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There’s a reason parents end up in Spur. It’s loud, so no one side-eyes you when your kid starts their operatic conversations. It’s messy, so no one sniffs disapprovingly if your kid smashes their toast into the furniture. The problem is, then you’re at Spur. Surely there has to be a middle-ground between fake American-Western paraphernalia and fine dining establishments that “politely decline” children under twelve.

My love for refined dining and beautiful spaces has driven me to do quite a bit of research, and thankfully I’ve already discovered quite a few places in the winelands where you can head with kids. I’ll keep updating this post as my discoveries increase.

Spier, Stellenbosch

Pick a table next to the lawns at Vadas or the new Spier Farm Café, or grab a picnic under the trees. Spier has so much space for kids to explore, while parents can indulge in the beauty of this historic wine farm in the Stellenbosch winelands.

 

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Tokara, Stellenbosch

The Tokara Delicatessen has an elegantly casual feel to it, with floor to ceiling glass on all sides that allow you to really take in the incredible views over the estates vineyards and olive groves. The restaurant overlooks a fun play area on one end of the lawns so parents can sip on delicious wine while keeping an eye on the kids.

 

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Boschendal, Franschhoek

Nestled in the Banhoek valley between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Boschendal offers stretches of soft lawns under large leafy trees. You can pop in for a picnic – I’d opt for the Werf picnic – or a casual lunch at The Deli. For kids 4 years and up, they’ve also recently introduced The Tree House where the little ones can take part in outdoor fun like foraging, cooking and art classes.

 

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Spice Route, Paarl

With several restaurants, a brewery, chocolatier, ice cream parlor, and so much more, you can really make a day of it at Spice Route outside Paarl. La Grapperia Pizzeria is probably the most kid-friendly, though you could also book a table outside at the more formal Jewell’s or the laid back Barley & Biltong, and let smaller kids play on the lawns in front of the restaurants. Overall Spice Route has tons of space for kids to run around.

 

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Vergelegen, Somerset-West

The gardens at Vergelegen are straight out of a Jane Austen novel, offering the perfect outdoor escape. Stables restaurant is spacious, bright and smart-casual, with tall glass doors on one end leading out to the perfectly manicured lawns. To one side you’ll find a large play area that can accommodate kids from toddler and up, and babas can happily crawl on the grass.

 

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Diemersdal, Durbanville

Anyone who has ever spent a sunny Saturday at Diemersdal in Durbanville will know that it’s a prime location for parents. You can visit the Farm Eatery for great wine and delicious food while the kids chase around the expansive lawns. The restaurant’s interior is less geared to small kids but still offers a cosy escape on rainy days.

 

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Benguela Cove, Hermanus

On route to Hermanus you’ll find Benguela Cove, offering various large play areas for kids and stunning views for grown-ups. They have quite a few restaurant options, as well as platters at the winery, and older kids can even take part in a mini golf challenge.

 

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Can you recommend a kid-friendly spot that still makes you feel fancy shmancy? Pop them in the comments below, I’d love to try them out!

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I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.

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