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There’s nothing like heading out on a sunny day to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee with friends or family. Being able to do so with the kids makes it even better. While most cafes are kid-friendly, there are a number of cafes that go that extra mile in order to make your time (and your child’s time) even more enjoyable. We looked at a number of cafes across all states to track down the top baby friendly cafes that are a must to check out.
37a Copeland St, Alexandria 2015
If you love a gourmet feed, but also want the kids to enjoy their food, you can’t pass Bitton Cafe in Alexandria. The owner, David Bitton, has created a selection of meals using his own gourmet products such as oils and jams to spices and chutneys. The kid’s menu will please even the fussiest eaters. Some of the exciting menu items include pan-fried salmon fillet with rosti potato, special Bitton tomato sauce on pasta and scrambled eggs with vegemite toast. Out the back on the terrace is a play area with plenty of toys so the kids can have fun while parents can keep an eye on them while drinking a delicious coffee.
Blaxland Riverside Park, Jamieson St, Newington 2127
Head down to Sydney Olympic Park and relax by the Parramatta River with the kids. There’s plenty to do here, including hiring bikes for the family, exploring the area and even stopping by the Bird Life Discovery Centre. When everyone is tired and want to refuel, Armory Wharf Cafe is the perfect place. Whether you and the family eat here for breakfast or lunch, they have an extensive menu for both parents and the little ones. The kid’s breakfast menu includes items such as french toast, crepes and croissants. The lunch menu is varied from calamari rings and battered fish strips to spaghetti bolognaise and warm cheese and tomato wraps.
3 Wongala Cres, Beecroft 2119
Love shopping? Love a good coffee? Get both fixes at Chicken & Fishhead. This cafe was built with kids in mind and is a convenient place for parents to head to with the kids. Not only can you get a meal and a great tasting coffee, you can also grab some great items while you’re there. From clothing and age-appropriate toys and gifts, it’s a one-stop shop. There is a play area for the kids to keep occupied with colouring activities and games while you sit back and relax.
78 Booth St, Annandale 2038
Clover Cafe loves kids. The staff go out of their way to entertain the kids and keep them occupied with toys and activities. One of the perks at Clover Cafe is that kids under 8 eat for free (with the purchase of an adult meal). They can enjoy a ham and cheese toastie or pasta while parents get to enjoy a range of foods like fruit platters or the Clover baked breakfast hot pot.
678–680 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds 3039
For a fresh, hip and delightful place to eat that is kid and baby friendly, District North in Moonee Ponds is a great place to start. Kids can receive pencil cases with “District Kids” emblazoned across them to take home (and bring them back for the next time they visit). There is plenty of room for prams and the kids will love to dig into their signature “green pancakes” which also happen to be their most popular dish. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, their doughnuts will help with your cravings. Made at a local bakery, they’re decorated and filled with an assortment of treats like Maltesers, Snickers, Sour Straps, and pretzels.
126 Union St, Brunswick 3056
This revamped townhouse in Brunswick is the perfect place to kick back with the kids. It’s the familiar look of a friendly-cafe with the added convenience of a family room in the rear that includes toys, books, and a chalkboard. With breakfast being served right up to 3 PM and three variations of the Bloody Mary available (vodka, tequila or gin), it’s a great choice whether you have the kids alongside or not.
18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford 3067
If you’re looking for a rustic atmosphere that will please the eyes and the tummy, The Farm Cafe is a great choice. Located within the Collingwood Children’s Farm on the banks of the Yarra, this cafe has a countryside feel with a stunning menu to top it off. Whether you want to indulge in their large Farmer’s Breakfast, the Maple Bacon French Toast or you’re looking for a vegan meal, you won’t be disappointed. Wandering chickens will definitely keep the kids occupied and they can also see the pigs, sheep, and other farm animals nearby.
43A Union Street, Armadale 3143
Kids have a lot more freedom to enjoy their time eating out at Cubbyhouse Canteen. All the staff members have experience working with children and they go above and beyond to provide a fun and safe environment for children. Kids are encouraged to order their own food and early kids dinners are available on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The place has a very “homely” feel and will likely be a place you return to time and time again.
16 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, 2612
Whether you’re a foodie or avid market lover, you’re guaranteed to love this urban food village in the inner city suburb of Braddon. With a cool, friendly vibe and a buzzing atmosphere, it is perfect for a day out with the kids. From pho to hot dogs, even your pickiest eater will find something to eat so plan your next visit to this delicious little village.
12 Chalmers Place, MacGregor, 2615
Tommy and Me is a family owned self-professed kid-friendly cafe in West Belconnen. They happily cater to dietary requirements and their kids corner is equipped with toys and chalkboards so you can enjoy your coffee without worrying about the kids. They also offer craft activities so check their Facebook page for times.
180 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington 4064
Dubbed as one of the most kid-friendly cafes in the Brisbane area, Chapter IV has a wide range of meals to suit many different tastes. They have everything from their freshly baked mixed-berry mascarpone muffin through to a filling house-made potato gnocchi with your choice of sauce. Not only is the food fantastic, they have a dedicated playroom for the kids to enjoy with lots of toys to keep them engaged. With plenty of space for prams and a place for the pet dog to stay out the front, it’s a great place to visit mid-week or for an extended breakfast on the weekend.
5/1 Queens Rd, Everton Hills 4053
With a mixture of Colombian food and music and a fully-enclosed children’s play area, it’s a great cafe for both parents and children. During the school holidays, there are often daily activities for children to enjoy while parents can feast on favourites such as eggs benedict, acai bowls, steak sandwiches, and chilli con carne. If you’re feeling adventurous, try some of their traditional Colombian meals that are full of flavour and look amazing.
98 Victoria Tce, Greenslopes 4120
There are not many cafes that can beat the level of child-friendliness this place has to offer. With a full-scale playground just outside, it is no surprise that The Monkey Bar Cafe is often visited by parents and young children looking for a place to eat, as well as a happy area to play. This cafe is both child and pet-friendly, and parents can relax knowing that the kids are in plain sight while they are at the playground. To top it off, the kid’s menu has a number of different options such as nachos, pizza or a poached egg with vegemite toast. With an all-day breakfast menu available, it’s a top cafe for families to enjoy.
20 The Parade West, Norwood 5067
There are a few cafes that look like they’re “too cool” for mums and their kids. But then you find the rare gem of a cafe that is very modern, hip and extremely welcoming to mums and families. This cafe is a converted workshop so there’s plenty of room for prams to get in and out. Drop by after your morning stroll with the kids and feast on cakes, brownies or toasted bagels. There are also tables situated outside if you happen to bring your dog along too.
118 Winston Ave, Melrose Park 5039
For a Lebanese treat and great coffee, The Middle Store in Melrose Park is a great cafe. Owned by siblings Haefa, George, and Rose (who happened to be a Masterchef contestant in 2015), this cafe is a great place for parents and children to come and unwind, grab a bite to eat and enjoy some excellent coffee. There are highchairs available and lots of room for prams. Up to 40 patrons can be seated with outdoor dining also available if you want some fresh air.
4/436 Henley Beach Road, Henley Beach 5022
It doesn’t matter if you want a sweet treat or need a great brunch to kick-start your day, you can find it here. Third Time Lucky Coffee specialise in house-made pastries and have bagels (both sweet and savoury) that will make your day. If you’re after something a little more substantial, they also have a range of burgers to feed your appetite. Kids will love their doughnuts, but they’re also a big favourite with parents!
2/3 Bulwark Ave, Alkimos 6038
If you’re looking for a place to meet up for a playdate with a friend, Remedy Coffeehouse is a great stop. A toddler playground across the road is a great place to meet up and have some fun. When the hunger hits, head over to the cafe for a great selection of croissants, sandwiches, salads and sweet treats. If you’re a bit of an early-bird, coffee is only $2 between 7 AM and 8 AM. With friendly staff and an additional play area within the cafe, it’s a great place for coffee and lunch.
1387 Wanneroo Rd, Wanneroo 6065
Located within the Drover’s Marketplace in Wanneroo, Cafe Avellino has an impressive playground for the little ones to enjoy. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and there are a number of parent facilities to make your trip even easier. With plenty of room to move prams in and out, highchairs and a lounge chair in the toilets with a baby change table, you can have a great day out here knowing that any messy situation can be handled.
20 Conacher St, Fannie Bay 0820
For a laid-back afternoon watching the sunset while the kids play in the wading pool or while they build sandcastles in the sandpit, The Darwin Ski Club is a great place. Open for both breakfast and dinner, this place is a well-known icon in Darwin and boasts a spectacular location. The kids certainly enjoy the freedom of playing on the beach and parents feel comfortable to watch them play while enjoying a couple of drinks or a meal. Want to bring your dog as well? They’re also welcome, so long as they stay on a lead.
Seabreeze Carpark, Chapman Rd, Nightcliff 0810
Although not open all the time, the wait is worth it. Serving up Italian pasta and wood-fired pizza every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night at the Nightcliff Foreshore, it’s a very popular venue for families to drop in for dinner. Bring along a picnic blanket and enjoy the amazing food while the kids play. Don’t worry about the sun setting. As the darkness sets in, the string lights will make it a night to remember.
64 Anglesea Street, South Hobart 7004
If you’re looking for a place that has everything, we may have found it. Lots of parking available, river views, a bushland setting, a modern look and feel, an enclosed playground, great food and even better coffee. All of these things are found at Rivulet Cafe. This location used to be the home of the Boags beer factory in the 1960’s but has been converted into what it is today. The playground is very modern and fully-enclosed so it’s a great spot for parents to relax and enjoy a coffee while the kids have a great time outside.
It might seem like a hassle to get your children together to meet up with friends for a coffee or for parents to enjoy a nice meal out together, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty more cafes and restaurants who cater to families and those with young children, so there is certainly an establishment near you that will be perfect for everyone. Head out to one of the cafes listed and enjoy a great day or night out with the kids.