One of the great aspects of our neighbourhood is the proximity to the Constantia Valley and its wine route. The tourist heartbeat of this route is Groot Constantia. At less than 10 minutes drive from home, it’s a great place to take the kids to feed ducks, run on the rolling lawns or grab a bite to eat.

This past Sunday we headed to Jonkershuis restaurant on the estate for brunch. As I’d already had cereal at stupid-o’clock when the kids got me up, I opted for a croissant. Hooray, a local spot that serves proper flaky, buttery croissants, as opposed to the chewy substitutes that seem to be more prevalent in Cape Town. The husband had a great full English breakfast. Prices are a little inflated as one would expect for a tourist spot with a view, but not overly so. And the view is pretty darn special.

There is currently no developed kids play area there, but there is loads of space to run around, collect acorns – or stones, as my kids did – even saw a few families with the forethought to bring a ball to kick. Groot Constantia is dog-friendly too, provided they’re on a leash; I’ve often seen Jonkershuis serving doggie-guests a bowl of water.

After brunch it was time to wander around, feed the ducks and explore the old cellar buildings – dark, echoing rooms are tremendous fun for young kids.

On other recent trips to Groot Constantia we’ve eaten at Simon’s Deli, but I had read that they had taken down their jungle gym, so we opted for the open spaces at Jonkershoek.

So when my husband peeked in to the deli while waiting for me to take Poppet to the bathroom, he was amazed to discover an entire market inside. We’ve been wondering for a while why none of the valley’s wine estates host a weekend market, and now we finally have one.

We only had time for a quick look, but expect a full review of Simon’s market soon!