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Posted on: Friday, 25 September 2009

Popular Cape Town Family-friendly Restaurants

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Shoreline Cafe

Shoreline Café

Cape Town offers some beautiful locations to spend time with your family in a relaxing and playful atmosphere. On a constant quest to find perfect family spots offering healthy child-friendly food with an appetizing menu for adults, set in pleasant surrounds with play areas, here are some of the best experiences on offer …

Popular Cape Town Family-friendly Restaurants…

Shoreline Café at the V&A Waterfront was created for pure enjoyment and is situated next to the Two Oceans Aquarium. An indoor play area makes this spot a great escape for rainy days! The kiddie’s area is lined with AstroTurf and has a big TV to entertain the older chldren, while the younger members of the family will be kept very busy on the creatively designed jungle gym and slides … (Find Shoreline Cafe next to the 2 Oceans Aquarium at the V&A waterfront, Cape Town. Telephone: +27 (0)21 418-8645).

In the city, Deer Park Café in the suburb of Vredehoek is an institution with local trendy families because of its deli-style food and large play park. A healthy menu impresses parents and children alike, giving them plenty of fuel for clambering over the play obstacles and jungle gyms that fill the generous park.

Set in the residential area at the foot of Table Mountain Park, with tall trees and greenery growing amongst the peaceful neighbourhood, Deer Park Café is a wonderful way to spend time with your children, while squeezing in some gourmet treats for yourself! (Find them at 2 Deer Park Avenue, Vredehoek, Cape Town. Telephone: +27 (0)21 462-6311)

Cape Farmhouse Restaurant

Cape Farmhouse Restaurant

A little further out in the suburb of Hout Bay, Scarecrows has been created purely for the enjoyment of the little people! Combining the magical ingredients of a huge play area and fantastic food, Scarecrows never fails in delighting the whole family.

Watch your kids play in the teepees, in the sandpits and on the junglegyms while you have a well deserved cappacino and slice of cheesecake. (Find Scarecrows at Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay. Telephone: +27 (0)21 790-0841).

The Cape Farmhouse Restaurant in Red Hill, en route to Cape Point, is the place to go for an unforgettable family day out. An old farmhouse turned restaurant creates a beautiful space to savour a long lunch, under the vines.

Geese roam around the grassy play areas which provide plenty of running space, complimented by a menu comprising of true gourmet delights. Local folk bands play live music on Saturday afternoons, so be sure to book for a truly different treat for the whole family. (Find The Cape Farmhouse restaurant 3km from Scarbourgh at the bottom of Red Hill – Junction M66 & m65. Telephone: +27 (0)21 780-1246).

@ Imhoff Farm

@ Imhoff Farm

Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie, is a day long experience not to be missed, making Blue Water Café the perfect venue for a family meal. A majestic farmhouse with rolling green lawns looking out onto horses grazing, sets the scene as you enjoy outstanding food. With a large jungle gym, ample space and a touch farm bordering the restaurant, your children will be entertained for hours. (Find Blue Water Café on Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie. Telephone: +27 (0)21 783-4545).

The Barnyard in Tokai is the ultimate child friendly venue, complete with farm animals, several jungle gyms, swings and play areas. Homestyle cooking feeds hungry children and parents, inbetween hours of play. (Find The Barnyard at 4 Steenberg Road, Tokai. Telephone: +27 (0)21 712-6934).

Treat the whole family to a Saturday morning at the Porter’s Estate Market in Tokai for a gourmet organic experience of food, drinks and handmade goods.

Set amongst the trees of the Tokai forest, not only will you experience a day of chocolate filled pancakes and fairy cakes, your children will also have the time of their lives playing in the special kiddie’s entertainment area. (Find the market at Chrysalis Academy, behind the Tokai forest picnic area in Tokai. Telephone: +27 (0)82 823-4121).

Café Roux

Café Roux

Café Roux at the Noordhoek Farm Village is the haunt of food lovers everywhere and with a beautiful playground bordering the alfresco style restaurant, it is a welcoming space for families. Along with all the other family friendly restaurants on this list, Café Roux is an upmarket space that impresses with its relaxed gourmet menu.

Watch your children play to their hearts’ content on the tractor or inside the wendy house while you sample fresh food made with dedication and passion. (Find them at Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Noordhoek, Cape Town. Telephone: +27 (0)21 789-2538).

For lots more Family Friendly Entertainment in the Cape Town area see Cape Town Family Friendly Things to Do or to find a place to stay for your next holiday in Cape Town see Cape Town accommodation or Western Cape accommodation.

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Thaya Bedford


Thaya is a travelling photojournalist, local music lover, mother and country-dwelling Impresario, living in a tiny village in the magnificent Overberg region. A love of capturing the soulful essence of a place has led Thaya to seek out lesser-known places, from folk music haunts, circus-themed restaurants, hidden beaches and crystal pools, to hot springs and all those overlooked places that hold their own brand of magic. When not out frolicking in rivers and embarking on adventures with her 11-year-old son, Thaya hosts music evenings in her town, cooks from her vegetable garden and has her nose in classic literature.

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