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......
So the name 'Cafe Del Mar' may conjure up images of renowned sunsets, chilled out beats and Ibiza but you won't get any of that here. You will however get a huge courtyard and fully fenced play area that's a real toddler draw-card.
Food is consistant (and average) with a large menu including everything from all-day-breakfast, pizza and pasta dishes and a dedicated kids menu. There's a fresh range of muffins, gingerbread people and slices on entrance to the cafe.
Grabbing a quick coffee is all very well when there’s just you to think of, but when you’ve got a host of tots, a stroller and a bagful of nappies, a simple coffee gets a little complicated.
Little Kitchen pretty much serves as the dictionary definition of a ‘hidden coffee spot’ in a residential street of all the places and is home to the Melbourne Cookie Co.
Open the white doors to a sit down eatery area with a few toys on a bookshelf, highchairs and a little space to manoever a pram but head out back if it's space (and much bigger toys) you're after.
Nestled on a quiet shopping strip, Iron Henry could be one of the Melbourne café scene's best-kept secrets. With great coffee (specific shout out to their soy caps) and a decent food menu to boot (including kids menu), this delightful cafe is one of our favourite Murrumbeena discoveries.
If you have time up your sleeve, we recommend settling in to enjoy your brew and the incredible play area upstairs where it's all about the kids!