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.

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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.

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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 Restaurants in Camps Bay

Camps Bay is one of Cape Town’s most glamorous suburbs… In fact, with its beautiful beach(es), gorgeous mountain and ocean views and pricey, seaside mansions, it’s the envy of many across the world.

And while there’s plenty of outdoor fun, luxury and beach glamour to enjoy here, there’s also some great food and drinks in the mix.

Here are some of the best restaurants in Camps Bay… And they are sure to keep you happy and inspired long after the sun has set!

#1 Bilboa

If you’re craving a restaurant that’s elegant, chic and blessed with an enviable location, then you need look no further than Camps Bay’s beautiful Bilboa.

This relatively new, seaside offering provides visitors with fresh, tasty food, contemporary chic decor and a sensational setting.

It’s quickly cemented itself as one of the best restaurants Camps Bay has to offer… so isn’t it time you popped by?

Contact: +27 (021) 286 5155, info@bilboa.co.za

Website: bilboa.co.za

Address: Bilboa Restaurant, Shop 120, First Floor, The Promenade,
Victoria Bay, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Azure Restaurant

This five-star restaurant needs no introduction. It’s not only one of the most sumptuous and lovely in the Camps Bay strip, but also in the entire Mother City.

Here, fine dining meets incredible views – and the result is quite spectacular. Choose between local or international dishes, which include seafood, meat and vegetarian options.

And don’t forget to save space for dessert… Bea’s double baked cheesecake (preferably enjoyed out on the terrace…) is sure to hit every sweet spot!

Note: The dress code is semi formal – and for men, trousers and closed shoes are required.

Contact: +27 (021) 437 9029, reservations1@12apostles.co.za

Website: www.12apostleshotel.com

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

#3 The Hussar Grill Camps Bay

Steak lovers, this one is just for you… And, as it serves up great meals (especially those incredible steaks) with good consistency, it’s small wonder that this Hussar Grill branch is one of the most popular eateries in Camps Bay.

Visit it for a memorable meal in a fun surrounding, with good service and quality all around.

And sure, Hussar Grill might be found across SA now – but this branch is pretty special, take it from us…

Contact: +27 (021) 438 0151

Website: www.hussargrill.co.za

Address: The Hussar Grill Camps Bay, 108 Camps Bay Drive, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Paranga

Paranaga has been impressing for a few years now – and when you visit it, it’s clear to see (and taste) why.

Here, prime views, classy decor and a great menu are assured… Oh, and don’t forget a great vibe to really seal the deal!

Paranga’s ideal setting makes it even better… This one is a must-visit for sure!

Contact: +27 (021) 438 0404/9224

Website: www.paranga.co.za

Address: Paranga, Shop No. 1, The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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www.paranga.co.za

#5 The Raj

Bringing the finest tastes of Northern India to the Mother City, The Raj is the place to go for some of the best Indian food around.

If Tikka Masala or Vindaloo (and so much) are your go-to, date night meals, then prepare to fall in love with The Raj.

At The Raj, it’s all about service with a smile, a gorgeous setting and amazing food.

Note: The Raj also caters to events and functions, so be sure to contact them for all your catering needs.

Contact: +27 (021) 438 4555

Website: therajrestaurant.com

Address: The Raj, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 The Leopard Bar

Found within the enviable Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, The Leopard Bar is a great place to head for a drink or two… with some tasty food thrown in for good measure!

Its relaxed, yet upbeat environment adds to the appeal, making it a great place to unwind – especially around sunset.

It offers an excellent range of cocktails, cognacs and ports for you to enjoy – but, if you get the chance, don’t miss out on the tasty snacks and famed Tea by the Sea.

Contact: +27 (021) 437 9029

Website: www.12apostleshotel.com

Address: The Leopard Bar and Conservatory, Twelve Apostles Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 The Roundhouse Restaurant

As one of Cape Town’s oldest institutions (with an incredible history to boot), The Roundhouse is worth visiting if only to soak up some of the city’s classic beauty and timeless history.

Today, The Roundhouse is a classy restaurant, where good food, fine wine and spirits and welcoming restaurant staff await you.

Sit inside or enjoy the laid-back, outdoorsy Rumbullion, which offers its own tapas-style menu – and plenty of charm besides…

Note: The Roundhouse is closed for renovations until 31 July 2018.

Contact: +27 (021) 438 4347, info@theroundhouserestaurant.com

Website: theroundhouserestaurant.com

Address: The Roundhouse Restaurant, Round House Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Roundhouse
The Roundhouse

#8 Zenzero

Offering Italian flavours and Camps Bay style, Zenzero packs a really good punch with its delicious food, made from the fresh ingredients around (with some zesty, spicy undertones thrown in to really impress your tastebuds).

Whether you order the chargrilled Lamb Chops, grilled Norwegian Salmon or mouthwatering pastas, you’re sure to leave with a happy, full tummy – and a desire to return again soon.

The homemade desserts at Zenzero are an equal joy… so don’t leave without savouring some of them too!

Contact: +27 (021) 438 0007, info@zenzerorestaurant.co.za

Website: www.zenzerorestaurant.co.za

Address: Zenzero, Shop 2A, The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 La Belle Bistro & Bakery

At La Belle Bistro & Bakery, visitors really are spoilt for choice. This is yet another classy Camps Bay offering, with stunning decor and gorgeous views – but what really sets it apart is that it offers something of everything good for guests to enjoy.

Whether you stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just drinks – prepare to be wowed by the tasty food and drink(s) available here.

Grab a sandwich, enjoy a light bite or tuck into grilled Kingklip – the food options are endless… and all worthwhile!

Note: La Belle also has a lovely Constantia-based branch to enjoy.

Contact: +27 (021) 437 1278, info@labellecb.co.za

Website: www.labellecampsbay.co.za

Address: La Belle Bistro & Bakery, 201 The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

www.labellecampsbay.co.za
www.labellecampsbay.co.za

#10 Codfather

Last but by no means least, we present the well-loved Codfather, a space where fresh seafood and incredible sushi hit the mark every time!

The food and service here are top class, so it’s no wonder that, to date, Codfather remains one of the longest standing, most popular Camps Bay restaurants around.

Tuck into a veritable seafood feast, made up of fresh fish, shellfish and innovative sushi – or create your own platter to enjoy… The choice is yours and the options are pretty endless, it must be said!

Contact: : +27 (021) 438 0782/3, codfather@mweb.co.za

Website: www.codfather.co.za

Address: Codfather, 37 The Drive, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the stylish, seaside eateries to enjoy in Camps Bay – and we recommend checking each and every one of them off your foodie list!