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Cafe Des Arts

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Eclectic, French
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7 Reservoir Street West, Franschhoek, South Africa
+27 8762952
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Based in the small village of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Franschhoek...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best kept secret in town

This is where go when I want a great coffee and pastry in quiet surroundings. Tucked away behind the main street, away from the crowds it's also the best place to go and cool down in very hot summer weather. Great friendly service.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
FrancoiseArmour
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

This is where go when I want a great coffee and pastry in quiet surroundings. Tucked away behind the main street, away from the crowds it's also the best place to go and cool down in very hot summer weather. Great friendly service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We live in the village, and there is just nothing that compares to the value for money, superb food,service and great atmosphere Cafe des Arts offers.

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Franschhoek, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Its a hidden from the main street restaurant, but if the owner is cooking, you in for a surprise, great food, you will not expect that great food when you walk up to the restaurant. He is serving you food that you expect in a well known restaurant in big portions.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Hidden just off the main road through Franschhoek, we had a deliciously simple lunch - I had Caesar salad and all the other options looked good too. Worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

A stroll down a garden path to the restaurant is so worth while. Had the truffled scrambled eggs and it was very delicious. With I were around longer to try more dishes from this restaurant . The coffee is also good. Great food for starting the day!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The duck liver parfait was unbelievable. The rest of the food was also gorgeous. The service was fine. The waiter was a really friendly dude. The only thing was that it was a little tricky to find. Whatever you do, don't use google maps to get there. It took us to the total wrong place. We eventually found it by... More 

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Luanda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Not sure where to eat, walking around in Franschhoek and we found this little house at the end of a garden.... Nice surprise. Lovely welcome, very good service, very nice food. Just go there, noway this experience was

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Portugal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

during our stay in South Africa. The food was mediocre and my duck was almost too salty to eat. Would not recommend nor go back, although for some reason the place was full so I must be missing something

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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

It takes some times to find this cafe-place but it is absolutely worth it, as their lunch and coffee are absolutely great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

No frills, just good food. Very little else to say. My amazing potato , bacon, basil & chili soup was superb and the chicken sundried tamato and brie ravioli - great. Really good food without too much fuss. Authentic. From the heart. I really like it.

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Additional Information about Cafe Des Arts

Address: 7 Reservoir Street West, Franschhoek, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 8762952
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Eclectic, French

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 Reservoir Street West, Franschhoek, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 8762952

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Eclectic, French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

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! -
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?