Winter has it’s advantages in Cape Town. It’s cold and windy sometimes, and wet on other days… but every now and then there is a perfect day, when the wind takes a break, the clouds disappear, and the sun warms the air. And Capetonians come out to play.

A great way to enjoy it would be at the The Lawns Winter Market at The Roundhouse Restaurant in Camps Bay.

This idyllic spot is nestled in the glens in the Table Mountain Park and dates back to the 1700s, when it served as home to a guardhouse and you can see why. It’s an ideal lookout spot, with endless views. The building has functioned as a hotel, a dance hall and Lord Charles Somerset’s hunting lodge.

But here, in the middle of winter in 2018, it’s a magnet for the hungry and the adventurous as hikers, families and food-lovers flock to the Lawns Market.

If you can deal with the alternative parking arrangements, and make your way along the winding road and down the steep driveway, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with the smell of freshly grilled food, craft beer and the gleeful sounds of live afro-jazz music.

There’s something for everyone at the The Lawns Winter Market, even the kids will enjoy the opportunity to explore the manicured gardens and play areas.

It gets a little crowded but there is tons of space, all with stunning views, to find a little corner to enjoy the delicious food. You can choose to eat at the market or book a space at Roundhouse Restaurant. You can enjoy delicious vetkoek, burgers, incredible chicken wings, smoked ribs and fresh hot pizza. There’s plenty of beer to enthral the taste buds too so maybe take an Uber to be safe.

After lunch, take time to stroll around and you’ll find designer clothes, jewellery and even foraged mushrooms. There’s fine artisanal bread, environmentally friendly cosmetics and pet treats. It’s reason enough to get out and about this winter. Bring along your pets too, the whole family is welcome.

– The Lawns Winter Market takes place on the first Sunday of the month until November from 10am to 3pm (weather dependent).

Article written by

Nidha Narrandes

Nidha Narrandes is a food-obsessed travel addict with 19 years of journalism experience. She is happiest on a road to nowhere without a plan. A masterchef at home, she can't do without chilli - because chilli makes the world a tastier place.