I love exploring restaurants in Cape Town and its great to find one that works with the kids. Here are My Top 10 Family Restaurants in Cape Town.
Blue Water Café
Located on Imhoff Farm, near Noordhoek, you will find this family fun café serving tasty breakfasts and wood-fired pizzas. The restaurant is set in a lovely secure garden for the little ones to play in and has a magical faraway tree with tree house, a slide and jungle gym. There are animals in the fields in front of the restaurant and Higgledy Piggeldy farmyard is located right next to the restaurant with an entrance from the lovely secure garden. The farmyard is amazing and huge with lots of animals to pet and feed. The kids will absolutely love it. Mine did and we spent ages feeding the animal and having a good laugh at some of them too. The restaurant has spectacular mountain and oceans views to take in overlooking Noordhoek Beach. There is plenty of family entertainment to enjoy on the farm with an Equestrian centre, camel rides and a reptile park. This is a great location to relax with busy toddlers as it is safe and lots to keep them entertained.
Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie | Tel: 021 – 783 4545 | www.imhofffarm.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 like making pizza, baking gingerbread men and cookies, and decorating cupcakes. Embracing the simplicity of food in a relaxed farm stall setting, everything is homemade from the hand churned butter and creamy mayonnaise to the daily baked breads, delicious preserves and fresh pasta.
110 Kloof Street, CBD | Tel: 021 – 423 8653 | www.cafeparadiso.co.za
Situated at the charming Noordhoek Farm Village, Café Roux overlooks a large playground with a jungle gym, slides, seesaw and more. Sit under oak trees and watch the kids play at close range in the playground, while you enjoy a delicious Mediterranean-inspired lunch.
Cnr Main Road and Village Lane, Noordhoek Farm Village | Tel: 021 789 2538
The Clay Cafe is a welcoming café to families serving great food, an 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. Pottery is then dishwasher proof, oven proof, microwave proof; the works. Kids love this place! Besides the amazing figurines to choose from like fairies, minions, lego rangers, rockets etc (and practical items of course) there is an amazing play area that can keep the kids occupied for hours: elevated trampolines (go-boings) jumping castles, jungle gyms and climbing frames.
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. Open daily from 7am to 6pm.
19 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town City | Tel: 021 – 423 2919 | www.thecompanysgarden.com
Deer Park Cafe
Located in Vredehoek on the scenic slopes of Table Mountain National Park this café is located next to Rocklands Road public park with abundant space for the little ones to play and plenty of jungle gyms, swings and slides. They serve a breakfast, 100% freshly squeezed juices, the lunch menu is seasonal including traditional burgers, the chicken and meat are all sourced from free-range farms and the baker makes a selection of delicious cakes. Open Monday to Sunday 8am – 8pm.
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 an d 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. On Sundays they have a breakfast buffet.
Beach Road, Hout Bay | Tel: 021 – 790 1876 | www.dunesrestaurant.co.za
Joostenberg Bistro 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. Open daily from 8am – 5pm.
Located in the gardens is the Taproom, a collaboration between Joostenberg Picnics and The Stellenbosch Brewing Co. This family friendly space is the perfect place to enjoy an al fresco meal with the family in the beautiful gardens or at tables. The menu is setup in a picnic style with picnic plates to order. The Stellenbosch Brewing Co. brews beer on site where you can do a tasting and tour. Open 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm.
For the little ones horse and cart rides are available on the weekends for R15/person.
R304 Muldersvlei | Tel: 021 – 884 4208 | www.joostenberg.co.za
This exquisite child friendly restaurant was an absolute gem to discover and definitely worth a visit. It’s rare to find such a stylish child friendly restaurant set in the picturesque Blaauwklippen valley in Stellenbosch surrounded by vineyards and mountains. Once you have arrived you will appreciate the extra care they have taken to show families how welcome they are with the 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