Keen for a meal out with the family? Or travelling interstate and not sure where to begin? Here are a few great spots to grab a meal, kids in tow.
22 Cook Place, Cook (Canberra)
With a menu just as good for the kids as for grownups, Little Oink is a delight for fams. There’s also great coffee for you, just in case sleep has been elusive. There’s also a play area for tots, and a changing area for bubs.
21 Ironknob Street, Fyshwick (Canberra)
Opposite the Canberra Outlet Centre, Stirato was designed with kidlets in mind. Their play area with heaps of activities will keep them entertained, while you chow down on delicious baked goods and homemade condiments.
31a Mallett Street, Camperdown (Sydney)
This is true farm to table in the middle of a city. Acre at Camperdown Commons serves up a delicious menu, and almost a quarter of their fresh produce comes from Pocket City Farms next door. There’s loads of space for the tots to run around and play.
2 Kalinya Street, Newport (Sydney)
There’s really something for everyone here. A games room for kids (big and small), live music, evening DJs, morning yoga, even little markets. With a laidback vibe with a beautiful view, this is a venue great for all occasions, with varied and yummy food and drink options too.
Armory Wharf Café
Blaxland Riverside Park, Jamieson Street (off Holker Street), Newington (Sydney)
A café with a view, good tucker, space for roaming… Perfection. Armory Wharf Café sits right next to the Parramatta river and is surrounded by bike paths, fields, a heritage railway, epic playground… plus heaps more.
The Parade, Belmont (Newcastle)
A picturesque sailing club with a great play area for kids in the separate family dining area. Ideal for a playgroup or big family meetup.
Cnr Stott Tce & Todd St, Alice Springs
In the words of Lonely Planet, “travelling circus meets outback homestead.” They’ve got a wonderful play space, and food options galore – from pizzas to curries.
820/54 Marina Blvd, Cullen Bay (Darwin)
Feeling hungry? Yots serves up a mean Greek feast. There’s a huge menu with seafood favourites, plus delicious sweet treats to finish on. Perfect for a long lunch.
Not keen on a sit-down affair? Nightcliff Markets on a Sunday has a playground in the middle, so you can go for a wander, with an eye on the kids too.
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co.
Locations in Chermside, Newstead, Noosa, Pacific Fair, Robina, Surfers Paradise & Toowoomba, plus Darling Harbour, NSW and Melbourne VIC.
A burger shack that’s really child friendly, and does brunch, lunch and dinner. Plus there’s heaps of indoor and outdoor space for big groups.
5 Enoggera Terrace, Red Hill (Brisbane)
With cute toasties and pancake stacks, children will go mad over this yummo food. They’ve even got a whole kids’ room upstairs (which can be booked for parties, too).
The Pineapple Hotel
706 Main Street, Kangaroo Point (Brisbane)
Surely with a name like this it will become a fast favourite. Classic pub food, kids' menu and playground on site, the best news is little humans eat free on Wednesdays and Fridays.
234 Diagonal Road, Warradale (Adelaide)
A fantastic bistro; they’ve got fab childrens' meals, an open kitchen so the kids can watch the chefs, a chocolate fountain, and piles of pencils and drawing paper if you need it! Staff are relaxed and super nice too.
20 The Parade West, Norwood (Adelaide)
This spacious cafe is heaving with families, kids and prams. Which sounds chaotic, but is actually very cool, calm and collected. Their bagels are great, and you can either swing by for a takeaway, or settle in to the converted workshops space.
19 Abbott Street, Launceston
Strong coffee, great vego options, and their delish cakes are baked on site. A kids' playground too!
2 Beach Road, Kingston Beach (13km outside Hobart)
Opposite the beach, this place even has a sandpit (which admittedly, doesn’t really blend well with food. Perhaps an after meal activity?). And lasagne on the littlies’ menu!
Bear and Bean
Little Ryrie Street Car Park between Moorabool Street and Geringhap Street, Geelong
Hidden in a carpark, all the family essentials are here. Milkshakes, coffee and a chalkboard for kid creations.
40 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
With classic dishes – think steak, fish and chips, pies – dolled up for foodie palates, Donovans also has a kids’ menu to please, too. Plus, the location – right near the beach and Luna Park.
Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall
100 Gipps Street, Collingwood (Melbourne)
Say the words split-level cubby house, and we are there. The kiddywinks will play to their heart’s content, while adults down a pint of brew.
1/260 WickhamRoad, Moorabbin (Melbourne)
A TV dedicated to kids' shows, colouring-in placemats, a toy basket and very cool kids menu… parents can have their smashed avo and eat it too!
385A South Terrace, South Fremantle
The hotdogs here are legendary! There’s an extensive, yet affordable menu, locally made sausages and children will love their fun sitting booths.
Academy Claremont & Mount Hawthorn
The SQ Claremont Quarter St, Quentin Avenue, Claremont & The Mezz, 1/148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn (Perth)
Open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays, and all three meals on weekends, Academy is a dream to visit with the tribe (and it’s puppy-friendly too!).
Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery & Killerby Wines
4259 Caves Road, Metricup (Margaret River)
Are you a beer lover, while your partner’s all about the vino? Get the best of both worlds here! Plus, their fully fenced playground, tables next door and baby high chairs means they really make it easy for parents to bring the brood.
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