• The culinary scene in Cape Town is diverse and exciting, but it is not always accessible. For someone who uses a wheelchair or a walking aid, the possibility of a staircase or a narrow doorway ruining an evening is high.

    Accessibility is a fundamental aspect of a just, inclusive and compassionate society. It improves the lives of people with disabilities while also benefiting society as a whole, promoting a more inclusive and equal world for all.

    Enjoy a lovely meal at one of these Cape Town restaurants, which not only have a lovely atmosphere but also prioritise accessibility for patrons who use mobility aids.

    1. Fynkos Tea Room at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden takes great pride in making all visitors, including those who use mobility aids, feel welcome. The garden has gone to great lengths to accommodate mobility aids throughout its grounds. To make navigation easier, there are accessible pathways, ramps and designated parking spaces. These thoughtful features allow everyone to freely explore and enjoy the beauty of the Kirstenbosch Garden.

    The Fynkos Kirstenbosch Tea Room, which opened in 1924 and was rebuilt in 2003, serves breakfast, lunch and picnics in one of Africa’s most beautiful gardens.

    Enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich or its renowned anchovy butter toast, and then go for a meander through the beautiful gardens afterwards. Whether you’re strolling through the diverse plant collections or attending a special event, you can be confident that Kirstenbosch Garden welcomes and caters to people who use mobility aids, ensuring a delightful and inclusive experience for all.

    • Location: Gate 2, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands
    • Times: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm
    • Contact: 021 797 4883 | 074 142 1100 | [email protected]
    • Website: fynkos.co.za
    Fynkos Kirstenbosch Tea Room/Facebook

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    2. The Company’s Garden Restaurant

    The Company’s Garden provides an environment in which all visitors with mobility needs can fully enjoy their visit. Throughout the garden, accessible pathways and ramps make it easier to navigate with wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility aids.

    The Company’s Garden Restaurant is a gentle space inspired by nature and stories from the past that provides a respite amid a bustling urban metropolis.

    From early in the morning until late in the afternoon, the restaurant serves a variety of light meals, teatime favourites and traditional South African fare. Just keep an eye out for a hungry squirrel or resident pigeon.

    • Location: 15 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
    • Times: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 5:30pm
    • Contact: 021 423 2919 | [email protected]
    • Website: thecompanysgarden.com
    The Company’s Garden/Facebook

    3. Tiger’s Milk, Claremont

    Tiger’s Milk branches are well-frequented Cape Town gems that both locals and tourists adore. Its Claremont branch is situated on the ground floor, eliminating any concerns about navigating stairs or cramped entrances. Wide doors accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids.

    Enjoy a delicious pizza paired with a refreshing cold beer while the twinkling lights above create an enchanting atmosphere and dine in an environment where accessibility and yummy food seamlessly intertwine.

    • Location: 21 Dreyer Street, Claremont
    • Times: 11am to 12am
    • Contact: 021 671 1296 | tigersmilk.co.za
    • Website: tigersmilk.co.za
    Tiger’s Milk(Claremont)/Facebook

    4. La Colombe, Constantia

    If you’re seeking an elevated dining experience beyond traditional pub fare, La Colombe, located at the enchanting Silvermist Wine Estate, is the place to be. And while the restaurant’s whimsical appearance may resemble a grand treehouse, accessibility remains a priority.

    A thoughtfully designed ramp seamlessly connects the entrance, allowing easy access for wheelchair users. The restaurant’s spacious design plan ensures the ability to accommodate guests with mobility aids, providing an inclusive and unforgettable experience.

    • Location: Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek
    • Times: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 1:30pm (last seating) and 6:30pm to 19:30pm (last seating)
    • Contact: 021 794 2390 | [email protected]
    • Website: lacolombe.restaurant
    La Colombe Restaurant/Facebook

    5. Hudsons, Claremont

    Hudsons is a burger joint and another Cape Town favourite. While renowned for its burgers, Hudson’s menu serves an array of options. Its Claremont branch is conveniently located on the ground floor, allowing accessibility to share centre stage with its delish food.

    The restaurant emphasises inclusivity with a level entrance that welcomes all guests with ease. Furthermore, the parking lot is connected to the restaurant via a ramp, ensuring a smooth transition from arrival to your table.

    • Location: 25 Protea Road, Claremont
    • Times: 12pm to 11:30pm
    • Contact: 021 674 5152 | theburgerjoint.co.za
    • Website: theburgerjoint.co.za
    Hudsons – The Burger Joint (Claremont)/Facebook

    6. The Wild Fig

    At The Wild Fig, you can enjoy the ultimate rugby viewing experience or satisfy your craving for mouthwatering chilli poppers. This establishment provides the ideal combination of a cosy ambience and rustic country charm, making it an ideal setting for any occasion.

    Aside from its welcoming atmosphere, The Wild Fig prioritises inclusivity by accommodating guests using mobility aids. You can be confident that comfort and accessibility will be integrated into every aspect of your visit.

    • Location: 1 Liesbeek Avenue, Observatory
    • Times: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 10pm | Sunday, 12pm to 5pm
    • Contact: 021 448 0507
    • Website: thewildfig.co.za
    mobility aids friendly restaurant, The Wild Fig
    The Wild Fig Restaurant/Facebook

    7. EL Burro Taqueria, Kloof Nek

    El Burro Taqueria offers a menu of freshly prepared Mexican dishes inspired by travels throughout Mexico. Their menu features hand-pressed corn tortillas, fresh salsas and margaritas made with freshly squeezed lime juice, among other options.

    While perched on the corner of Kloof Nek, this establishment is on the ground floor, and, unlike many restaurants, El Burro’s bathroom is specifically designed to cater to the needs of wheelchair users, so they don’t have to struggle to navigate tight spaces or inaccessible facilities.

    • Location: Corner of New Church Street and Kloof Nek Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
    • Times:  Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 11pm | Sunday: 12pm to 9pm
    • Contact: 021 422 3554 | [email protected]
    • Website: elburro.co.za
    mobility aids friendly restaurant, EL Burro Taqueria, Kloof Nek
    El Burro/Facebook

    8. Jonkershuis Eatery, Groot Constantia

    Jonkershuis Eatery, located on the grounds of the historic wine estate of Groot Constantia, serves a fusion of bistro cuisine and Cape Malay influences.

    The restaurant has designated accessible parking spaces near the entrance, and it has well-trained and attentive staff members who are eager to assist if seating arrangements need to be adjusted to meet all needs.

    • Location: Groot Constantia, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town
    • Times: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 9pm | Sunday: 8am to 5pm
    • Contact: 021 794 6255 | [email protected]
    • Website: jonkershuisconstantia.co.za
    mobility aids friendly restaurant in Groot Constantia, Jonkershuis Eatery
    Jonkershuis Constantia/Facebook

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    Feature Image: Tiger’s Milk (Claremont) / Facebook