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10 Best Family-Friendly Markets In and Around Cape Town

September 18, 2017

I say in and AROUND Cape Town, because there may be one or two options on here that will require you to drive a little further. Don’t be alarmed! Because I promise it will be well worth the journey. Most of the child-friendly farmers’ markets on this list, however, are fortunately just a stone throw away if you live in our beautiful city.

There are so many reasons why we should be supporting our local farmers’ markets. Markets are no doubt hard work, and lots of time and effort go into the prep. to bring us all enjoyment.  The farmers, chefs, and other creatives work tirelessly to bring the community only the best organic produce, carefully handcrafted goodies, and the most delicious foods and bakes you will not find anywhere else. It guarantees to cater to almost all your needs and provides a diverse variety of culinary preferences. It is also of the few places you may get your hands on pure honey!

A visit to your local farmers’ market also eliminates the usual mundane mall shopping and saves us as parents and our kids a lot of frustration and tears. Now the kids can play while you shop and bite on a falafel. Score! So, to show your appreciation for their incredible efforts, go out and support your local and very talented artisans.

Here I have selected the 10 most kid-friendly Farmers’ markets 🙂




The Blaauwklippen Family Market is child and pet-friendly. The market caters for children of all ages, with various rides and activities and offer a safe environment well away from roads or water.

Every 3rd Sunday dog lovers can enjoy the Vineyard Doggy Walk with all proceeds going towards the Helderberg Animal Welfare Society.

Every Sunday/ Blaauwklippen Vineyards/+27 (0)21 880 0133





This vibey market has recently also introduced their Young Saturdays kids program with face painting, a clown, the making of balloon animals, story-telling, magicians and many more creative activities designed to keep the young ones happy and entertained while you shop and dine.

Friday: 5pm to 9pm/ Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am to 4pm/ 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay/ +27 (0)82 570 5997





Here, the little ones are sure to be entertained by various activities, and at the Friday night twilight market, you can take a stroll down the dreamy Fairy Light Lane – either with the little ones or just a romantic get-away from the hustle and bustle.

Every Friday from 17h00 – 21h00 and every Sunday from 10h00 – 15h00 / Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Rd, Somerset West/ +27 (0)72 284 1654





This Market is a family favourite no matter the weather. It is housed in sturdy marquees and offers live and non-stop entertainment for all ages.

Every Saturday & Sunday 10 to 16:00/ Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch/ +27 (0)21 881 3052






Family-friendly and pet-friendly. Kids can play for free at the demarcated kiddies play area and is invited to bring along their ball sports such as cricket, football

Selected Wednesday evenings 4 PM – 9 PM/ Kenilworth Racecourse, Wetton Rd/ +27(0) 62 084 1152





Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day in the park. With a designated entertainment area for the kids, great coffee, delicious food stalls, arts & crafts, gifts, raffles, and pre-loved goodies.

1 October, 5 November, 3 December/ Rocklands Road Park, Location: Deerpark Dr Vredehoek/ +27 (0)82 408 5000



Now, this Market is about 4 hours drive outside Cape Town, along the Garden route, but definitely on our road-trip list. It’s multiple award-winning,   internationally famous, and continues to attract locals and travelers returning for more of its festive fare.

The Wild Oats vision is firmly focused on increasing responsible environmental awareness through educating customers how they can minimise their carbon-footprints… beginning by simply choosing to buy local (Garden Route Local, that is!)

Every Saturday Morning 7:30 – 12 noon/ Corner N2 & Jan Van Riebeeck Street, Sedgefield, Western Cape/ +27 (0)82 376 5020




A beautifully crafted market showcasing the best for your baby, kids & family. Enjoy Wine & great Food while shopping the best there is to buy for your little one and for mom!

There is an entrance fee of R30 (R5 of each ticket sold will be donated to a local charity that supports local children).

The market starts at 9 am and please take cash as there are no ATMS or card facilities.

6-7 October 9am/ Bellevue Wine Estate, Bottelary Rd/ +27 (0)21 865 2055





Products have been grown, raised, harvested, caught, preserved or transformed by the producers themselves.

There are also jungle gyms to keep the kids busy while you relax and take in all the sights and aromas.

Open every Saturdays 09h00 – 14h00/ 39 Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley/ +27 (0)21 914 7218






There is something to do for the whole family, and your pets are welcome!

Children are well catered for, with a supervised jumping castle and giant roly-poly ball on the lower lawn adjacent to the tasting room, and an extensive wooden jungle gym.

Every Saturday from 09h00 to 14h00/ Zandrift Vineyards, Paarl (opposite Boschenmeer Golf Estate)/ +27(0) 071 131 1380





As with all the above markets, the Big Bay Market is aimed at families. Come hungry, come expecting an amazing vibe and don’t forget the picnic blankets!

Last Wednesday of the month 4pm-9pm/ Big Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, Otto Du Plessis Drive, Blouberg/ +27 (0)81 797 2825


Happy Spring!



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10 most child friendly places to eat in Hout Bay

September 23, 2016

While on our recent holiday in Houtbay, the number one challenge we were faced with was finding (updated) child friendly eateries in the area.

You only realize how truly valuable this information is once you’re a mom of little tots. The very idea of bringing your busy brood into a fancy restaurant with little place to move, let alone run around, while having to endure the stares and snares from fellow diners, is enough to make any parent cringe with panic.

Usually, we just pop in at The Lookout deck for their amazing fish and chips, but mostly for the view. However, this time we wanted to try somewhere different. Little did we know just how incredibly hard it would be to find  good alternatives.

What a relief when we found Scarecrows on the net! So, we punched in the GPS coordinates and off we drove for brunch; only to get there and learn Scarecrows no longer exist and has now been replaced by Massimo’s, which, by the way, was closed this Sunday afternoon. Wonderful!

Tummies rumbling and frustrated, we headed toward our holiday destination, and stopped at the first restaurant we saw. Just as our luck would have it that day, the place was not child-friendly at all – not even a kiddies menu in sight. We ended up enjoying our meals anyway, because hey, it’s Houtbay, and everyone makes you feel so at home here.

I did however vow to find out exactly where all the sneaky kid-friendly eateries are hiding in the Valley and share them with my fellow fab moms. So, here they are!



Child friendly, family Greek restaurant in the heart of Hout Bay with a fully equipped children’s playroom with a full time child minder. There is also a well balanced kiddies menu to make this a suitable family outing where children are well cared for!
30 Main Road, 7806 Hout Bay
Call: 021 791 3897

Earthworx Garden Cafe


Cute little restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Great play area for kids and milkshakes!
Corner of Valley and Victoria Road, Hout Bay
Call: 021 790 3033


Wharfside Grill Restaurant – Mariner’s Wharf


Although I couldn’t find it anywhere on the website, I was able to confirm that The Wharfside Grill (On the deck) has a very lovely kiddies menu. Although they don’t have a play area to entertain the kids, I as informed that the waiters are very aptly dressed in sailor attire, which I am sure will keep the kids more than entertained. 
Mariner’s Wharf, Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay
Call for bookings: 021 790 1100



Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay 
Friendly Italian owners, the best Pizza on the Atlantic and a play area for the kids!
Call: 021 790 5648



Arguably the best fish and chips in Town and at a good price! I have been told by a regular with two kids of her own, that this joint also has the best play area she’s seen. 
Quay 4, Harbour Rd, Hout Bay
Call:  021 790 6677


Dunes Beach Restaurant


Well-known as a family friendly destination, and it has a play ground and kiddies menu with lots to keep the little ones happy. 
1 Beach Rd, Hout Bay
Call: 021 790 1876


Valley Farm Stall 


A place for parents to relax while their children play and have fun. The farmyard is home to ponies, dwarf goats, teacup pigs, bunnies, ducks, geese, turkeys and chickens. Children are allowed to safely interact with the animals under adult supervision.
Valley Road, Hout Bay
Call: 021 790 3803


The Lookout Deck


Sit right above the water’s edge and watch the seals frolick and climb up the stairs of the nearby boats. 
65 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay Harbour
Call: 021 790 0900


Bay Harbour Market


Delicious aromas of braai fish, freshly baked breads and citrus fruits and so much more. You pass a robotic mime drawing gasps from giggling kids as the air is filled with the sound of a township guitarists and a groovy sax …. punctuated by singing seagulls ….
31 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay
Call:  083 275 5586

I hope this was helpful mamas! Please let me now if you discover any other treasures like these 🙂