Deer Park Cafe
Deer Park cafe is situated on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, overlooking the city. This city bowl restaurant is great for the whole family. The décor is natural and stylish yet funky – indoor and outdoor seating is available with big bay windows overlooking a park. The restaurant borders on The Rocklands Rd Park, a well-maintained fenced public park with swings, jungle gyms and plenty of grass. It is really a great place for the kids to play, while the parents enjoy a well-deserved coffee or glass of wine, in the restaurant or picnic-style in the park. If we lived in this area, I am sure that we would be up at Deer Park ALL. THE. TIME!
On this particular day, we were very excited to be meeting up with one of my “oldest” besties (in friendship year, not age ?). Samantha recommend Deer Park, since we were meeting up with our kids in tow. Of course, our kids are only two and three, so they aren’t quite at the age where you can just let them roam by themselves. Although this park has an amazing location, with the cafe right next to it, and a fence surrounding it, it isn’t totally toddler proof.
Old Friends New Times
What we imagined as a relaxing morning, sipping on coffee while our kids played, was actually two adults following two kids, and one adult sitting by themselves with all of our belongings. hahaha… not quite what we had planned, but nevertheless, it was still a fun morning. Im sure that the title of this post now make sense. “Old Friends New Times” – we wanted to hang out and catch up like we used to, but big open spaces, with concrete ground and high slides – probably not the best conditions for quiet moments with your bestie! Oh well, lesson learned. I imagine that when we go back to Cape Town, this park and cafe will be JUST PERFECT for us, and our little ones!
Last time we visited Cape Town, Samantha got to meet Eli but she was only pregnant with Shannon then. This was therefore our first time meeting her daughter. I was so stocked to be meeting this little one, but clearly she wasn’t as fascinated as I was ?
“Who is this crazy lady?”
On the way to Deer Park Cafe, we drove by the road where I used to live (above). When Samantha and I were in school together, I walked this road 100’s of times. We both worked in a small local grocery store just up the road, and this was “our hood”. Driving those streets always brings back a lot of memories for me.
Now this is Awesome!
When we arrived at Deer Park Cafe, I was amazed. The cafe overlooks a beautiful, enclosed park. The trees are tall, and provide shade for most of the park. Samantha and I got to sit and talk for a few minutes, and my darling Justin watched both the kiddos.
Pretty soon the kids wanted to go separate ways though, so Sam went to help Shannon. I was left alone at the table but I thoroughly enjoyed watching all four of them playing and exploring. I do, very much, enjoy quiet moments of reflection! Where had all the years gone? I used to live in this area with Samantha, when we were ten years, and here I was with my husband, my son, and Samantha and her daughter.
A New Kind of Fun
Although there are playgrounds and indoor playareas in China, none of them compare to how much fun Eli got to have in Cape Town. Whether we were outdoors, or in a restaurant, he almost always got to run around and play. He loved every minute of it…
Oh, The Food!
I loooooooove eating in Cape Town. The menus are all so diverse and full of healthy options. Justin had a burger and wedges, and Sam and I had Chicken Salads. I don’t know what it is, but South Africans just know how to do salads. Anywhere else, I am often disappointed when I order a salad. Basically it feels like I’m overpaying for a big bowl of lettuce. Our salads were amazing!!!!!
A beautiful morning with family and friends. It all makes me rather homesick… the winter sun, the breathtaking view of Table Mountain, the company of lifelong friends, outdoor play, good food options, and refill coffees. Oh gosh – the simple pleasure!