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April 16, 2013

Family-friendly restaurants in Cape Town

Having a child changes your life in so many good ways. But parents also know that gone are the carefree days and nights of long dinners and lunches at swanky restaurants.

Dunes restaurant in Hout Bay is just metres away from the water. Photo courtesy of coda

Instead, parents take their offspring to traditional family restaurants, where staff will sing Happy Birthday and kiddies can go off to play computer games or with dough. And although they do love these restaurants, parents sometimes yearn for the days when they enjoyed savouring a range of dishes.

Luckily, many Cape Town restaurants welcome kiddies, with special menus tailor-made for the sprogs while offering adults mouth-watering food and wine choices.  

The restaurant at Imhoff Farm is child-friendly. Photo courtesy of sharon.schneider

Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie not only offers a huge playground for kids and a farm store that sells organic produce, but its family-style menu caters for the pickiest of eaters. The farm is one of the oldest in Cape Town and has a rich, colourful history. The varied menu at its Blue Water Café includes lamb shank, pizza, steak and a range of salads.

If you are in Noordhoek, then it is worth going to Café Roux, which prides itself on being family-friendly. Its kiddies’ menu offers favourites like toasted sarmies and calamari, while the adult menu offers delectable meals made from seasonal produce. Even the chutneys and breads are homemade. 

The children's play area at the Two Oceans Aquarium's Shoreline Café. Photo courtesy of the Two Oceans Aquarium

Deer Park Café in Vredehoek, on the slopes of Table Mountain, has a large park where children can play safely. Its menu includes a baby cappuccino, and frothy milk with some chocolate sprinkles. It offers all its meals in adult and child portions, and the tables are set slightly wider apart than other eateries, allowing for ease of movement for prams and wandering children.

Café Paradiso is part of the Madame Zingara group. Situated in Kloof Street in the city centre, it loves entertaining children and pets. The kiddies' menu includes fish fingers royale and linguine with red sauce.

The Shoreline Café at the Two Oceans Aquarium offers sustainably harvested seafood. The venue has panoramic views of Table Mountain.

Dunes restaurant in Hout Bay offers a range of dishes, including ribs, seafood and pizza. On a sunny day, expect to find people enjoying the weather, sitting at wooden tables just metres from the water.

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