If looking are for some child friendly lunch restaurants in our stunning Mother City, Cape Town, here are some of my favourite places to go.
96 Winery Road Restaurant
96 Winery Road, set in the heart of the glorious Helderberg countryside, has been part of the Winelands landscape for over 20 years, starting in 1996, as per the name. This success can be attributed to decades of hardwork and passion to achieve. The restaurant has a country feel with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There is a kids jungle gym located on the lawn in front of the restaurant.
Zandberg Farm, Winery Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 842 2020 | www.96wineryroad.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
Bistro at Stellenbosch Vineyards
The Bistro at Stellenbosch Vineyards located in the Stellenbosch Winelands on the Welmoed Wine Estate is a fabulous child-friendly restaurant serving delicious food in a relaxed ambiance with a lovely garden for kids to play in. There are two natural wood dream catcher jungle gyms nestled under shady trees and plenty of space for kids to run, play and kick a ball.
Welmoed Wine Farm R310 Baden Powell, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 881 3044 | www.stellenboschvineyards.co.za
Blue Water Café at Imhoff Farm
The Blue Water Café is a lovely, relaxed family friendly café and the perfect place for a meal with the family. The restaurant is set in a lovely, secure garden so mom and dad can actually relax while the little ones play. The restaurant has spectacular, picturesque oceans views overlooking Noordhoek Beach. For the little ones they have a fairy-tale, Magical Faraway Tree, with a treehouse and slide. There is also a jungle gym, swings and animals in the fields in front of the restaurant. Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard is right next to it too, a fantastic petting zoo.
Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie | Tel: 021 – 783 4545 | www.imhofffarm.co.za
Bodega Restaurant at Dornier Wine Estate
Bodega is a lovely restaurant to visit for a relaxed lunch with the family. The spacious veranda is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and take in the stunning scenery. There is a play area for the little ones, next to the veranda, which can be seen from the tables. Bodega serves a seasonal menu and their cuisine is all about fine food and wine in a relaxed, alfresco setting.They serve a Tapas menu in the afternoon which is hugely popular.
Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 880 0557 | www.dornier.co.za
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
Café Blanc de Noir at Brenaissance Wine and Stud Estate
Café Blanc de Noir, hidden behind plum orchards and set on a wooden deck overlooking the vineyards, you will find this relaxed cafe serving tasty pizza’s with a casual ambiance. It is the perfect location to spend a lazy afternoon of pizza and wine. The menu is all about delicious thin-based, wood-fired pizzas and if you have a sweet tooth they have some delectable, freshly baked treats too. There is space in front of the restaurant for kids to play and a children’s jungle gym, a little distance away, suitable for competent climbers.
Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 200 2537 | www.brenaissance.co.za
Located in Kloof Street in the CBD this welcoming, family café has designed an eating experience for adults to enjoy while their little ones and aspiring chefs are invited to supervised fun activities in the kitchen. Kids are offered an unique experience to make their own pizza, cookies or ice a cupcake. Embracing the simplicity of food in a relaxed farm stall setting, everything is homemade and delicious.
110 Kloof Street, CBD | Tel: 021 – 423 8653 | www.cafeparadiso.co.za
Situated at the charming Noordhoek Farm Village, Café Roux is a fantastic child friendly restaurant that overlooks a large playground with a jungle gym, slides, seesaw and more. Sit under oak trees and watch the kids play while you enjoying a delicious breakfast.
Cnr Main Road and Village Lane, Noordhoek Farm Village | Tel: 021 789 2538 | www.caferoux.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. Picnic’s can be enjoyed on the lawns with stunning mountain and ocean views. Picnic’s need to be pre-ordered. There is a jungle gym and swings on the mountain slopes.
Silvermine Road, Noordhoek | Tel: 021 – 789 0900 | www.cpv.co.za
Clay Cafe in Hout Bay
The Clay Cafe offers a memorable visit of creativity and recreation. It is a welcoming café to families, serving great food with a large outside play area and a wide variety of bisque to paint from. Kids and adults can choose from over 200 items and then decorate your pottery piece. All items are then left at the cafe for 2 weeks to go through a firing and glazing process and then clients need to come back and collect their items.
Main Road, Hout Bay | Tel: 021 – 790 3318 | www.claycafe.co.za
Company’s Garden Restaurant
The Company’s Garden Restaurant, inspired by its natural surroundings, serves a selection of hearty breakfasts, light meals and authentic South African and Cape cuisine. There is an enchanting feel to this causal, family friendly restaurant where kids can play in weaved, human sized bird nests or on carved animals while you eat and keep an eye on them. There is also a human sized chess board. After breakfast enjoy a stroll through the gardens and laugh at the adorable friendly squirrels.
19 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town City | Tel: 021 – 423 2919 | www.thecompanysgarden.com
Cucina di Giovanni at Eikendal Wine Estate
Cucina Di Giovanni is set in the garden in front of the tasting room at Eikendal Wine Estate. Tables are spaciously scattered on the lawn leaving plenty of space for kids to run around. They have a tasty selection of Italian dishes on the menu. There is plenty to keep the little ones entertained including a wooden jungle gym with slide, monkey bars, fireman pole and swings as well as trees for climbing and open lawn space for the kids to play cricket, so bring a set along. Click here to read more.
Eikendal Estate, R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West | Tel: 021 – 855 5033 | www.eikendal.com
Deer Park Café
Located in Vredehoek on the scenic slopes of Table Mountain National Park this café is located next to Rocklands Road park with abundant space for the little ones to play and plenty of jungle gyms, swings and slides. The lunch menu is seasonal including traditional burgers, chicken and meat are all sourced from free-range farms and the baker makes a selection of freshly baked delicious cakes. They have a great children’s menu. The café has a trendy vibe to it with large windows creating a very light and airy space.
2 Deer Park Drive, Vredehoek | Tel: 021 – 462 6311 | www.deerparkcafe.co.za
An idealistic beach café located at Melkbos Beach with a well themed lighthouse and sailboat for the kids to play on set in sand with a marquee over the boat for shade and protection from the sun. Tables are located in the sand creating a large sandpit for the little ones to play and there are plenty of beach toys.
32 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand | Tel: 021 – 553 0093 | www.diedamhuis.co.za
Dunes is an idyllic seaside Restaurant with beautiful oceans views and the perfect place for families looking to enjoy a meal in Hout Bay. There is a play area and jungle gym located in the sand to keep the little ones busy while you enjoy your meal. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the menu is a tasty selection of seafood, burgers and steaks.
Beach Road, Hout Bay | Tel: 021 – 790 1876 | www.dunesrestaurant.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
Floreal Brasserie at Marianne Wine Estate
The outstanding and charming Floreal Brasserie on the Marianne Wine Estate is the perfect setting for a family meal in a relaxed atmosphere. There is no compromise on standard this is the perfect combination of a fine dining experience in a child friendly setting. The restaurant’s picturesque setting in the vineyards of Marianne Wine Estate overlooks a lily pond on one side, and on the other there are tables outside near the kid’s jungle gym.The frequently changing menu is based around a modern European style using the finest local, seasonal produce to serve the best quality food. The food is of an exceptional quality, this is a restaurant of distinction. Click here to read more.
Valley Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 300 1318 | www.floreal.co.za
Harvest at Laborie
Harvest at Laborie is the estates highly acclaimed restaurant serving contemporary South African cuisine. The restaurant is child friendly with a lovely, natural wood jungle gym and slide and beautiful lawns in front of the restaurant providing lots of space for play. Click here to read more about Laborie.
Taillefer Road, Paarl | Tel: 021 – 807 3390 | www.laboriewines.co.za
Hudson’s Restaurant at Vredenheim Estate
Hudson’s is a 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. 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
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 restaurant to enjoy a meal with the kids. They have a 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 for kids to play and creates an environment where all kids come together and play, run, chase and have old school fun.
Main Road, Constantia | Tel: 021 – 794 6255 | www.jonkershuisconstantia.co.za
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
La Grapperia at the Spice Route
La Grapperia at the Spice Route is a superb option for child friendly dining in the Winelands. They serve up tasty traditional wood-fired, thin based pizza’s, and traditional Flammkuchen, a German/French style pizza (tarte flambe in French). Also on the menu are a selection of signature meat and cheese platters including a selection of Fairview cheeses from the farm next door, salads and chef specialty dishes. The restaurant has tables inside and outside under shady oak trees with breathtaking views of the Paarl Winelands. There is plenty of space for the little ones to play and explore around the tables and there is lawn space and a jungle gym located above the restaurant, suitable for competent climbers.
Suid-Agter Paarl Road | La Grapperia | Tel: 021 – 863 4367 | www.spiceroute.co.za
Situated in the stunning Franschhoek Valley this trendy, modern wine farm has a sleek and artfully designed social wine tasting area within the main dining room space. The family friendly restaurant serves a hearty Rotisserie lunch from Wednesday to Sunday. There is a play area located outside, in view of the restaurant tables with large floor to ceiling glass windows and plenty of lawn space for ball games. Click here to read more.
R45 Main Road, Franschhoek | Tel: 021 – 876 8002 | www.leopardsleap.co.za
Middlevlei Wine Estate
Middelvlei Wine Estate is run by the Momberg family, inviting you to join them for a traditional South African Boerebraai experience. The farm, with a true rustic South African vibe, is very welcoming to families with plenty of entertainment for kids (and mom and dad!) This is the only farm I know of that offers this truly South African traditional experience on a wine farm in Stellenbosch. While mom and dad relax with a bottle of Middelvlei wine, the kids can have a good time too. The little ones can play in the sandpit, feed the farm animals, enjoy the open space on the kick bikes or braai their own marshmallows. Click here to read more.
Flamingo Street, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 883 2565 | www.middelvlei.co.za
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 with a large garden for the little ones to play in with three natural wood jungle gyms. The restaurant’s interior is modern with a fresh appeal and there is seating inside and outside 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. The menu is inspired by French and Italian rustic dishes and they serve creative gourmet wood-fired pizzas which are delicious and very popular. The food is delicious and of exceptional quality.
Lourensford Road, Somerset West | Tel: 021 – 847 0030 | www.lourensford.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
Moyo at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Moyo is located near Gate 1 in the Kirstenbosch Gardens and has a great play area for kids in view of the outside tables at the restaurant. There is a wooden jungle gym, monkey bars, slide and lots of fun climbing for the little ones. The jungle gym is set in sand making a huge sandpit for playing. The food is themed along African cuisine including South African favourites with a twist. The entrance fee to the Gardens needs to be paid to access this restaurant.
Rhodes Drive, Newlands | Tel: 021 – 799 8783 | www.moyo.co.za
The relaxed, family-friendly Tasting Room at Mulderbosch Vineyards has an outdoor space with wooden decking lined with comfy cushioned seating, beanbags for the lawn, and landscaped areas where you can relax and eat while taking advantage of the views of the vineyards and rolling hills. They serve a selection of thin-based wood-fired pizzas, with a variety of delicious fresh toppings, from their outdoor pizza oven. It is the perfect setting for a relaxed family outing and an afternoon of pizza and wine. There is a large wooden jungle gym for kids and lots of space to run around and grassed hills to roll down. There are two areas for kids, or adults, to play a game of Boules – the French game where you roll heavy metal balls as close as possible to a target (similar to lawn bowls except you are on dirt and not lawn).
M12 Stellenbosch Arterial, Polkadraai Road | Tel: 021 – 881 8149 | www.mulderbosch.com
Ons Huisie has beautiful ocean views, located next to Small Bay beach in Blouberg. Set in a restored, historical fishing cottage this restaurant has a kids play area with a bike track around the plastic jungle gym designed as a ship with climbing tracks and slides. The play area is supervised during busy times.
Stadler Road, Blouberg Strand | Tel: 021 – 554 1553 | www.onshuisie.co.za
Open Door in the space formerly occupied by the River Café at Constantia Uitsig. The interior has a contemporary feel and the food is of fine dining standard. This may be a more pricier child friendly option but definitely worth it for its outstanding quality meals and is boats an excellent kids play area. Open Door serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; except on Sunday they are only open for breakfast and lunch. There is a great kids’ menu too for those budding gourmets.
Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia Uitsig | Tel: 021 – 794 3010 | www.opendoorrestaurant.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
Rhodes Memorial Restaurant
Situated on the Northern slope of Table Mountain behind the famous Rhodes Memorial with spectacular views over the city. There is a kids play area with a large wooden jungle gym for the kids. The menu changes seasonally with a strong al fresco influence in the summer. The on-site home-style bakery is renowned for delicious cakes and desserts.
Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray, | Tel: 021 – 687 0000 | www.rhodesmemorial.co.za
Skilpadvlei Wine Estate
Skilpadvlei Restaurant is a family friendly restaurant, serving traditional South African cuisine. They have an enclosed play area for babies and toddlers age 0 – 2 , and another play area with jungle gym, slide, swings, seesaw and trampoline. There is also an indoor play area.
M12 Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 881 3237 | www.skilpadvlei.co.za
Stables at Vergelegen Wine Estate
Stables at Vergelegen is a lovely, relaxed child friendly restaurant and perfect for a family meal with breathtaking views of the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The restaurant has modern décor with beautiful furniture and solid wood tables. The restaurant serves a delicious contemporary 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 Stone Kitchen at Dunstone Estate
The Stone Kitchen is very welcoming and charming bistro with a country feel to this lovely, child friendly restaurant perfect for families with small children. The bistro offers classic home-cooked dishes to enjoy with a selection of their cellar wines. Dishes include; homemade burgers, quiches, ribs and steak, sandwiches and wraps and vineyard platters. They have both an indoor and outdoor play areas including a soft play, Lego table, climbing wall, kids kitchens, jungle gym, mini golf, mini soccer pitch, swings, slides and a sandpit with sand toys. 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.
Bovlei Road, Wellington | Tel: 021 – 864 1504 | www.dunstone.co.za
Tables at Nitida
[email protected] Nitida on the Nitida Wine Estate is a charming restaurant to visit for a casual meal 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.tablesatnitida.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 meal 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
Under Oaks Wines, located in Paarl, is a beautiful, child friendly estate with picturesque views to savour as you spend a relaxed afternoon at this lovely location. The Pizzeria has tables located under shady oak trees with an open lawn space in front of the restaurant. The scenic views complement the tranquil setting adding to the relaxed ambience of this perfect, child friendly restaurant. The pizza’s are delicious and gluten free is available. There is a jungle gym, swings and farm animals to keep the little ones entertained watching the cows and horses roam around and plenty of space for the little ones to run and play and just be kids. When booking request a table on the lawn if you would like to be close to the kids.
Main Road, Paarl | Tel: 021 – 869 8962 | www.underoaks.co.za
Vergenoegd Wine Estate
Vergenoegd Wine Estate is a fantastic family destination in the Stellenbosch Winelands. There is plenty of entertainment for kids and families to keep them busy, it is easy to linger here all day. Vergenoegd believe in good, old fashioned entertainment for the kids. Outdoor games, giant chalk boards, cookie decorating and, of course the Duck Parade, Duck Tour and feeding the ducks. There is a playroom in the Manor House and kiddies are catered for with special care. Picnic’s can be pre-ordered.
Baden Powell Drive, Faure, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 843 3248 | www.vergenoegd.co.za
Vredenhof Organic Estate Restaurant
Vredenhof is a Swiss family run, fully organic estate nestled in the Winelands on Bredell Road, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. The farm is one of few in the country where you can buy and eat fresh organic produce that was harvested a few hours before. The Coffee Shop serves delicious and nutritious eats from Tuesday to Saturday and the food is fresh and delicious. There is an impressive kids’ playground complete with a castle, pirate ship, gypsy caravan and roaming cows, goats, pigs and chickens. There is also a mini-golf course and life-size chess board.
Bredell Road, Firgrove | Tel 021 – 855 0363| www.vredenhoforganicestate.co.za