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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Five Fabulous Restaurants near Llandudno

The dreamy, ocean-fronting suburb of Llandudno may be small and somewhat tucked away – but it’s a true Cape Peninsula gem all the same.

Without the mild snottiness of Camps Bay or Clifton, this beautiful suburb has it all: peace and quiet, a gorgeous beach and of course, close proximity to important Cape Town attractions like Lion’s Head, Camps Bay Beach, Hout Bay, Table Mountain and even the CBD.

So whether you’re visiting for the day or staying over, here are five wonderful eateries to visit just a stone’s throw away from lovely Llandudno:

#1 Suikerbossie Restaurant & Estate

Suikerbossie may be a famous wedding venue – but this beautiful estate, which is flanked on the west by Llandudno’s own beach, offers some incredible food too!

During the working week (except on Mondays, when the restaurant is closed), there is a lovely a la carte menu available – but it’s undoubtedly the Sunday buffet that has everyone scrambling for a table.

On Sundays and public holidays, visitors can expect to tuck into either a breakfast or lunch buffet of note and enjoy soaking up the sensational views and interiors of this classy establishment.

Whenever you choose to visit, you can’t go wrong with Suikerbossie’s charming restaurant.

Please note:  The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and tea – and prior booking is essential.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 1450/5933, dave@suikerbossie.co.za

Website: www.suikerbossie.co.za

Address: Suikerbossie Restaurant & Estate, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

www.suikerbossie.co.za
www.suikerbossie.co.za

#2 La Cuccina

If one thing is true of La Cuccina, it is that the food here is prepared with immense love and passion.

This beautiful eatery offers a range of choices to suit every palate, diet and eating trend – with everything from chicken and meat dishes, to vegan and vegetarian and delicious pasta meals available too! (What’s more, the sides and desserts are sure to take you to food heaven.)

So whether you’re after somewhere to enjoy a wholesome meal – or are keen to pick up a pre-cooked meal for your family after a long day, La Cuccina is for you!

Note: La Cuccina now does home orders and deliveries (to selected areas) of their ready-made meals!

Contact: +27 (021) 790 8008, orders@lacuccina.co.za

Website: lacuccina.co.za

Address: La Cuccina, Victoria Mall, Corner of Victoria and Empire Roads, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Quentin at Oakhurst

www.oakhurstbarn.com
www.oakhurstbarn.com

For those looking for a sublime dining experience in and around Llandudno or Hout Bay, rejoice: the search is over. This is because Quentin at Oakhurst offers a suave, soothing and sensational restaurant.

The restaurant may sit inside a lovingly restored and renovated barn, but it’s full of anything but horses and hay… Instead, within its pretty threshold, true Cape heritage prevails and the interiors are as classy and tasteful as they come.

The food at Quentin at Oakhurst is rich in flavour, organic and mouthwatering to boot… So don’t miss visiting them for a special meal!

Contact: +27 (021) 790 4888, (072) 242 0264

Website: www.oakhurstbarn.com

Address: Quentin at Oakhurst, Oakhurst Farm, Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Massimo’s

As arguably one of the best Italian-style eateries in the Mother City, Massimo’s needs little introduction – if any, to be frank.

But, just in case you haven’t heard of or visited it yet, here’s what we can tell you about it: it’s outstanding!

This restaurant offers an airy, lovely space, with great food and service to complement the dining atmosphere. In particular, their wood-fired pizzas (with excellent, fresh toppings) are a winner every time!

There is a beautiful, family- and dog-friendly vibe, which permeates through every inch of this lovely eatery, cementing a memorable and homely dining experience.

Note: In addition to its standard offerings, Massimo’s also offers a full vegan menu. Guests are able to dine in or enjoy takeaways.

Contact:  +27 (021) 790 5648

Website: www.massimos.co.za

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

#5 Clay Cafe

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claycafe.co.za

Not only does the Clay Cafe make for an incredibly fun experience for the whole family – especially the kiddies – thanks to their ceramic painting and awesome parties – but it also offers a charming restaurant space for guests to enjoy.

The setting is laid-back and gorgeous and the food is very good. What’s more, Clay Cafe caters to Halaal dining, as well as vegetarians and vegans, meaning that no one has to get left hungry or out in the cold, so to speak.

With a yummy array of breakfasts, lunches, pizzas, burgers, cakes and more to choose from… Clay Cafe is one food spot that the whole family will surely love!

Contact: 076 810 5120, 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.

These are just five of the delightful eateries that you can enjoy near Llandudno (and Hout Bay), as you explore this glorious part of Cape Town!

Top 10 Restaurants in Hout Bay

Hout Bay is loved for its beautiful ocean views, fun activities and strong sense of community, which makes it almost feel like its own republic within the city of Cape Town… but what about eateries? What has it got to offer us on the food front, you ask?

Well, it’s pretty great in that sense too – particularly as Hout Bay offers a host of top-class, varied restaurant options!

#1 Quentin at Oakhurst

As something of a hidden Hout Bay gem, Quentin at Oakhurst is arguably one of the most underrated restaurants in Hout Bay – and yet, popular review (straight from the people) tells us that it is oh-so-good!

Buoyed by wonderful, rich farming at Oakhurst estate, this restaurant believes in sustainable practices and foods (where possible), a strong family team and food focused solely on the people for whom it is intended.

Their ethos is firmly inspired by their sentiments towards the foods they source, prepare and cook… which probably explains why it’s so great!

These values have held them in good stead, as they ensure a beautiful and quality restaurant offering, with tasty meals prepared with care and dedication.

For these reasons – and so many more – Quentin is one of Hout Bay’s truly unmissable eateries.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 4888, (072) 242 0264

Website: www.oakhurstbarn.com

Address: Quentin at Oakhurst, Oakhurst Farm, Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

www.oakhurstbarn.com
www.oakhurstbarn.com

#2 Cheyne’s

Own and run by talented chef, Cheyne Morrisby, this Asian fusion-meets-tasty-tapas eatery packs a big punch… In all the right ways!

Cheyne’s – a vastly popular local eatery – brings a range of delicious and creative dishes to the table, while catering to both meat-eaters and vegetarians in the process!

If you’re looking to experience a true Hout Bay favourite (and enjoy tucking into mouthwatering meals while you’re at it!), then Cheyne’s is the place to go.

Contact: (066) 412 3289

Website: www.facebook.com/cheyneshoutbay

Address: Cheyne’s, Main Road, Scott Estate, Hout Bay,Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 La Cuccina

After 18 years of good, long-standing business, the same tried and trusted ways still play a key role at La Cuccina.

All meals are, as far as possible, prepared from scratch in the kitchen and healthy, natural flavours and ingredients are where it’s at.

The food – which is comforting, yet tasty- is as good as ever. It echoes of good, old-fashioned home cooking, while still incorporating some modern concepts!

For those craving a touch of mom’s cooking (with a modern twist) and a delightful restaurant ambiance, you need look no further than La Cuccina.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 8008

Website: lacuccina.co.za

Address: La Cuccina, Victoria Mall, Corner of Victoria and Empire Roads, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Chapman’s Peak Restaurant

Established some 25 years ago, Chapman’s Peak Restaurant is something of a grand dame in Cape Town’s outdoor restaurant scene.

Famed for its fabulous calamari and superb seafood, it is blessed with one of the best settings in the Cape Peninsula – and to top it all off, it also offers guests a beautiful terrace, perfect for al fresco dining or sundowners.

Join them for a drink, a scrumptious seafood dish or even just a touch of atmosphere, complemented by a light meal just to tide you over… Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 1036

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

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

#5 Massimo’s

Combining their Italian and Liverpool roots, Massimo and wife Tracey are the passionate duo behind Massimo’s.

At Massimo’s, the food is honest, portions are generous and service is friendly, all of which ensure that this charming pizzeria is a winner.

And best of all, this popular Italian-style eatery is big on food – and even bigger on heart (they support some wonderful causes!).

Contact:  +27 (021) 790 5648

Website: www.massimos.co.za

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

www.spiroshoutbay.co.za
www.spiroshoutbay.co.za

#6 Spiro’s

This Greek restaurant is like walking straight into a Mediterranean dream… In fact, you could even call Spiro’s a ‘slice of Greece in beautiful Hout Bay’.

Its authentic Greek cuisine is made with love, so you’re guaranteed quality, and it also offers guests a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, with a fresh, almost youthful feel to it.

Seating options offer something for everyone to enjoy – whether you are after al fresco dining areas, an enclosed courtyard or intimate indoor spaces, perfectly primed for lunch and dinner.

Contact: +27 (021) 791 3897

Website: www.spiroshoutbay.co.za

Address: Spiro’s, 30 Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Ristorante Posticino

With a main branch first opened in Sea Point (which is still thriving, it must be said), Ristorante Posticino Hout Bay may have only been open since 2013 in Hout Bay, yet already it has become a local favourite.

Like its Sea Point sister, this restaurant offers a warm, welcoming family experience, with good food and quality service to match…

And given how it is located before the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, gorgeous dining views are a given too!

Contact: + 27 (021) 791 1166

Website: posticino.co.za

Address: Ristorante Posticino, 6 Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Dario’s Cafe

www.darioscafe.co.za
www.darioscafe.co.za

Found in 2007, this cheerful, little coffee bar has fast become part of the Hout Bay foodie scene. Dario’s brings with it everything from good coffee and fresh sandwiches to decadent cakes and incredible pasta dishes – to name just a few tasty options!

This authentic Italian ‘bar’ experience offers guests a vibey atmosphere, tempting coffee aromas and a sense of coziness, without being invasive.

Join Dario’s for that catch-up with friends, casual work meeting or fun weekend treat, perfect for the whole family.

Contact: +27 (021) 791 0021

Website: www.darioscafe.co.za

Address: Dario’s Cafe, Victoria Avenue, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Lucky Bao

Serving up Asian street food, the small but efficient Lucky Bao is another fine Hout Bay restaurant offering that comes courtesy of chef Cheyne Morrisby.

It might only be able to seat eight people, but, despite its size, it offers plenty of wondrous Oriental flavours and should be overlooked at one’s peril… As for what it lacks in space, it makes up for in food quality and flavour!

Contact: (064) 661 4415

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LuckyBaoBar

Address: Lucky Bao, 1 Pam Arlene Place, Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Dunes Beach Restaurant

Dunes is, as they say, a right favourite among the locals… This casual, laid-back eatery – enviously located on the lovely Hout Bay Beach – is perfect for all kinds of occasions, be they social, personal or corporate.

It offers gorgeous views, good food and plenty of child-friendly fun, including a popular kiddies’ playground.

Dunes also offers a well-balanced, varied menu, with something for every type of eater to enjoy!

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.

These are just some of many great restaurants to enjoy in charming Hout Bay – but you’re not going to want to miss this bunch!