There’s a certain sense of freedom in the air at this time of year. Perhaps it’s the Christmas spirit, perhaps it’s the summer vibe, and perhaps it’s simply the gazillion people embracing the holiday season. Regardless, it’s here and I’m ecstatic. Cape Town surely is a magnificent place to be at this time of year. Sure, traffic sucks, but this world we live in is beautiful – we have the ocean, the mountain, the forest, the wine farms … honestly, I want to say that we truly live in heaven! So since I want to be spending my time outdoors and I definitely want to be eating something while I’m at it, here is the I Love Foodies list of the top summer Cape Town picnic spots. Enjoy.
Wine Farm Picnic Vibes
First on the list of the top Cape Town picnic spots are the wine farms. We’ve probably all gone wine tasting. It seems to be the standard thing to do. But how about a picnic on a wine farm? There are numerous wine farms offering this, and I can recommend the picnic options available at the Boschendal Wine Estate. They have two picnic options available, both providing stunning mountain views and good hearty food. The Rhone Classic Picnic option is the more formal of the two, and guests can sit at tables or on picnic blankets, surrounded by the vineyards and winery, receiving a picnic basket with pates, breads, salads, chicken, cold meats, cheeses, and desserts (Cost for two: R44). The other option is the Werf Garden Picnic, which is the more casual picnic vibe on the Pavillion lawn. Here guests can enjoy chilling out on hammocks, bean bags, or picnic blankets, and receive a picnic basket filled with pates, baguettes, salads, cold meats, cheese, preserves, and ice cream (Cost for two: R360). I’d go on talking about this, but I’m kinda stuck on the hammocks (love) …
Ocean Dipping at Oudekraal
It’s no secret that I love swimming in the ocean, and while sometimes I get stares of ‘oh but it’s too cold’, there are a few that share my passion. And one of the most beautiful places to go swimming is Oudekraal. Situated on the Camps Bay – Hout Bay Road, this Cape Town picnic spot comes complete with tables and chairs, braai areas, bathroom facilities, and beautiful blue water. There are lots of rocks and boulders to climb over and under to explore – though sometimes you get stuck and will have to jump into the water to swim back (I only say this because it happened to me the last time I was there so I recommend doing exploring in your swim wear). Yes, it may be cold, but, trust me, it’ll be so worth it – especially if you’ve packed a nice picnic and get to munch afterwards. There is an entrance fee, but at R30 or so an adult it’s really affordable and a wonderful place.
Stunning Views on Chapman’s Peak
If you feel like taking a little trip for your picnic and enjoy some stunning views, I’d recommend heading out to Chapman’s Peak Drive. If you’re coming from the Hout Bay side, you can simply ask for a day pass at the toll gate, which will grant you access to the picnic spots along the road, giving you stunning views of the ocean, mountains, and Hout Bay. You can grab a seat at one of the permanent tables or lay down on a blanket at ‘the edge of the world’ (well, the mountain) to enjoy a wonderful picnic away from civilisation. There are also bathroom facilities available, but be sure to bring everything else you may need.
Inner-City Picnic Magic
I think the Green Point Park right next to the Cape Town Stadium is severely under-utilised. It’s such a lovely area to explore and definitely needs to be counted as one of the top Cape Town picnic spots. There’s a giant jungle gym play area for the little ones, an outdoor gym, water features, little herb and medicine gardens, and bathroom facilities. You can sit down at one of the picnic tables or just lie down on a blanket and enjoy some peace and quiet in the inner city. My recommendation? Buy amazing picnic goodies at Giovanni’s and simply walk over. One of the most wonderful things ever.
The Secret Spot
So I call this picnic spot the secret spot as I have no idea what it’s called and just always stumble upon it while walking through the forest, but you can access it by car from one of the side roads of that winding Kloof Road going down the side of Lion’s Head. Gosh, I hope that sentence made sense! This picnic spot is a beautiful tranquil spot in the middle of the forest. You’re super close to ‘the real world’ with Camps Bay houses literally a few trees away, but the place makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. There’s tons of exploring to do and it’s a great spot to chill out and relax. And, very awesome, if you continue the trail down the mountain, you’ll land straight on one of Camps Bay’s wonderful beaches.
So, there you have it, my top Cape Town picnic spots. I think I’m gonna go plan a trip to one of these right away. Enjoy the gorgeous summer vibes!
Much foodie love.
Article Date: December 2015