High tea takes on a whole new meaning at Rhodes Memorial

Perched high on the slopes of Table Mountain, the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant & Tea Garden boasts some of the best views in Cape Town. The cakes are pretty good too.

Colonialist Cecil John Rhodes has something of a chequered legacy in Africa, but his imposing granite memorial on the slopes of Table Mountain remains one of the most popular stops in Cape Town, the oversized steps offering superb views across the city.

Perhaps distracted by those views, few tourists wander up the stone pathway behind the memorial to discover the charming tearoom and restaurant tucked away in the shade of the oak trees.

You won’t find nouvelle cuisine or adventurous dining on the menu here, but the selection of light meals and freshly-baked cakes makes it well worth a stop. You can enjoy wraps, cheese platters and baguettes alongside a handful of meaty main courses. Nothing fancy, but perfectly acceptable fare.

It’s a decidedly family-friendly spot too, with a small children’s menu and a dedicated play area within sight (but almost out of earshot) of the dining area.

Some tables offer wonderful views of the city and distant Durbanville winelands, making it a laid back option for lunch with a view, away from the crowds.