We all know the importance of spending time with loved ones in a relaxed setting. One of the best ways to spend some quality time with friends and family is to have a picnic. Additionally, a picnic is quite easy to organise as all you need is a good spot, a blanket, and some of your favourite foods and drinks. Then just get your friends together and enjoy a relaxing day outdoors with good company.

Of all these steps the hardest one is finding a good picnic spot. That is why we decided to help out by putting together this list of the 4 best picnic spots in Cape Town. To make it easy for you and your friends to find the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic. Allowing you and your loved ones to make some good memories.

1. Table Mountain

As the mother city’s most iconic landmark Table Mountain is easily one of the best picnic spots. While it can be challenging to get up to the top if you choose to hike it, there is always the cable car to make it easier. Once you are at the top there is no shortage of great spots for a picnic including at the 5 dams. As it is the highest point in Cape Town there is no shortage of breathtaking views of the city, the Atlantic Ocean, and the surrounding area. Additionally, there are a number of cafes available if you don’t want to bring your own food up the mountain. 

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is open from 08:00 (first car up) to 19:30 (last car down) at the moment. However, these times do change depending on the season so it is best to consult their website for accurate operating hours here. With such amazing views and convenience, it is easy to see why Table mountain is one of the best picnic spots in Cape Town.

2. Newlands Forest

If you want to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, but are not fond of heights, then the Newlands Forest picnic area is perfect for you. This beautiful picnic spot is located on Union Ave on the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The picnic area is in the shade of some beautiful pine trees and next to a small dam, meaning there is no shortage of shade or beautiful scenery. Additionally, there is seating available in the picnic area, and braais, though you will need to bring your own grill and wood. Alternatively, you can take your picnic up one of the many hiking trails and find your own spot to enjoy your food and the company of your friends.

Entrance to the Newlands forest is free, and the park is open 24/7. However, there is an R25 parking fee, and the picnic area is open from 08:00-18:00 and costs R36 per adult. It is also worth noting that while the park is pet-friendly, pets are not allowed in the picnic area. Additionally, just like at Tokai forest alcohol is not permitted on the premises. Newlands forest offers a great picnic experience for any nature enthusiast. Which has earned its place on our list of the best picnic spots in Cape Town.

3. Green point urban park

Long considered one of the best urban picnic spots in Cape Town, especially for families, is Green Point Park. This park is located right next to the V&A Waterfront in Green Point. It offers lush lawns perfect for a picnic, with areas in shade and in the sun depending on which you prefer. There are also tables in some areas of the park, and impressive play areas to keep the children entertained. The park also provides fantastic views of the mountains and the iconic Green Point Lighthouse. There is also a lovely water feature with a decorative water wheel that makes for a picturesque picnic spot.

Green point park is a community park which means admission is completely free. The park is open from 07:00-19:00. The park also has more to offer than a great picnic spot, it has walking paths, and a biodiversity showcase garden that is perfect for an after-meal stroll. The park also allows dogs on leashes, except in the biodiversity garden. This is one of the best picnic spots in Cape Town for the entire family to enjoy.

4. Bali beach

Last on our list but certainly not least is the ideal picnic spot for any beach lover. Bali beach is a beautiful hidden cove between Camps Bay and Bakoven. This offers the ideal secluded spot for a beach picnic, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The waves provide a soothing ambience that is perfect for relaxing with your friends, or for an intimate romantic picnic. This spot is also ideal to enjoy the sunset over the Atlantic.

This is a public beach meaning there is no charge to access it, and it is open 24/7. However, it may not always be safe especially late at night. Regardless this hidden cove is one of the best-kept secrets amongst the locals, and it is easily one of the best picnic spots in Cape Town.

These are our picks for the 4 best picnic spots in Cape Town. No matter your preference whether it’s mountains, forest, beach, or an urban setting. There is a picnic spot for everyone on this list. So pack a delicious picnic parcel, call your friends and family, and enjoy a relaxing picnic in one of these ideal spots.

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