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Most city restaurants have limited space, but Deer Park Café (tel. 021/462-6311) opens onto a shady children's park in Vredehoek, Cape Town, open for breakfast, lunch, and early dinners. Great cappuccinos, too. At 75 Kloof St., Ocean Basket (tel. 021/422-0322) has a lovely terraced back garden and kiddy portions of perfectly cooked fish in minipans. Farther up the street, outdoor seating and a wooden jungle gym at Restaurant Paradiso, 110 Kloof St. (tel. 021/423-8653), make it a popular, good-value venue for parents. If the kids are clamoring for pizzas, check out nearby Bacini's (tel. 021/423-6668), or head into Camps Bay to Col'Cacchio (tel. 021/438-2171) -- ask for a bit of dough to make 'n' bake in the pizza oven. Moving south, Jonkershuis, on the Groot Constantia Estate , doesn't have a play area, but it's a fine child-friendly venue, with a children's menu and an outdoor area in which to run around. Over in Hout Bay, at Dunes Bar & Restaurant (tel. 021/790-1876), you can relax at a table with your feet in the sand and watch Junior play on the swings and climbing frame -- just don't forget the sun block. If you're heading toward Cape Point, consider stopping at the Noordhoek Farm Village for brunch at the totally unpretentious Café Roux (tel. 021/789-2538; www.caferoux.co.za; open daily 8am-5pm). It's extremely child friendly, with a supervised, fenced off playground and special kiddies menu, as well as ultrahealthful items such as salads made with organic quinoa and adzuki beans. In the Winelands, Franschhoek's Bread & Wine has plenty of open space for kids to roam. Stellenbosch's Bodega on the Dornier wine farm has a large play area where children can go crazy throughout the afternoon.

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