While there are numerous child-friendly cafes in Melbourne with an indoor play area, sadly many of them serve woeful food.
With my top 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.
Bookmark it, save it, print it and tick off the list with your kids. Bon appetit.
best child friendly cafes in melbourne
Seasonal menu, funky little courtyard and toys and books to enjoy.
Red Door Corner Store, 70 Mitchell St, Northcote, 03 9489 8040
2. Brother Hen
Delicious food (including fresh eggs from the resident chooks), toys and an undercover heated courtyard that you can use on cold/wet days.
Brother Hen, 154 Pascoe Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds, 03 9370 5326
3. Zan Zanz
Affordable, fresh and tasty paninis and bowlz as well as great coffee.
Entertainment for the kids includes an indoor play area with blocks and a kids play kitchen, plus a decent sized jumping castle!
Zan Zanz, 2/110 Maddox Rd, Williamstown North, 0404 926 926
Families will love the variety of tasty, great quality meals on the menu which has an exciting Asian fusion influence. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests will also enjoy excellent coffee, a bubble tea menu and service with a smile.
The soft play kids room is perfect to entertain little ones in between bites.
Check out the Cheeky Chewies Werribee location which also has a fun indoor play area.
5. Park Street
Excellent cafe fare and picture books and toys for the kids. Great council playground adjoining the back entrance too.
Park Street, 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North, 03 9380 5499
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, 03 9741 4000
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With 3 separate play areas, Little Teapot Cafe & Play is a wonderful retreat for families.
The food is tasty and the gated, indoor playroom has a variety of activities for small kids to enjoy including puzzles, trains, blocks and a play cafe. Best of all, the play areas are all within easy view of the dining tables so parents can relax and enjoy their meals while keeping watch.
Little Teapot Cafe & Play, 76 Flinders Ave, Lara, 03 5291 5064
Sit among the plants and enjoy a delicious seasonal meal at this cafe located within The Garden Feast Nursery.
Kids can unleash their creativity at three chalkboards on the wall and enjoy the stunning greenery-filled dining space.
The Feasting Shed, 63 Werribee Ave, Werribee, 03 9741 3100
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
Awesome fenced cubby house within a craft beer brewery.
Stomping Ground Beer Hall, 100 Gipps St, Collingwood
11. The Tradesman
On-trend food in the burbs with a toybox for inside play.
The Tradesman, 1/260 Wickham Rd, Moorabbin
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For more child-friendly cafes with indoor play go to ‘FOOD’ on the top right of TOT: Hot or Not and search for posts tagged ‘play area / near playground’
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