Deciding where to eat out with your little ones can be a fraught affair when you are in a new country. Thankfully, a selection of family-friendly restaurants that both parents and children will enjoy are available in South Africa’s iconic city, Cape Town. Think cafés surrounded by botanical gardens and interactive pizza-making classes while mom and dad savour local dishes and complementing wines. With our fingers on the pulse of all things family travel, here are Jumbari’s top restaurants in Cape Town for families.
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Located on a 2.5-acre piece of land in the heart of Hout Bay, Clay Café offers an ideal day out for creative kiddies. Choose from an array of unfired pottery pieces and a wide selection of colourful paints. Sit back and create your personal ceramic masterpiece while enjoying fresh ingredients from the café’s very own vegetable garden.
Hidden within the iconic park in the heart of the city you will find The Company Gardens Restaurant. This child-friendly restaurant is located within The Company Gardens and is the perfect spot to reset before or after a day in the city. Adults can be rest assured that their children will be entertained by the exciting outdoor playground and resident squirrels. Best for breakfast and lunch, your kids can enjoy fish fingers, burgers and tomato pasta from the kiddies menu before exploring the life-size weaver’s nests and mega chessboard in the park. Child-minders are available on request and changing facilities are available on site.
Café Paradiso is one of our top recommended restaurants for families traveling to Cape Town. Located in upper Kloof Street, the restaurant serves local cuisine, woodfired pizzas and bakes up a storm in their bakery from the early hours of the morning. Although the restaurant does not have a playground for the little ones, Café Paradiso’s team will entertain your children with an exciting pizza making workshop in the kitchen! Here, the little ones will have a chance to build their own pizzas and decorate gingerbread men under the supervision of the chefs. Child-minders can also be arranged on request.
Looking for a laid-back restaurant in the city? A favourite amongst the locals, Deer Park is the ultimate family restaurant located on the upper slopes of Vredehoek. Here, your children can safely play on the outdoor jungle gym or lawns located within a fenced park. The Kids’ menu offers breakfast and lunch which include treats like oats with poached fruit, chicken burgers, spaghetti and toasted cheese sandwiches. Deer Park Café is also a popular venue for kiddie parties.
Located just off Sea Point’s famous promenade, you will find Strolla – a sophisticated seaside hang-out welcoming children and adults alike. Whether you are visiting for breakfast, lunch or dinner, your kids can entertain themselves in the dedicated kids area while you take in the sea views with a cocktail in hand. Strolla offers a dedicated kiddies menu as well as an interactive pizza-making activity where your little ones can roll out their own bases and add their toppings of choice.
Take a short road trip towards Chapman’s Peak and enjoy a family lunch at Dunes restaurant in Hout Bay. Located on the edge of the main beach, the restaurant features a popular children’s playground complete with a jungle gym and sandpit. Best of all, the restaurant is also dog-friendly, so expect your children to be delighted by the different dogs who visit the restaurant. The restaurant serves sushi, the best seafood in town, woodfired-pizzas and a variety of tasty meals for your children.
Looking for a Sunday lunch spot for the family? The Alphen Boutique Hotel’s restaurant, Blanko, is an escape only 20 minutes from the city of Cape Town. Located in the heart of Constantia, this Italian eatery comes with a secure play area, professional childminders and a kids program which includes face painting, interactive games and other fun activities. This stylish, child-friendly restaurant offers ample seating space indoors and outdoors.
As the name of the restaurant suggests, this Cape Town restaurant offers children plenty of space to run free in a relaxed open-air restaurant. Expect to be served light meals and pizzas under umbrella-shaded picnic benches while you enjoy views of Camps Bay and the iconic 12 Apostles in the distance. Children can select their goodies from the picnic menu or alternative, share a pizza amongst themselves. We highly recommend this restaurant for the summer season for an early or late lunch.
Surprise your children with an exciting lunch experience at Blue Water Café located on the Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie. Here, your kids can visit the neighbouring animal farm or enjoy the enclosed garden and jungle gym. Other activities on the property include the Milkwood Maze – an interactive 3D maze which can be enjoyed by the entire family. Expect freshly prepared food including tasty woodfired pizzas and a Kids Menu including chicken burgers, toasted sandwiches and, fish and chips.
After a day of exploring the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, you and the family can enjoy a great dining experience accompanied by live entertainment, face painting and singing. Situated at the foot of one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Moyo Restaurant welcomes children of all ages to experience African culture through traditional cuisine and entertainment. Your children can enjoy the outdoor playing area and choose their meals from the exciting kiddies menu which includes mini South coast fishcakes, meatball linguine and chicken bites.
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