If you are heading out for breakfast with the kids here are some of my favourite child friendly restaurants in the Winelands.
CONSTANTIA WINE VALLEY
Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia
Jonkershuis Restaurant is located on the beautiful, historic Groot Constantia wine estate, nestled in the lush Constantia Valley. This relaxed eatery, surrounded by ancient oak trees, is a lovely family friendly restaurantto enjoy a celebration with kids. Their food reflects the Cape Malay heritage and culture and is of the highest quality. They have an delicious breakfast menu with an excellent selection on the kid’s menu. There is no jungle gym for the kids but the lawns in front of the restaurant provide plenty of space creating an environment where all kids come together and play, run, chase and have old school fun. Click here to read more.
Main Road, Constantia | Tel: 021 – 794 6255 | www.jonkershuisconstantia.co.za
HELDERBERG WINELANDS (Somerset West)
Millhouse Kitchen at Lourensford Wine Estate
The Millhouse Kitchen is located on the Lourensford Estate situated at the foot of the majestic Hottentots Holland and Helderberg Mountains. It is a lovely, relaxed restaurant for a family outing for breakfast with a large garden for the little ones to play in with three natural wood jungle gyms. They have an extensive breakfast menu and a kids menu. Only free range eggs are used. The restaurant has seating inside and out on both sides. On one side there is a deck and on the other side is the garden with the kids plays area so ensure when booking to request a table near the kids play area.
Lourensford Road, Somerset West | Tel: 021 – 847 0030 | www.lourensford.co.za
Stables @ Vergelegen Wine Estate
Stables at Vergelegen is a lovely, relaxed child friendly restaurant and perfect for a family breakfast with breath-taking views of the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The restaurant has modern décor with beautiful furniture and solid wood tables. The restaurant serves a delicious contemporary breakfast menu and there is a little VIP’s menu for kids. I recommend to book a table outside if your children are young, so they can play on the lawn in front of the tables while you are eating as the play area is a little distance away. The play area is still in view of the outside tables, if your children are older and do not need to be supervised while playing. The play area is beautiful, one of the best I’ve seen. They have taken pride in constructing this for our little ones, specially handcrafted with a large jungle gym, slide, swings and handcrafted wooden animals. Safety is of top priority at Vergelegen with spongy flooring and even with the small trickle of water is purified, and ideal for kids to wet in the summer heat. The view with the mountains in the background is breathtaking, it almost feels tranquil (if that’s possible with kids ?).
Lourensford Road, Somerset West | Tel: 021 – 847 2156 | www.vergelegen.co.za
The Bakery at Jordan Wine Estate
One of my new favourites is The Bakery Restaurant at Jordan Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. The food and coffee are outstanding, and the view breathtaking making it a winner for us. It is definitely a treat to dine here. There is a relaxed atmosphere, evident in the modern, yet simple décor in neutral shades with a splash of red, where visitors can unwind and enjoy the freshly produced fare amongst the aromas of baking bread, pastries and freshly brewed coffee. There is no jungle gym but the beautiful lawns in front of the outside deck provide plenty of space for kids to play and explore.
Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 881 3004 | www.thebakery.co.za
This exquisite child friendly restaurant was an absolute gem to discover and definitely worth a visit, it’s one of my favourites. It’s rare to find such a stylish child friendly restaurant! Set in the picturesque Blaauwklippen valley in Stellenbosch surrounded by vineyards and mountains Mont Marie is very welcoming to families with little ones. The restaurant overlooks a dam and hosts an amazing enclosed kids play area set in a fenced area for extra safety with lots of jungle gyms, slides, swings and sandpit with toys. The setting, play area and food are all outstanding and it is a special place to experience. From the moment you arrive you will feel the magnificence of this outstanding venue.
Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 880 0777 | www.montmarie.co.za
Postcard Café at Stark Conde Wine Estate
Postcard Café serves simple but good food in a breathtaking setting in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley. This relaxed café serves breakfast, light lunches and tea with a selection of homemade cakes, scones and muffins. There is no children’s menu or jungle gym but they have beautiful lawns for the little ones to play on and we have enjoyed numerous meals with our little ones. You can request a kid’s sized scrambled eggs.
Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 861 7703 | www.postcardcafe.co.za
This charming child friendly Deli is located on the beautiful Tokara Wine Estate, just outside of Stellenbosch, with scenic views of the Simonsberg Mountains, olive groves and vineyards make this a beautiful setting for a casual breakfast with the family. The deli has a spacious feel to it with high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass walls with views of the surrounding valley and vineyards. Tables are located inside and outside on the deck all with a view. The deli is ideal for kids of all ages with baskets full of toys for the younger little ones to play with inside or on the deck next to your table and for older kids they have a wooden jungle gym, sandpit and space for them to play on the lawn in front of the restaurant, in view of the tables. There is a giant bird’s nest for the good climbers.
Helshoogte Road (R310), Stellenbosch | Tel 021 – 808 5950 | www.tokara.co.za
Hudson’s Restaurant at Vredenheim Estate
Hudson’s a is a lovely, casual family friendly restaurant with stunning, picturesque views of the Winelands and beautiful landscaped gardens. They serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea seven days a week from 9am – 5pm. There is lots of space for the little ones to run wild and a small play area and jungle gym next to the restaurant.
Baden Powell Drive R310, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 881 3590 | www.visithudsons.co.za
Lekke Neh Restaurant at Weltevreden Estate
Lekke Neh Restaurant is set in a historic Cape Dutch style building serving tasty meals and classic favourites. Tables are located inside and outside on a covered veranda with a play area for young children. Next to the restaurant is an area called Carnival which is kiddie heaven with a huge play area including two large plastic jungle gyms, slides, trampoline and a sandpit.
Welgevonden Boulevard, Stellenbosch (off the R304) | Tel: 021 – 889 6588 | www.weltevredenestate.com
Klein Joostenberg Bistro
Klein Joostenberg Bistro situated on the Joostenberg Farm is a lovely, relaxed family restaurant serving simple, good food inspired from traditional French bistro cuisine. It is set in beautiful landscaped gardens with a jungle gym on the lawn space in front of the restaurant and lots of space for the kids to run and play. Attached to the restaurant is the Joostenberg Deli where you can shop for a variety of products from organic produce, free range meats and eggs, fruits and vegetables, cheeses, home cooked meals, Joostenberg wines and tasty treats. For the little one’s horse and cart rides are available on the weekends.
R304, Muldersvlei | Tel: 021 – 884 4208 | www.joostenberg.co.za
Cape Point Vineyards
Cape Point Vineyards Estate is absolutely breathtaking, located on the mountain slopes of Chapman’s Peak with picturesque ocean views over Noordhoek Beach. Breakfast is served on the lawns in front of the deli with stunning views. There is a jungle gym and swings on the mountain slopes.
Silvermine Road, Noordhoek | Tel: 021 – 789 0900 | www.cpv.co.za
The Stone Kitchen at Dunstone Estate
The Stone Kitchen is very welcoming and charming with a country feel to this lovely, child friendly restaurant perfect for families with small children. Tables are set in a garden surrounded by scenic mountains with blankets and pillows scattered on the lawn for families with babies, and anyone who wants to stretch out and relax. There are also kid’s sized tables, a smaller version of the adult tables, and plenty of trees for shade. The garden is safe for little ones to roam and you are able to watch them from the table. There is a wooden jungle gym in a large sandpit with plenty of sand toys, a swing set and a second play area with toys to play with and a trampoline. There are ducks and pigs through the small garden gate. The menu is simple, homemade and delicious. A lovely family outing.
Bovlei Road, Wellington | Tel: 021 – 864 1504 | www.dunstone.co.za
DURBANVILLE WINE VALLEY
Bon Amis at Bloemendal Wine Estate
Bon Amis Café is a lovely, relaxed family restaurant located in the Durbanville Wine Valley, and forms part of Bloemendal Wine Estate. It has a wonderful play area for kids right in front of the restaurant in view of the outside tables. There are two wooden jungle gyms, a large plastic jungle gym, a wooden house, swings and a kid’s mountain bike track, so remember to pack in the mountain bikes (for ages approximately from age 5 to 10). It is right in front of the restaurant but goes through the forest so you will not be able to see your kids the whole time.
Tygervalley Road, Durbanville | Tel: 021 – 976 2682 | www.bonamis.co.za
Eat at Altydgedacht
Altydgedacht Wine Estate is located in the Durbanville Winelands 25 kilometres from Cape Town. It is a wonderful rustic farm to visit with a relaxed atmosphere and child friendly. It is a popular eatery with locals and offers alfresco dining in a farm environment. There is a play area for the kids with a jungle gym and sandpit, which is visible from the outside tables, and space for them to run and play. At the tables they have chalkboards for the little Picasso’s.
Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville | Tel: 021 – 975 7815 | www.altydgedacht.co.za
Tables at Nitida
Tables at Nitida on the Nitida Wine Estate is a charming restaurant to visit for a casual breakfast with the family. There is a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and the kids always have a great time. They have a kids play area on the lawn next to the restaurant with a wooden jungle gym and swings and lots of space for them to play, kick a ball and chickens to chase.
Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville Wine Valley | Tel: 021 – 975 9357 | www.nitida.co.za