16th February 2015

Our little family of four went to Cape Town for a holiday at the end of January. My husband and I spent a lot of time there before we had babies but we experienced the city in a whole new way with two 18 month old toddlers in tow so we stayed in a lovely little home in Greenpoint which we found on Airbnb. We found this much easier than staying in a guest house or hotel as we could really settle in with more space and a kitchen.

We took walks around the neighbourhood
And became locals at a deli just around the corner where we would descend for our morning coffee and croissants 

We chose this area because it was close to the Seapoint promenade and the Greenpoint Urban Park, both great spaces to walk, climb, swim, hangout and play with babes.

We rented bikes one afternoon and took a ride along the promenade
It was sweltering hot while we were there so we spent one afternoon at the public pools in Seapoint. And, a great tip, we also went swimming at the Cape Milner Hotel, since they allow non-guests to use their pool.
A visit to the Kirtsenbosch Gardens was high on my list. It is such a wonderful space for kids to explore and run around and worth the drive.
On a drizzly morning, we escaped to the Two Oceans Aquarium at the Waterfront. There is something very tranquil about aquariums and being surrounded by water. The babes were fascinated by all the creatures and they particularly loved the penguin colony and the shark tank and tunnel.
Eating out with toddlers is never easy and you have to give some thought to the places you go such as is there space for them to move, is it outside, and is it relaxed. We had some hits and some misses but here are a few spots which worked well for us.
The Company’s Garden Restaurant. This one one of the girls’ favourite places as it is surrounded by giant swinging nests, animals to climb, squirrels to chase and things to look at. The cafe itself is lovely.
Lucky Fish and Chips in Seapoint. We came across this spot randomly and not only did it satisfy the husband’s fish-and-chips craving, but it was one of our easiest meals as the place is super casual and no one else was there.
On our last day we went for a picnic at The Roundhouse Restaurant in Camps Bay. Unfortunately the wind took away from our experience as we had shelter under the trees but the view is epic and it was good to be outside.
Some other eating places that worked well with babes were:
A picnic in the Green Point Urban Park. We purchased delicious things from the nearby Newport Deli and sat under a tree near a pond which the girls loved.
Lunch at Cafe Paradiso. The babes were very welcome – we sat outside at a large table, the girls picked flowers and mixed ice in the sand.
Breakfast at Superette. There is lots of space inside the restaurant and lots of space in the Woodstock Exchange for kids to explore.
What are your suggestions for places to go with toddlers in Cape Town?
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  • Reply Franklinspeaking 16th February 2015 at 11:56 am

    Aah this is so beautiful. Family holiday by the sea. So special. xx

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