Not Spur AGAIN! There are plenty of places in Cape Town that are willing to give your bambino crayons, a balloon and energy sucking jungle gym. It’s about time you give yourself a break from those easy-to-clean brown pleather seats an see how it’s done at other child friendly restaurants in Cape Town.
Above: Primi Piatti – Primi Pods is one of the most child friendly restaurants in Cape Town
Primi Piatti – Primi Pods rocks the socks off of family restaurants. Interactive, colourful, educational – the perfect docking station for your kids. The Primi Pods section can be recognised by its bold splash of colours and the mosaic counter in front of a pizza station. Primi has caregivers on hand to teach your kids how to make pizzas and how to bake biscuits while you settle down to a glass of red and browse the extensive, mouth-watering menu. What’s nice about the Primi Pods section is that it is in plain view of the rest of the child friendly restaurant so you can keep a loving eye on your kids if you want to.
Primi Piatti outlets that have the fully kitted out Primi Pods section can be found in Constantia, Cavendish, Sea Point, V&A Waterfront, Somerset West, and Willowbridge Table View. The Camps Bay and Century City branches offer the kiddies menu, dough rolling and colouring in to keep your young ones entertained. To sweeten the deal even further they often has great specials – check out the latest Primi Piatti specials here.
Scallywags Play Café
You’re hungry and little Johnny is bored and can’t sit still. Time for Scallywags Play Café! This café is one of the best child friendly restaurants in Cape Town because it is an absolute fantasy play land for children and their menu options are all made from organic and free-range products. Family dining with a conscience.
Scallywags has so much to offer children: trains that smoke, a beautiful life-size gingerbread house, climbing walls, baby-pen, boys corner, dress-ups, jumping castle, ball pool and slide. They even have flying butterflies and dragon flies with glitter fairies for the girls, and for the boys, spiders and spider webs.
While little Johnny gets rid of some of his energy (please, oh, please) you can sit down and browse the menu at this family friendly restaurant in Cape Town, Claremont. Finally a break.
Above: Moyo in Spier – one of the more upmarket family friendly restaurants in Cape Town
What a great family outing. It’s hard to say whether you or your child will end up enjoying the experience more. Moyo in Spier is an elegant child friendly restaurant in Cape Town with a spicy African flair. Interactive activities like face painting, hand washing and traditional dance entertainment makes for a truly enjoyable evening for the whole family. Moyo has large, open spaces, gorgeous pathways and gets its cosy atmosphere from the enormous trees, interesting artistic structures and the winding pathways flanked by greenery. Book a table in the tree-tops and enjoy a fun family outing that fills the gap.
Deer Park Café
Described as comfy and casual, this family friendly restaurant in Cape Town, Vredehoek, serves breakfasts, lunches and light meals. Its appeal is that it is situated right next to a fenced off child friendly park, so you don’t have to worry about your child running off, although keeping half an eye on them is always recommended and inevitable from a caring parent.
The menu is super child friendly with fun options like a ‘baby cappuccino’ which is frothed milk with sprinkles on top. Heaven only knows that the last thing your child needs is caffeine!
La Cabane – One of the best child friendly restaurants in Cape Town
Above: La Cabane is one of the few child friendly restaurants in Cape Town with a massive jungle gym
La Cabane in Hout Bay is a restaurant, tea room and playground. The restaurant gives off a home-style family atmosphere, the team room is much the same and the playground is a monster fort of excitement for anyone not-tall-enough-to-ride-this-ride. Children love it!
La Cabane wanted to make sure that their family friendly restaurant in Cape Town was a place where parents and children can both enjoy themselves to the nth degree. With 4 state of the art 40″ LCD televisions, moms and dads can enjoy watching rugby/tennis, sipping on a brewsky/tea while the kids let their imaginations run wild in the La Cabane playground.
Country style cooking and large open spaces for kids to play. This family friendly restaurant in Cape Town is situated off the N1 in Muldersvlei. In winter, the huge fireplace roars with life and warms little bodies while they eat. In summer, the shaded stoep provides a lovely spot for an afternoon meal.
Kids can enjoy horse and wagon rides, or a ride on a pony. There is also a large jungle gym and stretches of lawn where children can happily play while parents enjoy a hearty meal.
Blue Water Café
Above: Higgeldy Piggeldy Farm right next door to Blue Water Café
This family friendly restaurant is nestled in Kommetjie’s super child friendly Imhoff Farm. Make sure you arrive half an hour before you plan to eat as you’re met by CO2 emitting camels waiting to be ridden on the way into Imhoff Farm. Kids will also love the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farm right next door to Blue Water Café, where friendly rabbits, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens, guinea pigs and a pony are waiting to meet them. There is also a snake park within Imhoff – worth a visit if your children are eager to see slithering reptiles in a safe environment.
When it’s time to eat, your family can sit down to the freshest ingredients; the chef whips up New Cape style food and scrumptious pizzas baked in a wood fired oven. When it’s time to play, your kids can run around the safe, enclosed garden and jungle gym. A great excursion for the whole family.
With these child friendly restaurants in Cape Town you can enjoy good quality food, a lovely setting and a dose of relaxation knowing that while your child is not at the table, the manager isn’t giving them an espresso and a free kitten.
Now that you’ve mastered the ‘where-to’ of child friendly restaurants in Cape Town, next on the list is to ace the ‘how-to’ of taking your kids camping… good luck!