Where to eat out with kids: Brisbane’s best kid-friendly cafes and restaurants
You’ve got one or a bunch of rowdy kids. You’re on edge after de-crusting your billionth sandwich and can’t bring yourself to butter another slice of bread. Why not take the troupe out to one of Brisbane’s best kid-friendly cafes and restaurants so someone else has the pleasure of creating kid-friendly (and approved) cuisine? Not to mention dealing with the post-apocalyptic level clean-up after your clan is finished.
If you’re looking for cafes with playgrounds, toys and reading nooks to keep the little ones busy while you take a breather, plus kids’ menus that delight the trickiest junior MasterChef judge, here’s our roundup of Brisbane’s best kid-friendly cafes and restaurants that will welcome little people with big open arms.
Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen, West End
Order at the counter and head straight to the back to let the kids loose in the astroturfed ‘backyard’ at one of the best kid-friendly cafes in West End. There’s a table for littlies with toys aplenty and tonnes of comfy bench space for the older kids.
Known for their organic goodness, adventurous children might like the white chia and tapioca pearl pudding with seasonal fruit from the Baby Bliss menu. They also stock old-school favourites like French toast and soft-boiled eggs with soldiers and avo to keep everyone happy.
For adults, it’s all about the bowls on the all-day menu. Try their Miss Bliss acai bowl or salmon Aburi bowl and wash it down with a green goddess smoothie.
Where: 85 Vulture St, West End.
Open: Weekdays from 6am til 4pm and weekends from 7am til 3pm.
Hot tip: All day menu is available with loads of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Smug Fig Cafe, East Brisbane
Open for brekkie and lunch, the Smug Fig is a cute kid-friendly cafe inside a garden nursery. Their kids’ menu is full of popular picks like pancakes, bacon and eggs and crispy chicken and chips as well as shakes, juice and babycinos.
Explore the nursery with your kids or sit towards the back of the cafe to draw on the chalkboard, play with the toys and read the books in the kids’ nook area.
Parents will love the Smug Fig’s out there (all-day brunch) menu with bacon mac and cheese croquettes, beetroot and potato fritters and buttermilk chicken waffles. Even their crushed avo is next level, served on pumpkin and pepita seed sourdough with goat’s curd, lemon zest butter and crispy dukkah ale.
Where: 999 Stanley St East, East Brisbane.
Open: Monday to Saturday from 7am til 3pm, Sundays from 8am til 3pm.
Hot tip: BYO is available. Always ask what their french toast special of the day is. You might end up with an epic Bubble-O-Bill inspired artwork that tastes as good as it looks. WARNING: Sugar coma is inevitable. Go with it.
Monkey Bar Cafe, Greenslopes
This kid-friendly cafe is besties with their next-door neighbour, aka playground. Your mini-mes will love the Mini Monkeys brekkie menu items like the ‘stack me up pancakes’ or a ‘bit of everything’ box for the fussiest of eaters.
Lunch for the little ones is sorted with calamari, fish, cheeseburger options – chips are, of course, included. Up your daily dairy intake with an Aero mint choc or milo milkshake or the gone bananas smoothie. Parents will love the cheeky corn fritters and huevos rancheros for breakfast or the chicken and waffles from the lunch menu.
Where: 98 Victoria Terrace, Greenslopes.
Open: Daily from 7am. Monday and Tuesdays close at 12:30pm and Wednesday to Sundays, close at 2pm.
Hot tip: Perfect spot for nice sunny days with a huge playground right next to the cafe.
Carport Cafe, Cannon Hill
You may be forgiven for driving by this hidden kid-heaven. Keep an eye out for the colourful sign out the front, run to the counter and bag a spot near the kids’ table and leafy garden out the back.
You’ll find tonnes of books, chalk, toys and even a doll’s house to keep your little people busy while you try a sweet treat or something more serious from the Carport Cafe menu. The brekkie stack is your friend if you’re into honey-roasted pumpkin, spinach, grilled tomato and halloumi. Life is definitely better with halloumi!
If you’re visiting around lunchtime, try the chicken burger or their feta, avocado, walnuts and roasted pumpkin salad. The kids’ menu has kid-friendly faves like eggs or house-made beans on toast and cheese toasties. For chilled drinks, try Carport’s cold-pressed juices (the lychee kiss comes highly recommended), smoothies and milkshakes, too.
Where: 3 Pickwick St, Cannon Hill.
Open: Daily from 6:30am for breakfast and lunch.
Hot tip: For junior Van Gogh’s, sneak a peek at the free art gallery next door. As well as being one of the best kid-friendly cafes, Carport is dog-friendly as well.
Chapter IV, Paddington
Chapter IV is the perfect kid-friendly cafe with an epic all-day brekkie menu and a gated play area. Mums and dads will love the all-day breakfast menu, from soft shell crab eggs bennie to banana baklava, and from breakfast jaffles to cauliflower and corn fritters. *wipes drool*
The kids will love their avo on toast, scrambled eggs, zoo-friend pancakes and dino-shaped chicken nuggets. Little ones can go for a babycino or milkshake (regular flavours like vanilla and choc as well as blue heaven, bubblegum, gingerbread and hazelnut for the adventuress ones).
Where: 180 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington.
Open: Daily from 7am for brekkie, brunch and lunch.
Hot tip: All day breakfast menu.
Charlie’s Raw Squeeze, Everton Park
Charlie’s Raw Squeeze is a 100% vegan superfood bar specialising in raw treats and bowls of goodness. The kids can grab a few special juices like the ABC juice (apple, beetroot and carrot) and dreamy orange (splicing an original with some pineapple and apple).
Little and big people will love their acai bowls, ‘nicecream’ and their raw treats. Aside from the colourful, healthy food and drinks on offer at this kid-friendly cafe, kids will dig the peekaboo opportunities in the tee-pee, cubby to climb on, books, board games and toys.
Where: 473 South Pine Road, Everton Park.
Open: 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Hot tip: If you need to stock up on bananas and other staples, you can also buy your fruit and veg here, too.
Willow & Spoon, Wilston
The outdoor kids’ play area at Willow & Spoon is more like a neighbour’s backyard, decked out with a chalkboard, play kitchen, games and toys. The bonus is that the kid-friendly backyard is in full view of the covered dining area.
Kids can keep things simple for both breakfast and lunch with cheese and vegemite or Nutella toasties, waffles ice cream and maple, fish and chips or a ‘Mini Willow’ which entails bacon and egg on grain toast. The kids’ beverage options include cloudy apple or OJ or for something of the dairy persuasion, try a babycino or kids-sized milkshake.
Willow & Spoon is pet-friendly, too. Parents can nibble on the all-day brunch menu which ranges from poached egg staples to hefty options like house-smoked pork belly, truffle scrambled eggs, buttered leek and malted barley toast piquillo pepper. How fancy!
Where:190 Newmarket Road, Wilston.
Open: From 7am til 2pm Tuesday through to Sunday.
Hot tip: You know these guys are serious about catering for those with a sweet tooth with a separate ‘Sweets and Treats’ menu. Go the chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla bean ice-cream before you leave and deal with your food coma.
Plum Tucker, Red Hill
When ordering food out and about, we’d normally recommend you challenge your taste buds outside of what you can prep at home. But you HAVE to try Plum Tucker’s famous avo on toast, with either pumpkin and halloumi or sweet potato. You can’t go wrong.
There’s a great kids’ area upstairs (this space is also available for kids’ parties, too). The kids’ menu includes old faithfuls like cereal, avo on toast, bacon and egg burger, lunch packs and classic toasties plus babycinos (complete with sprinkles and marshmallows), AJ and OJ, milkshakes and smoothies.
Where: 5 Enoggera Terrace, Red Hill.
Open: Daily from 6am til 2pm.
Hot tip: There’s parking around the back of Plum Tucker off Waterworks Road.
The Soul Pantry Kitchen, Stafford
The Soul Pantry Kitchen is a healthy hub for locally sourced produce, flowers and homewares. And kid-friendly to boot. They have loads of vegan and gluten-free options for parents and kids like brunch bakes, acai bowls and raw treats (all under $13).
The large warehouse space has a workshop out the back and a great indoor area for kids to play while you’re getting caffeinated for the day.
Where: 31 Wolverhampton St, Stafford.
Open: 8am til 4pm from Tuesday til Friday, 8am til 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Hot tip: During school holidays, kids can learn about plant selection, design and care at the Kids Adventure Garden Workshops.
Present and future dance mums and dads, warm up your jazz hands! If your little ones like to get their groove on and shake it all about, head to Tiddlywinks in Nundah. They have a daily disco for the kids (parents can share their moves as well for your daily dose of huffy puffy).
Tiddlywinks is more of an indoor play centre than a specialist cafe with a three-storey playground and toddler area, but they do a pretty good kids meal deal with everything from sandwiches to pizza and nuggets to frogs in a pond. Tiddlywinks is great value for parents with all meals under the $13 mark.
Where: 264 Melton Road, Nundah.
Open: Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am til 2:30pm, Saturday from 9am til 4pm, Sunday from 1pm til 4:30pm.
Hot tip: They’re set-up for kids parties and mother’s groups, too.
Kids Play Cafe, Pure Tennis, Ferny Hills
Junior Pat Rafters and Williams sisters in-the-making, rejoice! Tennis and non-tennis loving families will love Pure Tennis Kids Play Cafe’s outdoor area surrounded by lush trees and loads of toys, cubbies and mini-cars in an undercover play area.
The Kids Play Cafe has you sorted for coffees, milkshakes, slushies and juices and snacks galore in between your tennis matches.
Where: 144 Samford Road, Ferny Hills.
Open: Daily from 9am til 12pm.
Hot tip: Kids over three years can take tennis lessons at Pure Tennis Academy.
Victoria Park Bistro, Herston
Whether your family travels with their matching golf clubs and visors or you just like to get outdoorsy with some casual putt putt, head to Victoria Park Bistro at Victoria Park Golf Complex to get tasty options for breakfast right through to dinner.
Kids can go sweet or savoury with Dutch pancakes with berries, syrup and ice-cream, or bacon and eggs or hashbrowns and tomato sauce for brekkie. Lunch and dinner options range from cheeseburgers, fish and chips and pizzas.
There’s loads of seating outside right beside the wooden playground, cubby and farm tractor.
Where: 59 Herston Road, Herston.
Open: Monday – Tuesday from 7am-3pm, Wednesday and Sunday from 7am-8pm and Thursday to Saturday from 7am-9pm.
Hot tip: Get some friendly competitive spirit and play a round of mini golf.
Mount Gravatt Marketta
From the cool crew that brought you Miami Marketta on the Gold Coast, comes Mount Gravatt Marketta. Serving up food truck cuisine to the masses each Saturday night, you’re guaranteed to get great vibes, live music and great food, but you’ll be able to put the little guys to bed before they lose it or eat too many giant lammies.
The kids will be able to try loads of different types of food all under the one roof, perfect for expanding their taste buds. There’s outdoor seating and space around the tables or the dance floor to let the little people do their thing in between eating.
Where: Corner of Broadwater and Logan Road, Mount Gravatt East.
Open: Saturdays from 4pm til 9pm.
Hot tip: If you want dinner and a show, find a spot near the dance floor. Takeaway is always an option if you are running late and need to get home quickly to start the bedtime routine.
Lone Pine Riverside Cafe, Fig Tree Pocket
A kid-friendly cafe with a side of zoo? Yes please! This riverside cafe is right next door to Brisbane’s home of koalas, Lone Pine. Drop in before or after all the animal fun and grab some morning tea or lunch with a river view.
The kids’ area is on point with wombat tunnels to scurry through, cubbies to hang out in before chowing down at the kids’ table. Food options include ready-made quiches and sandwiches and daily baked sweets.
Where: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket (right next door to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary)
Open: Daily from 9am til 4pm.
Hot tip: Check out the free events, markets and movies on for families (and pets) from Fridays to Sunday.
Need more foodie inspiration for your little people? Here are some more kid-friendly cafes in Brisbane:
- Steam Train Espresso, Red Hill
- Arthur’s Green Cafe (Red Hill Bowls Club), Red Hill
- Francesca’s Flowers, Paddington
- Home Cafe, Ashgrove
- Everton Park Hotel, Everton Park
- Birds and the Bees Cafe, Everton Park
- Walkabout Creek Cafe, The Gap
- Cafe Lagarto, Samford
- Avid Kitchen and Garden, West End
- Eat Street North Shore, Hamilton
- Tuscan Terrace, Sirromet Winery, Mount Cotton