Kid-friendly Restaurants in Melbourne
- All Ages
Eating out with kids in Melbourne can be a bit daunting for most parents, particularly those with small kids. Making sure they're well-behaved, not making a mess and using their inside voices all while trying to enjoy a meal yourself can almost put you off the whole experience altogether! Luckily, in a city as great as Melbourne you better believe there are places that are prepared to take all the commotion out of eating out as a family.
We know that it's easier to buy ready-made meals from Coles specials or dial-a-delivery from Menulog, but there are times when you just need to get out and experience glorious Melbourne at night and treat the kids to some fine-dining.
We’ve put together a list of awesome kid-friendly restaurants to suit all tastes - enjoy!
Six of the Best Kid-friendly Restaurants in Melbourne
1. The Farm Cafe
At The Farm Cafe in Abbotsford, the food tastes just as great as it looks. We suggest you try the St Helier's bowl with miso-glazed eggplant, avocado, chilli ginger, tofu, brown rice, togarashi, sprouts and sesame dressing - yum! Most meals have gluten- and dairy-free options, and there are vegan meals on the menu as well. Kombucha, coffees, teas, smoothies and more are available on the drinks menu.
The kid's menu has a variety of breakfast and lunch options like ham and cheese toasties and mini sausage rolls. If you choose not to dine in, you can grab a takeaway picnic pack and find a spot to eat along the nearby Yarra Trail. All you need to do is pack a picnic rug, some games for the kids and you're all set!
Location: 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
2. Leroy’s Cafe
Leroy’s Cafe has great breakfast and lunch options if you’re looking for a kid-friendly midday meal. Kids can choose between coco pops, yoghurt and granola, a toasted cheese sandwich, pancakes or eggs and bacon for breakfast. For lunch, there are just as many delicious options: chicken nuggets, mini cheeseburgers, calamari and chips. Plus, we hear they also have some of the best coffees and waffles in Melbourne!
Location: 5 Mason St, Newport
3. Secret Kitchen
The yum cha scene of China is a local children’s hotspot. They will absolutely adore picking their meals from steamers on the trolley. It’s a great way to get them involved without things getting too messy. Plus, kid's meals come in fun shapes and sizes, like goldfish shaped dumplings or piggy custard buns - cute!
For adults, Secret Kitchen have mouthwatering Chinese dishes like crispy pork belly, dumplings, Peking duck and more.
Location: 222 Exhibition St, Melbourne
4. The Piazza at Montalto
For a fancy kid-friendly restaurant in Melbourne and some fun in the sun, we suggest a day trip to The Piazza at Montalto. Take a walk and explore the Sculpture Trail before sitting down to a hearty meal. The Piazza menu is available to browse online and includes pizza, pasta, seafood and small plates. Your kids can enjoy meals from the à la carte menu and then stretch their legs running around in the lush gardens when they’re done with their meals.
Location: 33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill
Overlooking Melbourne’s Yarra River, Bluetrain offers pizza, pasta, grazing plates among other meals. They have lunch specials and $10 pizza from 5 pm to 8 pm on Wednesdays.
Bluetrain's colour-in placemat menus will keep the kids occupied until they can dig into creamy carbonara or crispy fish and chips.
Location: Upper Level, Southgate Complex, Melbourne
6. Fresh Air Pancake
For the perfect pancake fix, Fresh Air Pancake is the place to go. Their Japanese style souffle pancakes topped with fruit and ice cream jiggle on the plate and will make for a delightful dessert experience for the kids.
Location: 299 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
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