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.

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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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