Le Quartier Francais is one of the institutions to which Franschhoek and the Winelands in general owe their success. It was at the forefront of the development of the region into a gourmet destination for discerning travellers, providing not only first-rate food at its restaurants, but also sophisticated, luxury accommodation as well. It’s a formula that hasn’t changed much, and nor does it need to. The colonial architecture is matched by the décor and furnishings, and combined with modern touches to give an effortlessly stylish result. It is the sort of effect many strive for and few manage to attain, but they’ve done it here. Of course, the food is excellent with both The Living Room and the Tasting Room being permanent fixtures in any list of places you really should eat whilst in town. A stay at Le Quartier Francais is for someone seeking the glamour of travelling like a member of the glitterati of yesteryear.