Best Restaurants with an Ocean View near Durban

Durban is arguably one of the most beautiful coastal cities in South Africa and beyond. Thanks to its relaxed, fun and balmy way of life – it offers the best in food, surfing and temperatures.

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, delightful Durban, found in beautiful KwaZulu-Natal, is an unforgettable seaside destination for all to enjoy.

Here are the best restaurants with ocean views in Durban and surrounds:

#1 California Dreaming

With gorgeous views of the beachfront and crashing waves (especially from upstairs), California Dreaming is aptly named, inspiring feelings of the best beach-side places around the world.

Inviting guests to drink, dine and dream, this elegant, yet relaxed, restaurant is one of Durban’s finest. The food and drinks are varied and interesting, service is friendly and the venue overall is a dining delight.

Sit out on the deck overlooking the Indian Ocean to enjoy the perfect sundowner, savour a beach cocktail from the bar or dine al fresco out on the terrace… and know you’re in for a treat at this Durban eatery.

Contact: +27 (031) 332 0037, info@californiadreaming.co.za

Website: www.californiadreaming.co.za

Address: California Dreaming, 150 O.R Tambo Parade, Dairy Beach, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

www.californiadreaming.co.za
www.californiadreaming.co.za

#2 Jack Salmon Fish House Glenashley

With branches spread across KZN, Jack Salmon Fish House is one of the most popular and well-known seafood institutions you will find in Durban or beyond. At Jack Salmon Fish House, great food and beautiful settings merge, ensuring a memorable food experience.

In particular, the Glenashley branch offers incredible ocean views, making it both poetically beautiful and romantic. The restaurant offers an excellent selection of seafood, priced very reasonably.

Not only can you dine here as normal – but you can also host special functions and occasions at this glorious seafood restaurant.

Contact: +27 (031) 572 3664, glenashley@jacksalmon.co.za

Website: jacksalmon.co.za

Address: Jack Salmon Fish House, Shop 15, Glenore Centre, 1 Aubrey Dr, Glenashley, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3 Afro’s Chicken Shop

If you are a fan of all things chicken, this eatery is the one for you! What originally started as a food truck back in 2012, soon blossomed into a successful, popular chicken shop in South Beach.

Surfers, cyclists and walkers agree, this is a gem of a food shop, offering some of the tastiest chicken meals around.

Service is quick and friendly, the food is mouth-watering and fresh and the setting is safe and fun by the beachfront… All in all, you really can’t beat the views served up here!

Contact: customercare@afroschicken.co.za

Website: www.afroschicken.co.za

Address: Afro’s Chicken Shop, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Afro's Chicken via Facebook
Afro’s Chicken via Facebook

#4 Circus Circus Beach Cafe

With several branches dotted across KZN, Circus Circus is a popular and great food franchise. In particular, its beach cafe – situated along Durban’s beachfront promenade – is a excellent choice.

It provides diners with a family-friendly, healthy and good value-for-money restaurant – and as a bonus, stunning views of the ocean.

Whether you join them for a classic hot breakfast, specialty meal or simply something healthy and wholesome, you are in for a fresh, local and seasonal treat with Circus Circus Beach Cafe.

Contact: +27 (031) 337 7700, beachcafe@circuscircus.co.za

Website: www.circuscircus.co.za/beachcafe

Address: Circus Circus Beach Cafe, Shop 1, Snell Parade, Bay of Plenty, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 Surf Riders Cafe

If you are looking for a chilled, sea-facing and altogether delightful local eatery, then look no further than the child- and pet-friendly Surf Riders Cafe, situated near Addington Beach.

The atmosphere is soothing, relaxing and above all, fun – and the views really are beautiful… But let’s not forget the great drinks and food you can tuck into while you soak up those killer views.

Contact: +27 (062) 747 7037

Website: N/A

Address: Surf Riders Cafe, 17 Erskine Terrace, Addington Beach, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Surf Riders Cafe
Surf Riders Cafe

#6 Spice

For those craving the ultimate in Indian and continental-style foods, Spice – located in Westbrook – is the restaurant of your dreams. Here, classic dishes are given a modern spin and the results are outstanding.

More than this though, Spice offers beautiful sea views – particularly from the deck from which you can even sometimes see dolphins and whales splashing in the waves.

Whether you join them for a fragrant curry, rack of lamb or simply some classic fish and chips, you will be enchanted by the scenic and flavourful Spice.

Contact: +27 (032) 943 3558

Website: www.spicerestaurant.co.za

Address: 37 North Beach Road, Bali Hai, Westbrook, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#7 Roma Revolving Restaurant

Roma Revolving Restaurant via Facebook
Roma Revolving Restaurant via Facebook

This timeless restaurant, where class and beauty come together, is one of the most incredible eateries in South Africa.

As it is the only revolving restaurant in the Southern Hemisphere and is also blessed with prime sea and bay views, Roma is an unmissable Durban attraction.

Enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and 360 views of Durban when you dine at this awesome restaurant.

Contact: +27 (031) 337 6707

Website: www.roma.co.za

Address: Roma Revolving Restaurant, 32 Floor, John Ross House, Jonsson Lane, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#8 Mamma Luciana’s Glenashley

If you are seeking a wonderful place to eat, where homely dining, excellent food, good service and above all, great views come together, then Mamma Luciana’s in Glenashley is perfect for you.

This family restaurant is a favourite among many locals, as it offers a home-away-from-home dining experience, enhanced by its hearty Italian cuisine.

They are particularly famous for their pizzas and pastas so be sure to try those if you can.

Contact: +27 (031) 562 1405

Website: N/A

Address: Mamma Luciana’s Glenashley, 10 Harold Pl, Glen Ashley, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Bel Punto

Blessed with sweeping sea views enjoyed through its floor-to-ceiling windows, Bel Punto, found near Umdloti Beach, is a treasure worth savouring.

This modern, casual and family-friendly restaurant serves up great food, service and atmosphere in ample servings.

Diners can choose between the spacious indoor dining area or the beautiful terrace, which offers uninterrupted ocean views.

This Italian restaurant (also run by Italians) is authentic and wonderful and offers everything from seafood to poultry to game and Italian specialties too… Join them for a memorable meal overlooking the sea.

Contact: +27 (031) 568 2407, info@belpunto.co.za

Website: belpunto.co.za

Address: Bel Punto, Umdloti Centre, 1 South Beach Road, Umdloti Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Bel Punto
Bel Punto

#10 moyo Ushaka

This uniquely Durban destination is the perfect place to go to relax and mile away the hours.

Sip on cocktails from the beach bar, tuck into tasty, fresh foods or simply marvel at the magnificent views of the Indian Ocean…

Diners can opt for the main restaurant dining experience – or enjoy the more casual pier bar, moyo @ the Pier.

Contact: +27 (031) 332 0606, ushaka@moyo.com

Website: www.moyo.co.za/moyo-ushaka

Address: moyo uShaka, 1 Bell Street, uShaka Marine World,
Point,Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just some of the best restaurants with glorious sea views that you can enjoy near Durban and surrounds!

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Top 10 Pet-friendly Activities near Durban and Surrounds

Durban is a popular destination for tourists, local travellers and families alike. Not only is this balmy city one of the most beautiful but it offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, excellent food spots and plenty of fun attractions to keep everyone entertained.

But what about fur friends? Well, Durban caters for them too with a variety of pet-friendly activities and eateries to enjoy with your  four-legged friends.

Here are the top ten pet-friendly activities near Durban and its surrounds:

#1 Treat Your Pooch at The Bike & Bean

Located on Country Club Beach, The Bike & Bean is one of the most pet-friendly spots in Durban. They welcome four-legged friendly doggies and even ensure they always have treats and water available for them.

Plus, this popular, cosy coffee shop also offers excellent coffee, meals and beach equipment rentals (think: bikes and body boards) for owners to enjoy. And did we mention that the atmosphere and scenic views are top class too?

Contact: +27 (074) 140 1117

Website: www.bikebeandurban.com

Address: The Bike & Bean, 290 Snell Parade Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The Bike & Bean via Facebook
The Bike & Bean via Facebook

#2 Explore Durban Botanical Gardens Together

Provided you keep your pooches leashed at all times, then they are welcome to join you for a wonderful day out at Durban Botanical Gardens.

It’s the perfect place to walk your dog and soak up the beauty of Africa’s oldest surviving botanical garden, especially as it’s open seven days a week.

Informal picnics are allowed in the gardens so why not pack in some food for you and some water and treats for your four-legged friend and enjoy the serene beauty of this local Durban attraction?

Entrance is free to all visitors but donations are appreciated.

Note: You are also required to please clean up after your pets. And pets are regrettably not allowed at events held here.

Contact: +27  (031) 322 4021, reception@dbgt.org.za

Website: durbanbotanicgardens.org.za

Address: Durban Botanical Gardens, 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3 Spoil Pets at The Oyster Box Hotel

Pets are warmly welcomed at this award-winning, five-star Umhlanga hotel. In fact, they even offer superior garden villas with a range of pet beds and menus to make your pets feel as pampered and looked after as you do! These can be arranged in advance to your stay.

And even if you don’t bring your own pet along, the hotel’s resident and somewhat iconic cat, Skabenga, will make sure you have enough pet love during your stay.

For more information on pet offerings, including food options, at The Oyster Box Hotel, please contact the hotel directly.

The Oyster Box Hotel
The Oyster Box Hotel

Contact: +27 (031) 514 5000, restaurants@oysterbox.co.za, info@oysterbox.co.za

Website: www.oysterboxhotel.com

Address: The Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#4 Head to Jameson Park

At Jameson Park, dogs can run free and have a lovely time. It’s the ideal place to take your pooch for a good walk and you’re likely to encounter many fellow dog walkers here.

There is an abundance of greenery and flowers and this park certainly caters well to doggies – that much everyone seems to agree on!

The park is pretty and offers an enjoyable experience for owner and pet to enjoy.

Note: Please pick up after your dog and if your pet is a bit tricky around other dogs, consider keeping it leashed.

Contact: +27 (031) 322 4096

Website: N/A

Address: Jameson Park, Morningside, Berea, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 Grab Lunch at Surf Riders Cafe

This popular hangout is also wonderfully pet-friendly. It offers lovely, generously portioned food for all – and there is even a doggie menu!

Food highlights for your furry friend include Deluxe Snack Biscuit, Poochino or the Vegan Bag of Bones.

As the food spot is right on the beach, you also get to enjoy great views and beach-side vibes while you eat… Overall, the experience is fresh and fun for all!

Surf Riders Cafe
Surf Riders Cafe

Contact: +27 (062) 747 7037

Website: N/A

Address: Surf Riders Cafe, 17 Erskine Terrace, Addington Beach, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#6 Roadtrip to Shongweni Farmers Market

Founded by a family of keen dog lovers, it’s safe to say that Shongweni Farmers Market is one of the best (and few) dog-friendly markets anywhere near Durban. So it’s definitely worth the drive out if you’re based in Durban.

The only condition is that you bring your own bag and leash to ensure your dog is cleaned up after and secure, if needed!

This delightful market, which started in 1998 from humble beginnings, is also child- and wheelchair-friendly so the whole family can have a great time out.

What’s more, the market offers everything from fresh- and deli-produce to clothing and gifts.

Contact: info@shongwenimarket.co.za

Website: www.shongwenimarket.co.za

Address: Shongweni Farmers MarketLot 457, MR551, Shongweni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Shongweni Farmers Market
Shongweni Farmers Market

#7 Explore Giba Gorge Nature Reserve

Giba Gorge is a great place for the whole family – fur friends included – to go. It offers excellent walking, cycling, horse riding and dog walking opportunities and the chance to get in touch with nature at its finest.

Dogs are most welcome but they must be kept leashed at all times. Please also remember to clean up after your pets.

There is no entry fee to the nature reserve but donations are welcome.

Contact: +27 (060) 458 6726, info@ggep.org

Website: ggep.org

Address: Giba Gorge, Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#8 Stroll along Durban’s Promenade

Durban’s Promenade has long been a favourite among locals and visitors to the city. It’s perfect for walking, jogging or cycling.

It offers beautiful views of the beachfront and provides good exercise for you and your furry friend. Please just remember that pets must be leashed at all times.

The six-kilometre beachfront promenade is also lined by restaurants so you can grab a bite to eat if you feel peckish. And there are also a handful of beaches and other attractions edging or close to the promenade.

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

Address: Durban Promenade, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Brunch at Old Town Italy

Old Town Italy via Facebook
Old Town Italy via Facebook

Situated in Umhlanga Rocks, Old Town Italy is one of the most frequently cited pet-friendly eateries near Durban and its surrounds.

This gem is a local favourite, which offers a warm and welcoming taste of Europe right here in South Africa and, better still, it allows dogs to sit outside with their owners.

The restaurant oozes charm and quality so while you enjoy a tasty brunch out in the fresh air, your pooch can keep you company.

Contact: +27 (031) 566 5008

Website: N/A

Address: Old Town Italy, 39 Meridian Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#10 Head to Umhlanga Rocks Promenade

This lovely promenade is a popular place for joggers, couples, families and yes, fur friends too! However, pets must be leashed at all times.

You can do the full 5km stretch or walk as far as you fancy and there are some coffee shops along the way in case you need some java. Plus, the views from the promenade are beautiful so you can soak up the scenery as you stroll, ride or jog.

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

Address: Umhlanga Rocks Promenade, 70 Marine Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just some of the excellent pet-friendly activities and places in Durban and beyond!

Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants in Knysna

Knysna is one of the most child- and family-friendly towns around thanks to its gorgeous outdoor experiences, fun adventures, animal sanctuaries and local attractions.

But often the hardest thing for parents travelling with kids is finding a suitably child-friendly or family restaurant to enjoy eating at.

Fortunately, Knysna is not short of these… Offering everything from safe and secure play areas for little ones to smarter dining experiences for quiet, older kids and teens.

Found along South Africa’s favourite coastal stretch, the Garden Route – Knysna is a popular city for holidaying, adventures and seaside escapes. 

Here’s a selection of the best family friendly restaurants in Knysna:

#1 Tottie’s Farm Kitchen

Tottie’s Farm Kitchen is one of the most welcoming, family friendly restaurants you will find anywhere. With indoor and outdoor seating in the garden, guests can enjoy a relaxed, soothing meal out with their loved ones.

Offering a selection of hearty, generously portioned farm food – prepared using country fresh ingredients – there is something for everyone to enjoy tucking into at Tottie’s.

There is even a special ‘Sapling’ section on the menu for Little Tots, with yummy options like chicken strips with chips, mini burger and chips and an array of sweet delights sure to thrill the whole family. There is also a small playground for kids to make use of.

Contact: +27 (044) 389 0092, tottiesfarmkitchen@gmail.com

Website: www.tottiesfarmkitchen.co.za

Address: Tottie’s Farm Kitchen, Main Road, Rheenendal, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

Tottie's Farm Kitchen via Facebook
Tottie’s Farm Kitchen via Facebook

#2 The Farm

Situated 4 km outside Knysna, The Farm is a great place for young and old to enjoy… With its wide open spaces, delicious, hearty meals and excellent play facilities for children – it offers one of the most family friendly experiences around.

There is a dedicated ‘Kiddies Breakfast’, toasted sandwiches and pizza, all of which are sure to appeal to even the pickiest little eater. (And let’s not forget the sweet treats!)

Benches and tables are sprawled across the beautiful garden, overlooking a green vista of natural beauty, and parents and grandparents can enjoy a meal while easily watching over the children.

For the kids, there is a large, safe space to play, as well as a jungle gym, swings, shaded sand pit, wendy house and even a mini-mud kitchen so the young ones really can play till sundown out in the country air.

There is also some cycling fun to be had, with a number of tracks, including a mini bump track for young riders.

Contact: +27 (060) 528 9232, sheilapasio@gmail.com

Website: thefarmknysna.co.za

Address: The Farm, Old Cape Road, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 East Head Cafe

East Head Cafe is one of the most popular eateries in Knysna – and rightly so. It offers incredible views, overlooking the famous Knysna Heads, good, honest food, excellent service and a small, dedicated play area for children, handily equipped with toys.

The interiors are clean and chic without being pretentious, while the outside seating (mostly comfy picnic benches) offer lagoon views to die for.

There is no special kids’ menu advertised on the website but this will definitely suit older children who are accustomed to eating ‘adult food’.

Still, with some classics like fish and chips (highly rated!), burgers, cakes of the day and ice cream and chocolate sauce, there is surely something for younger children to enjoy too.

Contact: +27  044 384 0933, info@easthead.co.za

Website: www.eastheadcafe.co.za

Address: East Head Café, 25 George Rex Dr, The Heads, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

East Head Cafe
East Head Cafe

#4 Chatters Bistro

This small but cosy, owner-run eatery is a gem in Knysna. They are famous for their made-to-order, thin and crispy wood-fired pizzas (also available on a gluten- and wheat-free base) – but they also offer an excellent selection of burgers, homemade pastas, potato bakes, salads, filled paninis and of course, plenty of dessert options too.

There isn’t a dedicated kiddies’ menu but the Create-Your-Own Pizza option is sure to appeal to everyone, as even the fussiest eater can build their own pizza.

This is certainly a fun, family restaurant, with a really great atmosphere. Locals agree: Chatters Bistro is a winner every time.

Contact: +27 (044) 382 0203, info@chattersbistro.co.za

Website: www.chattersbistro.co.za

Address: Chatters Bistro, 9a Gray Street, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Bodega Cafe

This lovely restaurant has put a modern spin to the traditional coffee shop  – and the result is wonderful. This child- and dog-friendly spot is also a real treat in terms of the food, which is fresh, delicious and fun.

There is indoor fireside seating (ideal for wintertime) or verandah seating, perfect for when the bright South African sun is shining.

It’s a favourite, tranquil spot for diners to go and bond over a meal and the views and atmosphere just make the experience all the more delightful… It’s definitely a great pick for families.

Contact: +27 (076) 496 1600, thebodegacafe@gmail.com

Website: www.thebodegacafe.com

Address: Bodega Cafe, 5 Kings Way, Leisure Island, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

Bodega Cafe via Facebook
Bodega Cafe via Facebook

#6 Blend Country Restaurant & Pub

Nestled amid the trees, this child-friendly country restaurant and pub has a wonderful, peaceful ambiance about it.

There is cosy indoor and outdoor seating, depending on your preference, a variety of good food, live music (on selected days) and friendly service to boot.

This is arguably one of the most popular family spots in Knysna and many agree it is one of the best places to go eat out with kids, especially as there is a secure play area.

It can get very busy due to its popularity, so on some occasions, advance booking is advised.

Contact: +27 (044) 384 0493 ,blendknysna@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Blend Country Restaurant & Pub, 18 George Rex Drive, Hunters Home, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Persello Pizzeria

Who doesn’t love a good pizzeria? And with Persello Pizzeria, you can enjoy a wonderful Italian family-run pizza and pasta restaurant in the heart of Knysna. It comes complete with large food portions, a lovely vibe and a classic Italian-style restaurant experience…

Restaurant specials are naturally the delicious pastas, wood-fired pizzas and chicken involotini.

Best of all, this intimate, cosy restaurant is child-friendly and offers a choice of equally lovely indoor or outdoor seating.

Contact: +27 (044) 382 2665, marcopersello3@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Persello Pizzeria, Memorial Square, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

Persello Pizzeria via Facebook
Persello Pizzeria via Facebook

#8 île de païn

This enchanting cafe-style restaurant, situated on Knysna’s Thesen Island, is known for its delicious breakfasts, lunches and artisanal breads.

Each dish at île de païn is lovingly prepared using the freshest, seasonal ingredients and the results are simply mouthwatering. Options include the likes of salads, sandwiches, pastries and more.

The bakery and shop make for a lovely addition – allowing you to shop for some takeaway treats and baked goods – while the self-catering apartments mean you to linger longer.

Although île de païn is not especially geared for tots and kiddies, it is the ideal spot to go with quieter, older children who perhaps no longer enjoy play areas or running about outside as much. Still, either way, it is suitable for the whole family.

Contact: +27 (044) 302 5705, artisans@iledepain.co.za

Website: iledepain.co.za

Address:  île de païn, 8-10 The Boatshed, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 34 South

This waterfront restaurant, found in Knysna Quays, offers an extensive menu, specialising in seafood, baked bread and deli and sushi bar offerings.

There isn’t a dedicated kids menu – and it might not be ideal for very young children, as it can get busy and lively – but the restaurant is certainly suitable for families with older kids or teens.

The menu is fresh and fun, with everything from juices and smoothies to breakfasts to seafood and desserts, pastries and cakes too.

Contact: +27 (044) 382 7331, 082 419 3434, keith@34south.biz

Website: www.34south.biz

Address: 34 Degrees South, Shop 19, Knysna Waterfront, Knysna Central, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Tapas and Oysters

Tapas and Oysters
Tapas and Oysters

This family friendly, waterside restaurant offers lovely views of the Knysna Lagoon, great food and friendly service, complete with a good restaurant atmosphere.

The food focus is on Spanish, Mediterranean and South African tapas but they also offer a nice selection of sushi dishes and platters from their sushi bar and an excellent pizza menu too.

There is a lovely play park for kids and the overall restaurant offering is definitely geared towards a family meal.

Contact: +27 (044) 382 7196, info@tapasknysna.co.za

Website: www.tapasknysna.co.za

Address: Tapas and Oysters, TH 29, Thesen Island, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the welcoming family friendly eateries you can enjoy in Knysna… Have you visited any with your loved ones yet?

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Top 10 Vegan Restaurants Near Durban

Durban is a city of culinary delights in so many respects… and while Cape Town probably still dominates the vegan movement at this time, Durban is becoming more food conscious.

This means more vegan- and vegetarian-friendly eateries are popping up, both in the city and just outside it.

So, without further ado, here are the best vegan (and/or vegetarian) restaurants and eateries to enjoy near delightful Durban:

Located within South Africa’s vibrant province of Kwa-Zulu NatalDurban is a popular city for holidaying, delicious cuisine and seaside escapes. 

#1 Oh My Soul Cafe

This fully vegan eatery is one of the finest around – and we love that every single item here is purely vegan. (So no checking your menu or reading every label to make sure you’re eating with kindness.)

Service and food are both top class too, so diners can enjoy a high quality dining experience and happy, cruelty-free eating.

The menu is diverse and interesting – offering everything from waffles to gourmet vegan sausages, sushi and fish and chips to healthy smoothies – so everyone, vegan or not, will find something they love.

Contact: +27 (063) 172 2531, tallulah@ohmysoulcafe.com

Website: N/A

Address: Oh My Soul Cafe, 68 Adelaide Tambo Drive, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Oh My Soul Cafe via Facebook
Oh My Soul Cafe via Facebook

#2 Valeo

Situated within the popular Health on Broadway, Valeo Whole Foods is the place to go for delicious vegan eats.

It may be small in terms of size – but it makes a big impression upon its diners. In fact, to some, this eatery offers the best vegan food in Durban… so be sure to try them and judge for yourself!

The menu is healthy, satisfying and vibrant, allowing you to sample plant-based deliciousness.

Meal tip: Try the creamy fritter stack, which is loaded with avocado, pesto, baby spinach and more healthy fun… It’s one of the most popular meals on the menu!

Contact: +27 (031) 563 8104, healthonbroadway@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Valeo, Health on Broadway, 10A Broadway, Broadway, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Health on Broadway via Facebook
Valeo via Health on Broadway Facebook

#3 Conscious Cafe

Found at The Castle on Main, Conscious Cafe is one of the best vegan eateries around.

This vegan- and vegetarian-cafe serves a delicious array of squeezed juices, fair-trade coffees and teas, sandwiches, wraps, bread, salads and much more… This is healthy, cruelty-free eating at its finest.

Their dedication is to bringing their customers healthy and wholesome, homemade meals – and they are definitely achieving this noble goal, while also being kind to animals in the process!

Contact: +27 (076) 160 6431 andre@consciouscafe.co.za

Website: N/A

Address: Conscious Cafe, 24B Old Main Road, Gillitts, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#4 Vrushiks Vegetarian Foods

Vrushiks Vegetarian Foods is one of the most notable, strictly vegetarian and vegan places to eat in Durban.

Food is well-priced and generously portioned and the service is friendly and welcoming.

Best of all, you will leave with well-prepared vegetarian meals and/or quality products.

Meal tip: Try the vegetable briyani or cabbage curry (if these options are available on the day).

Contact:  +27 (082) 456 3665, vrushiks@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Vrushiks Vegetarian Foods, 63 Acutt Avenue, Unit 11, Briardene, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Vrushiks Vegetarian Goods via Facebook
Vrushiks Vegetarian Goods via Facebook

#5 Earthmother Glenwood

This lovely, health-conscious cafe excels in excellent gluten-free and vegan-friendly foods. Their food is authentic and service is friendly and devoted.

This cafe will appeal, not only to vegans, but to those with special dietary requirements or food intolerances too.

Some of their vegan delicacies include comforting carrot and cumin soup; gluten-free, vegan bunny chows; tofu scrambled ‘egg’ and much more.

Contact: +27 (031) 202 1527, earthmotherglenwood@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Earthmother Glenwood, 155 Helen Joseph Road, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#6 Patel’s Vegetarian Refreshment Room

Famous for their mouthwatering veggie bunny chows, Patel’s Vegetarian Refreshment Room has something of a legendary status among Durban’s vegetarian eaters.

If you are looking for excellent, vegetable-based meals and consistently good service, then it’s hard to ever go wrong with a meal from Patel’s Vegetarian Refreshment Room.

This is simple, vegetarian eating that is both wholesome and refreshing.

Note: While they aren’t necessarily vegan – everything served here is vegetarian-friendly.

Contact: +27 (031) 306 1774

Website: N/A

Address: Patel’s Vegetarian Refreshment Room, 202 Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street, Durban Central, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Patel's Vegetarian Refreshment Room via Facebook
Patel’s Vegetarian Refreshment Room via Facebook

#7 Govinda’s Durban

Govinda’s is rated by some as one of the best vegetarian restaurants/takeaway joints around.

Situated under the Hare Krishna Temple, it offers a peaceful, unfussy place to go enjoy great food and good service.

If you are looking for excellent vegetarian food, Govinda’s should be your first pick.

Contact: +27 (031) 403 4600

Website: N/A

Address: Govinda’s, 50 Bhaktivedanta Swami Circle, Chatsworth, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#8 Little Gujarat

Offering the best in curries, bunny chows, samoosas, roti breads and other delicious Indian cuisine, Little Gujarat is proudly and authentically vegetarian.

Their pure, mouthwatering food options include everything from soups to curries to desserts and much more.

There is so much to choose from – so everyone should find a winner on this menu!

Note: While they aren’t necessarily vegan – everything served here is vegetarian-friendly.

Contact: +27 (031) 3062272

Website: littlegujarat.co.za

Address: Little Gujarat, 107 Dr Goonam Street, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Falafel Fundi

Falafel Fundi via Facebook
Falafel Fundi via Facebook

Falafel Fundi provides visitors with a wide selection of beyond good falafels.

Best of all? Their fresh, homemade Middle Eastern cuisine includes many vegan and vegetarian options so, while not strictly vegan or vegetarian, this is a place for all kinds of eaters to enjoy (if you’re comfortable with that).

Vegan and vegetarians eaters agree it is something of a veg paradise and the food is all reasonably priced, fresh and oh-so-tasty.

Note: While they aren’t necessarily vegan, there are plenty of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options.

Contact: +27 (083) 783 6172, falaffelfundi@yahoo.com

Website: N/A

Address: Falafel Fundi, 52 Florida Road, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#10 Leaf Cafe

Situated in Umhlanga Rocks, Leaf Cafe is worth any drive you have to make to get to it. Why, you ask? Because they are one of the most passionate plant-based eateries around.

Their goal is to provide diners with satisfying, mouthwatering meals without any animal products being involved.

Highlights from the menu include seasame shroom wrap, the Mexican black bean and walnut burger, tofu breakfast wrap and chili loaded wedges.

They might be plant-based – but these are meals that anyone can enjoy eating with pleasure rather than guilt.

Contact: +27 (064) 892 2377, bridget@leafcafe.co.za

Website: leafcafe.co.za

Address: Leaf Cafe, Shop 17 Protea Mall, (inside the entrance to the Protea Hotel), 1 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal.

These are just some of the vegan- and vegetarian-friendly eateries you can enjoy near Durban… Which appeals to you the most?

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Top 10 Pet-friendly Activities in Cape Town

Cape Town is a beautiful city with so much to offer locals and tourists… Blessed with world-class eateries, stunning coastlines and mountains and incredible indoor and outdoor experiences – it’s a well-rounded, exciting city to enjoy.

But what about your feline friends and pooches… How can they join in on the fun, you ask?

Well, here are some ideas on how you can include the whole family (four-legged members too!) when exploring the Mother City:

Found within South Africa’s prettiest province  Western Cape Cape Town is a popular city for sightseeing as well as a city and seaside adventures.

#1 Take Them to De Waal Park

This pretty green space in the heart of the inner city is one of the most popular places for people and pets to enjoy.

With its wide open spaces, numerous trees and fun concerts and events, it’s a unique outdoorsy spot in the city.

Best of all, it’s one of the most popular parks among dog walkers – and rightly so! But even if you don’t have a pooch, you can try take a calm kitty on a leash there and enjoy some special moments with your precious pet(s).

Just remember to be considerate (especially with dogs) – and when needed, clean up after them and keep the animals and people around you safe too, especially if your animal gets tense around other people or pets.

Contact: N/A

Website: dewaalpark.co.za

Address: De Waal Park, Molteno Road, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

David Spence via Friends of De Waal Park Facebook Group
David Spence via Friends of De Waal Park Facebook Group

#2 Exercise with Your Pet in Green Point Urban Park

Green Point Urban Park is one of the best things to ever hit the city. Offering spectacular views of the mountains and Cape Town Stadium, it is a tranquil oasis filled with dams, birds, interesting garden sections, park benches and plenty of excellent grassy picnic spots for the whole family to utilise.

It’s easy to explore, as it is even wheel-chair and pram-friendly in most sections, and offers a rich outdoor experience for both young and old.

And of course, you can take your leashed pooches and cats (if you’re more a cat person…) to the park to enjoy some time in the sun or good, old-fashioned exercise!

Again, please be considerate of others and clean up after your pets because this is a very popular, clean public space that the city is most proud of.

Contact: +27 (021) 444 4258

Website: N/A

Address: Green Point Urban Park, 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point,  Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Head to the (Scarborough) Beach

Scarborough in the Deep South is a quieter, yet incredibly beautiful beach. Offering a peaceful shoreline, adventurous rock cluster and ocean, it makes for a lovely walk or sunset picnic experience.

What’s more, this is also one of the most well-loved beaches for dogs. And while dogs are permitted to visit Scarborough Beach, you will need to keep an eye on them and clean up after them.

In return, you can enjoy beach walks and endless fun with your best friend, who will absolutely love this beach treat!

Note: There are usable poop scoops, bags and bins at the beach.

Contact: +27 (021) 780 1122

Website: N/A

Address: Scarborough Beach, Camel Rock Road, Scarborough, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Picnic in Tokai Lower Park

Not only is this one of the best spots wherein to enjoy nature, while walking your dog – but it is child-friendly too so the whole family can get in on the fun.

With the beauty of the forest, streams and firm, dirt paths, it makes for an excellent adventure for dog walkers, families, horse riders, runners and cyclists all.

And, if you are careful not to litter or spoil the outdoor space, you can even pack in a tasty picnic lunch to enjoy with family – and fur friends.

Note: Dog walkers, horse riders and cyclists require permits/activity cards, as per Table Mountain National Park rules… Read more here.

Contact: +27 (021) 712 7471, tablem@sanparks.org

Website: N/A

Address: Tokai Lower Park, Orpen Road, Tokai Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

parkscape.org.za
parkscape.org.za

#5 Playtime on Bloubergstrand Beach

If your pet likes beach walks or playtime by the shoreline, you are in luck because Bloubergstrand Beach is known and loved for its dog-friendliness!

You will often see dog walkers in this area, enjoying the beach’s picture-perfect views, natural beauty and ocean setting, along with all the other beachgoers.

And with cafes, food trucks and paved walkways near at hand, you can easily enjoy a bite to eat or stroll with your dog too.

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

Address: Bloubergstrand Beach, Otto Du Plessis Drive (M14) between Big Bay and Table View Beach, Bloubergstrand, Blaauwberg, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Explore Newlands Forest with Your Pet

Newlands Forest is one of the most incredible places to hike in the city… and as a bonus, you can bring along two dogs (as per Level 1 permits)… there’s probably no limit on cats though!

And, whether you wish to stick to an easier, less demanding hike or go chasing after waterfalls, there is something for everyone – even the kids – to enjoy here.

If you add in a picnic or slow walks along pretty trails, you are in for a glorious time all round.

In winter, there are plenty of flowing streams for pets to drink from but during the warmer months, it’s probably best to pack in water and collapsible water bowls.

Note: Dog walkers require permits/activity cards, as per Table Mountain National Park rules… Read more here.

Contact: +27 (021) 712 0527, tablem@sanparks.org

Website: N/A

Address: Newlands Forest, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Breakfast with Your Pet at Cafe Paradiso

Cafe Paradiso via Facebook
Cafe Paradiso via Facebook

The charming Cafe Paradiso is an excellent place to enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Mother City… especially as it is so wonderfully child- and dog-friendly!

Children can enjoy the kid’s kitchen experience, while pets happily stay by your side. Pets are warmly welcomed (in fact, they aren’t just welcome – they are invited along!) and the soothing garden setting is sure to keep them at ease.

With great food, a gorgeous restaurant space and care for your pet… this is surely the perfect place to enjoy a town breakfast.

Contact: cafeparadiso@madamezingara.com

Website: www.cafeparadiso.co.za

Address: Cafè Paradiso, 110 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Go for Lunch at Lighthouse Cafe

Lighthouse Cafe in Simon’s Town is a wholly delightful, dog-friendly cafe for you and your fur baby to enjoy.

This popular local eatery is known for its charming interiors, delicious breakfasts and lunches and warm hospitality. It offers a great range of food, so you can tuck in while your furry friend enjoys a relaxed outing instead of being left behind at home…

So, if you own a well-behaved, polite doggy, then they are most welcome to join your group at lovely Lighthouse Cafe!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 9000, thelighthousecafe.co.za

Website: www.thelighthousecafe.co.za

Address: Lighthouse Cafe, 90 St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Afternoon Tea Treats with Your Fur Friend

Because they understand just how hard it is to leave a pet alone at home, pining for its beloved owner, the luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay invites pets to stay at the hotel in special rooms, equipped with the necessary pet beds, bowls and menus… And, in addition to this, at the Leopard Bar, small breed dogs (coming in lower than knee height) are welcome to join you for your afternoon tea experience.

So while you tuck in, your well-behaved best friend can provide an excellent companion, especially if you are a solo traveller or otherwise dine alone.

Contact: +27 (021) 437 9000

Website: www.12apostleshotel.com

Address: Leopard Bar, 12 Apostles Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel
The Twelve Apostles Hotel

#10 Dinner with Your Pooch at Massimo’s

Massimo’s is not only one of the best and most popular restaurants in Cape Town (Italian or otherwise) – but it is also one of the most dog-friendly, as well-behaved dogs are welcome outside and in selected inside areas too.

Serving up an enticing, dedicated dog menu, good dogs on a leash can enjoy their own feast, while you and your friends or family enjoy your own incredible meal and flowing conversations.

Best of all, for every doggy meal sold, R1 is donated to Underdog Project – while for every bandana bought for your fashionable pooch, all profits go to DARG.

So bring your furry friend along… and support dogs in need in the process!

Note: Due to popular restaurant demand, booking is advisable. And it’s also a good idea to notify the restaurant in advance if you are bringing your pooch along for the meal too.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 5648, info@massimos.co.za

Website: www.massimos.co.za

Address: Massimo’s, Oakhurst Farm Park,
Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the incredible pet-friendly activities you can enjoy with your best friend… but, as ever, please be considerate of others and their pets, no matter where you go or what you choose to do!

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Top 10 Pet-friendly Activities near Knysna

Although parts of the Garden Route are, understandably, not pet-friendly – here and there you still find a scattering of pet-friendly places, things to do and outdoor havens.

Note: If you are unsure, please first ask because nature’s preservation should be everyone’s first priority in this gorgeous part of South Africa.

Here are the best pet-friendly activities in and around Knysna and the Garden Route proper:

Found along South Africa’s favourite coastal stretch, the Garden Route – Knysna is a popular city for holidaying, adventures and seaside escapes. 

#1 Walk Your Pooches in Leisure Isle

The lovely, unique Leisure Isle offers some pet-friendly spots dotted about the island. In fact, it is the popular choice among many locals when it comes to dog walks.

Well-behaved dogs can generally go without a leash – but if your furry friend is trickier to handle or not as friendly as most doggies, it is best to keep him leashed at all times.

Although there is no particular information on whether or not you can walk your cats around the island, if they are leashed and used to dogs, it should be fine for you to do so, as long as you’re careful with kitty!

Note: Just be sure to clean up after your pet(s) and don’t leave their poop lying around to mar the experience for others, especially residents.

Contact: 044 302 6597/044 302 6558/9, info@leisureisleknysna.co.za

Website: www.leisureisleknysna.co.za/facilities/dogwalking.html

Address: Leisure Isle, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

Leisure Isle
Leisure Isle

#2 Stroll Along Wilderness Beach

Sections of Wilderness Beach are dog-friendly… just enquire or check the signage beforehand to be sure because some areas are not suitable even for leashed dogs.

In the areas you can take them though, this beach makes for a beautiful outdoor experience for the whole family. It is one of the most freeing sandy beaches anywhere in South Africa so it’s well worth a visit.

Please abide by the rules, keep your pooches under control and pick up after them so dogs can continue to enjoy the designated dog-friendly parts of this beach.

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

Address: Wilderness Beach, Wilderness, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Navigate Steenbok Nature Reserve

Steenbok Nature Reserve – which covers 17 hectares of beautifully preserved natural landscape – is a paradise for dog-lovers, with many suitable places and trails to walk with your furry friend by your side.

In addition to its dog-friendliness, the reserve also offers a wheelchair-friendly path, boardwalks, indigenous gardens, play areas and much more for its visitors to enjoy.

Note: Dogs must be leashed by municipal law – and there are bags and bins for dog poop, so please pick up after your pooches.

Contact:+27 (083) 254 5092/044 384 1896, news@steenboknaturereserve.org.za

Website: www.steenboknaturereserve.org.za

Address: Steenbok Nature Reserve, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Visit Wild Oats Farmers’ Market

www.wildoatsmarket.co.za
www.wildoatsmarket.co.za

Come rain or shine, this excellent, award-winning market can be enjoyed every Saturday of the year in nearby Sedgefield.

It’s well worth the drive to enjoy all it has to offer – especially with such great goodies up for sale. Plus, it’s very much child- and pet-friendly, just so long as you keep your pets leashed at all times!

So go enjoy this beautiful market with your whole family – including your four-legged friends!

Contact: +27 (0) 44 883 1177, info@wildoatsmarket.co.za

Website: www.wildoatsmarket.co.za

Address: Wild Oats Farmers’ Market, Sedgefield, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Walk from Brenton-on-Sea to Buffalo Bay with Your Fur Baby

This beautiful beach walk (about 5.5 km one way) takes you from Brenton-on-Sea, a coastal resort town 15 km west of Knysna, to Buffalo Bay. It is a scenic treat for all to enjoy as it offers a real taste of the Garden Route’s natural beauty.

Thankfully, it is also a relatively easy walk. This means that kids and pooches can join in on the fun too. (If you wish to enjoy the entire walk, it is apparently best to hike at low tide.)

So take your camera and enjoy a lovely leisurely beach walk in this beautiful part of the world.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.gardenrouteadventureguide.com

Address: Brenton-on-Sea, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Check out the Margaret’s Viewpoint

Margaret’s Viewpoint – named after passionate Knysna conservationist, Margaret Addinall – is one of the most panoramic places around. Best of all, it offers glorious views of the Knysna Lagoon, Lake Brenton and Belvidere Estate.

Informative signs provide extra insights as you navigate to the viewpoint to soak up the scenery.

According to Visit Knysna, it is also a pet-friendly walk so you can take your leashed pooch along for this pretty outdoor adventure.

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

Address: Margaret’s Viewpoint, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Explore Mosaic Village & Outdoor Market

Much like the Wild Oats Farmers’ Market, this Saturday market in Sedgefield is also a wonderful experience for the whole family, including your pets. They just need to be leashed and then you can all enjoy a stunning day out.

There are plenty of goods to browse or buy, everything from beautiful items, arts and crafts to food and drinks too.

This market is sure to delight everyone… and their pooch (or cat)!

Contact: +27 (083) 442 2213, admin@mosaicvillage.co.za

Website: www.mosaicmarket.co.za

Address: Mosaic Village & Outdoor Market, Paul Kruger Street, Sedgefield, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa.

Mosaic Village & Outdoor Market via Facebook
Mosaic Village & Outdoor Market via Facebook

#8 Hit the Beach at Bollard Bay

Leisure Isle’s secret beach is a treasure in every sense… Not only is Bollard Bay quite secluded and private but, particularly during off-season, it is highly popular among dog walkers.

This is one of the prettiest beaches around and it offers great views of the Knysna mouth. It also allows for safe swimming in the lagoon, making it especially suitable for kiddies.

Note: Just remember to clean up after your pet and show consideration to other visitors when visiting with your canine.

Contact: N/A

Website: http://www.visitknysna.co.za

Address: Bollard Bay Beach, Leisure Isle, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Visit Scarab Village Market

Yet another pet-friendly market in Sedgefield, Scarab Village Market is sure to thrill with its exotic flavour.

This Saturday market claims to boast the best authentic handmade craft anywhere in the Garden Route. What’s more, it also offers a unique market experience for all to enjoy.

Note: There is a playground and adequate parking to make things easier. This market runs every Saturday from 08:00 am – 13:00 pm.

Contact: +27 (044) 343 2455, market@scarabvillage.co.za

Website: scarabvillage.co.za/craft-market

Address: Scarab Village Market, Sedgefield, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa.

Harkerville Market via Facebook
Harkerville Market via Facebook

#10 Head to Harkerville Market

Once again, we have a market gem in Harkerville Market. If you fancy a short drive (it’s about 18-20 km outside Knysna), this vibrant market is the ideal pit stop, as it is situated midway between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Like many of the other Saturday markets in the area, Harkerville is both child- and pet-friendly so the whole family (furry friends included!) can enjoy a fabulous time together.

There is plenty of offer – with everything from jewellery to crafts to food and drinks and much more – and the atmosphere is pleasant and fun so head over to Harkerville for a weekend treat!

Contact: +27 (084) 510 9939, hiemstraplett1@telkomsa.net

Website: www.harkervillemarket.co.za

Address: Harkerville Market, N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the fun activities you can enjoy with your pets near Knysna, in the beautiful Garden Route!

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Top 10 Seaside Restaurants in Cape Town

Cape Town has it all: mountains, land and sea… And with arguably some of the best coastline found anywhere in the world, this city wholeheartedly tempts its residents and tourists to enjoy all the seaside beauty it has on offer.

And, if you are keen to dine by the sea, the Mother City has an equally wonderful array of sea-facing restaurants, which either hug the shoreline or offer not-too-distant ocean views… talk about dreamy!

Without further ado, here are the top seaside restaurants in Cape Town:

#1 Cucina Labia at Casa Labia

If you are looking for an incredibly elegant restaurant, which drips quality, beauty and class, and offers ocean views to die for – then Cucina Labia should be just about first on your list.

Especially as Chef Andrea Foulkes and her culinary team offer guests incredible brunch, lunch and afternoon tea in one of the city’s most beautiful spaces.

Whether you wish to dine in true class, enjoy a romantic lunch date or spoil your ladies with an afternoon tea to remember, Cucina Labia in Muizenberg will wow you in every way – not least of all with Casa Labia’s stunning garden and breathtaking ocean views.

Contact: +27 (021) 788 6062, cucinalabia@dishfood.co.za

Website: www.casalabia.co.za/cucina-labia

Address: Cucina Labia, Casa Labia, 192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 La Perla 

La Perla
La Perla

Not only is La Perla one of the city’s most time-honoured Sea Point eateries but its good reputation and excellent food and dining experience still ring true as much today as they did when it first opened.

Popular among both locals and tourists, this restaurant offers lovely indoor and outdoor seating. But, if you can, book ahead and reserve a table outside – you will be so glad you did because the sea views are stunning!

So, soak up this eatery’s warm atmosphere, beautiful ocean views and consistently good service, as you enjoy a special meal with those you love.

Contact:  +27 (021) 439 9538, laperla@mweb.co.za

Website: www.laperla.co.za

Address: La Perla, Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Lily’s Restaurant

Despite being a relative newcomer to the Mother City, Lily’s Restaurant has quickly and firmly cemented itself as a Cape Town favourite.

Not only is Lily’s oh-so-tastefully decked out inside and out but it offers a reassuringly peaceful atmosphere, gorgeous Atlantic Ocean views and great food to boot.

This all-day eatery, courtesy of the Kove Collection, provides creative contemporary cuisine, a soothing seaside setting and incredible meals year-round, whether pop by for breakfast, lunch, cocktails or sunset suppers…

Contact:+27 (021) 204 8545, info@lilysrestaurant.co.za

Website: lilysrestaurant.co.za

Address: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Lily's
Lily’s

#4 Azure Restaurant

As one of the most famous restaurants with killer sea views, Azure Restaurant at the 12 Apostles Hotel needs little introduction.

While the restaurant offers everything from seafood to vegetarian options, it makes for particularly spectacular sunset dinners, as you dine out on the ocean-view terrace, with the twilight skies above awash with vivid colours.

Add to that delicious, well-presented food, good service and beautiful interiors and diners can enjoy the ultimate level of comfort and quality at Azure Restaurant no matter the time of their visit. Oh and again, let’s not forget about those breathtaking views of the Atlantic…

Contact:  +27 (021) 437 9029

Website: https://www.12apostleshotel.com/food-and-drink/azure-restaurant

Address: Azure Restaurant, 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Salsify at the Roundhouse

Fronted by Chef Ryan Cole, Salsify at the Roundhouse is one of the most entrancing new restaurants to hit the Cape Town food scene.

And much like the ocean viewed from within its walls, this fine restaurant knows how to make a splash… With the highest quality of food, service and stunning settings possible.

The second dining room, the Sea Room, is a particularly marvellous place to enjoy the incredible indoor and outdoor beauty that this Camps Bay restaurant has to offer.

Note: Bookings are essential and can be made on the first of each month at 08:30 South African time for the following month. No email reservations are permitted.

Contact: +27 (021) 010 6444, reservations@salsify.co.za

Website: salsify.co.za

Address: Salisfy at the Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Francis Gersbach via Salsify Restaurant
Francis Gersbach via Salsify Restaurant

#6 Grand Africa Cafe and Beach

Not only is Grand Africa Cafe and Beach one of the coolest spots in the Mother City – but it also happens to offer some of the best Cape Town harbour views around.

With the ocean, its own beach and plenty of playful and stylish decor, this lovely eatery is a sight for sore eyes and a thrill through and through. Best of all, it has both good service and food too.

But seriously, with views like these, you will certainly while away the hours in a state of contented city bliss.

Contact: +27 (021) 425 0551, beach@GrandAfrica.com

Website: www.grandafrica.com/grand-africa-cafe-beach/grand-africa-cafe-beach-home

Address: Grand Africa Cafe and Beach, Haul Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Chapman’s Peak Hotel Restaurant

If you are looking for a special place to go for dinner or drinks in the Mother City, Chapman’s Peak Hotel Restaurant, another long-standing favourite, is arguably one of the best choices around. (And as a bonus, you can drive along the world-famous Chappies Drive before or after your meal!)

With its sunny terrace, which offers incredible ocean and beach views, visitors can enjoy the beauty of Hout Bay and the Atlantic.

Add to that, a delicious menu – which has a strong seafood influence – and great service… and a memorable meal overlooking the sea is a guarantee.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 1036, info@chapmanspeakhotel.co.za

Website: www.chapmanspeakhotel.co.za/restaurant-e.htm

Address: Chapman’s Peak Hotel Restaurant, Chapman’s Peak Hotel, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Den Anker

This popular Belgian restaurant overlooks the scenic V&A Waterfront’s marina, ensuring a unique eating experience. Especially as this area, close to the V&A Waterfront, Cape Wheel and Clock Tower, is always a buzz of fun and entertainment, with curio shops, markets and interesting sights to explore just nearby.

Plus, Den Anker has excellent food, top-class beer, beautiful, elegant interiors and quality service making it a real quayside gem… And best of all, a short walk around the Waterfront and its surrounds provides you with unparalled views of the glorious Atlantic too.

Contact: +27(021) 419 0249, denanker@mweb.co.za

Website: www.denanker.co.za

Address: Den Anker, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Den Anker via Facebook
Den Anker via Facebook

#9 Bilboa

This Camps Bay beauty – also introduced to the city by the Kove Collection – offers an airy, gorgeous restaurant space, positively gorgeous ocean views and some great cuisine and service.

With a contemporary Mediterranean seafood-inspired menu, clean, elegant seating areas and service with a smile, Bilboa ensures visitors enjoy a truly good dining experience near the sea.

Best of all? You can sit inside or out and soak up the views in equally generous doses!

Contact:+27 (021) 286 5155

Website: bilboa.co.za

Address: Bilboa Restaurant, The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Harbour House Kalk Bay

Saving one of the best till last, we finally have the ever-popular, eternally beautiful Harbour House Kalk Bay.

This grand dame offers lovely views of the ocean and nearby Kalk Bay Harbour, while also ensuring its guests have the very finest in food, service and restaurant interiors in the city.

It has stood the test of time and even inspired a newer V&A Watrerfront  branch – and it will always be one of the most special ocean-facing restaurants in Cape Town… with good reason!

Contact: +27 (021) 788 4136, kalkbay@harbourhouse.co.za

Website: www.harbourhouse.co.za

Address: Harbour House Kalk Bay, Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just a few of the best restaurants where you can eat by the sea in Cape Town. Have you got a personal preference among them?

Top 10 Restaurants on the Water in Knysna

Knysna is one of the most beautiful towns in the Western Cape. With its special lagoon, stunning scenery and peaceful way of life, it has steadily grown to be a favourite place to both live and holiday in South Africa.

And, best of all, this Garden Route gem offers some great activities, travel experiences and excellent restaurants. The restaurants are particularly unique, as many of them overlook either the Knysna Waterfront, Lagoon or famous Heads.

Found along South Africa’s favourite coastal stretch, the Garden Route – Knysna is a popular city for holidaying, adventures and seaside escapes. 

With this in mind, here are the best Knysna restaurants on the water:

#1 Butterfly Blu

Situated atop a dune and blessed with a stunning vista, it is safe to say that Butterfly Blu is one of the most beautiful Knysna restaurants.

With indoor and outdoor seating, a lounge area and bar and lovely interiors, this restaurant offers a sophisticated, yet relaxed dining experience, with great food and service to boot. In fact, you can even enjoy unique Croatian pizzas and cocktails here… mmm!

And, before or after your delicious meal, why not pop down to the beach? As it is located just below this gorgeous eatery!

Contact: +27 (044) 381 0027, reservations@brentonhaven.co.za

Website: butterflyblu.co.za

Address: Butterfly Blu, 198 CR Swart Drive, Brenton on Sea, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

Butterfly Blu via Facebook
Butterfly Blu via Facebook

#2 Sirocco Restaurant

Located within the stylish Thesen Harbour Town, Sirocco is named after the deliciously warm breeze that blows across the Mediterranean… and indeed, this restaurant is a breath of fresh air!

Serving everything from sushi, pizzas to famous Knysna oysters, this harbour-side eatery (open seven days a week for lunch and dinner) is one of the most popular restaurants in Knysna.

So if you’re looking for a lovely restaurant – with good food and beautiful views – visit the soothing Sirocco Restaurant.

Tip: As a bonus, its sister restaurants, 34 South and Dry Dock Restaurant and Terrace, are equally lovely Knysna eateries to enjoy.

Contact: +27 (044) 382 4874, info@sirocco.co.za

Website: www.sirocco.co.za

Address: Sirocco Restaurant, TH 28, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 JJ’s Restaurant

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jjsrestaurant.co.za

If you wish to enjoy a memorable meal on the picturesque Knysna Waterfront, look no further than JJ’s Restaurant.

With an aim to serve quality, excellent food and offer a comfortable, welcoming dining experience, JJ’s is big on customer service and fine food in every sense… Plus, the setting is stunning too!

The menu – which is locally sourced and seasonal – ensures you will have the freshest, tastiest meals possible, whether you’re after steakhouse specialties, seafood or meaty winners or even just some South African game, JJ’s has it all.

Note: JJ’s is open every evening for dinner from 18:00 pm. They are also open to lunch groups by request.

Contact: +27 (044) 382 3359, jjs@cyberperk.co.za

Website: jjsrestaurant.co.za

Address: JJ’s Restaurant, The Waterfront, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Dry Dock Restaurant and Terrace

This lagoon-side restaurant is another waterside favourite. Open seven days a week, they offer guests the finest choice of fresh seafood, fusion cuisine, sushi, salads and of course, sinfully good desserts.

Not only are they blessed with a truly tranquil restaurant setting but they provide their guests with the best in food, drinks and dining experiences, all of which combine to ensure truly memorable meals by the water…

So, when you’re in Knysna, be sure to join them from 11:30 am till late.

Contact: +27(044) 382 7310, info@drydock.co.za

Website: www.drydock.co.za

Address: Dry Dock Restaurant and Terrace, Waterfront Shop 1, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

www.drydock.co.za
www.drydock.co.za

#5 East Head Cafe

As the name suggests, East Head Cafe is situated on the rocks of Knysna’s famed Eastern Head. So, with killer views of the blue lagoon and sandstone cliffs, it is certainly one of the most beautiful restaurants around.

Clean and crisp inside, with more relaxed outdoor seating (as well as a kids’ play area), East Head Cafe is a charming restaurant by all accounts.

The food is simple but great, the wine is top class and of course, the location is ideal… What more could you want?

Contact: +27 (044) 384 0933, info@easthead.co.za

Website: www.eastheadcafe.co.za

Address: East Head Cafe, 25 George Rex Drive, The Heads, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 O Pescador Restaurant

Located at the Knysna Waterfront, O Pescador Restaurant is another local favourite. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, this Portuguese eatery serves up quality food and a lovely, warm restaurant ambiance.

This restaurant has stood the test of time and offers a wide range of delectable meals – everything from fresh fish (caught daily), meat and seafood dishes, all cooked in a traditional Portuguese style.

Visit this long-time favourite for a warm, excellent eating experience with those you love!

Contact: +27 (044) 382 3476

Website: www.knysnawaterfront.com

Address: O Pescador Restaurant, Shop no 20, Upper level Waterfront, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Cruise Cafe

Known for its seafood and stylish cuisine, Cruise Cafe offers guests the chance to enjoy gorgeous views over the Knysna Lagoon.

With its blond wood tones, nautical images and lovely interiors, it offers a unique restaurant atmosphere, with a tempting lagoon deck. The deck is especially perfect for enjoying specialty coffees, breakfasts, lunches, dinners – and of course, cocktails.

To experience Cruise Cafe, book today and enjoy a delightful eat out experience in Knysna!

Contact: +27 (044) 382 1693, bookings@featherbed.co.za

Website: www.knysnafeatherbed.com/cruise-cafe.html

Address: Cruise Cafe,  The Featherbed Co, Remembrance Avenue, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 34 South

www.34south.biz
www.34south.biz

Located in the Knysna Quays, 34 South is one of the best seafood, waterfront restaurants in Knysna.

Although they have an extensive menu, some of the standout items include fresh Knysna oysters, seafood, freshly baked bread and even a wine shop! As an added bonus, the restaurant also offers a deli and sushi bar so there really is something great for every type of eater.

So whether you join for a platter, takeaway meal or cosy sit-down meal, you are sure to love 34 South, with its lovely waterside setting!

Contact: +27 (044) 382 7331, 082 419 3434, keith@34south.biz

Website: www.34south.biz

Address: 34 South, Shop 19, Knysna Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Freshline Fisheries

At Freshline Fisheries, visitors can enjoy an array of food on their beach. This outdoor beach restaurant is considered by many to be one of the best seafood restaurants in Knysna – and its laid-back vibe lends it well to more casual, family friendly or group meals.

This is one of the more relaxing and fun restaurants you will find… and the seafood is legendary!

Note: They do not sell alcohol so you are welcome to bring your own (without being charged corkage).

Contact: +27 (044) 382 3131, freshlinefishing@telkomsa.net

Website: freshlinefisheries.co.za

Address: Freshline Fisheries, Railway Siding Dockyard (behind Tait Marine), Corner of Long & Waterfront Drive, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

Freshline Fisheries via Facebook
Freshline Fisheries via Facebook

#10 Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant

Although it is situated closer to Sedgefield than Knysna, this beautiful restaurant is one you definitely cannot miss if you’re in the Garden Route… Especially if you want to enjoy its positively gorgeous lakeside setting!

Serving up delicious, filling meals, prepared by talented Chef Yolisa Keyizana, guests can enjoy a classy and superb meal at this delightful restaurant, found at Lakeside Lodge (itself a stunner!).

Benguela Brasserie is perfect for fresh breakfasts, lovely lunches and stylish wine tastings. Note: All wines are sourced from their estate, Benguela Cove, near Hermanus.

Note: They are closed until 4 September 2019 but are otherwise normally open from Wednesday to Sunday.

Contact: +27 (044) 343 1884, info@lakesidelodge.co.za

Website: www.lakesidelodge.co.za/benguela-brasserie

Address: Benguela Brasserie, 3 Lakeside Dr Lakeside Lodge & Spa, Swartvlei Lake, Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Top 10 Vegan Restaurants in Cape Town

The rise of veganism in the Mother City in recent years has brought some incredible vegan- and vegetarian-friendly eateries to our city.

In almost every area of the city now, one can find a vegan restaurant, cafe, juice bar or food truck.

For those who follow veganism, this has provided quality food to enjoy, without compromising on their ethical eating beliefs or plant-based food practices.

So, without further ado, here are the top ten vegan (and vegan-friendly) restaurants to enjoy in Cape Town:

#1 Lekker Vegan

With two branches in Cape Town already – in Harrington and Kloof Street respectively – Lekker Vegan offers guests gourmet vegan junk food at its best.  It has become so increasingly popular that owner, James Knapp, is keen to open more branches of this vegan junk food franchise.

Their menus include delicious varieties of gatsbys (a staunch Cape Town food favourite, similar to a sub), burgers and chips, snacks and even soft serve.

This cruelty-free food gives a choice of everything from apple crumble pie to gatsbys… Best of all, there are even some gluten-free options available!

Note: Lekker Vegan does not allow table bookings or phone-ins but you can visit either of their branches – or order their food online using food delivery services like UberEats, Mr D Food and OrderIn.

Contact: For questions, please mail or direct message on Instagram or Facebook.

Website: lekkervegan.co.za

Address:

  • Lekker Vegan Harrington, 37 Barrack Street, Corner of Harrington & Barrack Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

  • Lekker Vegan Kloof, Shop 11A1, Palmhof Shopping Center, 105 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
Lekker Vegan via Instagram
Lekker Vegan via Instagram

#2 Raw and Roxy

Raw and Roxy – the brainchild of Danish-born  Beatrice Holst – is an eatery that needs little introduction, having won numerous accolades, in addition to being hailed by many vegan and non-vegan foodies alike as incredible.

As one of the first vegan eateries in Cape Town, Raw and Roxy has successfully made vegan food and eating ‘sexy’.

They believe in creating “delicious raw vegan meals”, which include the likes of gourmet salads, guilt-free desserts, healthy juices and a mix of superfoods and tonics to give your body an added health boost… in a variety of different ways!

Situated in the heart of Woodstock, this cafe is one of Cape Town’s best (vegan or otherwise) and well-worth a visit!

Note: Raw and Roxy also offers online ordering.

Contact: +27 (079) 599 6277

Website: rawrawandroxy.wixsite.com

Address: Raw and Roxy, 38 Hout Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

 

Beatrice Holst via Instagram
Beatrice Holst via Instagram

#3 Scheckter’s RAW

A long-standing favourite in the Mother City, Scheckter’s RAW – who specialise in gourmet health food – are loved by vegans and non-vegans alike. They believe in authentic, honest, plant-based food, which is both “cruelty-free and nutrient-dense”.

What’s more, in addition to its great food, this wholesome eatery is endlessly stylish, so it offers visitors a wonderful, all-round dining experience.

When visiting, sink your teeth into the likes of cold-pressed juices, organic superfood smoothies, super bowls, vegan burgers, curry wraps, organic, gluten-free treats and more!

Contact:  +27 (021) 434 1364, love@schecktersraw.com

Website: schecktersraw.com

Address: Scheckter’s RAW, 98 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Plant

From its early beginnings as a Bo-Kaap cafe to its popular rise as a firm CBD favourite, Plant is one of Cape Town’s best loved vegan eateries.

They pride themselves on top-class food and service, striving for ultimate customer satisfaction and clean, nutritious food in our fast-paced world of living and eating.

Offering everything from breakfast to tapas to hot dogs, this vegan cafe is sure to even tempt non-vegans into the plant-based way of eating.

Note: You can also order food from Plant on OrderIn.

Contact: +27 (072) 521 9252, info@plant.co.za

Website: www.plantcafe.co.za

Address: Plant, 8 Buiten Street, Corner of Loop Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

www.plantcafe.co.za
www.plantcafe.co.za

#5 The Kind Kitchen

Specialising in seasonal vegan goodness, The Kind Kitchen has a ‘no harm done’ mantra, which is the basis for everything here.

This vegan deli and cafe’s menu varies according to seasonal- and ingredient-availability but their goods range from breakfast offerings to burgers, lunches and super suppers… Think: beetroot falafels, a fillet of fish made from banana blossoms (inventive) and scrambled tofu in lieu of eggs.

Note: The Kind Kitchen’s menu is subject to seasonal availability and may change on a weekly basis.

Contact: +27 (061) 526 1358

Website: thekindkitchen.co.za

Address: The Kind Kitchen, 252 Albert Road, Woodstock Brewery, Shop 1, Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Jessy’s Waffles

Jessy’s Waffles, based in Gardens, offers visitors a selection of vegan and gluten-free waffles.

As Cape Town’s new, go-to plant-based and gluten-free dessert cafe, Jessy’s Waffles is, understandably, very popular.

Not only do the waffles taste and look great – but they have a focus on amazing ingredients, which result in sinfully good, cruelty-free treats… A win on all fronts!

Contact: +27 (087) 470 0139, info@jessyswaffles.co.za

Website: jessyswaffles.co.za

Address: Jessy’s Waffles, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Jessy's Waffles via Facebook
Jessy’s Waffles via Facebook

#7 Pure Elixir Cafe

This organic superfood smoothie and juice cafe needs no introduction. It is famed for its organic, vegan and preservative-free eats.

Offering everything from superfood smoothies to vegan rotis and gluten-free baked treats, Pure Elixir Cafe is a wonderfully health-conscious, cosy cafe to enjoy with friends and loved ones.

It is naturally an excellent option for vegans (and vegetarians) – but, thanks to its excellent, healthy food and drinks, it is a gem for non-vegans too.

Contact: +27 (076) 768 0733, pureelixircafe@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Pure Elixir Cafe, 120 Bree Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 The Sunshine Food Co

What started as a vegan burger stall at markets dotted across the Mother City, has blossomed into a cheery yellow cafe situated in Main Road, Sea Point.

The Sunshine Food Co – the genius of Elisha Madzivadondo – still offers its iconic vegan burgers (which are generously sized and incredibly tasty!) – but now you can also enjoy a selection of health wraps, smoothies, juices and more! Best of all, their food is one hundred percent organic!

Contact: +27 (081) 825 0925, thesunshinefoodco@gmail.com

Website: sunshinefoodct.co.za

Address: The Sunshine Food Co, Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Sunshine Food Co via Facebook
The Sunshine Food Co via Facebook

#9 Spirit Cafe

Although not strictly vegan, Spirit Cafe offers plenty of vegan-friendly options. They firmly believe in good, healthy food.

At Spirit Cafe, the menu follows a ‘seasonal availability’ approach and is friendly to all, whether non-vegan or vegan.

Vegan food and drink options include the likes of the chia pot, powerhouse porridge, buddha bowl and a wide range of lip smackin’ smoothies, which (barring one or two exceptions) are almost entirely vegan.

Aside from their sit-down offerings, you can also enjoy their food on the go, thanks to their takeaway options – or hire their catering services for special occasions and events…  Either way, Spirit Cafe is sure to charm you with their delicious, healthy eats!

Spirit Cafe now has two branches, the original, primary branch based in Constantia Village, as well as the newer, second branch in Dunkley Square, Gardens.

Note: If you aren’t comfortable dining in an eatery that offers both vegan and non-vegan options, rather head to a purely vegan restaurant. Still, Spirit Cafe is recommended by other vegans and vegetarians so it’s definitely worth including on this post.

Contact: +21 (021) 795 0167, info@spiritcafe.co.za

Website: www.spiritcafe.co.za

Address:

  • Spirit Cafe Constantia, Shop 10A, Constantia Village, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
  • Spirit Cafe Dunkley Square, 6 Dunkley Square, Gardens, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 O’Ways Teacafe

Although not strictly vegan or vegetarian, O’Ways Teacafe offers a great selection of teas and vegan and gluten-free eats. They are popular among the masses and offer a nice selection of food for every palate and eating preference.

Some of the notably vegan options include scrambled tofu, vegan chickpea flour pancake, tofu curry, fruit salad, rice burger, creamy gnocchi and coconut vegetable curry.

Note: If you aren’t comfortable dining in an eatery that offers both vegan and non-vegan options, rather head to a purely vegan restaurant. Still, O’Ways is recommended by other vegans and vegetarians so it’s definitely worth including on this post.

Contact: +27 (021) 671 2850, bookings@oways.co.za

Website: www.oways.co.za

Address: O’ways Teacafé, Shop 2, Heritage House, 20 Dreyer Street, Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the mouth-watering and ‘ethical eating’ vegan and vegan-friendly eateries you can enjoy in the Mother City… Which are you most excited to try?

Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants Cape Town

Cape Town is a city that offers many delights for young and old. Fortunately, along with all the excellent activities geared at families, the Mother City – and the surrounding Winelands regions – offer plenty of incredibly lovely, family friendly eateries too.

Found in the beautiful Western CapeCape Town is one of South Africa’s most spectacular cities, offering gorgeous experiences, restaurants and places to explore.

Here are the top ten family friendly restaurants in Cape Town:

#1 Dunes Beach Restaurant

Situated in Hout Bay, Dunes is one of the most family friendly restaurants you will find in Cape Town… and beyond.

With gorgeous views of the mountains and bay, good service in a lovely setting (with a choice between either indoor or outdoor tables) and an excellent play area for children, Dunes ensures quality family time without compromising on the finer things in life.

Their menu offers a nice selection of adult and child meal options, so no one gets left out. Some of the menu’s standout dishes include the seafood platter, an array of sushi options, sirloin steak, pizza – and kiddie ribs, homemade chicken nuggets, spaghetti bolognese and kiddies’ burger to keep the younger, pickier eaters content too.

If you and your family are looking for a classy, yet relaxed Cape Town restaurant, head to Dunes.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 1876

Website: www.dunesrestaurant.co.za

Address: Dunes Beach Restaurant, 1 Beach Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Dunes Beach Restaurant via Facebook
Dunes Beach Restaurant via Facebook

#2 Clay Cafe

If you are craving fun experiences and good food, then the Clay Cafe has you well covered on both fronts.

This charming, family-run establishment offers both fun ceramic painting, a peaceful setting and good times for young and old.

In addition to their excellent menu and play facilities, guests can also host parties, school outings, team buildings and more here.

So next time you need a soothing experience with your food, pop by Clay Cafe!

Contact: +27 (076) 810 5120, (062) 455 6578, info@claycafe.co.za

Website: claycafe.co.za

Address: Clay Cafe, 4080 Main Road, opposite Bokkemanskloof Estate, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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claycafe.co.za

#3 cafe Roux

cafe Roux is both a child- and dog-friendly eatery, which is one of the most popular places in the Mother City, for this and plenty of other reasons.

With excellent outdoor play facilities, a soothing atmosphere (enhanced by live music performances) and good food options to boot, it seems there is little cafe Roux doesn’t offer its visitors!

Additionally, they have a good menu for both adults and children so everyone can enjoy a fitting meal at this cool cafe!

Contact: +27 (021) 789 2538, info@caferoux.co.za

Website: www.caferoux.co.za

Address: cafe Roux, Noordhoek Main Road & Village Lane, Noordhoek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 The Gardener’s Cottage Restaurant

With exquisite grounds and traditional, heartwarming cuisine, The Gardener’s Cottage is charming by all accounts.

Best of all, with its lovely indoor and outdoor spaces, it is very much family friendly, allowing families the chance to enjoy some fresh air and garden walks during their visit.

Join them under the vast Camphor trees for breakfast, lunch or tea – you won’t regret it!

Contact: +27 (021) 689 3158, gardenerscottage@telkomsa.net

Website: www.montebello.co.za/the-gardeners-cottage.htm

Address: The Gardener’s Cottage, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Gardener's Cottage
The Gardener’s Cottage

#5 Bon Amis at Bloemendal

If ever a place was made for children to run riot outdoors at and lose themselves in a world of exciting play areas and jungle gyms, then it has to be Bon Amis.

Situated on Bloemendal Estate in the Durbanville Wine Valley, Bon Amis is truly a delight for families. Offering both classy indoor seating and more relaxed outside tables, it is the perfect blend of classy and carefree.

The restaurant also has some quality menus – including a la carte, lunch and kiddies’ options – so guests are sure to enjoy a fine meal in a truly tranquil winelands setting.

Contact: +27 (021) 976 2682, info@bonamis.co.za

Website: www.bonamis.co.za

Address: Bon Amis, Bloemendal Wine Estate, M13 Tygervalley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Damhuis Restaurant

This quality family venue has so much to offer visitors… Incredible food (especially its seafood and traditional South African food!), a family- and pet-friendly space and a great ambiance with pretty views to boot.

For those who wish to bring their whole family along – furry friends included – Damhuis is one of the best restaurants to visit. Plus,the value-for-money food portions are generous and tasty every time!

Add friendly, efficient service in a beautiful setting… and you are all set for a gorgeous outing near the sea!

Contact: +27 (021) 553 0093

Website: www.diedamhuis.co.za

Address: Damhuis Restaurant, 32 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 The Stone Kitchen at Dunstone

Dunstone Country Estate via Instagram
Dunstone Country Estate via Instagram

Although it is situated in Wellington, The Stone Kitchen at Dunstone Country Estate deserves to be on every family friendly list, focusing on places in and around Cape Town.

It’s one of the most delightfully family friendly, elegant (yet relaxed) bistros you will find anywhere.

With gorgeous indoor and outdoor seating, peaceful garden areas and both indoor and outdoor play areas for children, The Stone Kitchen is an experience the whole family can enjoy… even well-behaved, friendly pooches!

The food (and wine) at The Stone Kitchen is equally great and service is friendly and warm, making you feel thoroughly welcome as you enjoy some quality family time out in the Cape Winelands.

Contact: +27 (021) 873 6770, 060 340 1635, 078 860 9721, food@dunstone.co.za

Website: www.dunstone.co.za/bistro

Address: The Stone Kitchen, Dunstone Country Estate, Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Tables at Nitida

Tables at Nitida looks like something out of Hansel and Gretel… Thankfully though, in strong contrast to the fairytale, it is very much family and child-friendly so you don’t need to worry about any scheming witches here!

With its picture-perfect setting on the gorgeous Nitida Wine Farm, this lovely, laidback restaurant is suitable for young and old to enjoy. The restaurant also offers everything from breakfast to lunch to cakes and mouthwatering savoury platters!

It is, in every way, a charming, family friendly eatery, ideal for groups of friends and family and couples to enjoy.

Contact: +27 (021) 975 9357, tables.nitida@gmail.com

Website: nitida.co.za/tables-at-nitida-restaurant

Address: Tables at Nitida, Nitida Wine Farm, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Joostenberg Bistro

A winelands gem near Stellenbosch, Joostenberg Bistro is a firm family favourite. Offering simple, good food from seasonal menus, cosy interiors and beautiful garden spaces, Joostenberg Bistro is a delightful eatery in so many respects.

As a bonus, the outdoor spaces allow children the space to run about and play in a safe, beautiful environment so families of all ages can relish this wonderful winelands bistro.

Contact: +27 (021) 8844208, bistro@joostenberg.co.za

Website: joostenberg.co.za/the-bistro

Address: Joostenberg Bistro, Klein Joostenberg. R304 Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch,Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Peppa Jack’s

Peppa Jack's via Facebook
Peppa Jack’s via Facebook

Peppa Jack’s is a fun Mexican-style eatery, which offers great food, a casual, yet lovely atmosphere and excellent play facilities for children to enjoy.

It’s ideally suited to families and groups of friends. Plus, their authentic Mexican cuisine is hugely appealing and good value for money.

For those seeking a fun date night experience, meal out with family or friends in a pretty setting or simply the ideal place to try authentic Mexican food, this Durbanville restaurant is the one for you.

Contact: +27 (021) 975 5606, bookings@peppajacks.co.za

Website: www.peppajacks.co.za

Address: Peppa Jack’s, Thaba Park, 19 Hooggelegen Road, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the delightful family friendly eateries you can enjoy in Cape Town and its surrounding areas… Which is your family most eager to try?

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