The best child-friendly restaurants in Brisbane
Happy kids = happy life.
It’s a Sunday morning and you need a skinny cappuccino. A big one. With three shots. And a side of bacon and haloumi. But the last time you took your 3 year old out for breakfast it took all of two and a half minutes before the sugar jar was on the floor, their pants were under the table next to yours and the waiter was asking if you could kindly get your demon child out of the pot plant.
You didn’t even stop to get your coffee put in a takeaway cup before you legged it back to the relative safety of your lounge room and that Peppa Pig DVD you know off by heart. Well mums and dads (and grandmas, granddads and all you nannies going over and above out there), we’ve found some child friendly cafes in Brisbane where you can get your coffee and actually drink it too, along with delicious eats (not just avo on toast) and maybe even magazine or two. And the kids? They’ll be safely occupied with cheap and cheerful kids food and plenty of fun activities that won’t result in the assassination of plant life.
Down a quiet street in Red Hill, Arthur’s Green is an all-outdoor café, with plenty of wriggle room for kids and four legged friends and a bucket of colourful toys in an astroturphed corner. And with kid’s meals of egg on toast, fruit salad and toast at the bargain price of 5 smackaroons, you won’t even care if they only take one bite. Bonus, all their pot plants are up high, out of reach of little fingers. Not that the grubs will stay any cleaner than usual.
You won’t even have to sit with the little darlings at The Windsor Larder – there’s a whole table just for them. Set them up with a baby ‘cino, banana on toast and a stack of colouring in books, while you relax with a plate of French toast and a soy latte, far, far away (well, as far away as the next table over – you probably shouldn’t let them out of your sight).
Thought there wasn’t anything sweeter than the counter full of treats at this Paddington spot? Think again. While you revive with a morning cuppa, the kiddies can hang in the ultra-cool playroom. And while you hit the crepes or the sweet potato and zucchini fritter stack, the little ones can dive into the Zoo Friend Pancakes with maple syrup and bananas.
Coffee may give us strength, but clever kids corners give us peace and quiet. Well, peace, anyway. Take your coffee out on the deck here while the kids dig into buckets of toys, then head inside for plates of pancakes with maple bacon and ice cream. Best family day out ever? We think so.
Ditch the hipster coffee spot with chalkboards covered in puns and head to Birds & Bees, where the kids rule the chalkboards and high chairs are never scarce. Order a bubbacino with your latte and spend some time in the gated playground before your Nutella-covered waffles hit the table.
At Site, you can tuck into sweet corn and bacon fritters and get engrossed in your latest favourite magazine while the kids get engrossed by the kids corner. Over the school holidays, they even run kids workshops and activities which might keep the monkeys at the table for long enough to get a fruit juice into them. Best of all, they eat free with any adult meal purchased!
If you can squeeze the pram through to the courtyard out the back of Willow & Spoon, you’ll find a space where active kids can jump and jiggle to their hearts content. There’s sweet and savoury breakfasts for them to replenish their energy levels on while you can appease your appetite on chilli scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms, feta and sourdough toast.
Kids will love crawling through the doorway into their own private playroom at Home, and you’ll love being able to take your eyes off them for more than a moment to scarf down a pile of crispy bacon, eggs, tomato and avocado on sourdough. Then tempt the precious darlings back to the table with kids meals served on bright plates and trays with equally cute cups for babycinos.
If they can tear their eyes from the brightly patterned wallpaper and adorable animal shaped salt and pepper shakers (tightly closed!) on the tables, the young ‘uns will find a nifty box of bits and bobs to keep them occupied at Nana & Da’s. After they’ve had a fun and nutritious brekky of coconut pancakes with peach and yoghurt of course. Once their eyes are averted, you can sneak in a slice of baked deliciousness from the cake cabinet. Who cares if it’s 8am, dinner last night was leftover fish fingers and a carrot.
Bliss is what you’ll find at this West End health food spot. Give the kids something from the Baby Bliss menu (they’ll never know it’s healthy) and set them up at the play table outside on the astro turf (so they’ll stay clean – we hope) while you indulge in pumpkin waffles and a turmeric and coconut latte. The best bit? There’s nothing to feel guilty about, not even the raw treats you take home for later.
Don’t resort to drive-through coffee on your way to the park next time you need to get out of the house. You deserve better.