Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants in Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein, the capital city of the Free State, is a beautiful city to explore. Steeped in history, natural beauty and complete with a slower pace than some of South Africa’s other major cities, Bloemfontein (fondly dubbed ‘the city of roses’) makes for a lovely family outing or stay.

Add to that, fun experiences, family friendly restaurants and plenty to see and do besides – and you are all geared up for a great escape!

Here are the best family friendly restaurants in Bloemfontein:

#1 Avanti Restaurant

This classy Italian eatery is great option for families, couples or groups of friends. It has lovely, dedicated kiddies’ play areas – both indoors and out – so even if the weather is bad, the kids can still have some fun!

Avanti also offers a lovely, relaxed atmosphere (and beautiful setting), delicious, authentic Italian food and friendly service, ensuring an enjoyable visit for both young and old!

What’s more, you can also host excellent kids’ parties here, as they offer some special kiddies’ ‘Bambini party options’!

Contact: +27 (051) 436 7981, louise@avantirestaurant.co.za

Website: N/A

Address: Avanti Restaurant, Woodlands Boulevard, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

Avanti Restaurant via Facebook
Avanti Restaurant via Facebook

#2 Koekela

Koekela – one of the most family friendly spots in Bloemfontein – is a delight for one and all.

Priding themselves on offering a menu with the freshest ingredients, delicious seasonal goods and all things sweet – Koekela provides guests with ample food options.

It has a home-away-from-home feel, enhanced by the garden, veranda and inside seating alike.

Koekela is also great for families with children, thanks to its beautiful garden and outdoor space.

Contact: +27 (073) 141 1730, info@koekela.co.za

Website: www.koekela.co.za

Address: Koekela, 17 Reid Street, Westdene, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

#3 CoffeeTalks Cafe

CoffeeTalks Cafe via Facebook
CoffeeTalks Cafe via Facebook

CoffeeTalks Cafe is where visitors fall in love with coffee for the first time… or all over again.

This delightful, quirky cafe is a joy to visit and, with its own board game part of the cafe, it offers fun for kids and adults alike! There is also a nice playground for children to enjoy.

The cafe offers a good menu, complete with a wide range of local- and internationally-inspired dishes.

Contact: +27 (082) 855 0066, coffee@coffeetalks.co.za

Website: www.coffeetalks.co.za

Address: CoffeeTalks Cafe,  6 Ray Champion Street, Rayton, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

#4 New York Restaurant

Established in 1989, New York Restaurant has stood the test of time, consistently showing its quality to visitors over the years.

Bringing together friends and family, this exquisite restaurant offers an excellent menu, outdoor deck for functions and parties and a warm atmosphere where food, family and fond memories merge together seamlessly.

The menu offers great options for adults and it also has a little section just for kiddies, with meal choices like ribs, schnitzel, steak, kingklip and some yummy milkshake options too!

Visit them for a special occasion or simply for treating your family.

Contact: +27 (051) 447 7279, newyorkbloem@gmail.com

Website: newyorkrestaurant.co.za

Address: New York Restaurant, Corner of 2nd Ave & Reid Street,
Westdene, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

#5 The Blue Gem Restaurant

This stylish, still-new restaurant, inspired by Mediterranean blues, might not look child-friendly (due to how stunning and chic it is)… but we are pleased to report that it is!

So, if you are looking for a modern, classy restaurant to visit with the family, The Blue Gem might be your answer.

They have a lovely A La Carte menu, as well as Sunday- and Tapas-Buffet ones. The A La Carte menu is suitable for any taste, culture or age and the children’s menu ensures that even the tiniest tummy is well catered for!

Visit The Blue Gem for a memorable meal with your loved ones.

Contact: +27 (051) 436 0742, info@thebluegem.co.za

Website: www.thebluegem.co.za

Address: The Blue Gem Restaurant, Shop 76+77, Preller Square Centre, Dan Pienaar, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

The Blue Gem Restaurant via Facebook
The Blue Gem Restaurant via Facebook

#6 Bushpub Family Restaurant and Pub

For those seeking a more relaxed place to go with friends or family (kiddies included), the Bushpub Family Restaurant and Pub is a great alternative.

They offer hearty, delicious food, a pleasant dining experience (for both young and old) and a nice play area for children to enjoy.

Visit them for a casual, fun meal out with your family.

Contact: +27 (051) 101 1605, bushpubrestaurant@gmail.co.za

Website: bushpub.wixsite.com

Address: Bushpub Family Restaurant and Pub, Bains Lodge, Old Kimberley Road, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

#7 Copper and Coal Woodfired Grill

Established in 2016, Copper and Coal Woodfired Grill is an innovative restaurant inspired by a father-and-sea duo.

The focus here is not just on serving tasty food (although they certainly do that too!) – but also on the experience and outing that they seek to create for their guests.

They are also happily child-friendly, offering a play room and fun games area for kids.

Join Copper and Coal for a great dining experience with your family and friends.

Contact: +27 (051) 451 1122, copperandcoalwoodfiredgrill@gmail.com

Website: www.copperandcoal.net

Address: Copper and Coal, Shop 1, Recon Park, 22 Faan Ferreira Avenue, Spitskop, Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

#8 Eatalia Restaurant

Eatalia Restaurant thrives in terms of good food, quality service and a pleasant family friendly atmosphere.

They have a good play area for kids and offer some tasty pasta, house specials and pizza options, which are sure to delight young and old diners alike.

This is a relaxing, trendy eatery that brings a taste of Italy to Bloem.

Contact: +27 (051) 433 1235, info@eatalia.co.za

Website: eatalia.co.za

Address: Eatalia, Kenneth Kaunda Road,
Northridge Mall, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

#9 Jack and Jill Food Co.

Jack and Jill Food Co. via Facebook
Jack and Jill Food Co. via Facebook

Overlooking the water, this charming little spot is both tranquil and vibrant in terms of its decor and vibe.

Jack and Jill Food Co. offers a wonderful selection of bakes and yummy savoury options, like mouthwatering sandwiches and much more.

Although not strictly child-friendly, children do visit this cosy spot. Still, it is perhaps best suited to older children or those who are fine sitting quietly and enjoying a meal with their parents or grandparents.

Visit this delightful spot for some decadent sweet treats and other foodie gems!

Contact: +27 (063) 675 9502, yello@jackandjillfoodco.co.za

Website: N/A

Address: Jack and Jill Food Co, Shop UG 8, Loch Logan Waterfront, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

#10 RocoMamas Langenhoven Park

While RocoMamas is not specifically geared at kiddies, their branches are generally always child-friendly, especially for older children or those who can sit and enjoy a meal with their parents.

And, because they offer such a wide array of gourmet burgers, fried goods, decadent desserts (especially their unbeatable waffles!) and incredible shakes – both children and adults will leave with full, contented tummies!

This particular branch offers quick, good service, friendly staff and quality food and drinks alike… Join them for a fun meal for all!

Contact: +27 (051) 446 0707, bloem1@rocomamas.com

Website: www.rocomamas.com

Address: RocoMamas Langenhoven Park, Shop SH10G001A, The Walk Shopping Centre, Corner Jan Spies Avenue & Maretha Maartens Street, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.

These are just some of the best family friendly restaurants and cafes in Bloem… Which are you keen to visit first?

Book your beautiful Bloemfontein getaway here!

Top 10 Restaurants in Grahamstown

Situated in the Eastern Cape province, Grahamstown (otherwise referred to as Makhanda) is a vibrant, creative city, which offers the famous National Arts Festival, nearby unspoilt Sunshine Coast beaches and opportunities to enjoy some incredible, malaria-free Big 5 game reserves.

Best of all, this Eastern Cape city also offers some excellent restaurants… Here are the top ten eateries in Grahamstown:

#1 Red Cafe

This cute, cheery little cafe offers visitors a variety of delicious food options, with something for every palate to enjoy.

With its friendly staff, welcoming, relaxed atmosphere, books to browse and excellent food, Red Cafe is something of a hidden gem in Grahamstown.

Visit them for a tasty cafe experience, with both incredible food and drink choices (especially their famous milkshakes)!

Contact: +27 (046) 622 8384

Website: N/A

Address: Red Cafe, Sarah Baartman, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#2 The Rat and Parrot

As Grahamstown’s best-known pub, The Rat and Parrot is a popular local attraction… and it’s not hard to see why!

Serving amazing, pub grub-style food (everything from tender steaks to good pizza), cold beer and a warm atmosphere, it is a wonderful spot to visit for a casual meal with your family or friends.

Locals attest that the vibe at The Rat and Parrot is always great and enjoyable, with friendly staff on hand to make you feel even more at home.

Contact: +27 (046) 622 5002, info@ratandparrot.co.za

Website: N/A

Address: The Rat and Parrot, 59 New Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The Rat and Parrot via Facebook
The Rat and Parrot via Facebook

#3 Saints

Found in the heart of High Street, Saints is a popular choice among locals seeking an incredible dining experience. With its innovative menu, quality wine list and fine service, Saints speak for itself in so many ways.

Ideal for a cosy coffee break, date night, quick meal or special occasion, Saints is sure to provide guests with a memorable encounter from start to finish.

In addition to their usual offerings, Saints can also provide on- and off-site catering and function hosting, for everything from set menus to simple, yet delicious canapes, birthdays and farewell dinners.

Contact: +27 (046) 622 3007

Website: www.saintsght.com

Address: Saints, 131 High Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Saints via Facebook
Saints via Facebook

#4 Delizzia

This restaurant-and-cafe in one offers guests good service, well-priced, tasty food and drinks and a pleasant vibe.

With a variety of specials (particularly for students) and mouth-watering meals like grilled chicken strips with loaded fries, polo pasta, bolognese waffle and more, Delizzia is sure to tempt anyone to its doors.

The restaurant atmosphere is welcoming and cosy, ensuring your visit is as enjoyable as it is scrumptious.

Contact: +27 (046) 622 8728

Website: cafedelizzia.co.za

Address: Delizzia, 112 High Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#5 Major Fraser’s Craft Bar and Eatery

Major Fraser’s is yet another popular haunt in Grahamstown. With their unique, quirky food, decor, drinks and vibe, Major Fraser’s provides guests with a fun, different eat out experience.

The restaurant interiors are elegant, yet edgy and playful, with everything from bean bag seats to neon signage found within.

If you are looking for a unique experience, complemented by delicious food (like sweet potato crisps and marinated olives; The Colonel pizza; muhsroom tacos; or Asian grilled chicken) and drinks – then Major Fraser’s is ideal for you.

Contact: + 27 (046) 004 0006, mo@majorfrasers.co.za

Website: oppositethearch.co.za/major-frasers/

Address: Major Fraser’s Craft Bar and Eatery, Opposite the Arch, 38 Somerset Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Major Fraser's via Facebook
Major Fraser’s via Facebook

#6 Norden’s Restaurant at The Cock House

Norden’s Restaurant, found at The Cock House, offers world-class fine dining facilities in a delightful setting.

The food is inspired by local, seasonal produce and features the likes of warm, home-baked bread; after-dinner rum chocolate truffles and coffee; and hearty soups to name a few.

In addition to the innovative menu, which merges the best of local and international cuisines, Norden’s also offers a notable wine selection for diners to choose from.

Norden’s Restaurant – a restored, beautiful example of modern eating meets timeless antiquated dining – can also be reserved for special events, everything from cocktail parties to birthdays to wedding receptions.

Contact: +27 (046) 636 1287

Website: www.cockhouse.co.za

Address: Norden’s Restaurant, The Cock House, 10 Market Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#7 The Barista.Sisa

The Barista.Sisa via Facebook
The Barista.Sisa via Facebook

For those seeking an authentically African-style coffee shop, The Barista.Sisa should be first on your list.

As one of Grahamstown’s most well-loved baristas, Sisa, strives to showcase his African roots in his coffee, as he prepares your daily mocha with warmth and skill alike.

Fuelled by love, happiness and coffee, The Barista.Sisa is a lovely spot to visit… So pay this charming coffee shop a visit and enjoy some excellent coffee, friendly smiles and an all-round memorable outing.

Contact: +27 (063) 393 8808

Website: oppositethearch.co.za/the-barista-sisa/

Address: The Barista.Sisa, Opposite the Arch, 38 Somerset Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#8 The Pothole and Donkey Restaurant

Inspired by the state of the city, Pothole and Donkey is a good place to go for good food, service and a family atmosphere (there is even a nice kid’s play area).

Whether you visit by day or by night, the ambiance is good – and quality is something they definitely strive for, especially on the food and drink front.

Visit Pothole and Donkey for a lovely family meal with those you love.

Contact: +27 (046) 622 2324, marketing@afritemba.com

Website: N/A

Address: The Pothole and Donkey Restaurant, 123 High Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#9 Gino’s Restaurant

Gino's Restaurant via Facebook
Gino’s Restaurant via Facebook

The long-standing Gino’s Restaurant and Take Away, situated at Hotel Victoria, offers guests a diverse menu, tasty meals and excellent service.

The decor is lovely and intimate, making for a warm experience for sit-down eaters… But if you prefer take-away, you’re in luck because Gino’s has that covered too!

Gino’s is perhaps especially famous for their tantalising, wood-fired pizzas, – but they also offer an a la carte menu and bar, as well as a special Bambino menu for kiddies.

Head to Gino’s for a lovely family meal with your friends and loved ones.

Contact: +27 (046) 622 7208, ginos@imaginet.co.za

Website: hotelvictoria.co.za/?page_id=16

Address: Gino’s, Hotel Victoria, 8 New Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#1o Relish Cafe

Last but by no means least, we have Relish Cafe… An altogether charming cafe, smoothie and sandwich bar in Grahamstown.

Offering a high quality approach and wonderful atmosphere, Relish Cafe is a great place to go for a delicious sandwich, good coffee or yummy smoothie.

Visit them for a light-hearted cafe experience you are sure to remember for sometime after!

Contact: +27 (082) 366 3881

Website: N/A

Address: Relish Cafe, 8 Allen Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the best restaurants and cafes you can enjoy in vibrant Grahamstown!

Book a Grahamstown getaway today!

Top 10 Restaurants with a Sea View near Margate

The charming seaside resort town of Margate, situated in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal province, is a wonderful place to explore. It offers gorgeous views, pristine beaches and an overall fun atmosphere.

And happily, Margate also has some lovely restaurants – with stellar views –  found both in and around this delightful seaside town.

Here are ten of the best restaurants with sea views near Margate:

Book your stay in marvellous Margate today!

Top 10 Restaurants in Amanzimtoti near the Sea

Amanzimtoti is a popular KwaZulu-Natal tourist attraction, largely thanks to its picture-perfect ocean setting, excellent surf and annual sardine run.

As such, several of the restaurants here offer beautiful ocean vistas and seaside dining… While others are close enough for you to walk or drive to the sea.

Here, we share the top ten Toti restaurants close to the sea:

#1 Giorgio’s 

Located at The View Boutique Hotel and Spa, Italian restaurant Giorgio’s – run by father-and-son team, George and Giorgio – offers food flair, a stylish setting and breathtaking sea views.

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, this elegant restaurant offers arguably some of the best food and sea views in Toti.

Be sure to visit them for a glamourous dining experience.

Contact: +27 (031) 903 1556, info@hoteltheview.com

Website: hoteltheview.com

Address: Giorgio’s, The View Boutique Hotel and Spa, 9 Hillside Road, Doonsideheights, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#2 Ollie’s Pub and Grill

With beautiful sea- and lagoon-views, great food and friendly service, popular Ollie’s Pub and Grill is a lovely hangout spot for locals and visitors alike.

It is one of the most well-loved spots in Amanzimtoti and provides a real sense of local atmosphere.

Join them for some delicious meals and pretty ocean views.

Contact: +27 (031) 903 7912

Website: N/A

Address: Ollie’s Pub and Grill, Corner of Beach and Rosslyn Road, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3 The Thirsty Whale and Splash World

The Thirsty Whale and Splash World via Facebook
The Thirsty Whale and Splash World via Facebook

Located alongside the busy Splash World, The Thirsty Whale is another local gem.

The views here are perfect, service is good and food is top class.

What’s more, The Thirsty Whale has a real beach vibe, enhanced by the (sea) ‘views for days’.

And, because of the nearby kid entertainment, it is an especially great family restaurant.

Contact: +27 (031) 904 2273/(031) 904 2385

Website: www.thirstywhale.co.za

Address: The Thirsty Whale and Splash World, Amanzimtoti Main Beach, 97 Beach Road,  Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#4 Friends Family Restaurant and Pub 

This warm eatery – which is both child- and pet-friendly – offers visitors lovely sea views, a fun atmosphere and good food.

Service is welcoming and there is both indoor seating, as well as outdoor deck-style seating.

It is a great spot for the whole family to go and enjoy a scenic meal together.

Contact: +27 (031) 903 1713

Website: friendsintoti.co.za

Address: Friends Family Restaurant and Pub, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Friends Family Restaurant and Pub via Facebook
Friends Family Restaurant and Pub via Facebook

#5 Giselle’s Kitchen and Coffee Shop

Giselle’s is close to the beach so it is the perfect place to go for breakfast near the sea.

Serving good, wholesome meals, Giselle’s is a popular local spot. Plus, it is child-friendly and the atmosphere is pleasant.

So if you are looking for a cosy spot near the sea, visit Giselle’s.

Contact: +27 (031) 903 8830

Website: N/A

Address: Giselle’s Kitchen and Coffee Shop, 67 Beach Road, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#6 Circus Circus

With branches across KZN, Circus Circus needs little introduction.

It may not offer sea views – but for those craving good food near the sea, Circus Circus is ideal.

Situated within Galleria Mall, it offers both excellent food and service.

If you are after a quality restaurant within driving distance of the sea, pay Circus Circus Galleria a visit today.

Contact: +27 (031) 904 1250, galleria@circuscircus.co.za

Website: www.circuscircus.co.za

Address: Circus Circus, F20, Galleria Mall, Umbogintwini, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#7 Chatterbox Cafe

Chatterbix Cafe via Facebook
Chatterbox Cafe via Facebook

Offering a cosy, fun cafe experience, Chatterbox Cafe is a lovely spot in Amanzimtoti.

It is a relatively short drive from the beach – but it is worth a visit if you want something a little different.

The food and service here are good, the setting is beautiful and it is child-friendly… Meaning it is a winner on all fronts.

Contact: +27 (031) 171 0985, chatterboxcafe22@gmail.com

Website: www.22onrockview.co.za/chatterbox-cafe/

Address: Chatterbox Cafe, 22 Rockview Road, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#8 Cafe Amanda

Another Toti gem is Cafe Amanda.

Sure, there are no sea views here but it is perfect for a charming breakfast or lunch before you and your family or friends head out for a day at the beach.

It offers a tranquil garden setting, tasty food and a child-friendly environment, thanks to its lovely play area.

Join them for a good meal before you drive down to the seaside.

Contact: +27 (031) 171 0985, chatterboxcafe22@gmail.com

Website: www.22onrockview.co.za/chatterbox-cafe/

Address: Chatterbox Cafe, 22 Rockview Road, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 19 Beach Road Restaurant

Like its name suggests, 19 Beach Road Restaurant is close to the sea.

It is a great place to go for a delicious family meal, especially as it is child-friendly.

This casual eatery offers good food, service and a relaxing restaurant ambience.

Contact: +27 (031) 903 1068

Website: N/A

Address: 19 Beach Road Restaurant, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#10 Mozambik Galleria

Mozambik Galleria
Mozambik Galleria 

Another Galleria Mall goodie is Mozambik Galleria. This classy eatery offers attentive service, excellent food and a lovely setting.

You can end off a good day at the beach here by swinging by Mozambik after your outing – or let their seafood cuisine get you in the mood for some quality time by the sea.

Either way, Mozambik is a delightful Toti eatery and one well worth a visit.

Contact: +27 (084) 259 4734, galleria@mozambik.co.za

Website: www.mozambik.co.za/galleria

Address: Mozambik Galleria, Shop S20, Galleria Mall, Corner of Moss Kolnik and Arbour Road, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just some of the best restaurants close to the sea in amazing Amanzimtoti.

Book your Toti stay now!

Top 10 Pet-friendly Activities near Pretoria

Found in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Pretoria is South Africa’s famously beautiful, timeless Jacaranda City… Mixing adventure, national administration, history and great eateries, Pretoria has plenty to offer visitors.

More than that though, it is both a family- and pet-friendly city, which means your fur babies can get in on the fun too!

Here, we round up the top 10 pet-friendly activities near Pretoria:

#1 Head to Afro-Boer

Afro-Boer via Facebook
Afro-Boer via Facebook

At this delightful baker’s cafe, pooches are made to feel truly welcome. Although they must be kept on a leash at all times with their owners nearby (and walked around the building to the beautiful garden area), dogs of all sizes are welcome to visit with you at Afro-Boer.

And because Afro-Boer is such a charming place, both you and your furry friend will have a splendid time here.

So, while you enjoy a delicious meal or good coffee, your best friend can soak up the fresh air or snooze at your feet.

Contact: +27 (012) 807 3099, info@afroboer.co.za

Website: www.afroboer.co.za

Address: Afro-Boer, Meerlust Road, Equestria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#2 Go Walkabout at Jan Cilliers Park 

This family- and pet-friendly park is the ideal spot to take the whole family for some time in the sun or a healthy Sunday stroll.

With soothing water features, iconic indigenous plants and plenty of space for you and your pets, Jan Cilliers Park – also known as Protea Park – is a firm favourite among dog walkers in the Capital.

It is one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in Pretoria (with views to match!) so it is a great place to explore too. It is neat, clean and paradise on earth for you and your four-legged friends – be they cat or dog.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.tshwane.gov.za/sites/tourism/Parks-and-Horticulture/Pages/Parks.aspx

Address: Jan Cilliers Park, Corner and, Wenning and Broderick Streets, Groenkloof, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Noah (@thenoahdog) via Instagram
Noah (@thenoahdog) via Instagram

#3 Dine at Prosopa

This Greek gem is both family- and pet-friendly so it is an ideal place to go for a special meal with your furry friend.

Dogs will be welcomed with a bowl of refreshing water. For smaller breeds, they can go inside the restaurant (but they must be kept under supervision and behave), while dogs of all shapes and sizes are most welcome outside in the beautiful garden area.

So, as you feast on marvellous Mediterranean food and enjoy Prosopa’s good service, your fur baby can enjoy an outing with you rather than being stuck at home.

Contact: +27 (012) 460 1663, dino@prosopa.co.za

Website: www.prosopa.co.za

Address: Prosopa Greek Restaurant, 103 Club Avenue, Waterkloof Heights Shopping Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#4 Visit Paws in the East

Paws in the East
Paws in the East

Arguably one of the best places for pooches in Pretoria – and indeed, South Africa as a whole – has got to be Paws in the East. This beautiful, fully enclosed ‘off-the-leash’ park is the first of its kind and a novelty for much of SA too.

Pet owners agree: this is one amazing place to take your doggies! The park offers a variety of exciting outdoor experiences, treats and adventures for pups, including an adventurous take on dog walking, jogging and even things like liver flapjacks for dogs to enjoy, thanks to the dedicated doggie menu at the Barkin’ Good Bites Kitchen.

It also offers incredible braai and picnic facilities, so families can spend a lovely day together with their pooches.

And, best of all, the park spans some seven hectares of untouched, vibrant wildness, meaning there is ample space for play time, running and good, old-fashioned walks with your dog.

Note: Park entrance fee is R40 per ticket (this allows entry for one adult and dogs).

Contact: +27 (072) 171 1320, info@pawseast.co.za

Website: pawseast.co.za

Address: Paws in the East, Plot 30 Bashewa, Tierpoort, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#5 Hike in Faerie Glen Nature Reserve

While dogs must be kept on a leash in Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, it is still a wonderful spot to take them for some combined exercise and fun.

The reserve offers plenty of native wildlife, untouched beauty and views for days. There are also some lovely picnic areas so you can enjoy a pre-packed meal while your pooch laps up some refreshing water or rests beside you.

This is a truly glorious place to go with your pet(s) – and one which is sure to hold plenty of good adventures and memories for you both.

Note: Dog permits are required (R70 per person with a maximum of two dogs; permits run for the financial year) – and dogs must be leashed at all times, due to the wild animals in the reserve.

Contact: +27 (012) 358 1510, admin@fgr.co.za

Website: www.tshwane.gov.za

Address: Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, January Masilela Drive, Faerie Glen, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#6 Visit Irene Village Market

Irene Village Market via Facebook
Irene Village Market via Facebook

Irene Village Market at the Big Red Barn is an extremely dog-friendly park and one can see this immediately thanks to the water bowls littered around the market.

It is an interesting place for dog owners to browse goods, enjoy time with their furry friends and family and tuck into some tasty market stall food to boot!

This long-standing, popular market – famous for its South African handmade arts and crafts – makes for a great family outing, with plenty to see and enjoy, especially as the Big Red Barn offers its own amazing experiences.

Contact: +27 (060) 9654894, info@irenemarket.co.za

Website: www.irenemarket.co.za

Address: Irene Village Market, The Big Red Barn, 7 Nelson road, Olifantsfontein, Gauteng, South Africa.

#7 Explore the Pretoria Boeremark

If you get up with the birds and like the sound of an early morning farmer’s market, then the Pretoria Boeremark, which is held on Saturday mornings, is just for you.

It offers an authentic country experience, a safe, friendly atmosphere and some excellent fresh produce, baked eats (like pancakes), handmade goods and much more. Best of all though is the fact that the market is both child- and animal-friendly, which means you can bring your dog (or cat) along too.

Enjoy a beautiful, peaceful start to your day or some weekly shopping with your pets at this excellent, traditional farmer’s market.

Note: This market runs every Saturday, from 05:30 – 09:30 am, unless the Saturday falls on an observed Christian holiday.

Contact: +27 (079) 987 1025, ptaboeremark@tlu.co.za

Website: www.pretoriaboeremark.co.za

Address: Pretoria Boeremark, 665 Moreleta Street, Silverton, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Pretoria Boeremark via Facebook
Pretoria Boeremark via Facebook

#8 Lunch at La Madeleine 

This beautiful, French-style eatery is inspired by both French and Belgian tastes. In addition to quality food and warm service, it offers a gorgeous restaurant setting for diners to enjoy.

But that’s not all because La Madeleine is also a lovely dog-friendly spot for pet owners to visit. And happily, there is plenty of space outdoors, as the restaurant is located on an expansive property, which is blessed with many beautiful trees.

It is an entirely peaceful place to visit with children and pets alike.

Contact: +27 (012) 361 3667, info@lamadeleine.co.za

Website: lamadeleine.co.za

Address: La Madeleine, 122 Priory Road, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#9 Take Them to Waterkloof Ridge Dog Park 

As its name suggests, Waterkloof is a delightful dog park in every sense of the word. Here, pets and owners can enjoy some fun outdoors – just be sure to take a lease, a toy or a ball with!

Dogs can go off the leash, even in the water – but owners are required to clean up after their dogs and ensure they behave. Bins are on-site and on some days, you may find poop bags too but it’s best to bring your own just in case.

This natural paradise secure, spacious and the perfect park for pooches… what’s not to love?

Contact: +27 (082) 366 4411

Website: N/A

Address: Waterkloof Ridge Dog Park, corner of Eridanus and Dorado Streets, Waterkloof Ridge Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#10 Pop Around to tasha’s

With branches dotted across South Africa, tasha’s is well-known to many and therefore, needs little introduction. But the Brooklyn branch is a special favourite, especially among Pretoria locals.

This bright, pretty cafe offers an elegant setting, lovely food and a beautifully pet-friendly atmosphere, which is especially wonderful news for dog owners. (If needed, feel free to request a water bowl.)

Dogs, and other pets too, are welcome here – but they must be kept in the outside seating area, which is just as lovely and cheerful.

Contact: +27 (012) 460 2951, Brooklyn@tashascafe.com

Website: www.tashascafe.com/locations/pretoria/brooklyn

Address: tasha’s Brooklyn, Shop 27, Design Square Brooklyn,
Corner of Bronkhorst and Veal, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

These are just some of the best pet-friendly spots in and around Pretoria… Do you have a particular favourite among them?

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Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants near Amanzimtoti

Amanzimtoti is a popular KwaZulu-Natal tourist attraction, largely thanks to its picture-perfect ocean setting, excellent surf and annual sardine run.

It is blessed with numerous beaches, a balmy climate and some great family-friendly experiences – including local eateries.

Here are the top ten restaurants in or near Amanzimtoti for families to enjoy together:

#1 Chatterbox Cafe

This cosy cafe is suitable for the whole family and you can even hire the cafe as a venue for your children’s parties.

With a good kiddies’ menu (complete with toasted sandwiches, fish fingers, kiddies chicken salad and mini pizzas), a homely atmosphere and good, simple food, Chatterbox Cafe is a joy for all to visit.

Join them for a good cup of coffee, dear catch-ups with friends or simply some quiet time together as a family.

Contact: +27 (031) 171 0985, chatterboxcafe22@gmail.com

Website: www.22onrockview.co.za/chatterbox-cafe/

Address: Chatterbox Cafe, 22 Rockview Road, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Chatterbix Cafe via Facebook
Chatterbox Cafe via Facebook

#2 Cafe Amanda

This charming cafe, with its beautiful garden setting, is a lovely spot to go as a family.

They can also host great kiddies’ parties and the cafe is equipped with a great kids’ play area, making them very child-friendly.

Overall, food is wholesome and tasty; service is good; and the setting is relaxing and family friendly.

Visit Cafe Amanda for a delightful family experience.

Contact: +27 (082) 371 6814

Website: www.cafeamanda.co.za

Address: Cafe Amanda, Corner of 16 Rockview Road and 1 Seaforth Lane, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3 Friends Family Restaurant and Pub 

Both child- and dog-friendly, Friends Family Restaurant and Pub is naturally a really great place for the whole family to enjoy.

They offer a chilled restaurant experience, great food and some good meal ideas, like their Sunday Roast, which is ideal for adults and kids alike.

Visit this lovely gastro pub for a good family time, with great service and tasty food.

Contact: +27 (031) 903 1713

Website: friendsintoti.co.za

Address: Friends Family Restaurant and Pub, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Friends Family Restaurant and Pub via Facebook
Friends Family Restaurant and Pub via Facebook

#4 Tiago’s 

Equipped with a delicious kiddies’ menu, Tiago’s is a place where the whole family can go enjoy excellent food.

Staff are friendly; their open flame grilled chicken and food flavours are out-of-this-world; and the restaurant atmosphere is welcoming.

Kiddies’ food options include: two wings and chips; toasted cheese and chips; chicken burger and chips; and a few more tasty choices to entice little eaters.

Tiago’s is small, so dining space is a bit limited – but whether you visit and sit down or simply stop by to pick up some takeaway meals to enjoy at home, Tiago’s has you covered.

Contact:+27 (031) 903 2070, info@tiagos.co.za

Website: www.tiagos.co.za

Address: Shop G5, Seadoone Mall, 21-37 Seadoone Road, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 Ollie’s Pub and Grill

At Ollie’s Pub and Grill, kids are welcome so parents can head to this popular eatery with a sense of ease.

While it is not the most child-friendly spot for very young children, it is a good idea for families with older kids who are past the need for playtime and can simply enjoy sharing a meal with their family.

And with meal options like toasted sandwiches and burgers, everyone can find something to tuck into.

Here you can enjoy great food; a fun vibe; and friendly, dedicated staff who do their best to make you feel completely at home.

Ollie’s also enjoys lovely sea- and lagoon-views, adding an extra element of beauty to this already much-loved pub and grill.

Contact: +27 (031) 903 7912

Website: N/A

Address: Ollie’s Pub and Grill, Corner of Beach and Rosslyn Road, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#6 19 Beach Road Restaurant

This casual eatery offers a pleasant experience for families. It is friendly, welcoming and geared at those with kids too, thanks to the play area and TV on-site to entertain the little ones.

Adults, meanwhile, can enjoy delicious food and refreshing cocktails, while their children play.

Visit them for a great family meal.

Contact: +27 (031) 903 1068

Website: N/A

Address: 19 Beach Road Restaurant, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#7 Life Cafe

Life Cafe
Life Cafe

Family and friends are firmly the focal point at this charming cafe.

Not only are they a local favourite for hosting events, functions and kids’ parties – but they are a quiet, cosy place to enjoy with the whole family.

And best of all, they even lay claim to serving the best milkshakes in Toti… Mmm!

Contact: +27 (031) 903 7539

Website: sites.google.com/cedarhill.email/life-cafe/events-and-functions

Address: Life Cafe,  54 Bhengu Road, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#8 The Thirsty Whale and Splash World

With entertainment for the kids and good fare for the adults – this pub and grill is a crowd-pleaser no matter your age.

Situated on Toti Main Beach, alonside the popular Splash World, it offers a great beach atmosphere and even better views.

And with its good menu – including its famous Mojo Jam Jars, cocktails/sundowners and seafood platters – The Thirsty Whale is sure to make for a memorable family meal.

Contact: +27 (031) 904 2273/(031) 904 2385

Website: www.thirstywhale.co.za

Address: The Thirsty Whale and Splash World, Amanzimtoti Main Beach, 97 Beach Road,  Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Lords and Legends Sports Cafe

This popular, long-standing spot is a great place to go as a family.

With good food (especially their burgers) and service; outside space for play; and a dedicated, well-priced kiddies’ menu, they are certainly a family-orientated eatery.

Join them for a special time out together with your loved ones – and give your kiddies the freedom to run and play or sit together and eat as they choose.

Contact: +27 (031) 903 4534

Website: lordsandlegends.co.za/2017/

Address: Lords and Legends Sports Cafe, 1600 Riverside Road, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#10 Indian Origin Family Restaurant

A bit further out, we find the tempting Indian Origin Family Restaurant.

This family eatery is perhaps best suited to families with older children who can quietly enjoy a family meal out – but it welcomes children regardless of age.

Still, even if you don’t take the family with, you can order some amazing takeaways and enjoy quality family time together at home… A win-win situation either way!

Their amazing, fragrant foods, all-day breakfast and great coffee are sure to win you over, as much as the friendly service and lovely restaurant atmosphere.

Menu highlights include: beef curry, Aloo Paratha roti, Butter Chicken and other mouth-watering delicacies.

Be sure to check them out for a delicious sit-down or takeaway meal!

Contact: +27 (064) 031 3501

Website: indianoriginfamilyrestaurant.business.site/

Address: Indian Origin Family Restaurant, 117 – 122 Kingsway St, Warner Beach, Kingsburgh, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just some of the family friendly spots in and around Toti!

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Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants near Pretoria

Found in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Pretoria is South Africa’s famously beautiful, timeless Jacaranda City… Mixing adventure, national administration, history and great eateries, Pretoria has plenty to offer visitors.

Pretoria – otherwise referred to as Tshwane – is an ideal city for families to explore, especially as it offers some very family friendly eateries and activities.

Here is a roundup of the top 10 family friendly restaurants in and around Pretoria:

#1 The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar

Nestled in the heart of Pretoria, this elegant restaurant and bar venue (which has undergone some big improvements of late) is perfect for families.

With its dedicated kiddies’ menu and custom-built jungle gym, it keeps young ones entertained and well-fed… All while providing parents and grandparents with enticing, wholesome meals, a great vibe and even a classy bar, overlooking the beautiful dam and neighbouring Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary.

Be sure to visit them for a memorable meal for everyone.

Contact: +27 (012) 460 7615, bluecrane@lantic.net

Website: www.bluecranerestaurant.co.za

Address: The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, 156 Melk Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar
The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar

#2 Afro-Boer

With its cosy interiors, idyllic surroundings and a true sense of South African spirit, this charming baker’s cafe is a delight for the whole family.

The food (complemented by a playfully fun menu) is either homemade or handmade, delicious and designed for sheer eating pleasure, while the setting is serene and welcoming. Outside, there is a large jungle gym under the trees, well-suited to playtime.

Everything at Afro-Boer is conscientiously prepared, largely from scratch, using the freshest, most organic ingredients possible so it is a healthy, wholesome experience too!

Contact: +27 (012) 807 3099, info@afroboer.co.za

Website: www.afroboer.co.za

Address: Afro-Boer, Meerlust Road, Equestria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Afro-Boer via Facebook
Afro-Boer via Facebook

#3 C’est La Vie

Found in Centurion, C’est La Vie, a great party venue and coffee shop is – like its name suggests – the ultimate one-stop for peace, relaxation and good moments.

It also just so happens to be a children’s paradise, complete with a variety of fun, stimulating and exciting play areas for kids to enjoy. Best of all, the play areas are customised according to age groups.

So while your kids have a blast, you can enjoy a great cup of coffee, a tasty light meal and a soothing atmosphere, all while you keep a watchful eye on the little ones.

Note: C’est La Vie also hosts lovely children’s parties, stork/kitchen teas, events, tea parties and year-end functions.

Contact: +27 (012) 654 0220, party@c-estlavie.co.za

Website: http://www.c-estlavie.co.za/contact.html

Address: C’est La Vie, 211 End Street, Clubview, Centurion, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#4 Ga Rouge Restaurant and Wine Cellar

Situated on an old farm and historical site, Ga Rouge Restaurant and Wine Cellar is a culinary treat, as much as it is a wonderfully historical, family friendly restaurant.

With excellent food and drink options (including picnics, Sunday buffets, wine tastings and romantic dinners), Ga Rouge ensures everyone is well-fed, while also providing a relaxing, beautiful country experience.  And, to keep the kids busy, there is a great play area and expansive lawn.

Best of all, the Sunday Buffet option – suitable for the whole family – allows kids under 5 to eat free! They also host kids parties, events and other functions so you can share the beauty of this venue with your friends, colleagues and loved ones too.

Visit Ga Rouge for a special outing and meal with those closest to your heart.

Contact: +27 (079) 432 5795, functions@garouge.co.za

Website: www.garouge.co.za

Address: Ga Rouge, Candlewoods Estate, 1795 Stonehedge Road, Louwlardia, Centurion, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#5 Willow Feather Farm

Willow Feather Farm via Facebook
Willow Feather Farm via Facebook

Created around children, Willow Feather Farm – a place passionate about people, trees and plants – is a truly wonderful experience for the whole family… Here, children can roam free and play in a large garden, interact with animals and enjoy their youth to the fullest.

Equipped with numerous play areas, plenty of animals to see and interact with and jungle gyms and ideal for kids’ parties, Willow Feather Farm is a special place for kiddies – but it is also great for adults too.

Explore the nursery, sample food from the healthy menu and spend quality time with your family, little ones and all.

Contact: +27 (063) 690 2583 info@willowfeather.co.za

Website: willowfeather.co.za

Address: Willow Feather Farm, Portion 37, Doornkloof East, Corner M57 & Sterkfontein Ave, Irene,  Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#6 The Big Red Barn

Promising fun for the whole family, The Big Red Barn – an antique hay barn – is a great, farm-style experience to enjoy with kids.

Add to that The Red Barn Cafe, Acrobranch, a family friendly cycle park, Clay Cafe, Vroom Pedal Go-Karts, vintage tractor rides, play areas and much more… and you have a day jam-packed with fun, good food and outdoor adventure!

There are two cafes at The Big Red Barn: The Red Barn Cafe and Clay Cafe, both of which are child friendly. The Clay Cafe, situated across the road, allows for fun kids stuff, while The Red Barn Cafe can host children’s parties.

Take the family for a wonderful day out at this country venue, where fun and family come first.

Contact: +27 (072) 617 7667

Website: www.thebigredbarn.co.za

Address: The Big Red Barn, 7 Nelson Road, Gauteng, South Africa.

The Big Red Barn via Facebook
The Big Red Barn via Facebook

#7 Modern Italian Kitchen

This classy, family friendly Italian-style eatery is a great place to go for family gatherings, authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist and a lovely dining atmosphere.

With a great play facility and kiddies’ packages – which are designed around “good food and fun” – children and parents alike will love Modern Italian Kitchen.

Head to the Modern Italian Kitchen for a delicious family meal.

Contact: +27 (012) 346 5370, +27 (012) 346 2508

Website: www.modernitalian.co.za

Address: Modern Italian Kitchen, Thomas Edison and 13th Street, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#8 PLTFRM Wolwespruit

At PLTFRM Wolwespruit, families can gather to “feast and unwind”. Not only is this cool restaurant pet- and child-friendly but they love children here so you can rest assured knowing you have found a truly family friendly place.

They offer jungle gyms and plenty of outdoor space for kids to run free, as well as a nice kids’ menu. Kids’ choices include juices, flapjack stacks, kiddies’ burger, spaghetti options and more.

With a delicious menu, nice atmosphere, modern-meets-edgy interiors and a lovely outdoor space too, PLTFRM Wolwespruit makes for a stunning outing.

Note: They also host functions, weddings, baby showers, events and children’s parties.

Contact: +27 (076) 778 1839, info@pltfrmwolwespruit.co.za

Website: www.pltfrmwolwespruit.co.za

Address: Pltfrm Wolwespruit, 501 Jochemus Street
Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

PLTFRM Wolwespruit via Facebook
PLTFRM Wolwespruit via Facebook

#9 The Rose Kitchen at Ludwig’s Roses

This stunning , quaint garden restaurant is one of the most beautiful spots in Pretoria. Situated at Ludwig’s Roses, they offer a serene restaurant experience, interesting, rose-inspired food and drink options and plenty of space and fun for kids to enjoy too.

There is a lovely, safe and enclosed playground for the little ones (found near the restaurant) and the whole family can enjoy soaking up the peacefulness and charm of The Rose Kitchen.

Note: Additionally, one can enjoy parties and picnics here. Parties and picnics are setup for you.

Contact: +27 (012) 544 0144, events@ludwigsroses.co.za

Website: www.ludwigsroses.co.za/contact/the-rose-kitchen

Address: The Rose Kitchen, Ludwig’s Rose Farm,
Plot 61, Haakdoornlaagte, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

The Rose Kitchen
The Rose Kitchen via Ludwig’s Roses

#10 Toni’s Pizza

Last but certainly not least on our list, is Toni’s Pizza, specialists in truly great pizza and pasta dishes.

With a focus on the best, freshest ingredients, quality food, friendly service and a love for all things food, Toni’s is a wonderful eatery by all accounts.

Add to that their family friendly restaurant space (indoors and outdoors alike), complete with a play area and kids’ menu and you are all set for a delightful family meal.

People love Toni’s – especially their famous pizzas – and it’s no wonder… Why not pay them a visit to see what all the praise is about?

Contact: +27 (082) 352 1158, rietfontein@tonipizza.co.za

Website: tonipizza.co.za

Address: Toni’s Pizza, 676 Chamberlain Street, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

These are just some of the best, most fun eateries near Pretoria. Which are you keen to take your family to first?

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Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants in East London

East London, one of the Eastern Cape‘s most lovely cities, offers plenty for all to see, eat and explore. 

It is here that visitors, especially families, can enjoy wonderful, everyday life or memorable holidays crammed full with good food, fun and fresh air.

With this in mind, here are the top 10 family friendly restaurants near East London:

#1 Emerald Vale Brewery

Emerald Vale Brewery via Facebook
Emerald Vale Brewery via Facebook

At Emerald Vale Brewery, one finds a lovely, family friendly restaurant, overlooking the brewery.

This relaxed, warm establishment offers wholesome meals, soothing surrounds and a beautiful restaurant setting for young and old to enjoy.

There is a play area at Emerald Vale Brewery for kiddies, as well as a Granary Kids Menu.

Contact: +27 (043) 738 5397, (073) 078 9688

Website: www.emeraldvale.co.za

Address: Emerald Vale Brewery, Emerald Vale Farm, Chintsa East, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#2 Country Bumpkin

This beautifully quaint restaurant, situated at Floradale Nursery, is the perfect place for the family.

Once you have explored every inch of the nursery, sit and join a tasty meal courtesy of Country Bumpkin… Surrounded by the nursery and beautiful trees, it is a garden paradise for guests, complete with delicious food.

Country Bumpkin has a dedicated menu for the little bumpkins and even hosts great kiddies’ parties too, so it really is the perfect child-friendly venue for families!

The garden, meanwhile, offers a fun jungle gym, thrilling bike track and trampoline to keep the little ones occupied.

Country Bumpkin
Country Bumpkin

Contact: +27 (043) 748 4840, info@countrybumpkin.co.za

Website: www.countrybumpkin.co.za

Address: Country Bumpkin, Shop 6, Floradale Nursery, Old Gonubie Road, Beacon Bay, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#3 Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall

Equipped with an incredible, brightly coloured play park, unique train ride and great food for all, Pinecreek is a lovely spot for families to visit.

This beautiful country restaurant and farm stall offers plenty to keep the whole family interested and engaged.

So, for those seeking a fun, family friendly time, lovely shop goodies and delicious food to boot – look no further than Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall.

Contact: +27 (043) 732 1101, bookings@pinecreek.co.za

Website: N/A

Address: Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall, Road A1, Holm Hill, Main Road, Beacon Bay, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#4 Guido’s Beachfront

Guido's Beachfront via Facebook
Guido’s Beachfront via Facebook

Guido’s Beachfront is a place beloved by children. Not only do they host incredible childrens’ parties, but they are one of the most popular child-friendly spots among East London locals.

The reviews are praiseworthy indeed – and rightly so because Guido’s Beachfront has it all: a great atmosphere, excellent food, attentive service and a wonderful play area for the kiddies.

If you are looking for a highly enjoyable family friendly restaurant, head to Guido’s Beachfront!

Contact: +27 (043) 743 4441, guidos@telkomsa.net

Website: N/A

Address: Guido’s Beachfront, Kenneway Complex, Esplanade Road, Quigney, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#5 Grazia Fine Food and Wine

For those seeking a child-friendly, yet still sophisticated restaurant, Grazia Fine Food and Wine is ideal. It allows parents to take the kids along without having to compromise on their own restaurant experience in any way.

Grazia is also blessed with beautiful sea views and lovely interiors. Add to that, excellent food and fine wine and you are all set for a truly memorable meal with your loved ones.

There is no kids menu but there are plenty of meal options, meaning lots to choose from… Pizza, pasta, desserts and more will see that everyone has a good meal in their belly before the visit is done.

Note: Grazia is another spot that is ideal for families with older children and teens especially.

Contact: +27 (043) 722 2009, (087) 350 4066, grazia@graziafinefood.co.za

Website: www.graziafinefood.co.za

Address: Grazia Fine Food and Wine, Upper Esplanade/Beach Front Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#6 The Beach Break

With its festive ambiance, closeness to the beach and lovely food offerings, The Beach Break is a charming option for families.

This is the perfect spot for coffee or breakfast with your loved ones. There is even a small but nice outside play area to keep little ones occupied during your visit.

Before or after your stop at this cosy cafe, take a stroll to Nahoon Beach and enjoy some extended family time.

Contact: +27 (076) 787 1136, beachbreak@mweb.co.za

Website: N/A

Address: The Beach Break, Beach Road, Nahoon, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#7 The Cricketer

The Cricketer via Facebook
The Cricketer via Facebook

Serving up the best steaks in town, The Cricketer – found about 17 kilometres outside of East London – is an old-time favourite among many East London residents and visitors.

This cosy, rustic restaurant, where good food, warm service and a pleasant dining experience abound, has a homely, yet elegant feel to it. It is a restaurant grounded by family principles of respect, love and special moments spent with those you love.

It is also nice and family friendly, with a good play area outside and plenty of space outdoors for kids.

Contact: +27 (083) 659 8899, alison@2swans.co.za

Website: www.2swans.co.za

Address: The Cricketer, The Cricketer, Schafli Road, Gonubie Broads, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#8 Sanook Eatery

Sanook Eatery – which is stylish, warm and cosy all in one – is a restaurant perhaps best suited to families with older children and teens – though it is still a great place to go for a family meal.

There isn’t a kids menu but with options like tasty toast breakfasts, pizza and a few child-friendly type desserts, Sanook Eatery surely has something for every family member to savour.

All in all, Sanook Eatery is a popular, special restaurant venue – and one well-loved at that.

Contact: +27 (043) 748 2494, eat@sanook.co.za

Website: www.sanook.co.za

Address: Sanook Eatery, 13A Beacon Bay Crossing, Bonza Bay Road, Beacon Bay, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#9 Lavender Blue Market

Lavender Blue Market via Facebook
Lavender Blue Market via Facebook

Whether you visit with family or friends, Lavender Blue Market is a delightful experience for all. With its pleasant atmosphere, lovely surroundings and delicious eats and drinks, Lavender Blue Market is a great find.

Add to that ample space outside for children to run and play and a nice kids’ area and you have a perfect family friendly destination, designed to cater to great breakfast/brunch meals with your loved ones.

Contact: +27 (043) 732 1172, lavenderbluemarket@telkomsa.net

Website: N/A

Address: Lavender Blue Market, Old Gonubie Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#10 Cantina & Craft

This exciting, Mexican-themed restaurant offers a wonderful kids menu, with more options than you would usually find for the little ones.

Fun meal options like Corn on the Cob, Cheesy Nachos with Chicken, Churros and Chocolate Sauce and Mini Burrito with Mac and Cheese spring to mind, as these are sure to delight even the fussiest little eater!

Aside from that, the restaurant space is stylish and aesthetically appealing, without being pretentious, and service is friendly… and that’s before you even start on the great food and drink available here.

If you are craving Mexican cuisine – but still want to take the whole family along – then pay Cantina & Craft a visit.

Contact: +27 (043) 748 2636

Website: www.cantinaandcraft.co.za

Address: Shop i&j Beacon Bay Crossings, Bonza Bay Road, Beacon Bay, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

These are the best family friendly restaurants in East London… Which will your family be visiting first?

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Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants in Johannesburg

Situated in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Joburg is an exciting city, perfect for travellers, locals and coffee connoisseurs to enjoy.

It also offers an array of good, varied restaurants, many of which are decidedly family friendly.

Here are the best family friendly restaurants in Johannesburg for you to explore:

#1 Bambanani

This upmarket eatery, which is wonderfully family friendly, combines the best of fun and food. It also features excellent play areas, woven between the stylish decor and delicious meals.

Catering to children from 6 months to 12 years, Bambanani offers great play and entertainment facilities for children. Highlights include a four-storey jungle gym, dress-up space, media room (complete with a Playstation, endless movies, Wii and Xbox), library and plenty of arts and crafts activities too.

Attentive childminders provide that added peace of mind for parents, while the in-house store, Bambi, offers ideal shopping and goodies for moms and tots.

If you are looking for a good, family friendly restaurant with nice food, good service and a lovely atmosphere for young and old, this is it.

Contact: +27 (011) 482 2900, info@bambanani.biz

Website: www.bambanani.biz

Address: Bambanani, 85, 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Bambanani
Bambanani

#2 AJ’s in the Park

This hidden gem, located in Craighall Park, is one of the more child-friendly restaurants around, making it perfect for the whole family.

With its relaxed, country-style atmosphere, great food and welcoming service, it is a winner through and through. Add to that, plenty of fun to be had for the kids and it is the ultimate drawcard for families both local and visiting.

The child play facilities are great fun, ensuring kids are entertained in between meals.

Best of all, every Tuesday, kids eat free… Meaning that, for every adult meal ordered, you receive one free child’s meal. (Note: Applicable only to sit-down guests.)

Join them for a wonderful meal for the whole family!

Contact: +27 (081) 2345 797, info@ajsrestaurant.co.za

Website: www.ajsrestaurant.co.za

Address: AJ’s in the Park, 33 Abercorn Avenue
Craighall Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

AJ's in the Park
AJ’s in the Park via Facebook

#3 Anderson’s Nursery and Coffee Shop 

This charming nursery and coffee shop is found among beautiful settings in Norwood, Johannesburg. It is suitably family friendly, with a lovely vibe and good food for young and old to enjoy.

For kids, there is a separate menu, which includes both breakfast and lunch picks. Additionally, there is also a fun craft centre for children to play and thrive in.

If you are looking for a lovely family friendly spot, with plenty to see and do, pay Anderson’s Nursery and Coffee Shop a visit.

Contact: +27 (011) 728 6802

Website: N/A

Address: Anderson’s Nursery and Coffee Shop, 10 Grant Avenue, Norwood, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#4 Dimples Cafe

Situated in the heart of the World of Golf, Woodmead, Dimples Cafe is a popular spot among families because it offers kids’ activities, tasty food (including burgers and pizzas), a great play park and so much more.

In addition to its food and friendly service, there is also sand art, colouring in, decorating joys, games and other fun for the little ones. Dimples Cafe is also a popular party venue, which is perfect for hosting kids’ parties.

All in all, this is a good place for young families to go for food and fun.

Contact: +27 (011)  545 8695, dimples@theworldofgolf.co.za

Website: N/A

Address: Dimples Cafe, Corner of Woodmead Drive and Maxwell Drive, Woodmead Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Dimples Cafe via Facebook
Dimples Cafe via Facebook

#5 Panettone Cafe Zoo Lake

Well loved by families with kids, Panettone Cafe Zoo Lake, an Italian-inspired bar and grill restaurant, is a safe, good spot to enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family.

With dedicated childminders on-hand in the lovely play area, a nice kids’ menu and great food for adults too, Panettone Cafe Zoo Lake is the whole package.

Join them for a tasty meal, complemented by good service, great views and a family friendly atmosphere every time.

Contact: +27 (011) 026 3506

Website: www.zoolakesportsclub.co.za

Address: Panettone Cafe Zoo Lake, Corner of Cardigan & Westwold Way,
Parkview, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#6 Gia’s on Montrose 

This cosy cafe – famed for its wonderful fare, delightful nursery and pleasant atmosphere – is a nice spot for families, especially as it has a secure play area, complete with a wendy house, jungle gym and sand pit.

There is a kids’ section on the main menu. It offers some tasty treats and snacks for kids, while parents enjoy their own delicious array of food and drink options.

Visit Gia’s on Montrose for a relaxing, enjoyable family meal.

Contact: +27 (011) 326 5074, giasonmontrose@mweb.co.za

Website: N/A

Address: Gia’s on Montrose, 66B South Rd, Morningside, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#7 The Green Room

The Green Room via Facebook
The Green Room via Facebook

Blessed with one of the more beautiful restaurant settings around, The Green Room is a stylish, popular addition to Pirates Sports Club in Greenside.

This cosy cafe – with its chic decor, child- and pet-friendly atmosphere and excellent food and drink offerings – is a thrill for both children and adults alike.

With a securely fenced off play area, peaceful setting and plenty for children to do and enjoy, The Green Room really is a joy for all who visit, especially the little ones.

Contact: +27 (084) 660 0166, greenroom.jhb@gmail.com

Website: thegreenroom.joburg

Address: The Green Room, 4 Crudenbay Road
Greenside, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#8 The Place2B

This South African-inspired eatery, situated at Lanseria Country Estate, has it all: a relaxing ambiance, wholesome meals, wide, open spaces and lovely service.

In addition to its standard food – which uses only the best, freshest ingredients, The Place2B also has a dedicated children’s menu, ideally suited to children under 12.

For children (or the young at heart), there is a soccer field, friendly farm animals (including horses, a pot-bellied pig and some goats too) and plenty of space to play and roam too… All of which ensures this is a vibrant child- and pet-friendly restaurant.

Contact: +27 (083) 446 7663 , theplace2b@lanseriacountryestate.co.za.

Website: www.lanseriacountryestate.co.za

Address: The Place2B, Lanseria Country Estate, Lindley, Lanseria, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#9 Ri’stretto

This lovely Italian al fresco ‘cucina’ is a welcoming family friendly spot, famed for its outstanding coffee and food. Their focus is on creating “enjoyable family outing(s) and experiences”, something that they surely do.

As a bonus, on Mondays, kids eat free, as, for every attending adult, your child(ren) can enjoy one free meal. They also offer plenty of tasty child-friendly meals, thanks to the dedicated kids’ menu.

With mouthwatering food, a great vibe and good service, Ri’stretto makes for a good eat out experience for all.

Contact: +27 (011) 783 1090, info@ristretto.co.za

Website: www.ristretto.co.za

Address: Ri’stretto, Corner of Rivonia Road and Cullinan Close, Morningside Morningside, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#10 Tres Jolie

Tres Jolie
Tres Jolie

Tres Jolie is an established venue, equipped with excellent staff, who – in addition to the beautiful settings, outstanding restaurant atmosphere and quality food – have helped to cement it as the top class restaurant that it is.

It is also a fun place to go with the kids, with plenty of entertainment, cute farm animals and a beautiful play area for children to see and enjoy here.

Whether you join Tres Jolie for a special function and party – or simply for a relaxed family meal – it is hard to go wrong with this stylish eatery.

Contact: +27 (011) 794 2473, info@tresjolie.co.za

Website: www.tresjolie.co.za

Address: Tres Jolie, Plot 22, Peter Road, Ruimsig, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

These are just some of the best family friendly restaurants and cafes for you (and yours) to enjoy in Joburg!

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Vegetarian- and Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in East London

East London, one of the Eastern Cape‘s most lovely cities, offers plenty for all to see, eat and explore. 

Among these, one even finds a few vegetarian- and vegan-friendly restaurants… East London’s offerings are perhaps not as clear-cut as a city like Cape Town but there are still a few options for all types of eaters to enjoy.

Note: Many of these restaurants listed here are not purely vegan or vegetarian as places such as these are few and far between in East London – but in most cases, they do still draw vegans and especially vegetarians to their doors. Please check the breakdowns next to each restaurant listed to see whether it is vegan or vegetarian friendly – or suited to both.

Here are some of the best vegetarian- and vegan-friendly options in East London:

#1 Earth Forest

With a 100% plant-based menu, permaculture ethics, commitment to sustainable, healthy foods and a simple, holistic approach, Earth Forest is undoubtedly one of the most vegan- and vegetarian – friendly places in all of East London.

This living kitchen and juice bar is well-loved for its cold-pressed juices, smoothies, superfoods and plant-based meals.

Meal options like organic beetroot shots or fresh, juicy lentil burgers are sure to keep you coming back for more. Menus change regularly to ensure fresh, organic produce is always incorporated.

Contact: +27 (063) 631 5336‬​, stirling@earthforest.co.za
berea@earthforest.co.za

Website: www.earthforest.co.za

Address: Earth Forest, Stirling Road, Stirling
​Chamberlain Road, Berea, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Earth Forest via Facebook
Earth Forest via Facebook

#2 Mad Batter

This specialised bakery caters to all tastes and diets – including vegan, gluten-free, low carb and paleo – so it is a wonderful idea for vegans and vegetarians seeking delicious, health conscious sweet treats and baked goods. No matter whether you wish to spoil yourself – or shop for a special occasion.

The food also looks as good as it tastes, meaning your baked goods are as beautiful as they are mouthwatering.

So, while it is not your traditional eatery, it is definitely still worth a mention and keeping in mind!

Contact: +27 (064) 752 5528, madbattereastlondon@outlook.com

Website: N/A

Address: Mad Batter, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#3 Sisters East London

2 Sisters via Facebook
2 Sisters East London via Facebook

While not a restaurant or eatery, 2 Sisters are instead the proud stockists of leading vegan brands from all around South Africa. And, with their own online orders and offerings, they reach an audience far wider than just East London itself.

They offer everything from vegan meats to ice-cream to homemade meals. And, while they specialise in orders rather than a physical shop, you can still find their goods locally at places such as Meraki Market and Sugar Dot Com Bakery etc.

Drop them a message or visit their Facebook page for more information on what, how and when you can order your vegan-friendly goods – or keep an eye out for their vegan stall at Meraki Market.

Contact: +27 (066) 162 0238, 2sisterseastlondon@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: 2 Sisters, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#4 Irana Indian Cuisine

While Irana Indian Cuisine does primarily meat-based options – we are happy to report that they also have a good selection of tasty, vegetarian dishes, ensuring that vegetarians are catered for too.

Options like Mix Bean Curry, Potato Curry and Butter Bean with Brinjal are all sure to hit the spot…

Best of all, visitors (vegans and vegetarians among them) agree this is one of the best places to enjoy authentic Indian cuisine in all of SA.

What’s more, the restaurant atmosphere is homely and welcoming, ensuring a good meal is had by all.

Note: While they aren’t necessarily vegan – they do cater to vegetarians, and possibly vegans too.

Contact: +27 (083) 893 9398

Website: N/A

Address: Irana Indian Cuisine,  5 Glaston Street, Berea, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#5 Country Bumpkin

Country Bumpkin, situated at Floradale Nursery, Beacon Bay, lies within a tastefully restored old farm house, surrounded by lush greenery and foliage.

They are known for their fresh, country fare, in particular their gourmet pizzas and a la carte menu.

Although they are not out-and-out vegetarian by any stretch of the food imagination – they do have a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, everything from salads to falafel burgers to vegetarian pizzas.

For this reason and so many others, the delightful Country Bumpkin is worth a visit.

Note: While they aren’t necessarily vegan – they do cater to vegetarians, and possibly vegans, with plenty of vegetarian options spread across their menus.

Contact: +27 (043) 748 4840, info@countrybumpkin.co.za

Website: www.countrybumpkin.co.za

Address: Country Bumpkin, Shop 6, Floradale Nursery, Old Gonubie Road, Beacon Bay, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Country Bumpkin
Country Bumpkin

#6 Jules on Jarvis

Focusing on fresh, local and above all, honest food – Jules on Jarvis provide guests with incredible meals… because ‘life is too short to eat average food’.

Among their Breakfast and Lunch and Dinner Menus, one finds a few, good vegetarian (and possibly vegan) options.

In addition to their great food, they also offer a cosy, warm restaurant space where you can chat and enjoy your meal in contented bliss.

Note: While they aren’t vegan – they do cater to vegetarians (and possibly vegans too) thanks to a few, selected menu options.

Contact: +27 (043) 726 8774, julesonjarvis@gmail.com

Website: julesonjarvis.co.za

Address: Jules on Jarvis, 34 Jarvis Road, Berea, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Jules on Jarvis via Facebook
Jules on Jarvis via Facebook

#7 Sanook Eatery

Sanook Eatery, a highly popular spot locally in East London, is a classy, yet down-to-earth eatery that has it all.

At Sanook Eatery, great service, delicious food and a lovely ambiance help to really set the perfect mood, no matter the occasion.

Although they are certainly not out-and-out vegetarian, they cater to vegetarian eaters thanks to their vast, varied menu, which offers a selection of vegetarian-marked meals.

So be sure to join them for a tasty meal with those you love.

Note: While they aren’t vegan – they do cater nicely to vegetarians, with plenty of options spread across their vast, varied menu.

Contact: +27 (043) 748 2494, eat@sanook.co.za

Website: www.sanook.co.za

Address: Sanook Eatery, 13A Beacon Bay Crossing, Bonza Bay Road, Beacon Bay, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#8 The Aroma

The Aroma – a stylish Indian restaurant with a fun Western twist – is another worthy East London eatery. Here, guests can enjoy delicious food in a beautiful setting, with good, friendly service to enhance your experience.

Their menu offers limited vegetarian options, including the likes of the Aroma Stir Veggie Fry Burger and Vegetable Korma.

Note: While they aren’t vegan, they do cater to vegetarians (and possibly vegans) in a small capacity.

Contact: +27 (043) 735 1378, reception@thearoma.co.za

Website: thearoma.co.za

Address: The Aroma, 14c Epsom Road, Stirling, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The Aroma
The Aroma

#9 Grazia Fine Food and Wine

Grazia Fine Food and Wine is another eating establishment that, while not out-and-out vegetarian, still makes an effort to cater to its vegetarian visitors and their food preferences.

Given this, guests can browse their Salad, Primi Piatti and Vegetarian Pizzas for some vegetarian fare that is sure to win over your taste buds. Highlights include the Vegetarian Curry Pizza, Greek Salad and Insalata Caprese options.

Plus, they offer a beautiful restaurant setting, complete with attentive service and a wine list of note.

Note: While they aren’t vegan – they do cater nicely to vegetarians, especially in their Primi Piatti, Vegetarian Pizzas and Salad options.

Contact: +27 (043) 722 2009, (087) 350 4066, grazia@graziafinefood.co.za

Website: www.graziafinefood.co.za

Address: Grazia Fine Food and Wine, Upper Esplanade/Beach Front Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#10 Cantina & Craft

Cantina & Craft offers a simple, yet well-varied menu, which includes some nice vegetarian-type options.

Every meal is created in-house, providing the ultimate freshness. Specialising primarily in Mexican-style cuisine and craft beer, Cantina & Craft offers delicious meals for all.

The atmosphere is welcoming and fun, cementing a good time while you feast.

Note: While they aren’t vegan – they do loosely cater to vegetarians, with a few vegetarian options on offer.

Contact: +27 (043) 748 2636

Website: www.cantinaandcraft.co.za

Address: Shop i&j Beacon Bay Crossings, Bonza Bay Road, Beacon Bay, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

 

These are just some of the most vegan and vegetarian friendly places you will find in East London… They are few and far between in East London – but depending on your food preferences and comfort levels, you might still find a local gem – that respects your food beliefs – or meal among their ranks.

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