Finding great places to take kids to eat in the Melbourne CBD can be a hard ask. One of our favourites when visiting Federation Square is the ACMI Cafe and Bar, adjoining ACMI, Australia’s national museum of film, TV, video games, digital culture and art.
ACMI Cafe and Bar is open to public 7 days a week and is handy even if you’re not visiting ACMI.
The space is bright and airy, with plenty of room for prams, several high chairs and comfortable booths that fit 6-8 people. Disabled toilets are just outside the door within ACMI.
The menu is extensive, with breakfast stretching to dinner, and there’s a kids menu of $12 dishes. We try the margherita pizza from the kids menu, the standard-sized fish and chips ($25) and slow cooked lamb with caramelized eggplant, chickpea puree, labneh, faro & hazelnut salad ($23).
They are all delivered very quickly. The pizza is overly cheesy for me but the kids love it while I think the snapper is particularly impressive, juicy and clean-tasting without a hint of rubberiness.
The servings are all generous so in fact two or three kids could easily share a main meal or two kids share a single kids menu item.
Just note that there is not table service so you’ll need to order at the counter, so it may be easier to order before settling down at a table if you’ve got little ones who like to run once your back is turned!
If you visit during a weekday or before the lunchtime rush then service is very quick. During busy periods eg before/after film screenings or during Federation Square events then the wait can be long so have some entertainment up your sleeve or if you have another adult tag-team and browse the ACMI shop on the same level or check out what’s happening on the big screen at Fed Square.
ACMI Cafe and Bar is the perfect family-friendly hangout if you’re in the CBD with its relaxed atmosphere and a great selection of food morning to night.
- pram access;
- High chairs
- Kids menu;
- Standard menu suitable for kids;
- Fully licensed;
- Disabled toilets and change facilities within ACMI;
- No reservations so try to visit during non-peak hours, especially if you want to sit in a booth;
- Visit the free exhibition Screen Worlds at ACMI, NGV Australia or the Artplay playground nearby;
- if you’re a frequent visitor to ACMI check out ACMI’s household membership which provides discounts at the ACMI shop and cafe and other benefits;
- Access via public transport (Flinders St station) or on weekdays park for up to 3 hours and only pay for 1 hour by using Book A Bay at Wilson Parking at Federation Square.
ACMI Cafe and Bar, Level 1, ACMI, FEderation Square, Melbourne 03 8663 2277
Mon to Fri 8.30am til late
Sat & Sun 9am til late