The 25 Best Picnics in Cape Town + The Winelands

The 25 Best Picnics in Cape Town + The Winelands

There’s no shortage of magnificent places to eat out(side) in Cape Town.

Nothing says “summertime and the living is easy” quite like an alfresco meal. Fortunately, we live in a city that’s blessed with a dreamy climate and spectacular 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 clinking a chilled glass of wine, as you stretch out under a tree with a bunch of friends.

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, offering ready-packed picnic hampers full of delicious goodies, 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…

Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Find a picnic spot in these areas

Picnics in Stellenbosch
Picnics in Franschhoek
Picnics in Constantia
Picnics in Paarl
Picnics in Cape Town + surrounds

Picnics in Stellenbosch

Spier Wine Farm

Spier: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Founded in 1692, this family-friendly farm, where rolling lawns surround a duck-filled stream, offers an array of child-friendly activities, making it an ideal spot to throw down your blanket.
What’s in the Summer picnic basket

  • curry-spiced chickpeas and cashew nuts
  • Farmer Angus’ selection of charcuterie with gherkins
  • Vadas baguette with hummus, pesto and butter
  • classic Greek salad with house vinaigrette
  • potato salad with spring onion, Farmer Angus eggs and a creamy dressing
  • harissa-grilled chicken strips with lemon
  • cauliflower rice salad with vegan cheddar (it’s delicious, we promise), fresh herbs, celery, toasted hazelnut, roasted garlic, dates and fynbos vinaigrette
  • dark chocolate brownie with coconut yoghurt, berry compote and fresh berries

Wow factor Spier’s commitment to using ethically sourced produce means meals are made with seasonal produce grown organically on the farm, or ingredients that have been sourced from trusted local suppliers.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm (including public holidays)
Good to know The plant-based picnic option is also divine! Picnics can be collected between 12pm and 2pm from the Farm Café.
Cost R295 per person
R160 (kids’ basket)
Contact 021 809 1159,
Where to find it Spier Wine Estate, R310, Stellenbosch
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Zevenwacht Wine Estate

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: Zevenwacht Wine Estate
Chris Rebok

The setting With 300 years of history, Zevenwacht (Dutch for “seven expectations”) extends up the slopes of the Ribbokrant in Stellenbosch, from where panoramic views of Table Mountain, Table Bay and False Bay can be enjoyed.
What’s in the Farm House basket

  • fresh ciabatta
  • chicken liver paté
  • snoek paté
  • chicken mayonnaise tortilla wrap
  • homemade meatballs
  • kebab of rare roast beef, peppered ham, bocconcini, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil and olives
  • potato salad
  • cheese and biscuits
  • homemade preserves
  • strawberry cheesecake

Good to know There are options for vegetarians, meat-eaters and children. In the event of bad weather, order your picnic basket to enjoy at home.
Wow factor The tree-shaded picnic lawns slope down towards a scenic lake. There’s even a braai basket for those wanting to cook their own meal over a vine-wood fire!
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Cost R440 (basket for 2)
R85 (kids’ basket)
Contact 021 900 5800,
Where to find it Zevenwacht Wine Estate, Langverwacht Road, Kuils River
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The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: Morgenhof
Lance Longwell

The setting Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Simonsberg Mountains, the historic Morgenhof Wine Estate (founded in 1902) is a suitably vine-drenched setting for a summer picnics.
What’s in the Gourmet basket

  • smoked salmon and mint cucumber wrap
  • cheese selection (flavoured Brie, blue and cheddar)
  • assorted preserves with rosemary and black sesame wafers
  • homemade biltong pâté
  • chicken strips
  • homemade hummus
  • marinated mushroom, aubergine and sundried tomatoes with rocket
  • freshly baked rolls
  • millionaire shortbread squares
  • a bottle of sauvignon blanc or merlot cabernet franc)

Wow factor The towering trees create the perfect dappled shade for an alfresco feast.
Good to know Booking is essential, and you will need to bring your own picnic blanket.
Opening times Friday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Cost R500 (Gourmet basket for 2)
R400 (Vegetarian basket for 2)
Contact 021 001 9416,
Where to find it Morgenhof Wine Estate, Klapmuts Road, R44, Stellenbosch
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Mooiplaas: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town
Tielman Roos jnr

The setting A family-owned wine estate and private nature reserve in Stellenbosch, with views of lush vineyards and the Bottelary Hills.
What’s in the basket

  • fresh baguette
  • cheese (Brie and mature cheddar)
  • salad
  • handmade crisps
  • hummus (or tzatziki)
  • preserve
  • fruit
  • homemade quiche
  • brownies
  • a bottle of Langtafel wine

Wow factor Old oak trees and an elegant manor house (a national monument) enhance the charming country atmosphere at this hidden gem in the Stellenbosch Winelands.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 9am – 4.30pm
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Public holidays, 10:30am – 3.30pm
Please note Ingredients are subject to change, depending on availability. The gourmet picnic baskets must be booked for and paid in advance. Bookings during the week must be made 24 hours in advance and weekend bookings close on Thursdays.
Cost R385 (gourmet basket for 2)
R160 (cheese platter for 2 – 4)
Contact 021 200 7493,
Where to find it Mooiplaas Wine Estate and Private Nature Reserve, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
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Hartenberg: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting With looming willow trees (perfect for kiddies to climb and explore), and a small wooden bridge leading to more open fields of grass, Hartenberg Wine Estate feels as if it was made for picnics, with so many places to lay out a picnic blanket and relax in the shade.
What’s in the basket

  • baked bread and baguettes
  • snoek pâté and hummus
  • garden vegetables with dip
  • selection of Dalewood cheeses
  • spanakopita
  • charcuterie
  • Scotch egg
  • Mediterranean salad
  • homemade salted-caramel fudge

Wow factor The shaded area under the trees is wonderfully whimsical.
Opening times Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm (until April 2021)
Cost R295 per person
Contact 021 865 2541,
Where to find it Hartenberg Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
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Quoin Rock Wine Estate

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: Quoin Rock

The setting On the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains, Quoin Rock Wine Estate is a serene sanctuary with lush gardens sprinkled with mystical sculptures. Eight custom-built picnic pods, with 10 metres between each one, is where picnics take place, on proper crockery, using a walkie talkie to let their waitron know if they require anything.
What’s in the basket

  • freshly baked baguette
  • roast tomato butter, smoked snoek pâté, basil pesto
  • Dalewood Camembert
  • Dalewood Huguenot
  • Jewels Bresaola
  • Jewels Hungarian Salami
  • game fish, mustard mayonnaise and salsa verde
  • sweet melon, prosciutto, bocconcini dressed with orange and ginger
  • salad Olivier (a Russian potato salad)
  • beef fillet, homemade mustard and garnished with pea shoots
  • passion fruit curd, almond crumb and macerated blueberries

Wow factor The hampers are entirely plastic-free, and all ingredients have been sustainably sourced. You will also need to pay a deposit to secure the booking.
Good to know There are vegan, vegetarian and kiddies’ options available.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm (year-round)
Cost R400 per person
R180 (kids’ basket, children 3 – 12 years)
Contact 021 888 4740,
Where to find it Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch
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Hidden Valley Wines

Hidden Valley: Best Picnic Spots Cape Town

The setting On the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains in Stellenbosch, Hidden Valley Wines lives up the mystique of its name, offering vineyard views and lush gardens beside a tranquil dam.
What’s in the basket 

  • three types of cheeses (Brie, Camembert and blue)
  • three types of charcuterie (Parma ham, coppa and bresaola)
  • two types of preserves (port-and-pinotage and green fig)
  • tomato relish
  • green salad
  • fruit, crackers, nuts, baguette bread, estate olives and olive oil, hummus, caramelised onion
  • chocolate brownies (or something sweet)

Wow factor A secluded spot by the dam is ideal for a romantic picnic, after which you might like to do a spot of wine-tasting, a nature trail, or enjoy a meal at one of Bertus Basson’s acclaimed restaurants, Overture and The Deck.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm (October – April)
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm (May – September)
Please note Wine is not included in the hamper, and is sold separately. Picnics should be ordered 24 hours in advance.
Cost R580 (basket for 2)
Contact 021 880 2646,
Where to find it Hidden Valley Wines, off R44, off Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
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The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: Webersburg

The setting Webersburg’s peaceful location, overlooking a sparkling dam with breathtaking views of the Helderberg Valley, sets the scene for a lovely alfresco lunch in the Stellenbosch Winelands.
What’s in the Gourmet basket

  • freshly baked ciabatta
  • basil pesto cream cheese
  • hummus
  • marinated olives
  • croissants with rare roast beef, rocket, tomato and caramelised onion
  • chorizo, feta, spinach and peppadew quiche
  • marinated chicken kebabs with a curried mango chutney
  • Greek salad with honey and nut sprinkle
  • potato salad with bacon, onion and parsley
  • seasonal fruit salad
  • double chocolate brownies
  • strawberry macarons

Wow factor Choose your spot under the shade of the towering oak trees, and enjoy the occasional visit from one of the resident ducks!
Good to know Vegetarian and kids’ options are available on request. Bookings need to be made 24 hours in advance via phone or email.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Cost R600 (Gourmet basket for 2)
Contact 021 881 3636,
Where to find it Webersburg, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
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Zorgvliet Wines

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: Zorgvliet Wines

The setting Just outside Stellenbosch in the Banhoek Valley, Zorgvliet’s picnic area is set among vineyards and boasts stunning views of the surrounding mountains. There’s a large lawn, with a jungle gym, sandpit and splash pad for children.
What’s in the Zorgvliet basket

  • freshly baked baguettes
  • sweet and savoury preserves
  • fresh wraps
  • duo of gourmet cheeses
  • crackers
  • chicken drumsticks
  • fresh green salad
  • something sweet
  • a bottle of Silvermyn wine

Good to know There’s a Meaty, Vegetarian and Kiddies option.
Wow factor The varied options that cater to all palates.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm (September 2020 – April 2021)
Monday – Sunday,  11am – 5pm (school holidays)
Cost R605 (Zorgvliet basket for 2)
R135 (kids’ basket)
Contact 021 885 1399,
Where to find it Zorgvliet Wines, Helshoogte Pass, Banhoek Valley, Stellenbosch
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Hazendal: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting In addition to a slew of culinary pursuits, Hazendal’s Babushka picnics are a relaxed experience that take place on the lawns of the estate. The offering is presented in beautiful bespoke wicker baskets and filled with South African and Russian alfresco food crafted from fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients that are also sourced locally.⠀⠀
What’s in the basket

  • artisanal breads
  • salted farm butter
  • hummus with rosemary-turmeric and garlic pickled mushrooms
  • potted snoek pâté
  • cold cut selection
  • dukkah-roasted chicken
  • crunchy Asian salad, mixed seeds, cashew nuts, and ginger-and-soy dressing
  • Russian Olivier potato salad
  • local cheese and preserves
  • sweet dessert from Babushka Deli’s pastry kitchen

Wow factor The combination of South African and Russian flavours make this picnic experience rather unique. Not to mention the glorious setting.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am or 1pm
Cost R300 per person
R140 (kids’ basket)
Please note Booking and deposits are essential. Vegetarian options are available on request.
Contact 021 205 5620,
Where to find it Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
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Picnics in Franschhoek


Boschendal: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting The Rhone Rose Garden, in the wine-making hub of this illustrious estate, is where picnics are enjoyed – at laid-out tables under the shade of the oak trees. Spectacular mountain and vineyard views and the historic Rhone Homestead in the background complete the picture.
What’s in the Rose Garden basket

  • farm-baked baguette
  • hummus and butter
  • fresh garden vegetables, almond and garlic emulsion
  • green salad, with Parmesan and herb vinaigrette
  • roast cauliflower coronation, coriander and crispy chickpeas
  • shredded and roasted free-range chicken with mayonnaise and lemon achar
  • charcuterie selection
  • Dalewood cheese and onion marmalade
  • white chocolate cheesecake

Wow factor In addition to the dreamy rose-garden setting, Boschendal is the quintessential Winelands destination, offering horse-riding, mountain-biking, wine-tasting, pony rides and luxe accommodation.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Good to know A vegetarian option is available. Baskets can be collected between 12pm and 2pm. A maximum of 10 people per table is permitted.
Cost R600 (basket for 2)
R125 (kids’ basket)
Contact 021 870 4274,
Where to find it Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel Road, Franschhoek Valley
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Grande Provence

Grande Provence: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Reminiscent of a French country escape, Grande Provence is an historic estate bundled in homespun comfort. Picnics can be enjoyed under the oaks in view of sweeping vineyards and striking sculptures.
What’s in the standard basket

  • layered salad
  • estate-made chicken pie
  • butternut, bacon and feta quiche
  • selection of cold meats
  • fresh fruit jar
  • olive ciabatta and hummus
  • local cheese, figs and olives
  • brownies
  • bottle of award-winning Angel Tears wine and water

Wow factor Founded 325 years ago by French Huguenots fleeing persecution in Europe, the estate’s architecture reflects its rich mix of French and Cape Dutch heritage.
Good to know Vegetarian and kids’ baskets are also available. Costs exclude additional beverages and gratuity. Picnic baskets must be booked and paid for 24 hours in advance. Picnics are weather-dependent and an indoor setting will be provided should it rain on the day.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 4pm
Cost R600 (basket for 2)
R150 (kids’ basket, children 3 – 10 years)
Contact 021 876 8600,
Where to find it Grande Provence, Main Road, Franschhoek
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La Bri

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: La Bri

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 Franschhoek Mountains and vineyards. The fact that La Bri is one of the hop-off points on the Franschhoek Wine Tram’s route makes it a particularly convenient spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon picnic.
What’s in the basket

  • cheese box (selection of local cheeses, dried fruit, olives from the estate and freshly baked bread)
  • meat box (cured meat and chargrilled mini chicken fillets)
  • salad box (salad of the day)
  • dessert box (seasonal fruit and something sweet)

Wow factor Should you give into the temptation to linger, La Bri offers a variety of tasting experiences, such as a chocolate-and-wine or a lokum-and-wine pairing, biltong-and-wine experience, or a kiddies’ pairing.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Saturday & public holidays, 10am – 4pm
Good to know Picnic baskets are only available on request. 48 hours’ notice is required, and bookings will only be confirmed once proof of payment is received. Food items are subject to availability.
Cost R650 (basket for 2)
Contact 021 876 2593,
Where to find it La Bri Estate, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek
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Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Overlooking the Franschhoek Valley, this illustrious estate offers views of rolling meadows and vineyards stretching out towards the distant mountains. Pick up your picnic basket from The Country Kitchen, Mont Rochelle’s casual lunch restaurant, and take a stroll down to the sparkling dam, where a scattering of garden cushions and concrete tables allow comfortable feasting.
What’s in the Miko Basket 

  • South African cheeses and homemade preserves
  • charcuterie with homemade pickles and chutneys
  • sweet-and-sour-glazed pork and apple kebabs with lime tzatziki
  • pita pockets filled with a Mediterranean chicken salad
  • spiced lemongrass and tuna fish cakes served with tomato relish
  • smoked buttermilk potato salad with spring onions and sundried tomatoes
  • corn on the cob with basil butter and smoked sea salt
  • cold beef teriyaki stir-fry salad with egg noodles and candied cashew nuts
  • pea and mint arancini served with a harissa honey dip
  • dark chocolate-and-cranberry brownie with chocolate sauce
  • malva truffles with salted-caramel sauce

Wow factor The wine! The magnificent 40-hectare estate makes superb vino, no matter your preference (white or red).
Opening times Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Good to know Baskets must be booked 12 hours in advance, and prices exclude beverages.
Cost R490 (Chardonnay Basket for 2)
R590 (Miko Basket for 2)
R140 (Mont Rochelle Mini Basket)
Contact 021 876 2770,
Where to find it Mont Rochelle, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape
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Picnics in Constantia

The Cellars-Hohenort

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: Cellars Hohenort

The setting With an enchanted garden straight out of a storybook, the five-star Cellars-Hohenort invites guests to spread out under the ancient (and gigantic!) camphors for a relaxed afternoon picnic. Order a glass of champagne to enjoy with your freshly prepared basket.
What’s in the basket

  • tapas
  • olive and sundried tomato focaccia bread
  • lemon and rosemary roasted chicken
  • artisanal house salads with vinaigrette
  • mini scones, strawberry jam and butter
  • choice of orange, apple or vegetable juice

Wow factor You’ll feel like you’re a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city – but you won’t have to travel far to get to this serene garden.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Good to know Items on the Cellars-Hohenort winelist are available to order. Booking one day in advance is essential.
Cost R530 (basket option one for 2)
Contact 021 794 2137,
Where to find it 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia Heights, Cape Town
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Buitenverwachting: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Founded by the Cape’s first governor Simon van der Stel, this farm is rich in history. 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.
What’s on the Harvest Platter

  • bread and butter
  • camembert, chevin and Emmenthaler
  • peppadew and cream cheese pâté
  • smoked-salmon paté
  • olive, feta and sundried tomato tapenade
  • German salami and Parma ham
  • biltong
  • peppadew relish
  • pickled peppers, cherry tomatoes and olives
  • dill cucumbers
  • seasonal fruit

Wow factor The views of the 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 – Friday, 10am – 4pm
Saturday, 10am – 3.30pm
Please note Self-catering is not allowed.
Good to know A vegetarian platter is also available. Extra add-ons (such as crackers, hummus and basil pesto) can be ordered (except on Saturdays). Picnics on the lawn is on a first-come-first-served basis. BYO picnics are not permitted.
Cost R300 (platter for 2)
Contact 021 794 5190/1,
Where to find it Buitenverwachting, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia

Jonkershuis at Groot Constantia

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: Jonkershuis at Groot Constantia
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The setting Situated on the oldest wine-producing estate in South Africa, Jonkershuis at Groot Constantia is ripe with breathtaking views of the valley, vineyards and False Bay.
What’s in the Classic picnic basket

  • baguette from Woodstock Bakery with flavoured butter and spiked hummus
  • smoked snoek pâté and apricot relish
  • locally sourced cheese with house relish
  • cured local meat and pickles
  • roasted vegetable salad with quinoa and vinaigrette
  • chocolate brownie with dipping chocolate

Wow factor Between the historic manor house and vineyards, the spacious lawn invites picnickers to linger longer.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8am – 6pm
Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Cost R450 (Classic basket for 2)
R490 (Breakfast basket for 2)
R600 (Estate basket for 2)
R100 (kids’ basket)
Good to know Vegan and vegetarian options are available. The final cost is subject to an additional service fee of 12.5% on weekdays, and 15% on Sundays and public holidays.
Contact 021 794 6255,
Where to find it Jonkershuis, Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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Picnics in Paarl

The Manor at Nederburg

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: The Manor at Nederburg

The setting Just outside Paarl, Nederburg Wine Estate is home to a slew of wonderful experiences – the latest of which is the brand-new Manor restaurant.
Boasting breathtaking views of the Drakenstein mountains and the farm’s vineyards and gardens beyond, The Manor celebrates Nederburg’s rich heritage through innovative food-and-wine experiences and lovely garden picnics.
What’s in the basket

  • a selection of local cheeses and charcuterie
  • olives, pickles, nuts, hummus and freshly baked bread
  • crispy roasted baby chicken and sautéed caramelised new potatoes
  • decadent chocolate brownie served with cream
  • a bottle of Nederburg Première Cuvée Brut
  • tea, coffee, water or a soft drink

Wow factor Each generous basket is served under the shade of towering oaks.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm (except Tuesday)
Cost R460 (basket for 2)
R100 (kids’ basket, children under 12 years)
Contact 021 862 3104,
Where to find it Nederburg Wine Estate, Sonstraal Road, Dal Josafat, Paarl
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Perdeberg: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Named after the once-abundant wild zebra that roamed the foothills of the Paardeberg Mountain, Perdeberg Cellars is a prime picnic spot. Switching things up from regular picnic offerings, Perdeberg offers a South African-style braai-picnic complete with roosterkoek and chops.
What’s in the basket

  • lamb chops
  • boerewors lollipop
  • chicken thigh and pepper kebabs
  • roosterkoek with cheddar and apricot jam
  • Greek salad
  • cappuccino tart

Wow factor A picnic braai!
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Good to know Booking is essential and a deposit of 50% is required 48 hours in advance.
Cost R450 (basket for 2)
Contact 021 020 1626,
Where to find it Perdeberg Cellars, Vryguns Farm, Windmeul, Paarl
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Picnics in Cape Town + Surrounds

Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel

Mount Nelson Picnic

The setting In the heart of Cape Town, this iconic five-star hotel is a tranquil oasis whose effortless elegance leaves an impression on all who visit it. And while the property is possibly best known for its sumptuous high teas, its beautifully maintained garden is a destination in itself (and never fails to elicit oohs and aahs from anyone who has spent time here). Choose between a poolside picnic (which includes access to the pool), or go the garden route and find a discreet, shaded spot on the lawns.
What’s in the basket

  • biltong
  • mixed nuts
  • spiced olives
  • charcuterie selection with pickles and chicken liver pâté
  • smoked trout with horseradish cream and smoked trout pâté
  • spiced fried chicken pieces with sweet chilli sauce
  • beef frikkadels with homemade brinjal chutney
  • crudités with falafel selection and seed hummus
  • Cape Winelands cheese selection with preserves and grapes
  • sliced baguettes and biscuits
  • mini quiche
  • petit fours
  • strawberries and cream
  • water

Wow factor The poolside picnic includes access to Mount Nelson’s heated pool!
Good to know Both picnics have children’s menus.
Opening times Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 1pm (basket collections)
Cost R395 (garden picnic for one)
R595 (pool picnic for one)
Contact 021 483 1000,
Where to find it 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

Twelve Apostles: Best Picnic Spots 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 handmade baskets.
What’s in the Standard Pleasures basket

  • seed crackers, crispy baguette with whipped butter, hummus and basil pesto
  • zesty smoked snoek pâté
  • selection of South African cheese, preserve 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, wholegrain 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 skewers
  • whole seasonal fruit
  • two bottles of still and sparkling water
  • bottle of Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne

Wow factor Excellent service in unique surrounds – between mountain and ocean – you might even spot whales and dolphins frolicking in the distance. There are hiking trails to explore, and plenty of space for children to run around in.
Good to know You can opt to have your picnic in the hotel’s fynbos garden if you prefer, which offers privacy. This is available at a surcharge of R1 000, and must be booked 72 hours in advance. Vegetarian picnic hampers are also available.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Cost R2 950 (Picnic Pleasures basket for 2, includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon
Imperial Champagne)
R3 450 (Picnic Proposal for 2, includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne, and a large bunch of red roses)
Contact 021 437 9029,
Where to find it Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting With beautiful views of Noordhoek beach, acres of fynbos and vineyards, the picnic site at this award-winning winery is hard to beat.
What’s in the basket

  • freshly baked ciabatta with herb butter
  • cold meat
  • a trio of cheese
  • olives
  • onion marmalade
  • seasonal salad
  • Cape Point Hanepoot
  • picnic pillows and blanket

Wow factor The elevated ocean and mountain views.
Good to know There are three picnic spots available: the secluded area next to the dam (no kids allowed), ideal for romantic picnics; the family area (plenty of shade, and easy access to the jungle gym); or the mid-level picnic lawns (ideal for larger groups, with unhindered ocean views). Vegetarian baskets are available and children can order off the kids’ menu. A porter will assist you with your basket and blankets, and you’ll need to order drinks from the deli. Extra deli items are available to purchase on the day, should you wish to add more goodies to your hamper!
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm (all-year-round)
Cost R140 per person
Contact 027 789 0900,
Where to find it Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
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Dial A Picnic: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting wherever you choose! Dial-a-Picnic has a list of recommended spots that includes Kirstenbosch Gardens, Noordhoek Common, Llandudno Beach and Table Mountain. 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 Alfresco basket

  • 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 or 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.
Good to know There are a variety of menus to pick from including gluten-free, vegan and customisable baskets.
Opening times Daily
Cost From R145 – R265 per person
R2 750 (Bespoke Picnic Experience for 4, includes food, drinks and setup)
Please note Surprise picnic setups are charged differently.
Contact 083 722 3935,
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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: 03 March 2021

3 Responses to “The 25 Best Picnics in Cape Town + The Winelands”

  1. Lorraine Blignaut

    Looking forward

  2. Rushin Sedick

    I love adventure.

  3. Joe Burger

    Saw places in your guide that i was not aware of. Only know a few of them that we visited. Now that i will be a pensioner i need to try more places as we will have amble time