While there are numerous child-friendly cafes in Melbourne with an indoor play area, sadly many of them serve woeful food.
With my Top 14 HOT family-friendly cafes you don’t have to compromise. In no particular order, my favourite kid-friendly cafes with great food and an indoor play space or a toy and book collection for enjoying inside.
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Seasonal menu, funky little courtyard and toys and books to enjoy.
Red Door Corner Store, 70 Mitchell St, Northcote
Get your craft on at this cafe, with so many activities to choose from you won’t know where to start. A perfect creative space for cold/wet days.
Crafternoon, 718 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Small space with great burgers and cakes and toys and colour-in for kids.
Woven, 175B Stephen St, Yarraville
Bright kids corner and Greek-inspired cafe fare at a reasonable price.
Platform 177, 177 Ferguson St, Williamstown
Excellent Spanish-inspired fare and picture books and toys for the kids. Great council playground adjoining the back entrance too.
Green Park, 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North
6. The Hub
Cute kids corner and fantastic food in Northcote.
The Hub, 58a Victoria Road, Northcote
Every child is automatically given an activity pack with stickers and books while you wait for your burgers. For extra play opportunities, eat inside the cab of a truck!
Truck Stop Deluxe, 98 Watton Street, Werribee
Inventive menu and basket of toys and books for playing in the light-filled extension.
Foxtrot Charlie, 359 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Those famous pandan pancakes and more brought to you from a Dad who knows what it’s like to dine out with kids. Enjoy colouring-in and blackboard for indoor fun!
District North, 678-680 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
They care about their coffee – and that you have time to enjoy it by providing an awesome little play area for kids.
Small Block, 130 Lygon St, East Brunswick
11. The Eastern Bloc
Raid the basket of toys and boys in the corner of this cafe which overlooks Coburg station. The Eastern European decor and menu are a delight and it’s reputed to serve the best coffee in Coburg.
The Eastern Bloc, 133 Bell St, Coburg
12. Iron Henry
A whole FLOOR dedicated to families with a large play space chock full of toys. The menu has a Middle Eastern influence; I highly recommend the falafel.
Iron Henry, 480 Neerim Rd, Murrumbeena
Awesome fenced cubby house within a craft beer brewery.
Stomping Ground Beer Hall, 100 Gipps St, Collingwood
14. The Tradesman
On-trend food in the burbs with a toybox for inside play.
The Tradesman, 1/260 Wickham Rd, Moorabbin
Notable out-of-town mentions:
For more child-friendly cafes with indoor play just search ‘toys and books cafe’ on top right of the site.