The Company’s Garden, in the heart of the city, dates back to the 17th century, when the Dutch used springwater running down from the mountain to establish a garden to grow fruit and vegetables for ships en route to the East. On Government Avenue, which runs through the garden for about a half mile, squirrels scamper around among the old oak trees. Along the way, you’ll pass the South African National Gallery, the Planetarium, the Holocaust Centre, the De Tuynhuis presidential offices, the South African National Library, St. George’s Cathedral (where Nobel laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu used to preach), and the Slave Lodge museum. Grab a bite at the recently opened Company’s Garden Restaurant, which has been getting great reviews for its breakfasts and lunches under the garden’s leafy trees.

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Enjoy a cup of Rooibos tea and Malva Pudding in the Company's Garden

I loved my stroll through the Company’s Garden on a late Saturday afternoon. After walking through the rose garden, museums, and a unique children’s play area (with life-sized bird nests & life-sized chess board) we stumbled across the restaurant in the gardens. We chose two secluded lounge seats outside under a huge tree. I decided to go traditional South African and ordered a rooibos tea with malva pudding (the best malva pudding in SA!). It was such a pleasant experience and perfect relaxation for a warm summer day. The Garden is free entry and closes around 7pm. The restaurant closes at 5pm.

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