Kid Friendly Cafes
Once upon a time, you could enjoy a leisurely latte and read the newspaper in peace at your local cafe or enjoy a restaurant spulge whenever you felt like it without worrying about pram access or the proximity to the nearest changing table.
But these days you can’t remember the last meal out that didn’t come with crayons. With two children under 2.5 years, boy do we understand this! We scour the 'Kid-Friendly', 'Family Friendly' and Grown-up Melbourne dining scene to uncover tasty spots that really are kid-friendly and foodie worthy, then bring you our favourites. We're not reviewers by any means but we do love Melbourne's cool cafe scene and eat out a lot so I think it's only natural that we share a few of them with you - we really are spoilt for choice in Melbourne.
Sprinkled throughout the cafe and restaurant 'reviews' are tips for dining out with mini royalty, like beat the dinner rush with a late-afternoon seating at one of our fav's and locals, Mr. Wolf.
We're interested in eating where children are welcome and where us adults actually WANT to go. If there’s a kid’s menu, great. If not, we’ll work with what they've got.
So we bring you our family’s experiences eating out in Melbourne! Let the fun begin......
Welcome to Greenfields - a gorgeous santuary cafe opposite Albert Park lake and paying homage to local produce, the eatery provides a broad range of options ensuring there is something for everyone. Featuring an innovative selection of paleo inspired items, plant based creations, raw food desserts and healthy favourites. See, something for everyone! They're both dog (puppachino and doggie treats available) and very family-friendly.
This little oasis has views of the adjoining golf course and lake and the kids can run around on the green grass and play some outdoor chess. There's even a comfy wicker swing on the deck that very instagram-worthy!
Put the brakes on and let nature take its course! You'll never know the busy highway is just moments away when you pay a visit to Sages. It's an a picturesque setting amongst a lake with farm animals, a historic cottage, beautiful grounds to wander and a sweet homely cafe with a playground.
The cafe is situated on the property of Sages Cottage, 34 acres of heritage listed tranquility and serves local produce from the Mornington Peninsula. Choose to sit inside the rustic barn or outside on bar stools watching over your kids playing in the playground or the grassy area in front of you. The menu is simple here and coffee is good.
In an area that is fast beoming full of cool cafes, North East Precinct has stepped it up a notch and added a whole room out the back dedicated to kids and their parents and carers. Wouldn’t it be nice to sit down and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee? THIS is one of those cafes where you can do just that! The kiddos will be off having loads of fun, leaving you in peace to relax with some breakfast, brunch or lunch.
The back area is part of the cafe (so no having to freeze in the middle of Winter) with a welcoming play area full to the brim of books, blocks and toys plus bench seating and tables for little ones with an adult shared table/chairs to the side.