Picnic Specials Around Cape Town That You May Not Know About
Summer has been teasing us for a quite bit but it seems that it’s finally here to stay. With summer comes more outings, especially those that include eating and drinking outdoors. We’re fortunate enough to live in a city that has breathtaking natural landscapes and views, so it would be crazy to not take advantage of all the great picnic specials around Cape Town.
Picnic Specials Around Cape Town
Built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, Casa Labia is the former Muizenberg residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. The building and infrastructure are grandiose but the views are also spectacular. You can now spend the day on their lawns by booking a picnic basket! The basket includes a bottle of red or white wine, an antipasti platter with a selection of specially curated cheeses, meats, nuts, their own homemade bread and a chocolate brownie. They also have vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and kiddies options available on request.
Cost: R420 for two.
The Lawns at the Roundhouse
A Cape Town classic! The Lawns is nestled between views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, it’s the perfect spot to spend the afternoon enjoying a boozy picnic. The basket includes fresh bread and dips, a cheese-and-meat board, wraps, and the cake of the day. You can also order off the menu too. Don’t forget to book at least a day in advance.
Cost: R595 for two
Camps Bay Retreat
Spectacular views is an understatement! Spend the day on their rolling green grass with views that stretch across the ever-changing Atlantic Ocean and along the peaks of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Depending on what you choose their picnic baskets include tasty treats like fresh bread, a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, chicken and pineapple skewers, garden salad, fruit, chocolate brownies, still and sparkling water.
Cost: Decadent Picnic (R495 basket for 2) and their Sunset Picnic (R250 basket for 2)
Set in nine acres of lush, enchanting gardens, guests can spread out under the ancient camphor trees for a relaxed afternoon picnic. Perfect for friends or for the whole family, either way, you will have an enchanting day. There are two picnic baskets to choose from but keep in mind, booking is required a minimum of 24 hours before.
Cost: R530 (basket option one for 2)
Spend the day surrounded by art, nature and culture at the Norval Foundation Sculpture Garden with a Skotnes picnic. Right next to Steenberg Wine Farm, so if you get the sudden urge for a wine tasting you can just go right on over. Picnic bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Don’t forget your picnic blanket!
Cost: R295pp and include entrance to the Sculpture Garden and parking. Kiddies picnics are R95 per child.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Now you can sit back and take in the views all while snacking on some good food. Pre-order a picnic basket from the Kirstenbosch Tea Room before arriving. They also have a vegetarian option available.
Cost: R250 pp
Wine Farm Picnics
Enjoy a picnic basket filled with delicious farm produce under the shade of the oak trees. Surrounded by Boschendal’s heritage rose garden and beautiful mountain views, sit back and enjoy the day eating and drinking. You can sit at the laid-out tables under the shade of the oak trees or sit on a blanket and enjoy your picnic on the grass. A vegetarian option is available. Baskets can be collected between 12 noon and 14h00.
Cost: R600 for two
A family-owned wine estate in Stellenbosch offering beautifully crafted wines, delicious lunches and picnics featuring local seasonal produce. Hartenberg Wine Estate feels as if it was made for picnics, spacious lawns, wooden bridge, open fields, there are so many places for you to explore and to layout and relax for the day. Vegan and vegetarian options are available on request.
Cost: R295 pp
Nothing beats a picnic at a lush wine farm. At Quoin Rock there are eight custom-built picnic pods, where picnics take place, on proper crockery, using a walkie talkie to let the waiter know if you require anything. Beautifully made 2015 red wines and lovely fruit-expressive 2017 white wines are available to order. Yes, even the ever-popular Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc (sweet) and MCC. There are vegan, vegetarian and kiddies’ options available. You will need to pay a deposit to book.
Cost: R400 per person, R180 (kids’ basket, children 3 – 12 years)
Spier Wine Farm
Spier wants you to take a big breath of fresh air. Feel the sun on your skin. Then, find the perfect spot for your picnic. Whether you choose from the summer picnic or plant-based picnic, the baskets come with a plethora of delicious dishes and treats.
Cost: Summer Picnic basket and Plant-Based Picnic R295 pp and a kids picnic for R160 per child.
Hazendal Wine Estate
Their Babushka picnics are all the rage and for good reason! Their picnic baskets are filled with a range of culinary delicacies and beautiful wines. You can sit and spend the day under the shade of the oak trees while drinking great wine and eating delicious food. They offer vegetarian and kids menus, which include a DIY cookie frosting kit.
Cost: R300 pp and R140 per child.
To avoid disappointment, book your picnic special soon!
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