The historical Company’s Garden is a park and heritage site set in the heart of the city. This is a beautiful setting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a leisurely stroll, relax on the lawns, enjoy a picnic or a meal at the child friendly restaurant. Here you will find a rose garden, vegetable garden, aviary, fishpond, Japanese garden and lots of adorable, friendly squirrels.
Taking its name from the Dutch East India Company the Company’s Garden is the oldest in the country. Started by Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 as his vegetable garden he used it to feed the colony that passed by on the Spice Route trade between Europe and the East Indies.
In and around the Company’s Garden you will find the Iziko South African Museum, Iziko Planetarium, Houses of Parliament, the National Library of South Africa, the South African National Gallery, St George’s Cathedral, the Slave Lodge, the Great Synagogue and Holocaust Centre and Tuynhuys – used by the President on state occasions.
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. Open daily from 7am – 6pm. Reservations are recommended.
A brochure can be purchased at the Visitor’s Centre, located in the garden, for a self-guided walk.