The 25 Best Picnics in Cape Town (+ the Winelands) 2019

The 25 Best Picnics in Cape Town (+ the Winelands) 2019 Boschendal

From winelands and forests to mountainsides 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 city 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…

What are your favourite picnic spots? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Picnics in Stellenbosch
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Picnics in Stellenbosch

Warwick

Warwick: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting At this picturesque Stellenbosch winery, you can choose to have your picnic under an umbrella on the lawn by the water on beanbags and scatter cushions – while being served by your own butler. Or you can enjoy your picnic in one of the estate’s specially designed picnic pods.
What’s in the basket

  • three-bean deluxe salad with peppadews, smoked chicken, rocket, red onion, Dijon dressing and fresh herbs
  • pear and pecan salad with beef biltong, croutons, gorgonzola, greens and orange vinaigrette
  • fusion potato salad with marinated mushrooms and artichokes, red onion, venison carpaccio and fresh herbs
  • biltong pâté
  • onion marmalade
  • trio jar of cream cheese, basil pesto and sweet chilli sauce
  • Manchego and camembert
  • epi bread and herbed butter
  • Cape honey cheesecake with balsamic strawberries, dark chocolate cookie and fresh mint

Wow factor The beautiful setting, artisanal gourmet food, excellent wine and outstanding service.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm (September 2019 – April 2020)
Please note Picnic baskets can be collected from 11am. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.
Cost R550 (per basket for two); R300 (per person); R140 (kids’ basket)
Contact 021 884 4410, visit@warwickwine.com
Where to find it Warwick Wine Estate, R44 Stellenbosch
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Hidden Valley Wines

Hidden Valley: Best Picnic Spots Cape Town
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The setting Situated 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 Cheese)
  • three types of charcuterie (Parma ham, Coppa ham, Bresaola cured beef)
  • two types of preserves (Port & Pinotage and Green Fig)
  • one relish (tomato)
  • one quiche for two
  • one green Salad
  • fruit, crackers, nuts, baguette bread, estate olives & olive oil, hummus, caramelized onion
  • something sweet (eg. chocolate brownies)

Wow factor A secluded spot by the dam is ideal for a romantic picnic, which is just one of the many attractions Hidden Valley Wines has to offer; others include wine-tasting, nature trails, and Bertus Basson’s acclaimed restaurants, Overture and The Deck.
Opening times Daily, 9am – 6pm (October – April); 9am – 5pm (May – September)
Picnics must be ordered 24 hours in advance.
Please note Wine is sold separately.
Cost R440 (per basket for two)
Contact 021 880 2646 / 021 006 1022 / 021 007 4230 /  021 007 4230, winetasting@hiddenvalleywines.co.za
Where to find it Hidden Valley Wines, off R44, off Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
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Hazendal Babushka Picnics

Hazendal: Best Picnic Spots Cape Town

The setting Joining the long list of other delectable culinary offerings at Hazendal Estate – such as the Zakuski (Russian-inspired tapas) and the Russian Tea Ceremony – the Babushka picnics are a more relaxed experience on the lawns of the estate. The offering is presented in beautiful bespoke wicker baskets and filled with South African and Russian alfresco food.
What’s in the basket 

  • Babushka 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 R250 (per person), R125 (kids’ basket)
Please note Bookings and deposits are essential. Vegetarian options are available on request.
Contact 021 205 5620, bookings@hazendal.co.za
Where to find it Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
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Delheim

Delheim: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting On the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains, this award-winning estate is known for its wonderful wine, and its breathtaking setting. The best way to enjoy all that this scenic spot has to offer is to unwind by the nearby river with your hand-woven picnic basket filled with all manner of fresh produce.
Collect your alfresco lunch from the Garden Restaurant, and follow one of the friendly waiters down to the nearby river, where the soothing sound of running water and birdsong enhances this Winelands experience.
What’s in the Meaty Basket 

  • snoek pâté
  • bratwurst
  • salami
  • cheese, crackers and wheat biscuits
  • green fig and mascarpone
  • dolmades
  • grapes
  • salad
  • pickled pumpkin
  • pitted olives
  • homemade farm bread
  • brownies with a Spatzendreck chocolate topping

Wow factor Delheim’s many attractions include an atmospheric underground cellar, complete with cobwebbed windows, where unique cupcake-and-wine pairings are held. In winter, it plays host to Jazz & Fondue Sundays, while mushroom-foraging happens in autumn.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm (except New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day)
Please note Picnics run from September 2019 – 30 April 2020. Wine and beverages can be purchased separately. Kitchen closes at 3.30pm for orders.
Cost R345 (Meaty Basket for two); R335 (Easy Basket for two); R315 (Vegetarian Basket for two); R120 (Kids’ Basket for two); R60 (Kids’ Basket for one)
Contact 021 888 4600, restaurant@delheim.com
Where to find it Delhiem Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, off the R44, Stellenbosch
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Spier Wine Farm

Spier: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Ducks paddle around a stream surrounded by 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 an array of child-friendly activities on offer, this is an ideal farm for a picnic in the country, with an expansive treed lawn on which to lay down your blanket.
What’s in the basket

  • classic Greek salad
  • grain salad with wheat, quinoa, celery, brown rice, harissa dressing and toasted almonds
  • Farmer Angus roast beef served with pickles and grainy mustard
  • Farmer Angus chicken drumsticks served with aioli
  • Havarti cheddar, pickles, preserves and crackers
  • Farmer Angus prosciutto served with melon wedges
  • Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery baguette, butter, olive tapenade and red pepper hummus
  • Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery famous pasteis de natas

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.
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.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm (including public holidays)
Please note Picnics can be collected between 12pm and 2pm. Vegan options are available.
Cost R275 (per person); R150 (kids’ basket)
Contact 021 809 1172, info@spier.co.za
Where to find it Spier Wine Estate, R310, Stellenbosch
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Mooiplaas

Mooiplaas: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town
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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
  • a homemade quiche
  • something sweet (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; Sunday and public holidays, 10:30am – 3.30pm
Please note Ingredients are subject to change, depending on availability.
Cost R350 (Gourmet Picnic for two); R150 (Cheese Platter, for 2 – 4 people)
Contact 021 200 7493, info@mooiplaas.co.za
Where to find it Mooiplaas Wine Estate and Private Nature Reserve, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
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Hudsons @ Vredenheim

Hudsons Vredenheim: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Situated at Vredenheim Wildlife & Winery, Hudsons offers a serene setting in which to enjoy a relaxing picnic, with views of the surrounding gardens and mountains.
What’s in the basket

  • a selection of cold meats and stuffed eggs
  • jars of layered salad with sweetcorn, tomato, cucumber, red onion and avocado
  • couscous salad and hummus
  • home-baked rosemary-and-olive bread
  • a platter of cheese, biscuits and homemade relish
  • fresh fruit
  • caramel chocolate brownie trifle

Good to know Vegetarian and halaal baskets are available on request.
Wow factor The splendid garden views make for an idyllic picnic experience. Furthermore, a wine farm and wildlife sanctuary all in one means Vredenheim is a great option for a family day out. Be sure to stop by the Big Cats Park for a sighting of rescued lions, leopards and tigers.
Opening times Sunday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Please note Picnics must be booked 24 hours in advance at info@hudsons.events
Cost R490 (per basket for two); R735 (per basket for three); R65 (kids’ basket, includes activity box with crayons)
Contact 021 881 3590, info@hudsons.events
Where to find it Vredenheim Wine Estate, R310, Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
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Hartenberg

Hartenberg: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Established in 1692, Hartenberg Wine Estate feels like it was made for picnics. With looming willow trees (perfect for kiddies to climb and explore), and a small wooden bridge leading to more open fields of grass, there are so many places to lay out your 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 – perfect for picnics.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Cost R295 (per person)
Contact 021 865 2541, info@hartenbergestate.com
Where to find it Hartenberg Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
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Picnics in Franschhoek

Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Overlooking the sweeping Franschhoek Valley, where rolling meadows and vineyards stretch out towards the distant mountains, this illustrious estate offers visitors a sought-after sense of tranquility, and a scenic spot to relax and unwind with a delectable array of goodies.
Pick up a picnic basket from The Country Kitchen – Mont Rochelle’s casual lunch restaurant – and take a stroll down towards the sparkling dam, where a scattering of garden cushions and concrete tables allow comfortable post-feasting.
What’s in the Miko Basket 

  • South African cheeses and homemade preserves
  • charcuterie with homemade pickles and chutneys
  • smoked-salmon pâté capers, fresh lemon and rocket
  • potted shrimp cocktail
  • harissa-spiced chicken-and-vegetable wrap
  • zucchini fritters with smoked tomato aioli
  • roast butternut and feta salad
  • country salad
  • homemade haddock fishcakes with tartare sauce
  • dark chocolate-and-cranberry torte with salted-caramel sauce
  • malva truffles, rose mulberries with chocolate sauce
  • selection of homemade breads and smoked-paprika tortilla chips

Wow factor The wine! The magnificent 40-hectare estate makes superb vino, and no matter your preference (white or red), it is the perfect accompaniment to your alfresco lunch.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Please note Baskets must be booked 12 hours in advance, and prices exclude beverages.
Cost R480 (Chardonnay Basket for two); R520 (Miko Basket for two); R120 (Mont Rochelle Mini Basket)
Contact 021 876 2770, countrykitchen@montrochelle.virgin.com
Where to find it Mont Rochelle, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape
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Boschendal

Boschendal: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

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 enchanting 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 baguette
  • hummus and butter
  • fresh garden vegetables, chive emulsion
  • garden lettuce salad, Parmesan and herb vinaigrette
  • pickled carrots, mint and quinoa  salad, crispy chickpeas
  • charcuterie selection from The Werf Butchery
  • Angus beef and  Duroc pork rillette
  • coronation chicken
  • Dalewood cheese, onion marmalade, pickles
  • white chocolate cheesecake and strawberries

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 to. The beautiful estate’s numerous attractions include horse-riding, mountain-biking, wine-tasting at the Werf Restaurant and Cellar Door, and tours of the maturation cellar, where rows of oak barrels line the walls. There are also a variety of cottages that offer guests a taste of luxury farm living
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Please note Baskets can be collected between 12pm and 2pm. A vegetarian option is also available.
Cost R580 (per basket for two); R310 (per person); R125 (kids’ basket)
Contact 021 870 4274, reservations@boschendal.co.za
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 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 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 standard basket

  • Mixed layered salad and rozandel dressing
  • tomato, basil and feta tartlet
  • Charcuterie cold cuts, seasonal estate made preserve
  • Fresh seasonal fruits
  • Farm baked ciabatta, estate hummus, butter
  • Klein rivier cheeses, crisps
  • Danish pastries
  • Estate baked brownie
  • bottle of Angel Tears wine
  • 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, set against a backdrop of the Franschhoek Mountains that loom over sprawling vineyards. Modern art and elegant statues decorate the gardens, enhancing the mystical feel of this estate.
Good to know Vegetarian baskets are also available. Costs exclude additional beverages and gratuity.  Picnic baskets must be booked and paid for 24 hours in advance.
Opening times 1 October – 30 April: Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm (last time slot is 3.30pm)
Cost R700 (per basket for two); R350 (per person); R150 (kids’ basket, children 3 – 10 years)
Contact 021 876 8600, reservations@grandeprovence.co.za
Where to find it Grande Provence, Main Road, Franschhoek
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Allee Bleue

Allee Bleue: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town
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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 in the sandpit, while you enjoy a leisurely lunch in the shade of large umbrellas and trees.
What’s in the basket

  • roasted beef wrap with herbed tomato, red-onion salsa and spicy mayonnaise
  • farm-grown micro-herb 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
  • decadent chocolate brownie

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 grown on the estate.
Good to know Picnics are available on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Opening times Monday – Sunday & Public Holidays, 11am – 5pm (September 2019 – April 2020)
Cost R385 (per basket for two); R210 (per person); R115 (kids’ basket)
Please note Vegetarian options are available.
Contact 021 874 1021, info@alleebleue.com
Where to find it  Allee Bleue Wine Estate, Intersection R45 and R310, Groot Drakenstein
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La Bri

La Bri: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town
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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 Blue and Green routes makes it a particularly convenient spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon picnic.
What’s in the basket

  • cheese board (selection of local cheeses, dried fruit, olives from the estate and freshly baked bread)
  • meat jar (cured meat and chargrilled chicken strips)
  • salad jar (salad of the day and grilled artichokes)
  • pâté jar (snoek)
  • dessert jar (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
Weekends & Public Holidays, 10am – 4pm
Please note Food items are subject to availability. 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 R650 (serves two)
Contact 021 876 2593, pr@labri.co.za
Where to find it La Bri Estate, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek
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La Couronne

La Couronne: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Named for the ship that brought French Huguenot settlers to the Cape in 1688, La Couronne (which translates as ‘The Crown’) lives up to its French heritage with proud winemaking traditions and a serene setting that puts one in mind of the meadows of the French countryside.
What’s in the basket

  • local cheese selection served with preserves and savory biscuits
  • roosterkoek served with snoek pâté and herb butter
  • potato salad
  • roasted butternut, beetroot, feta & rocket salad served with a dash of balsamic reduction
  • country BBQ cocktail chicken sosaties
  • cocktail beef meatballs served with taztiki
  • bite-Size, roasted lamb rib served with tangy chutney
  • droeê wors and biltong bites
  • home-made koeksisters and melktert
  • fruit kebab
  • 750ml bottle water

Please note Picnic blankets are supplied but must be returned to the tasting room, along with wine glasses.Vegetarian baskets are available on request.
Wow factor La Couronne’s ‘secret garden’ offers plenty of shaded areas, where guests can relax to the sound of the bubbling stream. In addition to picnics, the estate offers a traditional braai experience; and a safe, child-friendly kid’s play area in full view of the garden.
Opening times Daily, 10am – 5pm
Picnics must be ordered 24 hours in advance
Cost R195 (serves one); R100 (kiddies basket)
Contact 021 876 3939, info@lacouronnewines.co.za
Where to find it La Couronne, Robertsvlei Road, Franschhoek
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Picnics in Constantia

Norval Foundation

Norval Foundation: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Amid sculptures and a natural garden, picnics at Norval Foundation are as scenic as they are convenient (no need to schelp to the Winelands, as Norval Foundation is a 30-minute drive from the city centre). While enjoying your meal, the artful garden feels like your own, since only five bookings are taken daily.
What’s in the standard basket

  • quiche of the day
  • potato-salad skewers
  • chicken wrap with marinated vegetables
  • smoked salmon pâté with homemade crackers
  • orecchiette pasta salad with tomatoes, basil pesto, peas and green olives
  • Chrisna-marinated olives
  • peri-peri mixed nuts
    seasonal sweet tartlets
  • cheese selection

Wow factor The magnificent setting – surrounded by vineyards and mountains, a stone’s throw from a world-class museum (where browsing the current exhibitions before or after your picnic is highly recommended). All this while enjoying a fresh, generous hamper, prepared by Skotnes Restaurant.
Good to know Cost includes admission to Norval Foundation’s museum and galleries. Members of Norval Foundation receive discounted prices on picnics.
Opening times Wednesday – Monday, 11am – 5pm (picnics available during summer, starting from October)
Please note Pre-booking is essential. Collect your hamper and beverages from the kiosk adjacent to the restaurant’s terrace.
Cost R295 (per person); R95 (kids’ basket)
Contact 087 654 5902, bookings@theskotnes.com
Where to find it Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road (opposite US Embassy), Tokai, Cape Town
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Buitenverwachting

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 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.
What’s on the cheese platter

  • selection of cheeses
  • baguette
  • bobotie
  • grapes
  • pâté

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 (kitchen closes at 4pm)
Please note The estate’s Wine Tasting Centre works on a first-come-first-served basis.
Cost R245 (cheese platter, served on the lawn)
Contact 021 794 5190/1, info@buitenverwachting.com
Where to find it Buitenverwachting, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia
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Simon’s Restaurant at Groot Constantia

Simon's Restaurant Groot Constantia: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town
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The setting Located in the picturesque 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 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 on the lawned area overlooking the vineyards. There is also a waiter service for wine and beverage orders; and the baskets are delivered to your table. You can also take your own picnic blankets and cushions. Vegetarian and halaal baskets are available, too.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm (May – October)
Monday – Sunday, 11am – 9pm (November – April)
Cost R395 (per basket for two); R220 (per person);  R75 (kids’ basket)
Good to know Contact 021 794 1143 / 021 794 7724, info@simons.co.za
Where to find it Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia
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Picnics in Somerset West

Vergelegen

Vergelegen: Best Picnic Spots in 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 red-wine-and-truffle-flavoured farm butter
  • homemade duck-liver pâté and thyme butter
  • farm-style pork pâté layered with forest mushrooms
  • chilli-tomato and aubergine chutney
  • zucchini pickles
  • gin-cured salmon, roasted beetroot  and chive crème fraîche
  • traditional Greek salad
  • selection of home-styled cured meats
  • coronation chicken
  • spanakopita
  • selection of local cheeses served with homemade biscuits
  • baked yoghurt lemon tart with mixed berry compote and coconut crumb
  • 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 excludes R10 entrance fee and gratuity.
Cost R310 (per person); R115 (kids’ basket, 3 – 10 years)
Contact 021 847 2131, picnic@vergelegen.co.za
Where to find it Vergelegen Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West
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Picnics in Paarl

Noble Hill Wine Estate

Noble Hill: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

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
  • homemade mushroom pâté
  • layered carrot cake in a jar
  • layered cappuccino cake in a jar
  • still or sparkling mineral water (per person)
  • a bottle of Noble Hill syrah or sauvignon blanc

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.
Good to know For an additional cost, you can request gourmet additions to your basket such as, chimichurri chicken breast, estate-grown olives, homemade bolillo roll and a bottle of the estate’s MCC. Vegetarian and kids’ baskets are available, and must be requested when booking. You’ll receive a R50 credit if you take your picnic without wine.
Fun fact The Californian family who own 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 (Picnics are available: October 2019 – April 2020)
Please note Advance bookings are essential, and changes or cancellations require two days notice.
Cost R570 (per basket for two); R1 080 (per basket for four); R69 (kids’ basket)
Contact 021 874 3844, info@noblehill.com
Where to find it Noble Hill Wine Estate, Klapmuts-Simondium Road, Paarl
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Perdeberg

Perdeberg: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Perdeberg Cellars, named after the once-abundant wild zebra that roamed the foothills of the Paardeberg Mountain, is a prime spot for relaxing in the Winelands. Switching things up from the normal picnic offerings of salads and charcuterie, Perdeberg offers a South African-style braai-picnic complete with roosterkoek (traditional bread cooked over a braai) and chops. With ample lawns and views of the vineyards, all you need to complete this perfect braai-picnic is a colourful picnic blanket and your sunglasses, of course.
What’s in the basket

  • lamb chops
  • skilpadjies (South African lamb liver delicacy)
  • chicken and pepper kebabs
  • roosterkoek with figs and camembert
  • potato salad
  • cappuccino tarts
  • a bottle of Classic Collection Chenin Blanc, Classic Collection Merlot or sparkling grape juice

Wow factor These aren’t your typical picnic baskets – they’re braai baskets!
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Please note Bookings are essential and a deposit of 50% is required 48 hours in advance.
Cost R400 (per basket for two)
Contact 021 020 1626, eat@perdeberg.co.za
Where to find it Perdeberg Cellars, Vryguns Farm, Windmeul, Paarl
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Rhebokskloof

Rhebokskloof: Best 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 jungle gym built in the shade of the trees, making for the picture-perfect family outing.
What’s in the basket

  • freshly baked ciabatta with achar butter
  • Huguenot cheese, onion marmalade, tomato pesto and pickles
  • hummus
  • beef tagliata, gruyere shavings, wild rocket and truffle mayo
  • hot smoked salmon, lemon crème fraiche
  • baby potato, spring onion and garden pea salad
  • tomato and olive salad, organum dressing, wild rocket and crispy croutons
  • Chermoula roasted brinjals, quinoa, feta and toasted almonds
  • Eton mess, chantilly cream and fresh berries

Wow factor There’s so much to do at Rhebokskloof, including mountain-biking 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. There are vegetarian options available.
Cost R550 (per basket for two); R150 (kids’ basket, 2 –12 years)
Contact 021 869 8386, info@rhebokskloof.co.za
Where to find it Rheboskloof Wine Estate, Noord-Agter-Paarl Road, Windmeul, Paarl
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Picnics in Cape Town + Surrounds

Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting With beautiful 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
  • tuna Waldorf salad
  • seasonal vegetable quiche
  • freshly baked ciabatta
  • selection of charcuterie and salami with olives
  • tomato compote
  • Winelands Brie with caramelised nuts
  • chocolate brownies with seasonal berries

Wow factor The elevated ocean and mountain views. 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).
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 4pm (all-year round)
Please note Picnic baskets must be booked 24 hours in advance. Spaces are available to pre-select if you are a group of 12 people or more
Good to know Vegetarian baskets are available. Your waiter will assist you with drinks and other refreshments. Children can order off the kids’ menu.
Cost R200 (per person)
Contact 027 789 0900, info@cape-point.com
Where to find it Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
Book through DinePlan

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 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. Vegetarian picnic hampers are also available.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Cost R2 950 (Picnic Pleasures for two, includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon
Imperial Champagne); R3 450 (Picnic Proposal for two, includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne, and a large bunch of red roses)
Contact 021 437 9029, restaurants@12apostles.co.za
Where to find it Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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Dial-a-Picnic

Dial A Picnic: Best Picnic Spots 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; and even a sunset picnic on top of 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. 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. If you’re looking for a special-occasion outdoors experience with friends or family, try the bespoke Alfresco Dining Experience for four people which is all-inclusive of food, drinks and setup.
Good to know There are a variety of menus to pick from including gluten-free, vegan and customisable baskets.
Opening times Daily
Cost From R130 – R240 (per person); R2 750 (Bespoke Picnic Experience for 4, includes food, drinks and setup)
Please note Surprise picnic setups are charged differently.
Contact 082 789 5478, capetown@dialapicnic.co.za
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Picnics further afield

Groote Post

Groote Post Picnics

The setting On the R27 north, about 50 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, the Groote Post sign beckons you to turn right onto an upwards-winding gravel road. Shortly after the ocean appears on your left, followed by scenes of farm life and mountainous panoramas. Ten minutes later you arrive Groote Post Vineyards – understated, yet charming as anything. So much so that we’re almost hesitant to share this West Coast gem! The Manor House (where the restaurant is situated) is preceded by a lush lawn and established trees that cast their shade over spaced-out picnic tables. The food – which is served without frills in generous portions – is utterly delicious. Parents can request the table next to the jungle gym. On windy or even chilly days, picnics can be served in the restaurant’s sheltered courtyard.
What’s in the basket

  • selection of Darling cured meats, local cheeses and a relish
  • selection of salads
  • quiche
  • chocolate brownie or milk tart and cream
  • mineral water

For the kids Children under 10 can order a picnic pack consisting of a sandwich, yoghurt, fruit juice, chocolate brownie and fruit for R85.
Wow factor The wine! Aficionados – make a stop at the wine-tasting centre before you head for your picnic. Taste the varietals of your choice and pick your favourite to accompany your picnic.
Insider tip The Kapokberg Chardonnay and the Brut Rosé NV MCC are both divine accompaniments to alfresco dining.
Good to know Woofs are allowed provided they’re kept on a leash.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Please note Baskets must be ordered at least 48 hours in advance. Contents of the picnic vary, depending on the season.
Cost R200 (per person)
Contact 022 492 2825, wine@grootepost.co.za
Where to find it 10 Hill Street, Darling
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Research by Matthew Flax, Hannah Littlewood, Biance Hausle, Kent Cloete, Michelle de Bruin, 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: 23 October 2019

One Response to “The 25 Best Picnics in Cape Town (+ the Winelands) 2019”

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    Marion Mayer-Hohdahl

    Would love to get all your offers. I am just starting out as a tour guide and the picnic possibilities are definitely helpful.

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