Exploring Franschhoek: Big Dog Cafe & Terbodore Coffee

One spontaneous Saturday, my boyfriend and I decided to pack our bags and head out to Franschhoek for the night. We packed the car and headed out on a beautiful 45 minute drive from Cape Town. After stopping at a few wine farms (without having any breakfast) we set out to find the perfect little cafe for a much needed relaxing lunch. Whilst on our mission to find the perfect lunch spot, we came across Big Dog Cafe and was pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome and “vibey” atmosphere that the cafe had to offer.


The cafe is situated right next to the Village Grill & Butcher and gets very busy both during the week and on the weekends. We sat inside as it was a little nippy but that didn’t matter as the Terbodore coffee smells and modern scenery made it a very pleasant experience.

Being so hungry and ready to eat to our stomachs content, we spent a good amount of time scouting the menu as the options were endless.

I ordered a cappuccino and Craig ordered a banana milkshake. The cappuccino was hot, rich and tasty ( just as I like it) – accompanied by a little “dog bone” biscuit which added to the uniqueness of the cafe. The banana milkshake was made from fresh banana and was both thick and creamy, just as it should be.

Side Note: If you do not know what Terbodore coffee is or where it came from, well then, allow me give you a quick tutorial: Terbodore coffee first originated at the Terbodore Farm in KZN  (Midlands) in 2004. A family owned business, their Great Dane “Sultan” was a huge symbol of loyalty and patience, from which they drew their inspiration. To read more on Terbodore Coffee Roasters, click here.

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Now that we had wet our taste-buds, we were ready to indulge in whatever Big Dog Cafe had to offer.

Following on from our delicious drinks, we had the most mouth watering lunch. Not only was the food bursting with flavor but it was presented like a piece of art. I ordered the “chicken salad” and Craig ordered the “savory chicken waffles”. I wish I had the exact dish names for you but unfortunately the menu is not online just yet.

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Not only is Big Dog Cafe a place for good coffee, great food and an awesome ambiance, it also has international sportsmen enjoying what they have to offer. We bumped into David Pocock (Brumbies player) who had spent the afternoon exploring Franschhoek, just like us. Franschooek, is truly an incredible place that seems to attract the attention of many celebrities from all over the world.


Big Dog Cafe is both family friendly and pet friendly. From the beautiful front garden that looks over the best of Franschhoek, to the modern, casual interior, the only thing missing is the appearance of the Terbodore Roasters mascot- the Great Dane.

After having such a great experience at Big Dog Cafe, we cannot wait to go back to where it all started when visiting KZN in the near future. I definitely am a new fan now that I have tried Terbodore coffee roasters and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good cuppa and a great vibe!

Check out our VLOG to find out what other adventures we got up to.


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