Cape Winelands: Where to eat with the kids this winter

The weather may be frosty but that doesn’t mean the little ones will be any less energetic or more patient waiting for their food to arrive. This is the list to consult on those days when you want to drive out to the Winelands for a great meal and have the kids entertained.

Creation Tasting Room (Hemel-en-Aarde Valley)

This destination restaurant may seem like an unlikely spot to take the kids, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to keeping the little ones out of your hair. In addition to the indoor play room filled with toys, books and colouring-in pages, the restaurant also does a special kids’ pairing with healthy snacks and fruit juices.

A dessert spread for the adults at Creation Tasting Room

A dessert spread for the adults at Creation Tasting Room. Photo supplied.

The Dirtopia Café (Stellenbosch)

This trail-running and off-road biking range also has a café that serves up wholesome country-inspired fare. The little ones can enjoy games, books, colouring in, movies, giant soft toys and more. When it comes to the eats, children can choose between toasted sandwiches, chicken nuggets and fish fingers.

A burger at Dirtopia Café

A burger at Dirtopia Café. Photo supplied.

Eat@Simonsvlei (Paarl)?

The whole family is taken care of at this much-loved Paarl spot, and you can fill up on pizzas or light snacks while enjoying a peaceful glass of wine. You can keep a close eye on the kids as they play inside with various blocks and educational toys. The kids’ menu features pizzas, hotdogs, burgers and chicken strips. Eat@Simonsvlei also does kiddie parties.

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Skilpadvlei Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

Skilpadvlei offers an extensive menu of South African classics like ribs, steaks and bobotie, as well as pizzas and sandwiches served with their estate’s wine. Kids can choose between meals of toasties, ribs, fish fingers or pizza. To keep them busy, the indoor play area has interactive toys.

A Skilpadvlei pizza

A Skilpadvlei pizza. Photo supplied.

Stone Kitchen (Wellington)

The menu here is filled with great lunch picks like lamb, wild boar or vegetarian burgers; ribs; quiche; and roast chicken with seasonal fruits, nuts and seeds. Kids could go for a mini cheese board or other mini versions of the adult menu like burgers and ribs. For working out all that energy, the little ones can enjoy the indoor playroom with a jungle gym, board games, puzzles, books, a climbing wall, a Lego table and a play kitchen.

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Vredenhof Organic Estate (Stellenbosch)

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy simple organic farm fare at Vredenhof. Kids can munch on burgers, fish and chips, or pasta, then enjoy the indoor jungle gym.

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