Delightful food & service at Bistro BonBon in Franschhoek

Bistro BonBon restaurant Franschhoek

Bistro BonBon, Franschhoek, Western Cape

Discover what makes Franschhoek wines famous and the flavours of the Cape when you pay a visit to the rustic Bistro BonBon at La Petite Dauphine Estate in Franschhoek.

Previously known as Café BonBon, they have recently changed their name after the bistro came under new owner, Chef Archie Maclean. However, they do still provide the same exceptional service and delightful dining experiences as before.

The restaurant is steeped in history and has beautiful natural surroundings that can be enjoyed from the many different eating areas which are what makes Bistro BonBon so unique. They even offer a unique experience of dining while being sheltered under the 200 year-old Oak tree in the garden.

You can choose among four different dining areas at Bistro BonBon, from the Front Patio, the Shaded Courtyard, under the Oak Tree to The Studio Restaurant. Choose whichever you like and you can experience something different every time you visit.

What’s on the menu at Bistro BonBon?

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You can enjoy simple, easy eating to suit all palates at this Bistro-style restaurant. Their Chef Maclean, who is from Scotland, and his wife, Dominique, who is the Front House Manager, will warmly welcome you and make sure you have a memorable dining experience.

Their food is made with only the freshest ingredients.

Bistro BonBon has an easy-going approach to dining so you can even bring your pets along to enjoy a meal with you.

Their classic breakfasts are prepared to perfection, giving you the energy you need for a day full of adventure and excitement. Their wholesome main dishes are the ‘stars of the show’ and are prepared with the best quality that Archie has to offer.

Dinners in The Studio can be relaxed and even romantic, you can enjoy great food in natural, warm ambiance with your special someone. For those with a sweet tooth, you can enjoy some of their baked goods during tea time.

To see their full Winter 2019 menu, click here.

Top reasons for dining at Bistro BonBon:

  1. They have a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere that can be enjoyed.
  2. There is more than one location where guests can enjoy their meal, be it indoors or outdoors.
  3. All meals served at Bistro BonBon are well portioned and delicious.
  4. The staff are kind and helpful.
  5. The restaurant is pet-friendly, so you can bring your four-legged companion along with you.

To make a reservation at Bistro BonBon, give them a call on 021 876 3936 or Visit their website Find them at La Petite Dauphine, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek, 7690.

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