The Best Picnics in Cape Town (+ the Winelands) 2018

The Best Picnics in Cape Town (+ the Winelands) 2018 Boschendal Wine Estate

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, so throwing down a blanket and unpacking a hamper is as easy as pie.

Talking of pies… few things compare to the thrill of unwrapping lovingly packed nibbles, and cracking open a cold beer or a glass of wine, as you stretch out under a tree surrounded by people you like.

And if you’re looking for a no-mess-no-fuss solution, you’re in luck. Many wine farms have cottoned onto the idea of convenience, and offer ready-packed picnic hampers full of delicious treats, so that all you have to do is call, book your spot, and pitch up on the day. These are our favourite picnics in Cape Town and the Winelands…

Did we miss one of your favourite picnic spots? Feel free to let us know in the comments section, we’d love to hear your thoughts….

Picnics in Stellenbosch

Warwick

Warwick Estate: Picnic Spots Cape Town
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The setting At this picturesque Stellenbosch winery, you have the choice of relaxing under an umbrella on on the waterside picnic lawn on beanbags and scatter cushions – while being served by your own butler, or you can choose to enjoy your picnic in one of the estate’s specially designed picnic pods.
What’s in the basket

  • home-smoked Norwegian salmon with a summer quinoa salad
  • baby leaves, rocket and rosa tomato salad with Parmesan shavings, honey-mustard dressing with garlic and herb croutons
  • charcuterie box with coppa, Parma ham and salametti
  • manchego matured cheddar
  • homemade herb bread
  • Warwick’s famous biltong pâté
  • sofrito relish
  • Loved Ponies onion marmalade
  • smoked Spanish paprika butter
  • duo jar of carrot cake and cheese cake

Wow factor The beautiful setting, artisanal gourmet food, excellent wine and outstanding service.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm (September 2018 – April 2019)
Cost R550 (basket for two people); R300 (basket for one person); R125 (kiddie basket)
Please note Picnic baskets can be collected from 12pm. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.
Contact 021 884 4410, visit@warwickwine.com
Location Between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts, R44

Spier Wine Farm

Spier Wine Farm: Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Ducks paddle along a peaceful stream surrounded by lush lawns in this picture of bucolic paradise. Founded in 1692, Spier Wine Farm has changed ownership since then, but remains a family-friendly farm that prioritises sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. With the amount of child-friendly activities available, it makes for the ideal picnic outing in the countryside, with an expansive treed lawn on which to lay down your blanket.
What’s in the basket

  • mushroom and spinach quiche
  • boerenkaas cheese
  • camembert cheese
  • selection of local cured meats
  • hummus, baby cornichons (pickles)
  • homemade chutneys, crackers
  • ciabatta rolls and butter
  • Farmer Angus roast chicken leg and thigh
  • pickled beetroot salad with feta and baby spinach
  • roasted fennel and couscous salad with fresh citrus segments and toasted almonds
  • chocolate brownies with berry compote
  • choice of Spier signature wine

Wow factor Spier is committed to using ethically sourced produce. As such, the deli offers meals that are made with seasonal produce grown organically on the farm, or ingredients that have been sourced from trusted local suppliers.
Good to know The Farm Kitchen gives alfresco-loving diners the option to build their own picnic with the variety of homemade fare on display. If you aren’t partial to spontaneity, pre-order your seasonal basket before 12pm for collection the previous day. And, before you leave, you might like to swing back by the Farm Kitchen for take-home treats and trinkets.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm (including public holidays)
Cost R580 (serves two); additional people are charged R290 per person
Contact 021 809 1172, info@spier.co.za
Location R310 Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Cape Town

Jordan Wine Estate

Jordan Estate: Picnics in Cape Town

The setting The illustrious Stellenbosch wine estate – home to George Jardine’s acclaimed Jordan restaurant – hosts a gourmet picnic amid majestic scenery. Lush lawns, vast vineyards and a tranquil dam make for the perfect picnic setting, and you even have your own private picnic pod in which to enjoy a basket packed with fresh goods from the excellent Bakery at Jordan.
What’s in the basket

  • locally produced cheeses such as Camembert, Brie, Stanford and Boerenkaas
  • Jordan estate olives
  • charcuterie such as Parma ham and biltong
  • homemade preserves and spreads
  • salad of the day
  • selection of fresh, wood-fired breads
  • a dessert from the The Bakery
  • bottle of Jordan Estate Chameleon wine

Good to know Blankets and cushions are provided for seating.
Wow factor In addition to the spectacular scenery and the quality of produce from The Bakery, Jordan Restaurant is rated by some of the country’s top chefs – including Liam Tomlin (of Chefs Warehouse fame) – as the best restaurant in the Cape, as well as the best for a special occasion.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12.30pm – 4pm (September – March)
Cost R595 (serves two)
Contact 021 881 3441, thebakery@jordanwines.com
Location Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Vlottenberg, Stellenbosch

Delheim

Delheim: Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Nestled in the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains, this award-winning estate is known for its top-notch vino, and also its breathtaking setting. On any given day, you might encounter mountain-bikers or trail-runners setting off on an adventure but if, like us, you’d prefer to have a slightly more laid-back experience, then we suggest a visit to the Garden Restaurant, where you can pick up a hand-woven picnic basket filled with all manner of fresh produce.
The best part; you can collect your picnic from the restaurant and enjoy it beside the nearby river, where the soothing sound of running water and bird song enhances this winelands experience.
What’s in the basket

  • snoek pâté
  • bratwurst
  • salami
  • pan-fried chickpeas in masala spice (vegetarian option only)
  • cheese, crackers and wheat biscuits
  • green fig and mascarpone
  • dolmades
  • grapes
  • salad
  • pickled pumpkin
  • olives
  • bread
  • spatzendreck chocolate balls

Wow factor Delheim’s many attractions include an atmospheric underground cellar, complete with cobwebbed windows to represent the passing of the ages. The cellar hosts unique cupcake and wine pairings, as well as cosy Jazz & Fondue Sundays during the winter.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm (except New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day)
Cost R290 (Meaty Basket, serves two); R250 (Easy Basket, serves two); R250 (Vegetarian Basket, serves two); R80 (kid’s basket, serves two); R40 (kid’s basket, serves one)
Please note Picnics run from 3 September 2018 – 30 April 2019. Wines and beverages can be purchased separately.
Contact 021 888 4600, restaurant@delheim.com
Location Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch

Allee Bleue

Allee Bleue: Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting A walled grassy garden, historic buildings, and views of the vineyards and majestic Drakenstein Mountains in the background combine to create a peaceful picnic spot. Let the kids entertain themselves on the jumping castle, jungle gym and sandpit, while you enjoy a leisurely lunch in the shade of large umbrellas and trees.
What’s in the basket

  • roasted beef wrap with herb tomato, red-onion salsa and spicy mayonnaise
  • farm-grown microherb salad with an Allée Bleue cabernet wine reduction dressing and Pecorino shavings
  • homemade beef bobotie pie
  • farm-style cheese platter, including local cheeses, cold meats, freshly baked bread and fruited melba toast
  • homemade smoked olive tapenade, aniseed onion marmalade, chili tomato chutney and basil pesto
  • farm-grown olives and creamy yogurt balls
  • lemon posset with mint cookie crumble

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 (September 2017 – April 2018)
Booking is essential
Cost R495 (Chicnic basket, serves two); R260 (Chicnic basket, serves one)
Please note Vegetarian options are available.
Contact 021 874 1021, info@alleebleue.com
Location Allee Bleue Wine Estate, Intersection R45 and R310, Groot Drakenstein

The Stellies Taproom at Klein Joostenberg

Joostenberg: Best Picnics Cape Town

The setting The lush lawn in front of the casual taproom and picnic-style eatery invites guests to take a seat at one of the wooden tables under the trees, or throw down a blanket. With plenty of space for children to roam, the farm also has a jungle gym and, should the little ones have lots of steam to let off, there’s an Acrobranch a short stroll away.
Although they don’t provide “baskets” per se, lunch is served in wooden crates, with plates and cutlery (all biodegradable and compostable).
What’s on the menu An array of ever-changing options. The Best of the Boland Platter is particularly well-suited for sharing, and contains:

  • local cheeses
  • Joostenberg charcuterie
  • homemade preserves
  • home baked breads
  • croutons
  • herb butter

Wow factor The tranquil setting, which includes a vast lawn, plenty of shade, and a pond inhabited by geese. There’s a craft brewery on site, with an impressive range of artisanal craft beers and wines to choose from.
Good to know The Stellenbosch Acrobranch is just a short stroll away, making the venue doubly perfect for a Sunday outing.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 10am – 5pm; Friday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm (September – April)
Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (April – September)
Open on school holidays and public holidays, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Please note No food or beverages may be brought onto the property.
Cost R180 (Best of the Boland Platter, serves two)
Contact 021 884 4014, taproom@stelliesbeer.com
Location Klein Joostenberg, R304 Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch

Picnics in Constantia

Buitenverwachting

Buitenverwachting: Picnics in Cape Town

The setting Founded by the Cape’s first governor, Simon van der Stel, this farm is rich in history and rustic charm. For a top-drawer dining experience with mesmerising views, book a table at the estate’s acclaimed restaurant; but if you’re after a laidback picnic-style experience, head to the wine cellar. Order your charcuterie platter to be enjoyed inside the cosy lounge, or outside on the lawns under the 250-year-old trees.
Wow factor The views of the majestic Constantiaberg Mountains are spectacular, and the journey to the estate is an experience in itself, as the road takes you through sprawling vineyards, and around a paddock where horses trot about while cows graze peacefully.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Please note The estate’s Wine Tasting Centre works on a first-come-first-served basis.
Contact 021 794 5190/1
Location 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia

Simon’s Restaurant at Groot Constantia

Simon's Deli: Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Located in the picturesque Groot Constantia winelands, Simon’s Deli provides picnic hampers that 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

  • selection of pâtés and dips
  • baguette
  • cured and home-cooked cold cuts
  • classic coronation chicken salad
  • potato salad with mustard mayo
  • green salad
  • selection of local cheeses
  • biscuits and preserves
  • dessert

Wow factor Picnic aside, there’s plenty to do on this illustrious wine farm – which happens to be the oldest wine-producing estate in South Africa (established in 1685 by none other than the Cape’s first governor Simon van der Stel). Take a leisurely walk along the treed paths and explore the wine and cultural history museums, the Cloete Cellar (birthplace of Grand Constance, South Africa’s oldest wine), and the original Cape Dutch Manor House.
Good to know Tables and chairs can be reserved under the Willow Tree overlooking the vineyards. There is also a waiter service for wine and beverage orders.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Cost R395 (serves two); R75 (kid’s basket)
Good to know Vegetarian baskets also available.
Contact 021 794 1143 / 021 794 7724, info@simons.co.za
Location Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia

Picnics in Franschhoek

Boschendal

Boschendal Picnic

The setting The Rhone Rose Garden picnic area is in the wine-making and -tasting hub of this illustrious estate. Spectacular mountain and vineyard views and the historic Rhone Homestead in the background complete the picture. Picnic baskets can be enjoyed at laid-out tables or on a picnic blanket under the shade of the oak trees.
What’s in the Rose Garden basket?

  • farm-baked bread and butter
  • roast-vegetable hummus
  • chicken-liver spread
  • Werf Butchery cold cuts
  • mustard mayonnaise
  • garden slaw salad and herb vinaigrette
  • coronation chicken and barley salad
  • Dalewood camembert, lavash, onion marmalade
  • baked chocolate tart, burnt meringue
  • rose marshmallow

Wow factor In addition to a basket filled with locally made, artisanal goods and a dreamy rose-garden setting, Boschendal is a destination that’s well worth planning an outing around. The beautiful estate’s numerous attractions include horse-riding, mountain-biking, wine-tasting at the Manor House, and tours of the maturation cellar, where rows of oak barrels line the walls. There’s even a spa offering relaxing and rejuvenating treatments.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Cost R520 (Rhone basket, serves two); R105 (children’s basket)
Please note Baskets can be collected between 12pm and 2pm. A vegetarian option is also available.
Contact 021 870 4274, reservations@boschendal.co.za
Location Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel Road, Franschhoek Valley

Grande Provence

Grande Provence: Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting One of the most historic (and breathtakingly beautiful) wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley, Grande Provence is reminiscent of a French countryside escape, with a slice of homespun luxurious comfort thrown in. Among its many attractions, the venue offers gourmet picnics that can be enjoyed under the oak trees in view of the estate’s sweeping vineyards.
What’s in the basket

  • Dalewood Camembert, preserves and crispies
  • charcuterie cold cuts
  • grilled free-range chicken with Cape Malay slaw and toasted almonds
  • smoked snoek pâté
  • estate-made hummus
  • freshly-baked bread
  • salted butter and olives
  • crisp heirloom garden salad with a fynbos and honey dressing
  • Rocky Road Valrhona bar
  • a bottle of Angels Tears wine
  • water

Wow factor Founded 300 years ago by French Huguenots fleeing persecution, the estate’s architecture reflects its rich mix of French and Cape Dutch heritage, set against a backdrop of marvellous natural beauty as the Franschhoek Mountains loom over sprawling vineyards. Modern art and elegant statues decorate the gardens, enhancing the mystical feel of this estate.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Cost R650 (serves two); R325 (serves one)
Please note Picnic baskets must be booked and paid for 24 hours in advance.
Contact 021 876 8000, events@grandeprovence.co.za
Location Main Road, Franschhoek

Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle: Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting As he is known to do, Sir Richard Branson took a 17th-century hilltop estate in the magnificent Franschhoek winelands and turned it into Leisure Land, where polished service, plush (yet pared-back) surrounds and an unbeatable location are all part and parcel of the Virgin experience.
The grounds of this beautiful estate, where rolling meadows and vineyards stretch out towards the distant mountain range, are yours to enjoy. Pick up a picnic basket from The Country Kitchen – Mont Rochelle’s casual lunch restaurant – and venture forth.
What’s in the basket

  • South African cheeses and homemade preserves
  • charcuterie with homemade pickles and chutneys
  • smoked salmon
  • harissa-spiced chicken-and-vegetable wrap with cream cheese and coriander
  • country salad
  • dark chocolate and cranberry torte
  • additional options are dependent on choice of basket

Wow factor There are plenty of attractions on the 40-hectare estate, including wine-tasting, horse-riding and a heated outdoor pool. It’s also a five-minute drive away from the charming village of Franschhoek.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 5pm
Cost R400 (Little Rock Basket, serves two); R480 (Chardonnay Basket, serves two); R520 (Miko Basket, serves two); R100 (Mont Rochelle Mini Basket)
Please note Baskets must be booked 12 hours in advance.
Contact 021 876 2770, countrykitchen@montrochelle.virgin.com
Location Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek

La Bri

La Bri: Picnic Venues Cape Town

The setting One of the oldest Huguenot-allocated farms in Franschhoek, La Bri is a secluded refuge in this fertile valley, dating back to the 17th century. Picnics are enjoyed in the estate’s private garden, offering spectacular views of the majestic Franschhoek Mountains and vineyards.The fact that La Bri is one of the hop-off points on the Franschhoek Wine Tram’s Red and Yellow routes makes it a particularly convenient spot to enjoy a picnic lunch on a sunny afternoon.
What’s in the basket

  • cheese board (selection of cheese, olives from the estate and freshly baked bread)
  • meat jar (coppa and chargrilled chicken strips)
  • garden jar (salad of the day and grilled artichokes)
  • fish jar (snoek pâté)
  • dessert jar (seasonal fruit and something sweet)
  • items are subject to availability

Wow factor Should you give into the temptation to linger, La Bri offers stimulating tasting experiences, such as the Chocolate & Wine or Lokum & Wine pairing or their Biltong & Wine experience. The estate stocks a range of boutique wines, crafted via their unique gravity-fed winemaking process.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Weekends & Public Holidays, 10am – 4pm
Please note Picnic baskets are only available on request. 48 hours’ notice is required and bookings will only be confirmed once proof of payment is received.
Cost R600 (serves two)
Contact 021 876 2593, pr@labri.co.za
Location La Bri Estate, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek

Picnics in Somerset West

Vergelegen

Vergelegen: Best Picnic Spots Cape Town

The setting Vergelegen’s beautifully shaded, tranquil and mystical camphor forest is the setting for these white-tablecloth picnics that are as suited to intimate rendezvous as they are to festive family gatherings.
What’s in the basket

  • artisanal bread with truffle-flavoured farm butter
  • homemade duck-liver pâté and thyme butter
  • farm-style pork pâté layered with forest mushrooms
  • chilli-tomato chutney
  • zucchini pickles
  • gin-cured salmon, roasted beetroot & chive crème fraiche
  • traditional Greek salad
  • selection of home-styled cured meats
  • teriyaki chicken and Asian slaw
  • freshly baked pastry tartlet
  • a selection of local cheeses served with homemade biscuits and preserve
  • lemon cheesecake with toasted cashew nut brittle
  • aromatic filter coffee

Wow factor The wonderfully tranquil and shaded picnic spot in one of the most beautiful wine estates in the country.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12.15pm – 4.30pm (November to April)
Please note Baskets should be collected between 12.15pm and 1.30pm.
Cost R275 (adults, excludes entrance fee, wine or beverages, and gratuity); R105 (children, 3 – 10 years)
Please note Vegetarian and vegan picnics are available, and must be requested when booking.
Contact 021 847 2131, picnic@vergelegen.co.za
Location Vergelegen Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West

Picnics in Paarl

Bertus Basson at Spice Route

Bertus Basson at Spice Route: Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting A mere 45-minute drive from the city, Spice Route’s delightful village set-up in Paarl is the perfect day-trip destination for the whole family. The venue’s fine array of culinary adventures includes Bertus Basson’s restaurant, which offers traditional South African fare, including popular picnic accompaniments such as local Fairview cheeses, fresh breads and artisanal meats. Their traditional inspired menu is also available from their restaurant, which includes dishes such as beef nachos, bobotie, yellow rice & raisins with sambals, boerrie rolls, rib & chicken combo, milktart milkshake and apple pie but to mention a few. All of this can be enjoyed outside under the oak trees, in view of the lush meadows that spread out like a carpet across the picturesque Paarl winelands.
What’s in the basket You get to help yourself at the restaurant’s ‘Pak ‘n mandjie’ section. Choose from a selection of artisanal meats and baked goods, accompanied by a bottle of wine.
Wow factor Spice Route at Paarl is a winelands outing you can enjoy time and time again, discovering something new on each visit. Aside from Bertus Basson’s restaurant, the boutique wine village hosts the Spice Route Tasting Room (inspired by the ancient mariners of the 15th century who braved the Cape of Storms in search of exotic spices); the Wilderer Distillery (home to the late Master distiller Helmut Wilderer and his award-winning grappa and schnapps); and De Villiers Chocolate, among numerous other attractions.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8.30am – 4pm
Cost Varies depending on the items chosen
Contact 021 863 5222, reservations@bertusbasson.com
Location Spice Route Destination, Suid-Agter-Paarl Road, Paarl

Rhebokskloof

Rhebokskloof: Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting On the edge of rolling lawns, encircled by weeping willow trees and rose bushes, with a sapphire-blue dam nearby, Rhebokskloof Restaurant is the ideal venue for a relaxing picnic. It’s especially fun for kids, with a large l jungle gym built in the shade of the trees, and free pony rides on Sunday afternoons, making for the picture-perfect family outing.
What’s in the basket

  • selection of three local cheeses
  • biscuits
  • homemade breads
  • preserves
  • peppadew pâté
  • hummus
  • grilled chicken sosaties
  • olives
  • salami
  • chilli and garlic marinated baby potatoes
  • selection of fresh fruit

Wow factor There’s so much to do at Rhebokskloof, including MTB tracks, quad-biking, horse-riding, hiking and fishing. The estate also hosts various picnic-related events, including moonlight picnics and concerts.
Opening times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Please note Picnics can be collected between 10am and 2pm.
Cost R370 (Lakeside Picnic or Vegetarian Picnic, serves two); R95 (Kid’s Picnic)
Contact 021 869 8386, restaurant@rhebokskloof.co.za
Location Noord-Agter-Paarl Road, Windmeul, Paarl

Noble Hill Wine Estate

Noble Hill

The setting With its serene lakeside setting and views of rolling vineyards and the Simonsberg Mountains, Noble Hill provides a unique winelands experience with its Latin-inspired picnics.
What’s in the basket

  • charcuterie board and selection of local Dalewood cheeses
  • Spanish-style meatballs (albondigas) in spicy tomato sauce
  • black bean, tomato and grilled corn salad
  • fresh avocado guacamole
  • homemade bolillo rolls and tortilla chips
  • layered carrot cake in a jar
  • layered cappuccino cake in a jar
  • still or sparkling mineral water
  • a bottle of Noble Hill syrah or sauvignon blanc
  • chimichurri chicken-breast (at additional charge)
  • estate-grown olives (at additional charge)
  • artisanal ciabatta (at additional charge)
  • bottle of MCC (at additional charge)

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; Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (October 2018 – April 2019)
Please note Advance bookings are essential, and changes or cancellations require two days notice.
Cost R540 (serves two); R960 (serves four); R50 credit (picnic without wine); R65 (kid’s basket)
Please note Vegetarian baskets are available, and must be requested when booking.
Contact 021 874 3844, info@noblehill.com
Location Noble Hill Wine Estate, Klapmuts-Simondium Road, Paarl

Picnics in Cape Town & Surrounds

Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards: Picnic Spots in Cape Town

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

  • bobotie wraps
  • curried chicken and grape salad
  • couscous salad
  • freshly baked ciabatta and crackers
  • selection of charcuterie and salami
  • pickle potpourri of cornichons, peppadews, olives and sundried tomatoes
  • potted chicken liver and bacon pâté
  • roasted aubergine with hummus and toasted cashew nuts
  • local cheeses with caramelised onions
  • seasonal fruit salad
  • chocolate brownie

Wow factor The elevated ocean and mountain views, and the gourmet grub.
Opening times Friday – Wednesday, 11am – 5pm
Thursday, 3pm – 7pm
Please note Picnic baskets must be booked 24 hours in advance.
Cost R400 (serves two); R70 (kid’s basket)
Please note A vegetarian option is available
Contact 021 789 0900, picnics@cape-point.com
Location Silvermine Road, Noordhoek

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

Twelve Apostles: Picnics in Cape Town

The setting This private picnic spot at Stanley’s Rock 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. The gourmet picnics are beautifully presented in baskets purchased from the Cape Town Society for the Blind.
What’s in the basket

  • cocktail rolls with pastrami, aged cheddar, dijon mustard mayo and rocket
  • smoked salmon and chive cream cheese on Cape seed Loaf
  • Bea’s chicken sandwiches
  • cheese sticks and crudites with hummus, spiced aioli and blue-cheese dipping sauce
  • crisp baguette with brie and onion chutney
  • bobotie quiche with peach chutney
  • Asian slaw
  • Caprese salad with basil pesto
  • cured meat platter, mustard and pickles
  • Biltong, dried fruit and nuts
  • Bo Kaap fish cakes with chunky herb dressing and lemon aioli
  • Twelve Apostles vegetable salad with lemon dressing
  • passionfruit madelines
  • sliced fruit platter and berries
  • assorted chocolates
  • decadent chocolate brownies
  • Twelve Apostles cheese platter with preserves and crackers

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.
Good to know You can opt to have you picnic in the hotel’s fynbos garden if you prefer, which offers privacy in addition to romantic surroundings. This is available at a surcharge of R1 000, and must be booked 72 hours in advance.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Cost R2 950 (Picnic Pleasures, serves two, includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon
Imperial Champagne); R3 450 (Picnic Proposal, serves two, includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne, and a large bunch of red roses)
Please note Vegetarian picnic hampers are also available.
Contact 021 437 9029, restaurants@12apostles.co.za
Location Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

Dial-a-Picnic

Dial-a-Picnic: Picnics in Cape Town

The setting That’s the best part about Dial-a-Picnic; the setting is wherever you choose. They have their own list of recommended picnic spots, which includes idyllic garden venues, such as Kirstenbosch Gardens and Noordhoek Common; seaside spots such as Llandudno Beach; as well as the secluded Signal Hill picnic area. But, ultimately, the choice of venue is up to you – and you can even elect to have the picnic delivered to your own home.
What’s in the basket There are three options: Mediterranean Madness; Alfresco Picnic; and Vegan Delight. The Alfresco includes:

  • freshly baked ciabatta with hummus, basil pesto or olive tapenade
  • local cheese platter with fruit preserves
  • crackers and fresh fruit
  • rare roast beef rocket salad
  • Parma ham with fresh melon
  • mini pecan tarts
  • sparkling grape juice
  • mineral water

Wow factor The standout service that Dial-a-Picnic offers is the option to create an entire experience from start to finish – where everything is totally taken care of. And the fact that you can customise it. For example, if you’re after a romantic picnic experience, Dial-a-Picnic can help you choose an appropriately secluded venue with scenic sunset views, and will do everything for you from setting up the roses to providing bubbly on ice. Looking for a more adventurous outing? Try a Picnic & Horse Riding package, or a Treasure Hunt Picnic – ideal for kids’ birthday parties.
Opening times Monday – Sunday
Cost R140 (Snack Pack for one); R195 (Standard Lunch Package for one); R235 (Deluxe Package for one)
Please note Surprise picnic setups are charged differently.
Contact 082 789 5478, capetown@dialapicnic.co.za

Research by Matthew Flax, Michelle de Bruin, Alicia Chamaille, Kent Cloete, Annabel Short, Nikki Benatar

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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: 10 October 2018

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10 Responses to “The Best Picnics in Cape Town (+ the Winelands) 2018”

  1. Kashiefa

    It would be nice if you would include picnic spots that are not on wine farms to cater for those not able to picnic on wine farms.

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  2. stephen

    Another good one to add to this list is Solms Delta

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  3. Justine

    Looking forward to trying some on your list – but I have to say we won’t be going back to Cape Point for their picnic. We used to go – and it was fabulous. But I think its now a victim of its own success…they are trying to cater to to many people each day and so the quality of the food has dropped significantly. It used to be freshly prepared and beautifully presented. The last time we went everything was processed food and packaged in plastic. It had completely lost its magic. We were very disappointed. Could have gone to Woolworths and got better food – better presented and cheaper!

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    • Thank you :)

      Thank you for the info, very valuable. Any form of eating out is a luxury nowadays, one cannot afford NOT to get value for money

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      • Lee

        Yes, I definitely agree with Justine. It used to be something we would take our guests to but we have recently had too many bad experiences there with the food not being up to standard, the service being rude and abrupt because they are too busy to stop and actually answer a question in an informative manner. The personal touch is gone and we have stopped taking our guests there.

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  4. Sinazo

    Hello. Are these prices going to be the same till year-end or will they change after a certain period

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Sinazo. These are the updated prices for the 2018/19 picnic season, so they will be valid until the end of the season, which for many of the places on this list will be March / April 2019 (ie. the beginning of Winter). Hope this helps.

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  5. Mel

    Hi, is there a place that offers a breakfast picnic?

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