Family Fun Friday

Here’s a list of some of the most popular child-friendly restaurants in SA


“Finding a decent meal coupled with entertainment for the kids is tough. There is only so much space for puzzles in your handbag, and alas, so very short a period of time that said puzzle will remain captivating.”

We fully agree with eatout.co.za, one of SA’s biggest online restaurant guides. Fortunately, there are many lovely family-friendly restaurants for you to choose from.


Here’s a list of what EatOut recommends along with some of our readers’ favourites: 



1. Cape Town

What the experts recommend:

Café Paradiso
Explore: the kids’ project from Tuesday to Sunday. It includes pizza making and baking/decorating cupcakes. There is also a section for kids on the à la carte menu.


Explore: the fun dress-up room with crayons, movies and an on-duty au pair, and jungle gym outside.


What you recommend:

Sandra Blackie: Rhebokskloof Wine Estate has a great menu and the kids can play on the endless lawn. On weekends they set up a jumping castle and organize supervision for the younger kids.

Sonja Young: Ashley’s Family Restaurant in Goodwood offers good food and good service.



2. Johannesburg

What the experts recommend:

Eat Play Love
Explore: the garden environment with a well-equipped children’s playground, staffed by trained child-minders. There’s also a well-stocked indoor play area with ball pond, book corner, dress-up area and arts and craft room for rainy days.


Explore: a jungle gym and a pizza section for children to make their own pizzas.


What you recommend:

Faaizah A: Piza e Vino in Rosebank is pram-friendly. They also bring pizza dough to keep the kids occupied without you even asking.

Engela Joubert-Timcke: Fahrenheit Seafood & Grill in Edenvale (there’s one in Benoni too) has fantastic food and a great play area with supervisors.



3. Pretoria

What the experts recommend:

Moyo (Fountains)
Explore: the creative art space for children where they can play, create, learn African dances, listen to stories and learn traditional African games.


Al Fiume
Every last Sunday of the month there’s a family fun day with wine tasting and live jazz for adults; and face painting, an animal farm, balloon shaping, a jumping castle and cupcake decoration for the kids.


What you recommend:

Maritsa Swart: The Cow Shed in Kameeldrift, Pretoria East, and Jingle Jangle in Moreleta Part are two of our favourites.

Karin Human: We enjoy going to Halfway Restaurant in Colbyn.



4. Durban

What the experts recommend:

Mo-Zam-Bik (Ballito)
Explore: a room where they can watch movies, play Wii or play in the tent. There is also a children’s menu.


Yellowood Café
Explore: the jungle gyms for all ages, a black bike track for the under fives and the miniature animals.


What you recommend:

Manuela Reynolds: We love Mamma Luciana’s at Glenashley!



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