The Best Kid-Friendly Cafes In Brisbane You’ll Both Love
Eating out as a family is a breeze in Brisbane. There are plenty of cafes that tick the box for both kids and parents alike, serving up great food (that they’ll actually eat) as well as keeping them entertained with play areas and toys while you eat in peace, for once. If it’s playgrounds, babyccinos, kid’s menus and a strong cup of coffee you’re after, here are some of the best kid-friendly cafes in Brisbane for breakfast and lunch.
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, including giant Jenga 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 rhubarb and ginger bircher with coconut yoghurt and 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, there’s a rainbow of choice. Everything looks as pretty as a picture, from the flower-adorned French toast to the garden of greens on the Hash daddy. Wash it all 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.
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.
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 chocolate pancakes 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 buttermilk fried chicken with a side of waffles. Even the crushed avo is next level, served on organic sourdough with pumpkin hummus, charred corn and za’atar. 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 kids 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 ‘lasagna’ or crumbed chicken and chips; while parents will appreciate the loaded veggie fritters or loaded smashed avo from the all-day breakfast menu. Everyone in the family can up their antioxidant or dairy intake with a milkshake or smoothie, like the ice-cold berry concoction.
Where: 98 Victoria Terrace, Greenslopes.
Open: Daily 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, and find yourself 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 a must-have if you’re into honey-roasted pumpkin, spinach, grilled tomato and haloumi.
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 in Brisbane, Carport is dog-friendly too.
Where: 3 Pickwick St, Cannon Hill.
Open: Daily from 6:30am ’til 2pm.
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, ‘nice cream’ and raw treats. Aside from the colourful food and drinks on offer at this healthy hotspot, kids will love playing with the tee-pee, cubby house, 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.
Tiddlywinks Dance and Play Cafe, 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 aged 0 to 11 to dance away all their built-up energy. Parents can even join in the fun on the dance floor, or leave it to the little ones and chill out with a coffee at the cafe. For bubs, there are play pens with toys.
To refuel, kids can choose from a range of healthy freshly-prepared meals and fruit from the cafe (gluten-free, vegan and nut-free options available), while parents can sip on coffee and dine on the full menu of pizzas, salads, wraps, pasta and more. Good to know: There’s free wifi.
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.
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, too. The café has loads of vegetarian and gluten-free breakfast and lunch options – think small pizzas 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 Saturday from 8am ’til 4pm.
Plum Tucker, Red Hill
Eggs Benny (done three ways) for breakfast and burgers for lunch tick the box for something simple, or for the more adventurous, the toffee apple waffles are a great way to start the day, while their selection of fresh salads will help balance out the naughty with something nice.
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: 1/5 Enoggera Terrace, Red Hill.
Open: Daily from 6am ’til 2pm.
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 are 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 and milk, or a failsafe cheese burger. 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 shortbread French toast with strawberries and cream to cured pork belly with truffled scrambled eggs and piquillo mayo.
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.
Kids Play Cafe, Pure Tennis, Ferny Hills
The Pure Tennis Kids Play Cafe has something for tennis and non-tennis loving families. In addition to tennis matches – or lessons, which kids over three can take at Pure Tennis Academy, there are plenty of push cars and toys for the little ones to race around on, as well as an enclosed garden surrounded by lush trees, a large undercover outdoor space with artificial grass, and an indoor play room with a toy kitchen, dolls house, books and toys.
The Kids Play Cafe has you sorted for coffees, milkshakes, fruit ice crushers and juices, as well as sandwiches and sweet treats to nibble on.
Where: 144 Samford Road, Ferny Hills.
Open: Monday to Saturday from 9am ’til 12pm.
Fort West Cafe
This cafe doesn’t just have a playground in its backyard, it has an entire adventure park. In fact, there’s a chance your kids will never want to leave. But that’s ok, because while they hang out in the adjoining playground, you can enjoy a decadent breakfast of brioche French toast, pancakes and berries or a classic Eggs Benedict; or burgers, pizzas, chicken parmi and wings for lunch. Psst, it’s fully licensed, too.
The older kids will love the elevated skywalk, giant spiral slide and flying fox; and on a hot day, there’s the free Splash ‘n’ Play Waterpark next door to cool down.
Where: 6 Amity Way, Ripley.
Open: Sunday to Thursday from 7am ’til 3pm and Friday and Saturday from 7am ’til 9pm.
Victoria Park Bistro, Herston
Whether your family travels with matching golf clubs and visors or you just like to get outdoors for 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: 309 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.
Pinwheel Island Cafe
Completely indoors and air-conditioned, this café puts the kids first. There’s a two-storey play area with a slide, tunnels, a ball pit and trampoline to cater to those under the age of six. The toddlers get their own space (and ball pit!) and there’s a “real life” city-themed play area with cars, roads, a store, petrol station and car wash!
On the menu, there are bento box-style meals for the littlies, which come with a side and juice for just $9.90. For the adults, grab yourself a coffee and pop down in the dining area where you’ll have a clear view of the kids as they run around.
Pinwheel Island specialises in themed birthday parties, too.
Where: 583/585 Kessels Road, Macgregor.
Open: Monday to Friday from 9am ’til 4.30pm and Sunday from 9am ’til 4pm.
Need more inspiration? Here are even more kid friendly cafes in Brisbane:
- Steam Train Espresso, Red Hill & Auchenflower
- 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
- The Reserve at Anstead, Anstead