The Top Kid-Friendly Cafés In Brisbane With A Play Area

  • Mums & Bubs

By: Carolyn Tate, ellaslist
Nov 28, 2018

It’s a known fact: parents love drinking coffee in peace and kids love playing. Put these two things together and you’ve created a special brand of magic. Thankfully, that magic exists all over Brisbane, and we’ve found our favourites to share with you. See you there!

Dragonfly Café

Set among the potted trees and plants of Eden Gardens nursery, this café is a child’s dream. The tables overlook a duck pond, and there are always water dragons to spot. But the best bit for parents is the separate kids’ playground with giant chalkboard, so the children can run amok while you enjoy your coffee in peace. 

Website: Eden Gardens
Where: Corner Gympie and Beams roads, Carseldine
When: 7 days 8:30am to 11:30am/12pm to 3pm
Cost: See menu for food prices 

Plum Tucker

Plum Tucker is all about local produce, and about a fun, relaxed environment where kids feel welcome and parents can feel unrushed. The kids’ room upstairs is turfed and has loads of toys and a blackboard to keep the little ones entertained while you enjoy your coffee in peace. And kids can dine on favourites like gooey eggs and soldiers, cheesy toast and Nutella toast.

Website: Plum Tucker
Where: 1/5 Enoggera Terrace, Red Hill
When: 7 days 6am to 2pm
Cost: See menu for pricing


Lone Pine Riverside Café

You’ll find this delightful café right next to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and it might not look like much at first but it packs a child-friendly punch – all thanks to the children’s play garden. The play garden is completely fenced and contains kids tables and chairs, a cubby house, and ‘wombat hole’ tunnels to crawl through – so much to keep the children entertained and out of your hair. 
The café also welcomes dogs, and hosts fun weekend events like barbecues and movie nights. 

Website: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Where: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket
When: Daily 9am to 4pm
Cost: See menu on site

Just Earth

Hidden behind an old workers cottage across the road from West End State School is the playground that will definitely deliver you a peaceful coffee time. Children and dogs are welcome, it has one of the best healthy kids’ menus in Brisbane and plenty of space to play. Food allergies, dietary requirements and intolerances are all well catered for and there’s an awesome playground and cubby. And for the parents, Just Earth has its own in-house roaster and makes outstanding coffee. 

Website: Just Earth Facebook page
Where: 29 Vulture Street, West End
When: 6am to 2:30pm
Cost: See menu

Image credit: Just Earth - Auntie Venetia Tyson at Story Time

Café Logarto

Three words: fully fenced playground. This is what we love, and Café Logarto delivers in style. Enjoy the garden atmosphere in the Samford Lifestyle Centre and a locally roasted Abrisca coffee while the children tire themselves out in the playground. The food here is delicious too – try the French toast or the yummy muffins. 

Website: Café Logarto Facebook page
Where: 225 Mt Glorious Road, Samford
When: Daily 7:30am to 3:30pm  
Price: See menu at the venue

Nana and Da’s

Nana and Da’s say their café is just like coming home – but with better coffee. Great sense of humour and excellent coffee – PLUS a play area? We are so there. There is a box of toys and books under the counter, plenty of room for prams, and a wonderful kids’ menu that includes fun stuffy like baby butty, coconut pancake with peach and yoghurt, avocado on sourdough, and boiled egg soldiers.

Website: Nana and Da’s Facebook page
Where: 12 Homebush Road, Kedron
When: 7am to 2pm
Cost: See menu on site

The Monkey Bar Café

The Monkey Bar is a local favourite, with a delicious kids menu, great milkshakes and smoothies, friendly service and – most importantly – great coffee. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is loads of green space outside for the kids to run around. Plus they run fun kids mornings, with workshops and activities – check their website for what’s coming up.

Website: The Monkey Bar Café
Where: Rear Ground Floor, Annerley Junior Soccer, 98 Victoria Terrace, Greenslopes
When: 6:30am to 1:30pm
Cost: See menu

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Image credit: Plum Tucker