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......
What's better than a kid-friendly cafe with all the trimmings? A playground right next to that kid-friendly cafe!
Curators Collective (formerly Oliver's Garden) has everything to hit the sweet spot.
A Playground (unfenced), a take-away window to order from if you want to have your coffee and treats while watching the kids play, indoor seating with highchairs and a scrumptious menu using quality ingredients.
Argh...cupcakes! Sweet, delicious, bite sized morsels that leave you wanting m-o-r-e! Little Cupcakes in Degraves St (off Flinders St) is our go-to foodie stop-off in the City. Who can resist a cupcake and good coffee (or milkshake for the kiddos).
You'll find this sweet shop amongst the good ones - The Little Bookstore is almost directly opposite and Chocolate Shop is a couple of doors away on the same strip of shops. It's our little refresher when we've done Fed Square, the NGV, Immigration Museum, Southbank or even Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium as it's walking distance from all these attractions.
It might be small (tiny) in size but it's mighty in delivering a big dose of yummy in your tummy (note: it's moor-ish in every way).
This corner take away serves up some of the very best burgers, jaffles, fries and milkshakes we've ever tasted in Melbourne..and that's saying a lot!
Everything is made fresh on the premises (excluding the bun burgers) and you can taste the quality. Hand-cut fries for a start!