If you’re on the lookout for unique and fun things to do with kids in Paarl, The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio is definitely the place to go.
Always on the lookout for somewhere new to visit, I popped this place on our winter holiday hit list. The kids, my mom and I all had so much fun. In fact my mom returned a week later to make a scarf purchase at their shop.
Where Is The Alpaca Loom?
The Alpaca Loom in Paarl is located on the Suid-Agter Paarl Road which is the same road as Spice Route and Fairview. This means you can very easily combine The Alpaca Loom with one of those 2 options if you’re having a whole day outing. Take Exit 47 off the N1 towards Wellington if you’re coming from the Cape Town direction.
What’s The Alpaca Loom About?
The Alpaca Loom in Paarl is a family run entity where alpacas are stabled, bred and cared for. There are also a couple of dromedary camels on site too. Wow, those camels are tall!
Visitors are able to pop by and enjoy petting the alpacas, watch weaving in action, take a barn or walking tour, enjoy the gift shop and more. Read on for the full scoop and see why this is a great spot to visit whether you’re an adult or parents looking for things to do with kids in Paarl.
The Weaving Studio
Magnificent soft and unique goods are woven from the gorgeous alpaca fleeces. This includes scarves, shawls, blankets and more. Watch crafts people weave their magic in the studio. Wander around the gift shop where woven and hand-knitted items are available to purchase as well as yarns and all sorts of other interesting things.
The Coffee Shop
The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio are located together. The coffee shop is both cosy and child friendly with indoor and outdoor seating.
It serves cakes, muffins, toasted sandwiches and other treats. If the kids are too fidgety to sit at the table let them run free and climb the jungle gym outside whilst the alpacas trot around! It’s fully fenced in and safe.
Pet The Alpacas
Quirky, adorable and rocking head fluff that looks as if they’ve stepped right out of the 80’s with a wavy perm, these alpacas are gorgeous. Their floofy tails are also utterly cute. We’re rather big animal lovers in this family as you’re probably gathering but do come see these guys for yourself!
They’re very tame and you can enjoy petting and walking around with them. Little buckets of food are available for purchase at R20. Feeding these guys will be a big highlight.
The vast sweeping views from the paddock are spectacular and you’ll enjoy seeing Cape Town’s beloved Table Mountain from a far and unusual perspective.
Alpaca Tours And Walks
Tours of the alpaca barn are available 3 times a day and about an hour long. You’ll learn all sorts of interesting details about these animals. Tours take place daily at 1100, 1300 and 1500. The cost for this is R60 per adult, R40 per child/pensioner and free for under 3’s.
You can also participate in guided alpaca walks where you can explore the farm whilst being accompanied by a fleecy friend. This costs R150 per person with minimum 2 people required to take part. Walks are conducted subject to availability or appointment.
Times And Details
The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio is open 7 days a week from 1000 to 1800.
Visit their website for more information. We had an absolute blast and will definitely visit again sometime.
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