13 of Brisbane’s best kid-friendly cafes
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-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 play nooks to keep the little ones busy while you take a breather, plus kids’ menus that delight even the trickiest junior MasterChef judge, here’s our round-up of the top cafes and restaurants in Brisbane to dine out with the family.
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.
This place is known for its organic goodness (the menu is also loaded with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options), so adventurous children might like the mini mango chia pudding with fresh fruit from the Baby Bliss menu. They also stock old-school favourites here like 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 the caramel crunch acai bowl or crispy skin salmon poke bowl and wash it down with a summer greens smoothie.
Where: 85 Vulture St, West End.
Open: Weekdays from 6:30am ’til 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday from 7am ’til 3pm.
Smug Fig Cafe, East Brisbane
Open for brekkie and lunch, the Smug Fig is a cute kid-friendly cafe inside a garden nursery. The kids’ menu is full of popular picks like waffles, bacon and eggs, and toasted banana bread with ice-cream, as well as shakes, juice and babycinos.
Explore the nursery with the 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.
Parents will love the Smug Fig’s out-there all-day brunch menu featuring pumpkin and corn fritters, breakfast tots with Spanish chorizo or the jerk chicken burger. Even the crushed avo is next level, served on organic sourdough with pumpkin hummus, semi-dried tomato and dukkah. Be sure to ask what the 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.
Where: 999 Stanley St East, East Brisbane.
Open: Monday to Saturday from 7am ’til 3pm, Sundays from 8am til 3pm.
Monkey Bar Cafe, Greenslopes
This cafe is besties with its next-door neighbour, aka a huge playground, which makes it a perfect spot for sunny days. Your mini-mes will also love brekkie menu items like the mini pancake stack or sourdough toast with Vegemite and a poached egg.
Lunch for the little ones is sorted with mini bolognese or crumbed chicken and chips; while parents can gorge on the loaded veggie fritters or spicy bruschetta from the all-day breakfast menu. Everyone in the fam can up their antioxidant or dairy intake with a milkshake or smoothie, like the ice-cold berry concoction.
Where: 98 Victoria Terrace, Greenslopes.
Open: Monday to Friday from 6:30am ’til 1:30pm, Saturday and Sunday from 6:30am ’til 1:30pm.
Carport Cafe, Cannon Hill
You’d be forgiven for driving by this hidden kid-heaven without noticing it. Keep an eye out for the colourful sign at 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. After all, life is better with halloumi.
If you’re visiting around lunchtime, try the chicken burger or feta, avocado, walnuts and roasted pumpkin salad. The kids’ menu has faves like eggs or house-made beans on toast and cheese toasties. For chilled drinks, try Carport’s cold-pressed juices (we recommend the lychee kiss), smoothies and milkshakes.
As well as being one of the best kid-friendly cafes around, Carport is dog-friendly too.
Where: 3 Pickwick St, Cannon Hill.
Open: Daily from 6:30am ’til 2pm.
Chapter IV, Paddington
Chapter IV is the perfect family-friendly cafe with an epic all-day brekkie menu and a gated play area. Mums and dads will love the breakfast options, from soft shell crab eggs bennie to coconut waffles with Nutella brownie ice-cream, brekky reuben, and crispy potato and cheddar hash cakes. *wipes drool*
The kids can enjoy a cheesy grin toastie, scrambled eggs, zoo-friend pancakes or dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets. Little ones can also go for a babycino or milkshake (regular flavours like vanilla and chocolate are on offer, as well as hazelnut and frosted mint).
Where: 180 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington.
Open: Monday to Sunday from 7am ’til 2:30pm.
Charlie’s Raw Squeeze, Everton Park
Charlie’s Raw Squeeze is a 100% plant-based bar specialising in raw treats and bowls of goodness. The kids can grab special juices like the ABC (apple, beetroot and carrot) or dreamy orange (splicing an original with some pineapple and apple).
Little and big people will love the acai bowls, ‘nicecream’ and raw treats. Aside from the colourful food and drinks on offer at this healthy hotspot, kids will dig the peekaboo opportunities in the tee-pee, cubby to climb on, books, board games and toys.
Bonus: If you need to stock up on bananas and other staples, you can also buy your fruit and veg here, too.
Where: 473 South Pine Road, Everton Park.
Open: Daily from 6am ’til 10pm.
Willow & Spoon, Wilston
The outdoor kids’ play area at Willow & Spoon is more like a family backyard, decked out with a chalkboard, play kitchen, games and toys that’s all in full view of the covered dining area. Oh, and it’s pet-friendly too!
Kids can keep things simple for both breakfast and lunch with cheese and Vegemite or Nutella toasties, muesli with honey milk, or fruit and marshmallow kebabs. The kids’ beverage options include cloudy apple or orange juice; or for something of the dairy persuasion, a babycino or kids-sized milkshake.
Parents can nibble on the extensive brunch menu which ranges from brioche French toast with peanut and chocolate Nutella butter to poached eggs with pulled beef and smoked cheese sauce. Fancy!
These guys are serious about sweets, with a separate dessert menu featuring apple and rhubarb crumble with lavender cream, and toasted banana bread with ricotta, honey and walnut butter.
Where:190 Newmarket Road, Wilston.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 7am ’til 2pm.
Plum Tucker, Red Hill
Think you know avo on toast? Think again. Plum Tucker serves up two options for this staple brekky dish: go simple with black sesame and lemon, or indulge in the sweet potato and red harissa variation served with miso dressed greens and dukkah.
There’s a great kids’ area upstairs, which is also available for kids’ parties. On the menu are old faithfuls like gooey eggs with soldiers, cheese on toast, and bacon and egg rolls, 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.
The Soul Pantry Kitchen, Stafford
The Soul Pantry Kitchen is a shopping hub for locally-sourced food, plants and homewares. And it’s kid-friendly to boot. The café has loads of vegetarian and gluten-free breakfast and lunch options – think quiches or a nourish bowl for parents, and seasonal fruit salad or avocado on toast for the little ones.
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. During school holidays, kids can even learn about plant selection, design and care at the Kids Adventure Garden Workshops.
Where: 31 Wolverhampton St, Stafford.
Open: Tuesday to Friday from 8am ’til 4pm, Saturday from 8am ’til 2pm.
Tiddlywinks Dance and Play Cafe, Nundah
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. More of an indoor play centre than a specialist café, Tiddlywinks features a three-storey playground and toddler area, plus daily disco for kids (parents can share their moves as well for a dose of huffy puffy).
To refuel, kids can chow down on healthy freshly-prepared meals and fruit from the cafe (gluten-free, vegan and nut-free options available), while parents can sip on coffee.
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.
Kids Play Cafe, Pure Tennis, Ferny Hills
Junior Lleyton Hewitts and Serena Williams’ in-the-making, rejoice! Tennis and non-tennis loving families will love the Pure Tennis Kids Play Cafe’s outdoor (but undercover) area surrounded by lush trees and loads of toys, cubbies and mini-cars.
The Kids Play Cafe has you sorted for coffees, milkshakes, slushies and juices, and snacks galore in between your tennis matches – or lessons, which kids over three can take at Pure Tennis Academy.
Where: 144 Samford Road, Ferny Hills.
Open: Monday to Saturday from 9am ’til 12pm.
Victoria Park Bistro, Herston
Whether your family travels with 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 at brekkie with Dutch pancakes with berries, syrup and ice-cream; or bacon and eggs on sourdough, and hash browns with tomato sauce. Lunch and dinner options range from mini cheeseburgers to 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 and Tuesday from 7am ’til 3pm, Wednesday and Sunday from 7am ’til 8pm, Thursday to Saturday from 7am ’til 9pm.
Mount Gravatt Marketta
From the cool crew that brought us Miami Marketta on the Gold Coast comes Mt Gravatt Markets. Serving up food-truck cuisine to the masses each Saturday night, you’re guaranteed live music, tasty street food and great vibes – and you’ll be able to put the little guys to bed before they lose it or eat too many giant lammies.
With so many different types of food all under the one roof, it’s the perfect place for the kiddies to expand their tastebuds. There’s outdoor seating and space around the tables or the dance floor to let them do their thing in between feasting.
Takeaway is always an option if you’re running late and need to get home quickly to start the bedtime routine.
Where: Mount Gravatt Showgrounds, Logan Road, Mount Gravatt East.
Open: Saturdays from 4pm ’til 9pm.
Need more foodie inspiration? Here are some more kid-friendly cafes in Brisbane:
- Steam Train Espresso, 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
- Evo Espresso, Yeronga
- Avid Kitchen and Garden, West End
- Eat Street North Shore, Hamilton
- Tuscan Terrace, Sirromet Winery, Mount Cotton