Sometime we forget how much fun it is to be a tourist in our own city getting caught up in the busyness of our weekend commitments but if you are looking for somewhere to take the kids and have a meal I can recommend a family outing to the Company’s Garden.
I love visiting the Company’s Garden with the kids to stroll through the Garden’s, have a meal at the Company’s Garden Restaurant and laugh at the adorable friendly squirrels. My kids love the squirrels.
The Company’s Garden Restaurant is inspired by its natural surroundings and there is an enchanting feel to this causal, family friendly restaurant where kids can play in human sized weaved bird nests or on carved animals while you eat and keep an eye on them. They serve a selection of hearty breakfasts, light meals and authentic South African and Cape cuisine.
The historical Company’s Garden is a heritage site and there is plenty to see including a rose garden, vegetable garden, aviary, Japanese theme garden and a koi fishpond.
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.
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.
It is such a priviledge to live in beautiful Cape Town where the opportunities for exploring are endless. I hope you enjoy the Gardens.