Did you know?
The AfriSam Children's Play Centre at the Two Oceans Aquarium offers activities for children from 4 to 10 years old.
In Cape Town and surrounds you are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out with the family. And often you can combine your outing with a scenic drive.
Café Roux at the Noordhoek Farm Village has a large, walled-off and supervised playground. Adults can dine under the sprawling oak trees while keeping an eye on their young ones. The menu caters for young tastes, too, with offerings like macaroni and cheese, and yoghurt with fruit. Breakfasts are very popular here.
Dunes Beach Restaurant, in a beach-house setting in Hout Bay, has a jungle gym and swings, as well as seating on the sand for a really relaxing meal. The kids’ menu has all the basics, such as toasted sandwiches, pizza, fish and chips, and chicken nuggets.
Deer Park Café in Vredehoek on the slopes of Table Mountain is a popular venue with parents as it's located adjacent to an enclosed public park with swings, slides and a jungle gym. It offers a comprehensive kiddies’ menu and is open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner.
Blue Water Café on the Imhoff Farm at Kommetjie has a large enclosed garden for children to run around in, as well as farm animals at the nearby Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard to keep them entertained. You can dine inside or out while you enjoy the view. Wood-fired pizzas, seafood and steaks are on the menu. After your meal, the kids can go on a camel ride or visit a snake exhibition.
Café Paradiso in Kloof Street, part of the Madame Zingara group, incorporates a playful element that is characteristic of all Madame Zingara eateries. Kids are invited into the bakery to make gingerbread men and cupcakes.
In the Cape Winelands, two notable restaurants that cater for families with playground areas are the Warwick Wine Estate, where picnics menus are designed with kids' nutritional needs in mind, and the Bodega Restaurant at the Dornier Wine Farm.
Scallywags Play Café in Claremont caters for little ones with a life-size gingerbread house, climbing wall and small toys for kids. It also offers art and music classes, and specialises in organic and free-range foods.
And then there's the Primi Piatti chain of restaurants, which has created a children's area called Primi Pods, where kids are taught how to make pizza and biscuits as they wait for their meals, selected from a special kiddies' menu. There are outlets of Primi Piatti throughout the Cape Peninsula.
Another favourite is the Spur chain of restaurants, found throughout the country, which are ultra-family friendly, catering for kids with special play areas, kiddies' menus and birthday treats.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Noordhoek Farm Village
Tel: +27 (0)21 789 2538
Dunes Beach Restaurant & Bar
1 Beach Crescent, Hout Bay
Tel: +27 (0)21 790 1876
110 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 423 8653
Scallywags Play Café
44 Belvidere Road, 1st floor Caltex Garage, Claremont
Tel: +27 (0)78 113 1700
Best time to visit
Most of the family restaurants open for breakfast around 8.30am and stay open for most of the day.
Around the area
Visit Boulders Beach to see the penguins, Imhoff's Gift at Kommetjie or the Noordhoek Farm Village. If it's raining, then the Two Oceans Aquarium is a good option.
Hiring your own car is a bonus, giving you and your family easy access to the attractions in and around Cape Town. Hire vehicles in advance if you are travelling during peak season, and pre-book a child's car seat if you need one.
What will it cost
Prices vary but you should be able to feed the little ones for around R50 a head.
What to eat
The mini-burgers at Spur are a big hit with the children; kids can enjoy fish and chips at Dunes in Hout Bay; pizza is a winner on Primi Piatti's children's menu; and the calamari and chips is a favourite at Cafe Roux.
Cape Town has many wonderful beaches and natural areas that are great for children's outings. Go for a walk at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, catch a ride on the cableway to the top of Table Mountain, spend a morning at the Two Oceans Aquarium, or enjoy the rides at Ratanga Junction.