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......
This beautiful church in leafy Camberwell that used to be the local go-to cafe 'The Hidden Place' changed hands and ownership earlier this year and is now the inviting and family-friendly Linger Patisserie Cafe.
They do food, pastries and coffee well here and the dedicated kids menu has sweet and savoury options and service is quick and served with a smile. The best bit is they've kept the indoors kids play area (you can't miss it as you enter the church and look directly to the light filled window), highchairs and kids menu. It's a welcoming space for families and those with dogs will adore the front plant filled courtyard.
So you want to combine play, conversation, coffee and good food all in one go? With a cubbyhouse and courtyard full of toys, it's no wonder this place is the talk of the town.
Be sure to head out straight out the back with your Mother's group or friends as that's where toddler action is going on! From the unassuming frontage, Nature Boy opens out from a narrow cafe into a spacious area for diners.
The forecast for The Hamptons? Industrial chic meets ladies who lunch with a side of moor-ish treats, pastries, breakfast and lunch. This newcomer to Bayside living is a welcome addition to Hampton Street and its got all the locals talking.
With house-made pastries, artisan breads, great coffee and an expansive menu, you and the crew will sip, much and brunch in style.