The Best Gourmet Picnics in Cape Town

The Best Gourmet Picnics in Cape Town

From winelands and forests to beaches and parks, there is no shortage of magnificent places to picnic in Cape Town and surrounds.

Nothing says “Summertime and the living is easy” quite like an alfresco meal. Fortunately we live in a country that’s blessed with a dreamy climate and stunning natural beauty, which means we’re never far from a beautiful place to enjoy an outdoor feast. The thrill of unwrapping lovingly packed sandwiches and other tasty nibbles, and cracking open a cold beer, homemade lemonade or a glass of wine, while relaxing under a tree by a river is the stuff that memories are made of. A lot of companies have cottoned onto this idea by offering ready-packed picnic hampers full of delicious treats, so that all you have to do is call and reserve one, before pitching up to claim your spot. Here are some that are worth a try:

1. The Greenhouse Restaurant at Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting The lush garden at the heart of this illustrious wine farm is where you’ll find the elegant Greenhouse Restaurant. The farm-fresh produce is served in picnic-style wooden crates, and can be enjoyed within the restaurant itself during colder weather, or outside under the majestic oak trees.
What’s on the menu Options may vary according to availability of ingredients. They include:

  • Freshly baked scones served with cream
  • Pot pie served with crunchy salad
  • Farmhouse cheeses and marinated Babylonstoren olives
  • Smoked trout
  • Potato wedges
  • Jar salads
  • Homemade ginger beer and craft beer
  • A selection of Babylonstoren wines

Cost See the menu for the coming season
Wow factor The impressive steel-and-glass conservatory, custom-built for Babylonstoren by Serres et Ferronneries d’Antan in France. The farm-to-table practices employed at the estate’s other fine restaurant, Babel, are in full evidence here, incorporating ingredients freshly plucked from the surrounding garden.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
How to book The Greenhouse Restaurant does not take reservations. It’s first-come first-served (and, trust us, it can get busy). That said, groups of 13 to 18 guests may book their place two months in advance, and larger groups are encouraged to book one of the private function venues.
Contact 021 863 3852, enquiries@babylonstoren.com
Location Babylonstoren, Klapmuts Simondium Road, Stellenbosch

2. Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards, Best Gourmet Picnics
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The setting With breathtaking views of Noordhoek beach, acres of fynbos and the estate’s manicured vineyards, the picnic site at this award-winning winery is hard to beat.
What’s in the basket

• Freshly baked ciabatta and crackers
• Lightly curried chicken and fresh grape salad
• Garden salad with cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs
• Potted chicken liver pâté
• Roasted Aubergine with tahini and toasted cashew nuts
• Atlantic Coast seafood patties with salmon, snoek and pink prawn tails
• Selection of charcuterie and salami
• Pickled pot pourri of cornichons, peppadews, olives and sundried tomatoes
• Seasonal fruit salad
• Local cheeses with pickled onions
• Chocolate, salted caramel and brownie trifle in a jar

Cost R395 (basket for two); vegetarian and kiddies baskets available
Wow factor The elevated ocean and mountain views and the gourmet grub.
Opening times Tuesday and Wednesday, Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
How to book Call 021 789 0900, email bookings@cape-point.com or online 24 hours in advance
Location Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek

3. Spier

Spier, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting There’s no shortage of great places to eat in Stellenbosch, but if you’re looking for an outdoor dining experience, this environmentally conscious estate is a spacious and comfortable spot to enjoy a farm-fresh seasonal spread. Take a seat at the picnic benches, or lounge on the lawn beside the Eerste Rivier.
Also check out Spier’s picnic movie nights
What’s in the basket

  • Crispy Hog House wood fired baguette with homemade butter
  • Paprika spiced humus
  • Dalewood camembert cheese with preserve and crackers
  • Spier pasture reared scotch eggs & aioli
  • Spier food garden vegetable quiche
  • whole grain mustard potato and onion salad
  • Chunky Greek style salad
  • Richard Bosman’s charcuterie selection
  • Fresh whole fruit
  • Chocolate brownie cheese cake
  • Spier signature wine

Cost R500 (spring picnic); R140 (childrens picnic); vegetarian option available
Wow factor Most of the ingredients are sourced from the farm at Spier, or from neighbouring suppliers that have the same ethical, zero-kilometre ethos as it does. Gluten-free and vegetarian baskets are also available. If you’d prefer to compile your own hamper, select goodies from Spier’s Eight to Go deli, and rent a picnic blanket.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm (pre-packed picnic baskets can be collected 12pm – 4.30pm)
How to book Call 021 809 1100 or visit picnics.spier.co.za. Book your picnic before noon for collection the following day.
Location Spier Wine Farm, R310 Baden Powell Drive, outside Stellenbosch

4. Warwick

Warwick Wine Estate Gourmet Picnics
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The setting At this picturesque Stellenbosch winery, you have a choice between relaxing under umbrellas on scatter cushions and beanbags on rollings lawns beside a dam while being served by your own butler, or enjoying your picnic in one of their specially designed picnic pods.
What’s in the basket

  • Slow-cooked BBQ shredded beef served with fine crunchy slaw
  • Hot-smoked Norwegian Salmon
  • Chef’s Ceasar salad
  • Matured mountain cheese (locally sourced)
  • Homemade creamy Boursin cheese
  • Warwick’s famous biltong pate
  • Twisted olive bread with umami butter
  • Loved ponies onion marmalade
  • Summer fruit & mixed berry couli cheesecake
  • Chocolate decadence cheesecake

Cost R500 (basket for two); R300 (basket for one); R80 (children’s basket); vegetarian options are available
Wow factor The beautiful setting, artisanal gourmet food, excellent wine and outstanding service.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm (picnic baskets are ready from 12.00pm)
How to book Call 021 884 4410, email visit@warwickwine.com or book online
Location Warwick Wine Estate, Between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts, R44

 5. Allée Bleue

Allee Bleue, Best Gourmet Picnics
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The setting A walled grassy garden, gingham tablecloths, views of the vineyard and the majestic Drakenstein Mountains in the background all combine to make the perfect picnic spot. Let the kids entertain themselves on the jumping castle, water slide, soccer field and trampoline while you enjoy a leisurely lunch in the shade of large umbrellas and trees.
What’s in the basket

  • 2 glasses of Allée Bleue Starlette Blanc per adult
  • Homemade farm bread served with chunky farm jam, salsa verde, tomato, garlic and thyme chutney, onion and aniseed marmalade
  • Allée Bleue mixed leaf baby salad with grated Parmesan
  • Wild rice salad with organic baby carrots, pickled onion, basil pesto and smoked feta
  • Baby fennel, red onion, preserved citrus with hazelnut dressing
  • Soy-and-sesame-cured beef stir fry with egg noodles
  • Salted chicken served with coconut shavings, dried mango and coconut dressing
  • Artisanal cheeses
  • Homemade mini melktert
  • Fruit from the farm

Cost R185 (adults); R65 (children); vegetarian options available
Wow factor In addition to the historic setting that dates back to 1690, the farm-fresh salads are made using a range of micro herbs and lettuce that’s grown on the estate.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, public holidays, 11am – 3pm
How to book Call 021 874 1021 or email info@alleebleue.com
Location Allee Bleue Wine Estate, Intersection R45 and R310, Groot Drakenstein

6. Vergelegen

Vergelegen, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting This ancient camphor forest is mystically magical setting for intimate romantic picnics as well as larger events.
What’s in the basket

  • Breads and pâtés
  • Smoked salmon wrap with lemon cream cheese and mixed greens
  • Salad and charcuterie
  • Moroccan beef kebab / spinach and feta quiche / coronation chicken with almonds and sultanas
  • Cheeses
  • Dessert and coffee

Cost To Be Announced
Wow factor The wonderfully tranquil and shaded picnic spot in one of the most beautiful gardens in the country.
Opening times Daily, 12.15pm – 4.30pm (November to April); collect baskets between 12.15pm and 1.30pm
How to book Call 021 847 2131 or email picnic@vergelegen.co.za
Location Vergelegen Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West

7. Twelve Apostles Hotel

12 Apostles, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting This private picnic spot in the mountains overlooking Camps Bay allows guests to breathe in the fresh mountain air while gazing at the glistening beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard. Guests are provided with gourmet picnic offerings contained within baskets purchased from the Cape Town Society for the Blind.
What’s in the basket Several options are available, including a gluten-free and vegetarian hampers, and alcoholic beverages can be purchased separately. The hotel’s premier gourmet hamper includes:

  • Crispy baguette with whipped butter
  • Hummus and basil pesto
  • Smoked snoek pâté
  • A selection of South African cheeses, preserves and parmesan crackers
  • Cold meat charcuterie with Dijon mustard and blueberry chutney
  • Seasonal vegetable salad
  • Balsamic-glazed beetroot, seeds and feta salad
  • Smoked trout, lime and crème fraîche on rye
  • Roast beef, whole grain mustard, caramelised onion and rocket on Cape seed loaf
  • Beef biltong and droëwors
  • Dark-chocolate brownies
  • Bea Tollman’s cheesecake with fresh strawberries
  • Seasonal fruit
  • Two bottles of still and sparkling water (300ml)

Cost R875 (gourmet picnic hamper for two); R595 (gluten-free picnic hamper for two); R585 (vegetarian picnic hamper for two); R650 (backpack picnic hamper for two)
Good to know A refundable deposit of R650 is charged for the picnic baskets.
Wow factor The Twelve Apostles’ excellent service and facilities are well tailored to making its guests feel like royalty, and the picnic spot, situated as it is between mountain and ocean, couldn’t be better placed to allow full appreciation of Cape Town’s beauty. There are hiking trails to explore, and plenty of space for children to run around in – you might even spot whales and dolphins frolicking in the deep.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
How to book Call 021 437 9029, or email restaurants@12apostles.co.za. Picnics must be booked 24 hours in advance, and a limited number of picnics are available per day.
Location 12 Apostles Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

8. Noble Hill Wine Estate

Noble Hill, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting A serene picnic spot by a lake, surrounded by the rolling meadows and mountain ranges of the Paarl-Simonsberg region. The estate provides a unique winelands experience with its latin-inspired picnics.
What’s in the basket

  • A bottle of Noble Hill wine
  • Charcuterie board
  • A selection of local cheeses
  • Black bean and grilled corn salad
  • Green salad
  • Fresh avocado guacamole
  • Artisan ciabatta and homemade tortilla chips
  • Seasonal fruit and yoghurt parfait
  • Mexican wedding cookies dusted with powdered sugar

Cost R490 (basket for two); R940 (basket for four); R65 (children’s basket); vegetarian options available; See their menu here
Wow factor The estate’s restaurant, Cosecha, was one of the first places in the Cape to offer authentic Mexican-style cuisine. Many of the ingredients are sourced from its own vegetable and pepper garden, so guests can enjoy fresh guacamole, burritos and enchiladas along with the farm’s selection of fine wines.
Fun fact The Californian family who owns the estate were handed a set of keys when they purchased it, hence the large key on the wine bottle’s label.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (closed on Tuesdays)
How to book Call 021 874 3844, email info@noblehill.com, or book online. Advance bookings are essential, and changes or cancellations require two days notice.
Location Noble Hill Wine Estate, Klapmuts-Simondium Road, Paarl

9. Lanzerac Wine Estate

Lanzerac Wine Estate, Best Gourmet Picnics
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The setting A grand old wine estate, dating back to 1692 when Governor Simon van der Stel granted the land to Dutch soldier and adventurer, Isaac Schrijver. Lanzerac Deli provides pre-packaged picnics that can be enjoyed on the estate’s pristine lawns, along with spectacular views of the expansive vineyards and the majestic Jonkershoek Valley
What’s in the basket

  • A selection of cheeses
  • Charcuterie
  • Mini baguette
  • Spiced apricot chutney
  • Chardonnay onion marmalade
  • Mini quiches
  • Goat’s cheese and mediterranean vegetable salad
  • Vanilla cheesecake
  • Gourmet cupcakes
  • Homemade ice tea jar

Cost R385 (Lanzerac basket), or you can create your own from the display of cheeses, cold meats, breads, pastries and desserts available at the Deli, along with a bottle of Lanzerac wine.
Wow factor The estate offers luxurious five-star accommodation, invigorating spa treatments and a wine-and-chocolate tasting experience.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm; Sunday, 9am – 5pm
How to book Call 021 887 1132 to book a pre-packed picnic basket, or email reception@lanzerac.co.za. Or you could just visit the deli and choose your own contents.
Location Lanzerac Wine Estate, 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch

10. Solms-Delta

Solms-Delta, Best Gourmet PIcnics
The setting Select a quiet spot on the banks of the Dwars River, overlooking the private Solms lake, while a personal guide carries your basket and blanket and helps you settle in. The estate’s natural clearing in the forest is rather wonderful for larger groups.
What’s in the basket

  • Roosterkoek with wilde roosmaryn butter
  • Dalewood camembert
  • Spanish cured pork loin, snoek pate, beef biltong
  • Bobotie with coriander blatjang
  • Citrus buchu glazed smoked pork rib
  • Salads
  • Roasted potato with onion and wholegrain mustard
  • Cape Malay Koeksister
  • Ginger pudding
  • Lemon pelargonium creamed-cheese mousse
  • Delta cordial & sparkling water

Cost R365 (basket for two); R225 (basket for one); R95 (children’s basket)
Wow factor The menu’s modern take on traditional Cape cuisine, exploring the diverse culinary heritage of European, Asian and African flavours, is inspiring – something all visitors to the Cape should experience.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm (September to April); basket collection 11am – 3pm
How to book Call 021 874 3937 (ext 115) or email restaurant@solms-delta.co.za.
Location Solms-Delta Wine Estate, Delta Road Off the R45, Franschhoek Valley

11. Rhebokskloof

Rhebokskloof, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting Set among rolling lawns under hundred-year-old oaks with hints of jasmine and lavender drifting through the air, Rhebokskloof wine estate is nestled between the granite hills of the Paarl Rock mountains. With jumping castles, a trampoline, jungle gym and pony rides over weekends, it’s a fun, family-friendly location.
What’s in the basket

  • Farm-baked bread
  • Mediterranean Vegetable Quiche
  • Cold Meat & Pickles
  • 2 Local Cheeses with preserved fruit and whole wheat crackers
  • Sliced Beef Sirloin
  • Potato & Mayo Salad
  • Summer Green & Roast Vegetable Salad
  • Something Fruity
  • Something Sweet

Cost R185 (lakeside picnic); R75 (children); R165 (vegetarian picnic); R195 (gluten-free picnic); beverages excluded
Wow factor The stunning lakeside setting, plus there are loads of activities for the whole family, including mountain-biking, horse-riding, hiking trails, wine-tasting, kids’ activities and live music.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm (basket collection 11am – 2.30pm)
How to book Call 021 869 8386 or email restaurant@rhebokskloof.co.za; place your order at least one day in advance
Location Rhebokskloof Wine Farm, Wine Route Number 8, Paarl

 12. Zevenwacht

Zevenwacht, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting Tree-shaded lawns sloping down to a glassy lake provide a picture-postcard scene for a languid weekend afternoon. This modern estate, with a 300-year history, has panoramic views of Table Mountain, Table Bay and False Bay.
What’s in the basket

  • Whole wheat baguette with chicken liver pâté, snoek pâté, homemade preserve
  • Smoked salmon tortilla wrap
  • Rare roast beef, parma ham, chicken strips with homemade wholegrain mustard (farm house basket)
  • Chicken thigh, boerewors, lamb chop (braai basket)
  • Greek salad
  • Potato, bacon, corn and wild rocket salad
  • Cheese and biscuits
  • Strawberry cheese cake

Cost R390 (farm house basket or braai basket, feeds two); R60 (children); vegetarian options available
Wow factor The lakeside setting. If you’re in the mood for a braai, there’s a braai basket, where visitors get to braai their own meat (all equipment supplied).
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
How to book Call 021 900 5700 or email restaurant@zevenwacht.co.za
Location Zevenwacht Wine Estate, Langverwacht Road, Kuilsriver

13. Zorgvliet

Zorgvliet Gourmet Picnics
The setting Five kilometres outside Stellenbosch, nestled in the Banghoek Valley overlooking majestic mountains, this historic estate boasts an ideal picnic site under the oak trees among the vineyards. Bring a blanket and settle in for the afternoon…
What’s in the basket 

  • Baguette and preserves
  • Meat wrap
  • Trio of gourmet cheese and crackers
  • Chicken drumsticks
  • Fresh green salad
  • Something sweet
  • Bottle of Silvermyn wine of your choice

Cost R475 (zorgvliet basket for two); R765 (family basket for four, must be booked one day in advance); R100 (kiddies basket)
Wow factor Each basket is packed lovingly with only freshly produced gourmet foods. Also, you can top-up your basket with individually priced items. Enquire about the two-people baskets such as the Snack, Meaty and Veggie baskets as well as the Kiddies Basket.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm (15 September 2016 – 30 April 2017)
How to book Call 021 885 1399 or email info@zorgvliet.co.za
Location Zorgvliet Wine Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch

14. The Rumbullion

The Roundhouse, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting The lawns and terraces of Camps Bay Glen overlooking the expansive Atlantic Ocean is where you and your friends can enjoy pizzas and refreshments on white benches under large umbrellas.
What’s in the basket The only picnic to offer an à la carte experience, with freshly prepared meals to order – from pizzas and burgers to salads, home-baked breads, tapas and kiddies’ meals. For breakfast, try our Eggs Benedict with a croissant, or the French Toast with fried banana (Friday to Sunday from 9am).
Cost Around R180
Wow factor This hidden gem nestled in the glens of Camps Bay alongside a verdant forest boasts unparalleled views of Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles. Rumbillion, which means “a riotous good time” in archaic English, is definitely a fun place to enjoy a lazy afternoon with friends and family.
Opening times Saturday and Sunday, 12pm – sunset (September)
Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – sunset (October)
Saturday and Sunday, 9am – sunset (October)
Tuesday – Thursday, 12pm – sunset (November onwards)
Friday – Sunday, 9am – sunset (November onwards)
How to book Call 021 438 4347 or email info@theroundhouserestaurant.com
Location The Roundhouse Restaurant, 1 Roundhouse Road, Camps Bay

15. Delheim

Delheim, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting Known for its environmentally conscious approach to farming and wine production, Delheim’s picnics live up to its green reputation. Think cotton blankets, hand-woven hampers filled with homemade treats, a riverside setting on rambling lawns under the shade of towering oak trees.
In the basket

  • Selection of locally produced cheeses
  • Selection of charcuterie
  • Homemade Delheim pickled pumpkin
  • Delheim marinated olives
  • Homemade hummus
  • Biltong
  • Crusty rustic baguette
  • Wheatsworth crackers
  • Red kidney beans and sweet corn salsa
  • Watermelon salad
  • Chicken Caesar salad
  • Roast beef bagel with lettuce, tomato and mustard mayo
  • Mini milk tart, apricot compote and shortbread crumb

Cost R460 (basket for two); R100 (kiddies basket); vegetarian options included. Blankets require a R100 refundable deposit.
Wow factor The serenity of the location, gourmet fare and award-winning wines.
Opening times Daily, 9am – 5pm (October to April)
How to book Call 021 888 4607 or email restaurant@delheim.com (no later than 10am on the day)
Location Delheim Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch

16. Uitkyk

Uitkyk, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting The lawns of the old Manor House at the historic Uitkyk Wine Estate is where these stylish vintage-inspired picnics take place. Choose a hidden corner under a massive tree, or spread out on the expansive lawns and tuck into your delicious hamper. If you’re feeling energetic, grab a croquet stick or some boules balls and play a game or two.
What’s in the basket

  • French baguettes with butter
  • Hummus
  • Caramelised Onions
  • Sweet mustard
  • Trio of cream cheese, Basil Pesto & Sundried Tomato Pesto
  • Black forest Ham
  • Rare roast Beef
  • Salami
  • Smoked salmon trout roses with salad
  • Roast vegetable and feta tarts
  • Mediterranean salad in a jar
  • Simonsberg cheese platter with green fig preserve
  • Seasonal fruit
  • Dark moist nutty brownie
  • Bottle of Uitkyk wine

Cost R470 (basket for two); R60 (kiddies basket)
Wow factor The scenic Uitkyk wine estate also offers wine tasting for R30 per person, where you get to sample five of the estate’s renowned wines.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm
How to book Call 021 884 4416 or email info@uitkyk.co.za. 24 hours notice required for all bookings.
Location Uitkyk Wine Estate, Klapmuts, Stellenbosch

17. Grande Provence

Grande Provence, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting Enjoy a rustic French-style picnic under the oaks in the beautifully landscaped garden of Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. With scrumptious morsels and a bottle of Grande Provence to cool things down, enjoy stunning views of the vineyards, as you lie back and unwind on the lawn.
What’s in the basket

  • French baguettes
  • Artisanal brie
  • Locally cured saucisson
  • Homemade preserves
  • Garden salad
  • Country butter
  • Chocolate brownies
  • Bottle of Grande Provence wine
  • Still or sparkling water

Cost R275 (sharing basket); R325 (single basket)
Wow factor If you’d like to take your picnic experience up a notch, rabbit-liver parfait, seasonal fruits, wild mushroom quiche, salad and macarons can be added to your basket on request.
Opening times Daily, 10am – 7pm (1 November 2016 – 30 April 2017); basket collection 12pm – 4pm
How to book Call 021 876 8600 or email reservations@grandeprovence.co.za
Location Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Main Road, Franschhoek

18. Hazendal

Hazendal Estate, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting One of the winelands’ oldest and most historic farms, dating back to 1699, Hazendal provides the perfect space for couples and families to relax and unwind.
What’s in the basket

  • Freshly baked bread with farm butter
  • Charcuterie platter, a varied selection of cold and cured meats
  • South African cheeses, biscuits and home-made preserves
  • Fresh fruit platter and seasonal salad
  • Homemade pastries

Cost R350 (basket for two); R330 (vegetarian basket for two); R75 (kiddies basket)
Wow factor All the food is prepared in the kitchen of the farm’s restaurant. Just bring a blanket; the estate provides the rest: tables, chairs, umbrellas, cutlery, plates and an old-fashioned basket.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
How to book Call 021 903 5034 or email functions@hazendal.co.za or restaurant@hazendal.co.za
Location Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch

19. Holden Manz

Holden Manz, Picnic Site
The setting The idyllic riverside picnic spot, shaded by oak trees, offers tranquil surroundings and stunning vineyard views. You have the option of sitting on the grass or at picnic tables. Blankets, tablecloths and pillows are all supplied.
In the basket

  • Freshly baked Mosbolletjies
  • Dalewood Languedoc Fromage
  • 12 Pigs Charcuterie
  • Ryan Boon Biltong
  • A choice between Smoked Snoek Pate, Cape Malay Pickled Fish or Pork & Chicken Liver Pate
  • A choice of salads, including Copper Penny Salad and Chickpea, Pepperdew & Parsley Salad
  • Marinated Holden Manz Olives
  • A choice between Homemade Boerewors Burgers or Bobotie Pie
  • A choice between Smoked Salmon Trout & Dill Creme fraiche Pancakes or Coronation Chicken Pancakes
  • Fresh Grapes & Strawberries
  • Triple Chocolate Brownie & Coffee Caramel Parfait Jar
  • A choice between Mini Koeksisters or Milk Tart Springrolls

Cost R250 (per person) excluding beverages and wine; Holden Manz will cater for individual picnic baskets as well
Wow factor Trickling water courtesy of the estate’s river provides the soporific soundtrack to your picnic, while you enjoy spectacular 360degree views of the Franschhoek valley. Each basket contains something new and interesting and ingredients change regularly.
Opening times Daily, (September 2016 – April 2017)
How to book Call 021 876 2738, email restaurant@holdenmanz.com or book online; bookings must be made 24 hours in advance; baskets are collected at the restaurant, where you may choose an accompanying wine
Location Holden Manz Wine Estate, Green Valley Road, Franschhoek

20. Dial-a-Picnic

Dial-a-Picnic, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting Anywhere your heart desires – from one of Cape Town’s magical beaches to Signal Hill. Simply call Dial-a-Picnic and they will fill a hamper with goodies according to your requests, and bring it directly to you, wherever you may be. Plus, they’ll even supply the blanket and cushions.
What’s in the basket Dial-a-Picnic offers a variety of picnic menus from Mediterranean Madness to Vegetarian Feast. The standard hamper includes:

  • Freshly baked baguette with butter, smoked snoek pâté and roasted red pepper dip
  • Smoked west coast snoek pate & roasted red pepper dip
  • Free range sticky drumsticks
  • Baby potato salad
  • Vegetable tartlet
  • Cape cheeses with savoury biscuits and Home-made fruit preserves
  • Salami rollups with peppered cream cheese & pickle
  • Seasonal fruit
  • Chocolate brownie
  • Mineral water

Price R195 (standard picnic); R70 (standard kids picnic)
How to book Call Paula 082 789 5478 or email info@dialapicnic.co.za
Location Dial-a-Picnic, Thomas Road, Kenilworth

21. Morgenhof Wine Estate

Morgenhof, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting Sitting under the cool shade of old oak trees and hanging vines is the perfect place for a summer picnic. The lush manicured lawns on the rolling vineyards of Morgenhof Wine Estate provide a serene and beautiful setting for a lovely lunch.
What’s in the basket

  • A selection of cold meats, cheeses and preserves
  • Freshly baked ciabatta bread with home-made biltong pate
  • Smoked salmon and minted cucumber wrap 
  • Sesame crusted chicken strips
  • A delicious dessert
  • A bottle of Morgenhof Sauvignon Blanc

Cost R370 (gourmet picnic basket for two); R75 (kiddies basket)
Wow factor The Gourmet Picnic Basket is one of several options available at Morgenhof. All the baskets on offer include the wine, cheese and bread, but the vegetarian basket (R240) swaps smoked salmon and chicken strips for marinated aubergines, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes along with a trio of pesto, while the continental basket (R190) adds cold meats and a greek salad. The convenience of simply ordering your basket of choice makes spontaneity an option for the adventurous among us.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 3pm; available all year round.
How to book Email Meryka@morgenhof.com
Location Morgenhof Wine Estate, Klapmuts Road, R44, Stellenbosch

22. Boschendal

Boschendal, Best Gourmet Picnics
The setting The Rhone Classic Picnic Lunch experience area is surrounded by the exhibition vineyards, the Rhone Homestead, the Cellar Door and Winery. The lawn under the shady oak tree is perfect for laying down a blanket, or you could settle at one of the tables.
What’s in the basket

  • Hummus
  • Chicken liver & fynbos pate
  • Rustic picnic loaf
  • Crunchy garden vegetable salad
  • Baby potato salad, grilled spring onion mayo
  • Werf food garden green salad
  • Pressed farmer ham
  • Angus beef hot links
  • Chicken kebabs, garden herbs & yoghurt marinade
  • Homemade mustard dip
  • Local camembert & pressed hard cheese
  • Root vegetable chutney & lavash
  • Chocolate & marshmellow tart

Cost R440 (Rhone basket for two); R240 (basket for one); R85 (children’s basket); R860 (family basket for four); vegetarian and banting options available
Wow factor While it’s rather nice to be waited on hand and foot, we kind of like the idea of exploring the farm and finding our own quiet, shaded spot.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm; basket collection between 12pm and 2pm
How to book Call 021 870 4274, email reservations@boschendal.co.za, or book online
Location Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel Road, Franschhoek Valley

23. Simon’s Deli

Simons Deli, Best Gourmet Picnics

The setting Located in the picturesque Groot Constantia winelands, Simon’s Deli provides delicious treats for your picnic (which can be pre-ordered or customised by you). Majestic panoramic views of the Groot Constantia vineyards create the perfect backdrop for a relaxed meal on the lawns.
What’s in the basket (contact Simon’s Deli)
Cost (contact Simon’s Deli)
Wow factor Picnic aside, there’s lots to do. You can explore the gourmet market and take home some speciality meat, cheese, pickles and other preserves. Or take a leisurely walk along the tree-lined paths around the wine estate.
Opening times Daily, 9am – 4pm
How to book For a pre-packed picnic basket, call 021 794 1143 or email info@simons.co.za. Otherwise, visit the deli and select your own contents.
Location Groot Constantia, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia

24. Eagle’s Nest

Eagles Nest, Best Gourmet Picnics
Image credit: Huffington Post

The setting The greenery surrounding the Eagle’s Nest garden makes it an ideal setting for a leisurely picnic. With lush lawns and towering trees, it truly feels like an escape from the city. Choose to sit around the tables or bring a blanket and become one with nature as you enjoy your meal outdoors. Picnics are only available from December.
In the basket

  • Baked bread Selection
  • Cremelat gorgonzola and pinto family peri-peri gouda
  • Wineland camembert and 6-Month matured gruyere
  • Deli cuts of parma ham, springbok carpaccio and capocollo and salami nostrano
  • Free range chicken liver pâté
  • Garlic and rosemary marinated olives
  • Sundried tomato pesto
  • Fresh caprese salad
  • Freshly picked seasonal fruits
  • Tossed new potatoes, garlic aioli and fresh herbs
  • Huguenot chocolate brownie

Cost R395 per basket (feeds two)
Wow factor The family-friendly estate has a kiddies’ picnic menu and dogs are allowed, so you can bring your furry friends along too, as long as you clean up after them.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm
Only 10 picnics per day. Limited to small groups
How to book Call 021 794 4095 or email info@eaglesnestwines
Location Eagles Nest Wines, Old Constantia Main Road, Constantia

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Disclaimer:

The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 14 September 2016

26 Responses to “The Best Gourmet Picnics in Cape Town”

  1. Von

    Have experienced 2 picnics at rheboskloof in the last year, both times had a amazing day, food Fabulous, wine amazing, the best grape juice I have ever had, and. Lastly the setting truly wonderful and relaxing. Highly recommended !
    Very welcoming to families and children, we had free pony rides , the kids loved it!
    Also did a elegant picnic at Grandeprovance – very elegant, lovely wine and food! Not suitable for kids though though.

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  2. Gerna Rossouw

    Why didn’t Hartenberg make it onto the list?

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  3. karel dampies

    wow what an amazing place to relax and have fresh air and great food and tasty wine.

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  4. Chris

    Who likes to join me for the “Grand Provence” Picnic next month?

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  5. Tracy London

    Amazing list, but I’m really surprised that Buitenverwachting didn’t make it onto the list.

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Tracy

      The estate is apparently not doing picnics this season… We were also disappointed.

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  6. Gail Johannessen

    My hubby and I have just started exploring the Wine estates – don’t know why we were so boring all our lives!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. karel dampies

    i like this relaxing places where you can stress free relax.

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  8. Kathi

    Please do a Joburg list like this….

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  9. Angela Botha

    Can we arrive with our own Banting picnic?

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  10. Jo Lister

    do something completely different – book a horse trail with a delectable picnic at Horse About Trails, the most beautiful setting in the mountains and as not overcrowded, usually very private

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  11. Genevieve Diedericks

    Are any of theses places (excl. Warwick who we visit often) pet/ dog friendly. My pom loves to picnic with us 🙂

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi there

      You’ll have to contact the places directly and ask them if they allow pooches.

      Enjoy.

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    • Sandy Bailey

      Not a good idea to bring dogs to Buitenverwachting as the owner has Ridgebacks and although they are friendly we don’t take chances.

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  12. samantha

    Just love picnics ..so thanks for the list, however …I personally feel there is a gap in the market for a beautiful venue but an A la carte style picnic. In the same way that one does not always enjoy a set menu at a restaurant … I can never seem to find a picnic menu that suits everyone. Would be great to grab a basket …choose from a selection of freshly made goodies ..pay per item and voila …a picnic you are 100% happy with. Anywhere like this exist?

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  13. lerrin coetzee

    Thankyou for this list I was just wondering if it’s only spier that offer gluten free options

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  14. Courtney Reece

    Aldine, Solms Delta is incredible and highly recommend it.

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  15. l. andrews

    DO ANY OF THESE VENUES DO WEDDINGS??

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  16. Penny de Villiers

    Hi I had the most amazing picnic at Morgenhof Wine Estate in Stellenbosch last weekend . With Peacocks roaming the estate and they have this new celebrity chef – It was amazing – I’m surprized its not on your list but thanks for this great article – I love picnics!

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  17. The Inside Guide

    That’s a difficult one to answer, Aldine… I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. Please let us know which you decide to do – and if you (and your man) enjoyed it.

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  18. Aldine

    Anyone have suggestions to which one to go? They all look amazing… want to take my boyfriend.

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