Here are some of my favourite child friendly restaurants for lunch in the Winelands.
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 is 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 around the dam.
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
Bodega Restaurant at Dornier Wine Estate
Bodega pursues the perfect marriage between modern food preparation and classic elegance that has come to be expected from Dornier Wines. Fine wines are paired with fresh, seasonal farm cuisine in a relaxed, alfresco setting. The spacious veranda is the perfect place to relax, while enjoying and meal and taking in the stunning scenery. There is a play area for the little ones, next to the veranda, which can be seen from the tables. 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 casual 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
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, lunch in the restaurant and gourmet picnics are available to pre-order, all 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
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
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 at Vredenheim Wildlife and Winery
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. Their food reflects the Cape Malay heritage and culture and is of the highest quality and they have 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. Click here to read more.
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 Lourensord Wine Estate
The Millhouse Kitchen is located on the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate nestled at the foot of the majestic Hottentots Holland and Helderberg Mountains. This charming, child-friendly restaurant is very welcoming and accommodating to families, and is ideal for small children with plenty of space to roam and play. The restaurant’s modern interior has a fresh appeal and there is seating inside and outside on both sides. Ensure when booking to request a table near the kids play area. The menu is inspired by French and Italian rustic dishes. The large garden has three natural wood jungle gyms and plenty of space for them to run wild and burn off all that energy.
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
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
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.
Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 861 7703 | www.postcardcafe.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 Vergelgen 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 ?). This is a stunning Estate to visit. After your meal walk through the beautiful landscaped gardens. Click here to read more.
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 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. They have 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. Through the small garden gate you will find some ducks and pigs. The menu is simple, homemade and delicious. A lovely family outing with young kids.
Bovlei Road, Wellington | Tel: 021 – 864 1504 | www.dunstone.co.za
Tables at Nitida
Tables at Nitida on the Nitida Wine Estate is a charming, casual restaurant to visit for a meal with the family. 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
The Tokara Delicatessen offers a relaxed and child-friendly environment in which to enjoy a delicious breakfast or a light and seasonal lunch. This charming deli has a beautiful setting, located on the Tokara Wine Estate, with scenic views of the Simonsberg Mountains, olive groves and vineyards. 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. They serve a selection of wood-fired, thin based gourmet pizza’s, cheese and charcuterie platters, and seasonal meals and have a great kid’s menu. 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.
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 has an extensive menu including light quiches and salads to substantial meals like pork belly and lamb shank. They serve healthy breakfasts with organic eggs from the farm, delicious cakes without flour or sugar, nutritious smoothies and other drinks with a great variety of fruits and vegetables. A selection of organic wines and craft beers are available too. 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
Weltevreden Estate has a large play area in the Carnival section with two large plastic jungle gyms, slides and a trampoline. There is a pizza making area for kids to make their own pizza. Lekke Neh Restaurant has a small play area with a plastic jungle, best suitable for younger children.
Welgevonden Boulevard, Stellenbosch (off the R304) | Tel: 021 – 889 6588 | www.weltevredenestate.com