosy up to the fireplace on chilly days.
The kitchen is run by chef Nico Vorster, who prides himself on sumptuous dishes made from the finest locally sourced ingredients. Think cured-salmon starters, mango-ginger prawns with citrus couscous, and craft-beer-battered linefish with hand-cut chips, accompanied by a vast selection of wine, beer, bubbly and cocktails. And if you’re adventurous when it comes to caffeine, try the iced nougat coffee or a signature rose cappuccino.
On Friday evenings, the restaurant is open for dinner, accompanied by live music performances.
The deli stocks a variety of cakes and freshly baked breads (made at the on-site bakery),as well as a selection of fruit and vegetables, cheeses, cold meats and biltong. Visitors also have the option of purchasing made-to-order sandwiches, coffees, juices, teas, and cakes by the slice.
The two walk-in wine cellars, one for red and one for white, are home to over 70 different varietals, champagnes, dessert wines and MCCs.
Good to know High tea is served daily from 2.30pm to 5pm, and costs a mere R275 for a lovely selection of sweet and savoury treats.