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Cape Town - Outdoorsy restaurants?

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Cape Town - Outdoorsy restaurants?

My wife and I will be in Cape Town this December with our one-year old. I would be very grateful for recommendations of nice relaxed outdoorsy places where we can eat as a family (ideally not to far from Sea Point... 45/60 minute drive is probably the limit). The food doesn't have to be pretentious, what we're hoping for is to be in or at least with a good view of nature!!

On a previous trip we went to The Stables restaurant at Vergelegen and I'd highly recommend it. I wish I could find some more options though. Not necessarily wine estates.

We also ate outside at the Cellars-Hohenhort Hotel, which was lovely and tranquil, but not massively family-friendly.

The food and view from the Harbour House (Kalk Bay) are lovely but again it's not ideal for a one-year old as I don't remember there being any grass/running around space before/after eating.

Many thanks

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1. Re: Cape Town - Outdoorsy restaurants?

Hi David

Although there is a huge variety to choose from in CT which offers exactly what you are looking for, 3 options immediately spring to mind.

Firstly you can have a picnic in Kirstenbosch gardens (about 20 to 25 minutes from Sea Point). Beautiful views and acres of running around space. In addition in summer they have sunset concerts you and the family can sit on the lawns with your picnic dinner and look down the slopes to the stage where the band/orchestra play. Booking for the concerts necessary.

2ndly on weekends is the Root 44 market in Stellenbosch. A variety of food /wines for sale and crafts on offer. In addition local music performers entertain the crowds and there is a big play area for kids. No entry fee.

3rd option is 5 to 10 minutes drive from Root 44 on the same road is another market that is only on Sundays, the Blaauwklippen Market. Food/wine on offer, musicians entertaining and a huge play area for kids along with pony rides, toy train, farm animals etc.

No entry fee

I have no doubt lots of other people will give you other alternatives.

Leeds, United...
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2. Re: Cape Town - Outdoorsy restaurants?

Here are some places that I can think of

Buitenwervachting, Constantia

Simons at Groot Constantia

Dunes at Hout Bay

Tables at Ntida, Durbanville

Any of the restaurants at Kirstenbosch and the picnic there

Company's Garden restaurant

Rhodes Memorial restaurant

Deer Park Cafe

Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek - restaurant and picnic

CAfe Roux, Noordhoek Village

Millhouse Kitchen, Lourensford

Picnic at Warwick wine estate

Cafe in Greenpoint Park - not so much of a view but the park is worth visiting

Restaurants at Spier wine estate, Stellenbosch

Jordan Deli, Stellenbosch

Tokara Deli, Stellenbosch

I've tried to think of places that are child friendly with outdoor space.


Edited: 19 October 2017, 00:45
London, United...
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3. Re: Cape Town - Outdoorsy restaurants?

Thanks so much for those ideas, I really appreciate it. Looking forward to trying them.

Thank you

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5. Re: Cape Town - Outdoorsy restaurants?

Just chiming in to thank responder #1 for mentioning the sunset concert series at Kirstenbosch gardens - We have now booked our tickets for the Ismael Lo concert next month! Never would have known about it otherwise.

Cape Town, South...
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6. Re: Cape Town - Outdoorsy restaurants?

Enjoy it but get there early. Although the space is huge it fills up quickly.

Cape Town Central...
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7. Re: Cape Town - Outdoorsy restaurants?

Hi- we have a fantastic list for cape Winelands as well as Northern suburbs here: https://thingstodowithkids.co.za/blog/50-chi…

Hout Bay, South...
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8. Re: Cape Town - Outdoorsy restaurants?

Delete this subject matter already. Come and gone and they probably ended up at Mcdonalds.

Cape Town Central...
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9. Re: Cape Town - Outdoorsy restaurants?

Thanks Wessel, good list!

We live in Fish Hoek and have grandchildren (2 - 6 yrs) in Durbanville and Stellenbosch, so we cover a wide spectrum of Cape Town's places to meet up for meals.

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10. Re: Cape Town - Outdoorsy restaurants?

Some of our popular places not on that list that quickly come to mind:

Millhouse Kitchen, Lourensford, Somerset West

Weltevreden, Stellenbosch. (main restaurant and "Carnival" play area)

Spice Route, Paarl, (the pizza place in particular; La Grapperia)

Blue Water Café, Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie

Ellie's Deli, Noordhoek

The Galley, Fish Hoek Beach

Red Herring and Coco Bean (one complex), Noordhoek

Whole Earth Café, Scarborough (also the Hub)

Octopus Garden, St. James

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