Happy 2015 Digital Candy Fans!
Happy 2015 to everyone, I hope your festive period was filled with fun, laughter, many memories and that you are invigorated for your start to this New Year!
Mine was hectic to say the least, from a sneaky week away in the Karoo to an understated, historical place called Melton Wold http://www.meltonwold.co.za (described to me as ‘good for the soul’ and couldn’t be closer to the truth). Special time with friends and kids it was magical. Karoo meat is now on my shopping list! Then back in time for Christmas.
Our best friends arrived from Wales, and their favourite activities are eating and drinking at beautiful places, with 4 kids ranging in age from 18 months to 5 years old – it was going to be tricky to keep everyone happy and find the best places for eating and drinking with kids in Cape Town but I can truly say we’ve done & seen & eaten & drank – a lot and are mostly thrilled with the beautiful places we’ve visited. And why not when the food & wine capital of South Africa is less than 5 minutes from our front door?
List of places to eat, drink, be merry and enjoy with kids in Cape Town:
So here’s my list based on our experience this festive season, with our taste buds (and 4 kids did I already mention that?) in tow, we were off:
Pearl Valley Golf Estate – http://pearlvalley.co.za
Service is never amazing here, but it’s great value for money in the most beautiful surrounds. The pool area is amazing and as this is our home (lucky I know), we love it!
La Motte – http://www.la-motte.com
Make sure you get a weekend breakfast here, it’s exquisite. Beautiful food, views, gardens for kids with streams (yes take a spare set of clothes), and friendly service. An absolutely family friendly venue which is stunning for adults on dinners too & wine tasting!
Cafe Arez @ Ashanti – http://ashantiestate.co.za
Okay so we had a terrible service day, but it happens. The views and most delicious and varied tapas, more than made up for it. The kids loved the big gardens, games available and all the nibbles. The manager went out of his way to apologise and fix things and we were given a beautiful bottle of Gabrielskloff Savingnon Blanc. Stunning wedding venue too, maybe next time..
The Postcard Cafe – http://www.postcardcafe.co.za
WOW! Aptly named due to the postcard like views no doubt, this place is truly spectacular. As we were on our way to a Moms only spa day, we had a sneaky stop off after a tip off. Heavenly and by now I’ve recommended a good handful of people who all come back saying the same. The coffee and scones were superb and service with a smile (I’d smile too if I worked there!).
Lanzerac Spa Vineyard – http://www.lanzerac.co.za
What a treat,(no kids). We got a lovely Christmas deal and enjoyed a morning of giggling (fish treatment) pampering & lunch followed by a brief wine tasting. Friendly staff, beautiful venue and my best friend, a beautician with 15 years experience working with Decleor and Clarins and said ‘best massage ever’. Kudos!
Tokara Deli Cat Essen – http://www.tokara.co.za/delicatessen/
This is the place to breakfast with little ones; boxes of toys for them to play with, a beautiful playground, sandpit and yummy food. What more could the whole family want? Definite yes.
Route 44 Market – http://www.root44.co.za
Busy, child friendly, stunning food and crafts, and a great kids play area inside and out. The indoor one is run by guys ‘coaches’, and they were superb, busy and played with all the kids ensuring nobody felt left out at any time. Most impressed: https://www.facebook.com/CoachKyleEvents
The Bakery @ Jordan Wine Estate – http://www.jordanwines.com
Fantastic cheese and meat platters, beautiful views – and don’t be alarmed the FOREVER long drive up the dirt road is worth it. Reknown for the chameleons in their area (we didn’t see any but it was raining), the estate has 2 restaurants and wine tasting. A definite ‘to do’ and absolutely take the kids!
Giraffe House – http://www.giraffehouse.co.za
Educating kids on the tallest, slowest, most dangerous (you get the point) animals, this place is a great day out for the kids. A bucket of animal food on arrival is always a winner with the kids (and animals) and the talks are fun and educational for the kids and the adults
Shimmy Beach Club – http://www.shimmybeachclub.com
Despite its reputation as a nightclub / party capital in Cape Town, this place is super child friendly during the day with Au Pairs in the indoor play area, life guards on duty at the huge and very warm (bath like actually) pool. The menu caters for all ages and I highly recommend the sushi.
Uncle Barrys pizza oven @ Tree Tops – http://treetopscampsbay.co.za
Luckily we have our Uncle and Aunt who live in Camps Bay, their bed & breakfast Tree Tops is beautiful and many friends have stayed. The location is perfect as it’s a 2 minute walk to the beach and the views are amazing. However, Uncle Barrys new pizza oven is for family and friends only (sorry guys).
Simonsig – http://www.simonsig.co.za
Such a fun afternoon had at Simonsig sampling their amazing wines. Not the warmest of welcomes at first however we soon had the team running after us and left with a rather lot of yummy bottles to keep sampling at home.
Jan Kan at Picardi – http://www.picardie.co.za
Rustic, authentic and a lot of fun. Jan Kan is a horse riding venue for kids with a discarded farmers garden vibe (in the best way possible, old tractors for kids to climb on and more). Friendly service, cheap horse rides, lots of pets around and great coffee. Oh and you have to try the roosterkoek!
Leopards Leap – www.leopardsleap.co.za/
A definite family lunch venue, this is the ‘sister’ restaurant to La Motte. Beautiful large gardens, running streams, playgrounds and a huge statue of a leaping leopard, what more could a child want? The food is a self service buffet which puts a lot of people off, but it’s stunning. Lovely combinations, weigh and pay with great waiter service. Go!
LeBonheur Crocodile Farm – http://www.lebonheurcrocfarm.co.za
My son insists when he gets older, this is the place he will work. A friendly family venue, short crocodile farm tours with experienced and very funny guides. The playground is stunning, there are birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and sandpits. The food is great and if you have time to picnic you can fish at the dam and truly relax. A stunning family venue, run by a lovely bunch of people.
ROCA Restaurant on Dieu Donne Wine Farm – http://rocarestaurant.co.za
Mixed views on ROCA I’m afraid. I’ve had a few lovely meals but my besties had the worst experience from late food, body odour and ‘everything okay’ 9 times … The food is good, the wine selection amazing, we even found a garden around the back and families all enjoying the view (it is a great location for seeing the whole valley). I don’t know, maybe it was just a bad night and we need to go back and try again?
Marianne Wine Estate – http://mariannewines.com
Biltong and wine pairing – what more can I say? Spectaular. Not cheap but worth it. And the staff are the friendliest. I wouldn’t put this as a child friendly venue however, get a sitter and enjoy it.
Delaire Graff Estate – http://www.delaire.co.za
After the explanation about how elite this venue was, we had to take a look (kids with sitter!). Beautiful, classy and at R500 for their cheapest bottle of champagne we sipped, smiled, enjoyed – and left for lunch elsewhere! Go and see, it’s pure class.
Val de Vie Polo Club – http://www.valdevie.co.za
Great, child friendly restaurant with beautiful surrounds. The kids have a playground and a polo field so they can run free. The food is always to a high standard (service is luck of the draw on the day).
Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate – http://www.grandeprovence.co.za
Another super classy venue, we took the kids in the evening however it’s not really a great venue for them due to the fact the garden is covered in extremely valuable sculptures and my heart couldn’t take the kids swinging on them. With bottles of wine from R30 (true story, Angles tears, you should try it) to R3,000 – the venue is renown for it’s food. I believe we need to go back and do a romantic meal here!
Bar di Bar – http://www.bardibar.co.za
The perfect venue for a few beers, bottle of wine or a sneaky bottle of bubbly. Sport is guaranteed to be on and the environment is so welcoming and chilled out it’s hard to leave without a smile on your face. There is a small sandpit for the little ones, a grass area for kicking a ball about and around the corner a huge playground. Love going here, a nice retro feel (they even have a duke box!). Get your beer on and bring the family. Oh, and the kids get chalk to draw on the table tops, nice touch!
Laborie Wine Farm – http://www.laboriewines.co.za
Saving the best for last, our most enjoyable evening dining experience was here. On the same farm as Bar di Bar, Laborie in Paarl has a beautiful restaurant which overlooks a garden and the winery. The kids have a stunning wooden playground, swings and so much space which you see from the decking area where you eat. An amazing and diverse menu, we were blown away by the service, style and overall experience here. High chairs available – child friendly and adult friendly too = win.
Okay so there’s my opinion on our busy holiday eating out experiences (I left a few off too!). Now you see why the muffin top happened, oh dear! I can honestly say though, value for money, beautiful views and food, amazing wine and family fun is to be had in Franschhoek / Paarl. It’s a special place, get here already and see for yourself!
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