Cape Town - South Africans love finding little routes to neverland right in their backyards - it just feels so special to know a little gem is right on your doorstep, under an hour away or on your favourite wine route.
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This is the case with the gorgeous champagne valley of Franschhoek - it is overflowing with stunning art and in the fast lane to becoming one of SA's most vibrant art towns.
On a recent tour of Franschhoek, Traveller24 got the chance to visit five unique and vibrant galleries and what we discovered was absolutely stunning...
is art - This is a vibrant gallery located on the lively main road in Franschhoek. Gallery owner Ilse Schermers Griesel's strong background in contemporary art and antiques is the brains behind the colourful and lively feel of is art gallery.
The gallery showcases local South African art as well as gorgeous collectables from the past.
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The gallery is currently exhibiting the sculptures of Gavin Younge depicting South Africa's reliance on water-harvesting, dams and lakes.
The peak of modern South Africa
Holden Manz - Just a few minutes walk away from is art, Holden Manz is a modern hub of colourful prints, local realism and oil landscapes which catch the eye.
The gallery is playful and is overflowing with works on every wall. Holden Manz is currently exhibiting the work of Marie Stander, who lives in Jamestown Stellenbosch.
Her subjects are local members of her community depicted in impressive large-scale charcoal and dry pastel on paper and cotton paper.
Delfthuis - Tucked into the corner of an airy courtyard, Delfthuis is an antique lover's paradise. Specialising in Delft porcelain from the Netherlands, China and Japan.
The gallery is owned by two lovely people who can share many interesting stories about the history of the pieces and antique collections in general. One special thing about Delfthuis is that they also specialise in antique Hermes scarves from Europe.
Each one has its own unique print - with some dating back to the early 50s.
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Contemporary wonders and classics
Ebony - The Ebony gallery specialises in paintings, sculptures, furniture, handcrafted homeware and local artefacts. The dark walls and warm lighting lets each art piece shine on its own, and the soft and stylish furniture calls on visitors to be taken home.
It is an inviting and cosy space that you could really get lost in.
A pocket full of wonder
The Old Corkscrew - The Old Corkscrew specialises in antique silverware, alongside classic telescopes, vases, swords and objects made from a variety of precious metals.
The owner of this homely space has a wonderful selection of corkscrews - hence the name.
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Just one visit to this space will leave you marvelling, oohing and ahhing for the next few days - making you want to purchase your own special piece of history from this endearing place.
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