It's official, spring is around the corner. We're spotting bees, butterflies and other winged creatures out and about, and pops of blooming colour are once again dotting the landscape. While we're likely to have one or two more cold fronts before the warmer weather really kicks in, we're looking forward to plenty of long, sunny days spent outside. So, now that it's time to start thinking about dining al fresco again, we've rounded up a few of our favourite restaurants in and around the Cape for you to enjoy.
greenhouse restaurant at babylonstoren
The Greenhouse Restaurant
is situated near the end of Babylonstoren's lush, extensive garden in Simondium. Visitors have the option of dining directly under the trees or inside the beautiful greenhouse-turned-cafe. After your light meal – prepared with fresh farm ingredients and bursting with colour and flavour – take a languid stroll through the manicured farm grounds.
la belle at alphen boutique hotel
Beneath 100-year-old oak trees, la Belle
bistro and bakery at the Alphen Boutique Hotel in Constantia is a spot where you can while away the hours in a lovely, natural setting. Enjoy freshly baked pastries and a selection of light eats or sample something from the menu of classic and signature cocktails.
greenhouse at the cellars-hohenhort
With views of the wine estate in all directions, Greenhouse
at The Cellars-Hohenhort, also in Constantia, creates the whimsical feeling of being part indoors, part outside. The food is an experience too, using local and historical ingredients to explore the notion of modern South African cooking.
the view @ the terrace, chart farm
A peaceful retreat within the city's Southern suburbs near Wynberg Park, Chart Farm
is home to a field of roses where visitors can pick their own blooms. After a morning of bliss, pop into The View @ The Terrace for tea and cake or a light lunch while looking out over the lush Constantia valley.