March 19, 2014
Top Family Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
We’ve all been there: eager to catch-up with friends and loved ones over a delicious meal but stressed out about finding a spot that accommodates the little people in our lives…
With Easter weekend and the school holidays fast approaching, we went in search of Cape Town, the child-loving Mother City’s top family friendly restaurants:
This delightful eatery in leafy Newlands is a parent’s dream: from the wholesome Italian dishes to the magnificent views of Table Mountain and the ample parking (perfect for transporting prams) to most importantly, plenty of space for both youngsters and the family dog, it has fast become a well-loved establishment in its neighbourhood.
Owned by Anthony and Krista Bounds, who are parents to an energetic toddler too, Basilico offers a wide variety of child-friendly dishes, including pastas, beef fillets, risottos, sweet desserts and more. Best of all, it’s totally affordable with dishes from as little as and daily lunch specials.
My personal favourite for the kids? The yummy Piccola pizza, for which your tiny tyke can choose his or her own toppings, and the fun ice cream and sprinkles for dessert.
Location: 32 Kildare Road, Newlands
Contact: +27(0)21 683 5989
One of Madame Zingara’s flagship restaurants, this magical Tamboerskloof bistro is a family must-do!
While Mom, Dad and friends tuck into mouth-watering wines, gourmet sandwiches, salads and more, your young ones can discover their inner cookie, pizza and cupcake makers at the Bakery or explore the enchanting garden with its fishpond. In winter, there is a special storytelling session right in front of the cosy fireplace in this charming rustic venue.
Location: 110 Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof
Contact: +27(0)21 423 8653
Deer Park Café
Conveniently situated next to the Rocklands Road Park, Deer Park Café is ideal for daytime playdates or weekend family quality time.
This Vredehoek gem is renowned for its chocolate cake and easy access to the play park facilities.
Location: 2 Deer Park Drive, Vredehoek
Contact: +27(0)21 462 6311
Table Mountain Café
Make a day of it when visiting our wonder of nature, Table Mountain, and treat your darlings to a meal at the top at the Table Mountain Café.
In addition to amazing views for those priceless family outing photos, you should try the Café’s cute special for R 40 which includes a slice of Dassie or Vienna pizza a 250ml juice and a marshmallow kebab. Please note this special is only available during the Cableway’s Kidz Season (May to October each year),
Location: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
Contact: +27(0)21 424 0015
Shoreline Café at the Two Oceans Aquarium
A thrilling play centre, trained child-minders as well as an onsite gelateria ensures a day out at the Two Oceans Aquarium, admiring the spectacular marine creatures with your curious youngsters ends of a wonderful note.
Location: Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27 (0)21 418 8645/6
Café Roux at Noordhoek Farm Village
Ensuring Cape Town’s miniature residents and visitors have fun while their parents relax with a glass of wine and a meal is the number one focus for Noordhoek Farm Village’s Café Roux.
This gorgeous culinary venue is situated on the border of the village playground so you can keep any eye on your offspring and boasts a specially kids menu which features tasty treats including yoghurt cups with fruit, pancakes, mini burgers and more.
Location: Village Lane, Noordhoek Farm Village
Contact: +27(0)21 789 2538
Coming Soon: Keep an eye out for our Top Family Friendly Wine Farms.
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