2018 Kid Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town

Words: Crush

It is often a bit of a challenge to choose a restaurant to take your kids to, because not only do you want them to enjoy the food, you also want them to have fun. We’ve put together a list of kid-friendly restaurants in Cape Town (with a few in the Winelands) that have something interesting for the little ones to do.

Blue Water Café on Imhoff Farm Kommetjie

Blue Water Café, located on Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie, is a relaxed, farm-style eatery perfect for energetic, barefoot kids to run wild and for adults to relax. The restaurant has a secure outside area with a breathtaking rural view looking back towards Noordhoek and Chapman’s Peak. The menu is broad and is defined as new Cape-style food with popular rustic, wood-fired pizzas and tasty breakfasts. Higgedly Piggedly lets kids experience farmyard animals up close – it is conveniently located right next door to Blue Water Café. There is an entry fee of R20 and along with granting access, gives you a cup of feed for the animals and is well worth it for the entertainment value the young ones enjoy.

Location: Kommetjie
Good to know: good food and entertainment for kids.
Why you’ll love it: kids will love getting up close and personal with farm animals.
Opening hours: Wed-Sat: 09h00-21h00 | Sun: 09h00-18h00 | Tue: 09h00-16h00.
Cost:  R20 entrance fee to the farm gives you a cup of animal feed.
Contact: 021 7834545


Blanko at the Alphen Boutique Hotel

Located at the Alphen Hotel in Constantia. Take the little ones out every Sunday from July to October at Blanko’s lunch sessions. Kids can enjoy fun games and activities alongside a special kiddies menu. Activities include face painting, fun arts and crafts and interactive games all under the supervision of a qualified childminder.

Location: Constantia
Good to know: planned activities and crafts available.
What we loved: upmarket, plus a good choice of food and wine for parents.
Opening hours: throughout the week but childminders and activities are on Sundays 12h30-16h00.
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Contact: 021 795 6300


Blanko restaurant at the Alphen hotel - kid friendly restaurants in Cape Town

Bread and Butter

A great indoor/outdoor all-weather venue where kids have a sectioned off play area including a barn-styled jungle gym, puzzles, colouring in equipment and more. Serving salads, sandwiches, pies, pastries and a plethora of gorgeous baked goodies.

Location: Sunningdale, West Coast
Good to know: is sheltered, so is great if the weather is rainy.
What we loved: great selection of cakes and baked treats.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08h00-17h00 | Saturday: 09h00-17h00 | Sundays and Public Holidays: 09h00-15h00
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Contact: 021 863 0672

Bread and Butter Restaurant - Kid Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town

Café Paradiso

Part of the Zingara group, Café Paradiso serves wholesome food in an unpretentious and relaxed environment. Children are not only welcome but invited to join in one of their “Kid’s Projects” service offering. Little ones can get baking, either pizza, gingerbread men, cupcakes or cookies. The projects are available daily and cost R45.

Location: Kloof Street, Cape Town
Good to know: delicious food.
What we loved: kids can cook or bake.
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 09h00-22h00 | Sun 09h00 – 22h00 | Public Holidays 10h00-22h00
Cost: R45 for kids projects.
Contact: 021 423 8653


Café Roux

Café Roux is a buzzing hub on the village green at The Farm Village in Noordhoek. Much loved by the local community they serve uncomplicated café food outside under the trees in summer and at the fireside in winter. They offer a fresh seasonal menu and daily chalkboard specials.

Kids are welcome and there are tables conveniently situated close to the enclosed play area so that you can keep an eye on the little ones while enjoying some grown up time over breakfast, lunch or tea. They specialise in irresistible cakes, muffins and scones which are freshly baked on site daily.

Location The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Good to know live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Why you’ll love it you can wander around and explore the various craft shops or shop for treats at the Food Barn Deli after your visit.
What we loved enjoying the café food in a relaxed environment while the kids had a great time playing in the enclosed play area.
Opening hours daily 08h30 – 17h00 | Live music & Dinner Wed-Sat from 18h00-late
Contact info@caferoux.co.za or 021 789 2538


Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Westlake

Well known for their tasty Italian fare we found the Col‘Cacchio Pizzeria in Westlake Lifestyle Centre to be particularly child-friendly. There is a large enclosed play area at the front of the restaurant with a selection of wooden jungle gyms for children to play on. The play area is secure and gated with only one entrance through the seating area of the restaurant, so it’s easy to keep an eye on the kids from the restaurant.

Col‘Cacchio Pizzeria offers a laid-back environment where you can enjoy some of the best thin based pizzas in town, great salads and the delicious pasta that have made Col‘Cacchio a household name. The staff are particularly attentive and really go out of their way to ensure that the whole family has a good time.  Child-size rolling pins and cookie cutters are brought to the table so that the kids can make their own animal-shaped pizza cookies which are then baked for them in the wood-fired pizza oven. Giant wax crayons are also to be found in the bucket, which is great for the kids to use to make artworks on the brown paper tablecloth.

A really great, casual local pizzeria that works for the whole family.

Location 11, Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Westlake Drive, Tokai
Good to know: secure, gated play area for the kids.
Why you’ll love it: tasty Italian food and friendly staff that go the extra mile for the whole family.
What we loved: the relaxed environment, food that we know and love, and great activities for the kids.
Opening hours Monday – Sunday 11h00 – 23h00.
Contact: 021 702 4327


Clay Café

Clay Café in Hout Bay is the ultimate combination of therapeutic release for parents and a kid friendly restaurant. Located in a beautiful barn-like structure – it is a mixture of dining hall and art studio. Glass doors and windows allow for spectacular views and for parents to keep an eye on young kids running free, bouncing on trampolines or playing in the small stream. The outside area is secure which is always a bonus for parents.

Clay Café dishes up a multitude of delicious cafe-style dishes – wood-fired pizzas, healthy wraps and gourmet burgers. Delicious Truth Coffee is on offer and this can be paired with yummy homemade sweet treats such as brownies, fudge and other cakes.

The main focus is on ceramic pottery painting. You can choose from a wide range of unfired pre-made pottery pieces and young and old can spend a couple of very happy hours decorating their chosen pieces with a selection of colourful paints and different tools. This can keep the most energetic of children completely engrossed for hours. Once your masterpiece has been fired, it will be dishwasher, microwave and oven proof and ready to take home.

The Clay Café is such a feel good spot – it’s a combination of the satisfaction of a full hearty lunch, the warming fireplaces, the views and the challenge of painting the most incredible objet d’art.  You are guaranteed to leave feeling happier, having enjoyed quality time with the kids, friends and family.

Location Main Road, (Opposite Bokkemanskloof Estate), Hout Bay.
Good to know: bring your inner artist.
What we loved: the great food, Truth coffee the warmth from the fireplaces, the stunning views and the creative time spent together with the kids.
Opening hours: Open every day, 09h00 to 17h00. Essential to book at weekends.
Contact info@claycafe.co.za | 076 810 5120


The Company’s Gardens Restaurant

The Company’s Gardens Restaurant has a reputation for serving scrumptious milkshakes that will delight kids (and adults). As the name suggests, the venue is perfectly placed within the shade and greenery of Company Gardens. Kids will love exploring the Weaver’s nest chairs, as well as the jungle gym, wooden animals and life-size, outdoor chess set. This is a firm favourite on the Kid Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town list for most inner city dwelling parents.

Location: Queen Victoria Road, CBD.
Good to know: bring cash to buy nuts to feed the squirrels.
great central venue and plenty of tables under the shade of trees. 
What we loved: great central venue and plenty of tables under the shade of trees. 
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 07h00-17h00 | Sun: 09h00-17hoo
Cost: free play area but you will need money to feed the squirrels. 
Contact: 021 423 2919


Company Gardens Restaurant - Kid Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town

Deer Park Cafe

Deer Park Cafe offers tasty food with pretty views over the CBD. There is a large open area, equipped with a jungle gym and swings for children to run around and play in while parents sit back and relax. It is a popular breakfast spot over weekends and tea spot for parents after school pick ups in the area. Deer Park Cafe’s bistro-style menu is sure to satisfy and serve a great coffee too. This is definitely one of the most popular Kid Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town.

Location: Gardens.
Good to know: a great outdoor play area.
What we loved: tasty food and a relaxed environment.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00-20h00
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Contact: 021 462 6311


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Dune’s Restaurant

Dune’s is situated in Hout Bay right on the beachfront. This means children have the freedom of playing in beach sand while their parents can still watch them closely. There is also a jungle gym and swings on offer for the little ones who don’t want to get dirty.

Location: Hout Bay
Good to know: beautiful views and a good choice of food on the menu.
What we loved: the sandy play area that is central to the restaurant. 
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 09h00-23h00 
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Contact: 021 790 1876


The Eatery Woodfired Grill

The Eatery Woodfired Grill in Claremont is a neighbourhood establishment serving tasty food,  where the kids are completely welcome. Specialising in food cooked on the open flame such as aged sirloin, barbecue pork belly ribs, gourmet burgers and the South African legend, the braai broodjie.

It’s a cosy, child-friendly spot in the heart of the southern suburbs. The restaurant backs onto a secure deck with a fun jungle gym set up for the kids. The relaxed atmosphere allows parents and other patrons to relax while the kids play happily just a stone’s throw away.

With a good selection of craft beers on tap and a no corkage charge policy, parents can enjoy themselves while kids tuck into their amazing milkshake offerings – from salted caramel to an Oreo flavoured, they have well-crafted shakes to suit everyone.

The eatery dishes up honest food made with top notch ingredients. It has a reputation for serving one of the better steaks in Cape Town. This is the perfect neighbourhood restaurant that has locals coming back regularly.

Think of Eatery Woodfired Grill the next time the kids have drawn on one too many walls, for a relaxed environment where both adults and children can enjoy themselves. This kid friendly establishment could be responsible for saving hundreds of marriages and small children’s lives!

Location: Belvedere Square, Cnr Belvedere & Keurboom Roads, Claremont.
Good to know: there is no charge for corkage and has a secure kids’ area.
What we loved: honest food in a relaxed environment.
Opening hours: Mon to Fri  09h00 – 22h00 | Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 08h30-22h00
Cost: free for dining patrons.


Foresters Arms

Forries is a southern suburbs institution situated in the leafy suburb of Newlands. It is well known for Sunday carvery, providing joints of meat and seasonal vegetables. Take the kids too – Forries has safety approved swings, jungle gyms and slides that children are free to play on and use. The added bonus to the Forries kiddies section is that is a separate and contained area with most of the tables a stone’s throw away from the sand pit and jungle gym area. This ideal for parents who want to relax and enjoy food and drinks while their children are still in sight. Kids can also enjoy colouring books and fun puzzles provided by Forries.  Forries is definitely one to add to the list of Kid Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town.

Location: Newlands
Good to know: plenty of space.
What we loved: a great play area for kids and plenty of beer for adults!
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 11h00-23h00 | Fri-Sun: 11h00-23h00
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Contact: 021 689 5949


Forrestors Arms Kid Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town

The Gardener’s Cottage

The Gardener’s Cottage – housed in the Gatekeeper’s Cottage on Montebello Estate in Newlands – was opened by Lee Barty in 1993. Lee is still in the kitchen every day surrounded by her friendly staff (many of whom have been at the restaurant since it opened) producing fresh, tasty and delicious meals. The waitrons are amazing – friendly, efficient and they always have a kind word to the kids as they skip nimbly between tables, dogs and children with arms laden with plates.

Breakfasts are legendary as are their home baked goodies ranging from millionaire’s shortbread, through to sublime moist choccy cake, brownies, lemon meringue pie, carrot cake and sweet and savoury muffins. Vegetarian and banting options available on breakfast and lunch menus.

They also offer a kiddies menu, milk shakes and fresh fruit juices.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, tea or coffee either in the cosy, homely interior or outside under the huge old trees giving the kids easy access to the enclosed play area complete with tractor, horse, pig and stepping stones all constructed from fallen tree trunks.

Location 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town.
Good to know booking is essential – it’s very popular with the locals.
What we loved: the best Eggs Benedict in town, kiddies menu and a warm welcome for kids.
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Opening hours Tues-Fri 08h00-16h00 | Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 08h30- 16h30
Contact 021 689 3158


Ocean Basket, Camps Bay

A family-friendly venue with a fabulous view over the Camps Bay strip. Order food for the little ones off the kid’s menu and eat in peace while they entertain themselves in the play area, complete with dress up gear, books and toys.

Location: Camps Bay beachfront.
Good to know: dress up play area and a great kids menu with fish and chips and sushi.
What we loved: great view and well priced. 
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs- 11h30-21h30 | Friday and Saturday: 11h30-22h00
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Contact: 021 438 0062


The Playshed

The Playshed at Oude Molen Eco Village in Pinelands is a fantastic child-friendly environment. It feels as though it’s off the beaten track rather than just outside the busy Cape Town CBD. On arrival, you will notice that the Eco Village offers many different activities such as horse riding, working vegetable gardens for kids to explore, a backpackers, pigs and chickens roaming free. The Eco village is a great space for city children to experience a more laid back, environmentally conscious farming lifestyle.

The Playshed is a hub of activity and is a secure place for kids to play and climb while parents enjoy a bite to eat. The Coffee Shop serves breakfast all day, coffee, tea, light lunches and their fantastic carrot cake. There is also a fenced outside area with a magical, big tree complete with a tree house for children to explore.

Location G1 Oude Molen Village, Alexandra Road, Pinelands, Cape Town.
Good to know busy on Saturday mornings for breakfast.
What we loved: the relaxed environment designed for kids and parents to enjoy bonding time together – we particularly liked the specific zones for different activities and age groups – the coffee, and did we mention the carrot cake?
Cost: Free entry for parents, costs for kids range from R30-R50 for the first hour; R17-R22 per half hour after the first hour.
Opening hours: School terms Tues-Sun: 09h00-17h00 | School holidays Mon-Sun: 09h00-17h00
Contact:playshedparties@gmail.com | 021 801 0141 


The PlayStation Cafe and Adventure Park

The PlayStation Cafe and Adventure Park in Tokai is an amazing warehouse full of fun for kids. You may be wondering why an entertainment park for kids makes our kid friendly restaurant list. It is true that the main focus of The Playstation is to provide a safe, imaginative physical entertainment and cognitive development centre for kids through their beautifully built play areas. That said, there is a Cafe at the Playstation that is designed to keep parents sane, caffeine satisfied and close to their children at play (Playstation encourages parent involvement).

The Playstation Cafe offers good coffee and plenty of easy-to-handle, tasty eating options such as toasted gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, an array of muffins, waffles and other treats. There is a dedicated dining area for parents needing a little distance from the high energy playground activities. However, parents can venture closer to the action with tables disbursed around the slides and themed areas. There are dedicated gated sections with watchful staff on hand for toddlers and younger children which keep them safely contained, so parents don’t have to bolt from one slide to the next.

The Playstation also offers party packages and has separate rooms with tables to accommodate.

Expect the energy and loudness you would imagine from a kids’ adventure park but at The Playstation Cafe, you will find coffee, drinks and delicious eats to strengthen and satisfy most parents. The environment is surprisingly stylish, with a mostly organic-wooden feel and pops of rainbow colours. To be honest,  your child is going to have the time of their lives and you will have The Playstation Cafe to console you and to give you strength for the next slide or climb with your toddler. Anticipate tears when your child’s hour is up!

Location: 333 Main Road Retreat, Tokai.
Good to know: 
it can get pretty packed and hectic on rainy Sundays.
What we loved the kids enjoyed a juice and a very fresh muffin in between exploring the play areas and having a really great time.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 09h00-17h00.
Costs range from R60 per hour for off-peak times to R85 per hour on peak times. If it’s your child’s birthday, bring their birth certificate to get an hour free play.
Contact  info@theplaystation.co.za | 087 470 0497


Kid Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town - The PlayStation Cafe and Adventure Park in Tokai

Primi Piatti

Primi is known for offering Italian inspired food, as well as having a great kids menu. Several of the branches also offer great kid’s play areas – the Sea Point branch offers a build-your-own pizza counter and a full room as a dedicated play area. It also offers educational entertainment with dedicated childminders.

Location: Sea Point and the V&A Waterfront.
Good to know: Sea Point has a big upstairs indoor play area. The V&A has dough rolling station.
What we loved: Both are staffed with child minders.
Opening hours: Sea Point 07h30-22h00 and V&A 09h00-22:30.
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Contact: 021 434 5525



Massimo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria in Hout Bay has been the go to place for great, authentic Italian pizzas for a long time. Dishing up a lively mixture of family friendly, laid back service with delicious, honest Italian fare topped with incredible ingredients.

Massimo’s has the perfect setup for a kid friendly restaurant – a backyard garden filled with wooden jungle gyms surrounded by wooden tables for parents who want to keep a close eye on the little ones. It is completely secure and has the beautiful Hout Bay mountains as a backdrop.

Three key reasons why Massimo’s make the kid friendly restaurant in Cape Town list:

  1. You would go for the pizza and pasta even if there wasn’t a dedicated kids area – perfect thin based, wood-fired pizzas and pasta made from top quality ingredients.
  2. The kids’ area is secure – parents can relax and enjoy themselves.
  3. Not only are the kids welcome – apparently, dogs are welcome too.

All these combine to create a fantastic, secure, kid friendly environment with arguably some of the best Italian food on offer in the Cape.

Location: Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay
Good to know: Massimo’s is owner run by husband and wife team, Massimo (Italian born) and Tracy.
What we loved: friendly service, fantastic thin based, wood fired pizzas and the enclosed wooden jungle gyms which make for kiddie heaven.
Opening times: Wed-Sun: 12h00-21h00
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Contact: 021 790 5648



This Greek restaurant can easily be found on Main Road, Hout Bay. In summer enjoy sitting under the shade of umbrellas and in winter there’s a fireplace to warm guests. Spiro’s provides a monitored indoor play area as well as an outdoor jungle gym, to keep the kids entertained.

Location: Hout Bay
Good to know:  Play area includes a dress up section.
What we loved: Great Greek food and a safe environment.
Opening hours: Mon: 15h00-21h00 | Tues-Thurs: 12h00-21h00 | Fiday and Saturday: 12hoo-22h00 |Sun: 12h00-20h00.
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Contact: 021 791 3897 

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Strolla may not seem the likeliest place to take kids, but if they enjoy cooking this can be a real treat. For this reason alone Stolla makes our Kid Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town list.  It offers a great kids menu, and if they order pizza, they get to prepare it themselves, giving parents a few minutes breathing space to enjoy a drink. Kids can don a cute apron, grab a rolling pin and get to work making their creation. It then gets popped in the ovens to be cooked and brought out when it’s ready. It’s a great, interactive way to be entertained as well as learn a little something. There is also a great kids play area indoors where kids can keep themselves busy.

Location: Sea Point
Good to know: pizza making station! Great for parties.
What we loved: a sunshine filled deck and craft beer on tap.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00-23h00.
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Contact: 021 430 7778


Rhodes Memorial Restuarant and Tea Garden

The Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden is situated behind the iconic memorial to Cecil John Rhodes on the slopes of Devil’s Peak. Built in 1912, using funds donated by the grateful citizens of Cape Town, the memorial includes 49 steps – one for every year of his life. Children love clambering up the steps and exploring the statues of lions, the Doric columns and the vast spaces.

This family restaurant is popular with tourists and locals – the panoramic view out over the Cape Flats towards the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains is breathtaking.

The restaurant terrace with tables under umbrellas is a pleasant spot in summer and there is additional shady seating close to the kid’s play area.
There are a number of delicious breakfast options (some of which are available all day), light lunches, salads, steaks, Cape specialities including bredie, Malay chicken curry and a venison potjie and wide selection of cakes and scones on the menu. The children’s menu includes favourites such as fish and chips and toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches.

The combination of the kid’s favourite foods and a play area complete with sandpit, swings and jungle gym in an enclosed space makes this a truly child-friendly restaurant.

Location: Rhodes Avenue, Devil’s Peak, Cape Town.
Good to know: 
booking is advisable over weekends.
Why you’ll love it the view out over the city is stupendous, the food good and the kids happy – what’s not to love?
Opening hours daily 09h00-17h00.
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Contact: info@rhodesmemorial.co.za |021 687 0000 or 082 494 5505


In the Winelands

Bertus Basson at Spice Route

Located at Spice Route in Paarl, enjoy a menu of classic South African dishes with a contemporary twist. All kiddie’s meals include a build-your-own-cookie for kids to decorate, as well as a colouring sheet.

Location: Paarl
Good to know: ideal for a more sophisticated lunch, even a celebration. 
What we loved: great, local South African cuisine with a contemporary twist.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun:08h30-19h00
Cost: free for dining patrons.
021 863 5222


Butterfly World

Butterfly World is so much more than just a kid friendly restaurant – it’s a great day out for the whole family. Parents and children will be fascinated by the wide variety of butterflies and animals as well as the skeleton display.

The kids can enjoy something from the kiddies menu at The Tea Garden which serves light meals and homemade cakes, teas and coffees at very reasonable prices or the parents can chill in the country style restaurant while the kids do sand painting or beading.

Butterfly World is an animal sanctuary – animals are either rescued or donated and are accommodated as close to their natural environment as possible. You can see fat frogs, tortoises and terrapins, lizards, spiders, scorpions and snakes, meerkats, guinea pigs, birds, parrots in the brightest colours, monkeys and fish.

The Skeleton Park is absolutely fascinating with skeletons from snakes, birds and many different animals all perfectly preserved and meticulously poised.

Location: Route 44, Stellenbosch.
Good to know: 
dress up warmly if the weather is likely to be wet or chilly.
What we loved: chilled kid friendly eating combined with an educational element in a fun and relaxed environment.
Cost: R88 per adult and R49 per child. Special rate for families R225 (2 Adults & 2 Children).
Contact education.bfw@gmail.com or 021 875 5628


Cosecha Restaurant

Cosecha creates fresh Latin cooking and can be found at Noble Hill wine estate. With spectacular vineyard views and a wide area for children to play and run around in, it will not disappoint. The finishing touch is that they offer a picnic basket to cater to your child’s taste buds.

Location: Simondium
Good to know: you can arrange picnic baskets for kids to enjoy on the lawn.
What we loved: great wine and excellent food. 
Opening hours: Wed–Mon: 10h00-17h00 
Cost: free to dining patrons.
Contact: 021 874 3844



There can’t be a much more kid friendly way to spend a sunny Sunday than to enjoy a picnic basket at Zevenwacht, while the kids entertain themselves safely in the extensive play area. If the weather is wintry, the restaurant offers a warm alternative with the scrumptious fare at the fireside and friendly and efficient service.

Picnic baskets are generous and offer a choice of delicacies such as fresh baguette with patés, roast beef, Parma ham, salad, cheese and biscuits and strawberry cheesecake. A vegetarian option is available and as well as a braai basket – they provide all you need to cook your own meal over wood vine fires at braais situated under the trees close to the picturesque lake. A kiddies’ basket including a beef and cheddar slider, chicken drumstick, juice and chips is also on offer.

The restaurant is child-friendly too with high chairs for toddlers and a kiddies’ menu featuring favourites such as a gourmet burger, cheese grillers, calamari baskets and spaghetti Bolognese by ice cream and chocolate sauce. Parents will not be disappointed either – the cosy restaurant is situated in a 19th century Cape Dutch manor house overlooking the lake and gardens and serves well-prepared meals ranging from burgers, steaks, salads, milk braised pork belly, oxtail to garlic and mustard lamb neck with a good choice of desserts to round off your meal. Zevenwacht wines are delicious and well priced too.

After lunch, you can enjoy a stroll around the lake, the parklike gardens and the farm.

Location: Langverwacht Road, Kuils River
Good to know: booking is essential – you are not allowed to bring your own picnic but have to order picnic baskets through the restaurant
What we loved: delicious food, great service, a warm welcome for the kids and they had a great time exploring the play park
Opening hours: 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Summer season picnics from 12h00
Contact: restaurant@zevenwacht.co.za | 021 900 5800



Leopard’s Leap

Leopard’s Leap is great for a family day out and is geared for this with awesome green lawns for running and jungle gyms for climbing.

Location: Franschhoek
Good to know: food is served by weight from the rotisserie and harvest table.
What we loved: amazing food and top notch Pinot Noir. Outdoor jungle gym for kids and rolling green lawns.
Opening hours: Wed-Sun: 11h30-15h00 
Cost: free for dining patrons.
Contact: 021 876 8002


Stables Restaurant at Vergelegen

Stables Restaurant is located on the historic wine estate Vergelegen and is the more relaxed sibling of Camphors Restaurant. It is a light and contemporary space that offers a bistro-style menu, perfect for families and has an amazing playground with slides, tunnels to crawl through, tree trunk carved vehicles and a suitable spongy tarmac ground cover.  Parents can sip on award-winning wines from Vergelegen. For the kids, they have a ‘Little VIPs’ menu that has a suitably priced and sized options such as Mac ‘n Cheese, burgers and pizzas.

Location: Somerset West
Good to know: award-winning wines for parents to enjoy.
What we loved: amazing grounds to walk around. 
Opening hours: 09h00-17h00 | kitchen closes at 15h30.
Cost: entrance to the estate is R20 (includes admission and a useful map of the property).
Contact: 021 847 2156


Stables at Vergelegen is a kid Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town

Thirsty Scarecrow

The Thirsty Scarecrow at Mooiberge Strawberry Farm is a big, bustling and busy bistro-style restaurant and bar that is family friendly during the day. Possibly often overlooked in favour of refined eating establishments in the Stellenbosh Winelands area,  the Thirsty Scarecrow is definitely an option for visitors seeking a more casual bistro-style experience that the whole family can enjoy.

The food is unpretentious and good. It has a unique, homemade feel which comes as a surprise when you take the extent of the bistro into account. Expect really good burgers, tasty pizzas with interesting toppings and extra large, hand-cut potato wedges on the side of most dishes.

The kid’s section is contained with only one exit which makes this busy restaurant perfect for parents wanting to unwind and to possibly enjoy one of the delicious craft beers on offer. There is an array of jungle gyms, slides, and even a trampoline, to keep the kids happy.

The busy R44 is close by but you don’t notice it too much with the surrounding strawberry fields and the well-known colourful scarecrows creating a very pleasant country feel. The Mooiberge farm stall is right next door and the kids will definitely love the just picked strawberries in the car on the way home. The strawberries are a good enough reason to return regularly to the Thirsty Scarecrow.

Location: Mooiberge Farm, R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, 7600.
Good to know: 
there can be a wait for your food so don’t arrive in a rush.
What we loved: the secure kids’ area, the tasty food and the strawberries afterwards.
Opening hours: Mon & Tues  15h00–23h00 Wed – Sun 11h00 – 23h00.
Contact: 021 881 3444



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