There’s no shortage of fantastic restaurants in the Cape Winelands, but not all of them are thrilled to welcome younger guests. These are our six top picks of family friendly restaurants in the winelands
La Petite Ferme
A perennial Winelands favourite that boasts sweeping views across the Franschoek valley. It’s a tradition built tirelessly by three generations, and lunches at La Petite Ferme are legendary.
96 Winery Road
Set in a warm, relaxing venue in the heart of the glorious Helderberg countryside. This Winelands stalwart is one of our firm favourites. Dishes are inspired by South African flavours and ingredients are often organic and locally sourced. A real hit with young kids, as there is a play area and jungle gym in the garden.
Café Bon Bon
Set amongst majestic old oak trees on a farm at La Petite Dauphin. Patrons can look forward to hearty soups, the much-requested classics and seasonal additions to the menu. Keep an eye out for the friendly rooster!
Eight at Spier
Wonderful, fresh, farm-to-table food. The produce used at Eight is either grown on the farm or sourced from nearby farmers. Natural and organic ingredients are preferred, creatively combined to create nourishing, healthy, and delicious food – and there’s plenty of space for the kids to explore.
Stables at Vergelegen
Classic, with a modern twist. This ‘bistro’-style restaurant offers a varied, contemporary menu of simple but visually delectable dishes for a warm, family-friendly dining experience. There is an outdoor play area for the kids and the views of the Hottentots Holland mountain range can’t be beaten!
In the lap of casual luxury, Mont Marie offers a unique, food, wine and family experience in a spectacular country setting in the heart of the Blaauwklippen Valley near Stellenbosch.
During the summer months many estates offer wonderful picnics – ideal for a family lunch, rather than keeping the kids ‘cooped up’ inside a restaurant. Some of favourites include:
Boschedal, Vergelegen, Warwick, Allée Bleue, Mont Rochelle, Solms-Delta, Grand Provence and Spier.