My top 5 bridal or baby shower venues

My top 5 bridal or baby shower venues

La Cotte (where heritage meets natural beauty)

Whether you want to have a breakfast, brunch or leisurely lunch at La Cotte, they offer an all-inclusive unique winelands experience. You’ll get everything here, from on-site accommodation for guests, in-house catering, bar facilities, a hands-on venue manager who oversees the running of the events, staff who will assist with your setup, and direct contact with their trusted décor suppliers and other vendors.

The décor is Malaysian inspired and suggests the time when 

Far East trade routes influenced the Cape Dutch cuisine. Try the signature garden salad (its harvested from their own gardens) or explore the relaxed fare – everything is good!

La Paris Bistro (where slow meets elegance)

I just love the elegant, yet trendy style of this Bistro’s interior. It’s warm, solid French Oak floor juxtaposes the cool grey screeded floor and unique décor elements complete the picture. 

At La Paris Bistro they embrace a farm-to-table philosophy with wholesome authentic fresh food sourced locally and responsibly. High teas are also available, and picnics are a must-do in this peaceful and pleasant environment. 

Babylonstoren (inspired by the seasons)

Babylonstoren knows the value of sharing special moments with loved ones and friends. Whether it’s celebrating an important anniversary, baby shower, bridal tea, birthday or simply enjoying a slice of life, they have different venues available to accommodate different groups. 


For groups of 12 to 25 guests, they have a set menu (50% deposit required). Their menu is seasonal and is always guided by what is available in the garden. Depending on the weather, guests can dine in the glass-enclosed restaurant or under the trees in the courtyard. Private function venues are available for bigger groups. 


You can simply pop in as a smaller group, but for a group of 13 to 20 guests, you’d need to book (50% deposit required for bigger bookings). 


The new Spice Garden near the Greenhouse tells the tale of the ancient spice trade with the East. This tranquil green space houses various aromatic plants, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, greater galangal, ginger and turmeric. The Spice Garden is now open for group bookings and boasts a menu inspired by fragrant spices from the garden. 


For groups of 13 to 18 guests you can enjoy a set menu (50% deposit required). Here you can enjoy cold drinks such as homemade cordial, craft beer and, of course, the Babylonstoren great range of wines.

Chefs Warehouse (Franschhoek)

Chef David Schneider joins Liam Tomlin in transporting Chefs Warehouse’s style of casual fine dining to a refined country setting at Maison. This country-style location just outside town offers a contemporary set menu for lunch or dinner. Forget traditional menus and enjoy a small plate sharing experience that is served in four courses.

The best is to sip a lovely glass of wine, while enjoying the beauty of this mountain-ringed estate. Wine tastings may be a precursor to a meal, or indulge in starters like oysters, charcuterie or cheese boards and treat the tasting as an outing. They also have a Cooks’ Shop that stocks a curated collection of cookbooks and chef’s essentials or explore their whisky-tasting menu. 

Blaauwklippen Manor House (where legacy meets intimacy)

This is the perfect setting for an intimate occasion and can host up to 40 guests. The magnificent scenery, historic buildings and striking design make Blaauwklippen the perfect destination for truly unforgettable experiences. With care and a heartfelt approach to detail and care, their experienced team organises everything from the décor and entertainment to the menu and set-up so that you and your guests can simply relax, celebrate and enjoy. 

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