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......
Oohhh Ripponlea - you've really got the village vibe down-pat! Great cafe culture, Firebrand bread shop, the acclaimed Attica restaurant, Ripponlea House and Gardens and there's our personal favourite and go-to the Ripponlea Food and Wine directly on the corner of Glen Eira Road overlooking the trains zipping past.
This little rustic exposed brick place serves modern australian food along with good coffee, treats, cocktails and there's a kids menu.
Platform 177 in the WEST is a relative newcomer to Williamstown. This slick, modern cafe scores points for its natural light and menu with a tangible Greek influence.
You'll be pleased to know Mama's (& Papa's) that there's a dedicated small play area that will keep your tots occupied with colouring, kid size table and chairs, toys and books.
Pizza, playground and the beach - what a combo!
The council have (finally) cleaned up this fully fenced playground. What once was a drag, dark and overgrown jungle is now a clean and inviting playground with lots of natural light, even the rotunda (which has seen many birthday parties) has been cleaned up and branches snipped. The area has also been widened and there's more space for kicking a ball now the fence that divides the Lady Forster Kinder and playground has been set back.