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11 Best Child Friendly Cafes in Melbourne with Indoor Play

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

1. Red Door Corner Store

Seasonal menu, funky little courtyard and toys and books to enjoy.

Red Door Corner Store, 70 Mitchell St, Northcote, 03 9489 8040

Red Door Corner Store

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. Woven

Small space with great burgers and cakes and toys and colour-in for kids.

Woven, 175B Stephen St, Yarraville, 03 9973 5926

4. Platform 177

Bright kids corner and Greek-inspired cafe fare at a reasonable price.

Platform 177, 177 Ferguson St, Williamstown, 03 9397 1130

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

park street north carlton

6. Truck Stop Deluxe

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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7. Foxtrot Charlie

Inventive menu and basket of toys and books for playing in the light-filled extension.

Foxtrot Charlie, 359 Sydney Road, Brunswick, 03 9387 3397

8. Small Block

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

9. 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

10. Stomping Ground Beer Hall

Awesome fenced cubby house within a craft beer brewery.

Stomping Ground Beer Hall, 100 Gipps St, Collingwood

Stomping Ground Collingwood

11. The Tradesman

On-trend food in the burbs with a toybox for inside play.

The Tradesman, 1/260 Wickham Rd, Moorabbin

The Tradesman Moorabbin

Notable out-of-town mentions:

Yarra Valley chocolaterie

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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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Red Gum BBQ in Red Hill is a great spot for families snd younger children. The food/atmosphere are second to none and there is a play corner for the kids.
    A family favourite of ours

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