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......
There’s a chill in the air, woollen hats and scarves are aplenty, the gumboots have come out of storage and the kettle is constantly being boiled so the teapot is always full and never cool. Yep it’s winter and although it’s cold outside its still fun to rug up and go on a café adventure with your little babes.
On Friday night, instead of our usual cheap and cheerful family early dinner haunts we decided to try our local 'nice' restaurant. We were definitely not disappointed. True to a promotional email I had received earlier in the week, a kids menu, crayons and colouring in sheets arrived as soon as we were seated. A big stack of Ikea Antilop high chairs offered even more promise for a successful night out. Malvern's livingroom is currently offering a 'kids eat free' deal Tuesday through Friday nights, as long as the table is vacated before 7:30pm. How perfect!?!
If you’re looking for a place to eat and you’ve got a young child in tow, then look no further than Leroy’s in Newport.
Leroy’s provide toys, a great kids menu (all served on plastic, phew) and staff who are super accommodating of littlies. Outside, they have a fully enclosed courtyard with a sandpit, hopscotch, chalkboard and some climbing equipment- perfect for lazy lunches if the weather is right. If you’ve got a messy eater, there are plenty of birds about waiting to nibble up some crumbs. There’s big umbrella shades outside, but unfortunately nothing else in terms of shade, so it’s not ideal for really hot or really rainy days.