Kid Friendly Cafes in Melbourne

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Since moving over from London 6 years ago with our little one, we have been keeping a constant eye out for kid friendly cafes around Melbourne that cater to the whole family.  And with so many amazing places to eat in Melbourne, we have created this feature to highlight a variety of Kid Friendly Cafes that keeps your children happy and allows you to sit back and enjoy Melbourne’s delicious brunch scene.

If you know of any great kid friendly cafes that are not on this list, please feel free to email us at themelbourniancritic@gmail.com so that we can keep this list up to date for all the lovely parents out there.


Brighton Schoolhouse – Brighton
Set amongst the trees and gardens on the corner of St Andrews Street and Church Street, Brighton Schoolhouse is a family friendly cafe where you can enjoy great coffee, a delicious brunch. With heaps of space for the kids to run around and a separate on the site kids playground too it’s a real gem.

Tel: (03) 9593 3129
Opening times:
Mon – Sun 7:30am to 4:00pm
Address: 15 St Andrews St, Brighton VIC 3186
Website: Brighton Schoolhouse Cafe
Menu: Brighton Schoolhouse Menu
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Outdoor Play Area


Brighton Soul – Brighton
Situated right near Middle Brighton station, Brighton Soul cafe pride themselves on their innovative menu that is filled with a delicious range of brunch options.  The friendly team at Brighton Soul make sure that even their little customer are happy with colouring books, a tasty kids menu and high chairs to feel part of their family friendly cafe experience.

Tel: (03) 9592 8305
Opening times:
Mon – Sun 7:00am to 6:00pm
Address: 129 Church St, Brighton VIC 3186
Website: Brighton Soul Cafe
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Colouring


Jimmi Jamz – Elwood
This kid friendly cafe can be found nestled in the lovely main street of Elwood Village.  Jimmi Jamz is open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner and pretty much caters to everyone.  Not only is it child friendly but dog friendly too.  At the back they have a cute cubby house and slide for the kids, as well as chalk friendly walls. They offer a wide selection of dishes on their menu to suit all of their customers which are not only generous in size but also very reasonable in price.

Tel: (03) 9531 4130
Opening times:
Mon – Sun 6:30am to 10:00pm

Address: 130-132 Ormond Rd, Elwood VIC 3184
Website: Jimmi Jamz Cafe
Menu: Jimmi Jamz Breakfast Menu  Jimmi Jamz Lunch & Dinner Menu
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Outdoor Play Area


Good Times Milk Bar  – Bentleigh
This family friendly cafe is all about community, which is shown in how much the locals love Good Times Milk Bar.  We love that the owners are passionate about making sure that all their customers both adults and kids enjoy their cafe experience.  Not only do they offer a stunning menu for adults, but they also offer a delicious fun range of dishes for kids too. 

Tel: (03) 9557 4868
Opening times: Mon – Fri 7:00am to 3:30pm, Sat – Sun 7:30am to 3:30pm

Address: 83 Tucker Rd, Bentleigh VIC 3204
Website: Good Times Milk Bar
Menu: Good Times Milk Bar Cafe Menu
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Colouring, Outdoor Area


Little Tommy Tucker – Bentleigh
Located on Centre Road in Bentleigh, Little Tommy Tucker is a lovely local family friendly cafe that serves a delicious range of brunch options and a great cup of Dukes coffee.  The team here are very friendly and really go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your experience at Tommy Tucker.

Tel: (03) 9077 4412
Opening times:
Mon – Sun 7:00am to 4:00pm
Address: 303 Chesterville Rd, Bentleigh East VIC 3165
Website: Little Tommy Tucker Cafe
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Toys & Books Available for Kids Indoors


North East Precinct – Bentleigh East
This family friendly community focused cafe is located on North Road in Bentleigh East and is passionate about providing their customers with a warm and welcoming family friend hub for all to enjoy.   At North East Precinct you can enjoy a wholesome brunch menu and Naked Espresso’s boutique coffee blends, along with everything in between.  The lovely owners have even turned the back of their shop (which was once their Roasting station) into an area especially for kids. 

Tel: (03) 9818 2865
Opening times: Mon – Fri 7:00am to 3:00pm, Sat 7:30am to 3:00pm, Sat – Sun 8:00am to 3:00pm

Address: 892 North Rd, Bentleigh East VIC 3165
Website: North East Precinct
Menu: North East Precinct Menu
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Indoor Play Area


Astroluxe Cafe – Bentleigh East
Located in Bentleigh East, Astroluxe is a family friendly cafe that offers its customers a fun, fresh and welcoming atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.  Serving specialty coffee by 5 Senses, Prana Chai, an array of smoothies, milkshakes, teas and a delectable line up of all day breakfast and lunch options that are sure to hit the spot.  To cater to families, during the weekdays at Astroluxe (Monday to Friday – before 11:30am and after 1:30pm) ‘Kids Eat Free’, so when an adult orders a main meal the kid’s meal is on the house.

Tel: (03) 9077 4412
Opening times:
Mon – Sun 7:00am to 4:00pm
Address: 303 Chesterville Rd, Bentleigh East VIC 3165
Website: Astroluxe Cafe
Brunch Menu: Astroluxe Brunch Menu  Friday Dinner Menu: Astroluxe Friday Dinner Menu
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Colouring


Nature Boy Cafe – Murrumbeena
Nature Boy sits across from Murrumbeena station (with a back entrance and parking access from Melbourne Street) and are open every day.  With delicious and unique food, stunning latte art on our famous coffee, liquor licence and spectacular kids play area (featuring a cubby house and mountains of toys), our bubbly staff will cater to your every need.  Need a coffee to start your day? Breakfast or lunch with your mates?  Or even just some quiet breakfast or drinks while your kids play, we got you covered. Now available for bookings and functions.  Come on down and check us out! You won’t regret it!

Tel: (03) 9563 0482
Opening times:
Mon – Fri 7:30am to 4:30pm, Sat – Sun 8:00am to 4pm
Address: 486 Neerim Rd, Murrumbeena VIC 3163
Website: Nature Boy Cafe
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Outdoor Play Area


Iron Henry – Murrumbeena
Iron Henry is a charming little cafe situated in the quiet streets of Murrumbeena village. We serve delicious, wholesome food that will surely put a smile on your face.  Iron Henry is a family friendly cafe with our upstairs seating area featuring a play area for our little guests. A perfect spot for mums to catch up and enjoy a well deserved coffee, meals or even a sneaky cocktail.

Tel: (03) 9504 3714
Opening times: Mon – Sun 8:00am to 2:30pm
Address: 480 Neerim Rd, Murrumbeena VIC 3163
Website: Iron Henry Cafe
Menu: Iron Henry Menu
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Indoor Play Area


Mister Sister Cafe – Malvern East
Loved by the local mums for their lovely menu and their plant covered outdoor courtyard at the back, Mister Sister cafe offers a relaxed place to enjoy a tasty meal, fresh smoothies and not forgetting a great cup of coffee.

Tel: (03) 9572 4420
Opening times: Mon – Fri 7:00am to 3:30pm, Sat – Sun 7:30am to 3:30pm

Address: 81 Waverley Rd, Malvern East VIC 3145
Website: Mister Sister Cafe
Menu: Mister Sister Cafe Menu
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Colouring


The Tradesman Cafe – Moorabbin
Located in the heart of industrial Moorabbin discover this modern family friendly cafe that serves a quality selection of drinks that range from coffee by Code Black Coffee Roasters, tea by Tea Drop, hot chocolate by Mork Chocolate and freshly squeezed juices made from greens taken from their very own herb garden.  In addition to this the Tradesman Cafe offer a delectable range of simple yet hearty all day breakfast and lunch options to suit all your cravings.

Tel: (03) 8525 0110
Opening times: Mon – Fri 6:00am to 3:00pm, Sat – Sun 7:00am to 2:30pm

Address: 1/260 Wickham Road, Moorabbin, VIC 3189
Website: The Tradesman Cafe
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Colouring, Box of Toys, Pram Access


Fordham’s Milk Bar – Camberwell
This cosy kid friendly cafe is great for toddlers and a big hit with the local mums.  With toys to keep the little ones entertained along with yummy food and milkshakes on offer, it’s a real gem.  Not only do they serve great coffee and brunch here, but they also have an outdoor seating area located opposite a small playground.

Tel: (03) 9041 0822
Opening times: Mon – Sun 7:00am to 5:00pm

Address: 116 Fordham Avenue, Camberwell, VIC 3124
Website: Fordham’s Milk Bar
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Colouring, Small Playground


Cubby House Canteen – Armadale
Everything about Cubby House Canteen has been designed with kids in mind and with both owners having a background in early childhood development and the fact that it is located in a park, we are not surprised.  We can see why it’s loved by mums from all over, as it definitely ticks all the right boxes when it comes to kid friendly cafes. From the carefully thought out food menu and the venue itself, to the friendly and attentive team at Cubby House Canteen everyone will be happy here.

Tel: 0421 173 886
Opening times: Mon Closed, Tue – Sun 8:00am to 4:00pm

Address: 43A Union St, Armadale VIC 3143
Website: Cubby House Canteen
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Colouring, Kids Outdoor Play Area


Moby 3143 – Armadale
Located on the corner of leafy Armadale, Moby cafe boasts everything the local Melbourne crowd could ask for from refreshingly delicious salads and robust hearty plates, to velvety smooth lattes and cheeky lavish treats.  When it comes to the little ones, the team at Moby go out of there way to make sure that even their little customers are happy too.

Tel: (03) 9509 2710
Opening times: Mon – Fri 6:30am to 4:00pm, Sat – Sun 7:30am to 4pm

Address: 1150 High St, Armadale VIC 3143
Website: Moby 3143 Cafe
Menu: Moby Cafe Menu
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Colouring


Sardi Cafe – Hawthorn
Sardi Cafe has always been a cornerstone of the Richmond and Hawthorn community and they are proud of offering great coffee and a delicious seasonal menu that includes a little bit of everything to satisfy even the fussiest of palates.  Whether your looking for something healthy, hearty, sweet or vegan Sardi Cafe has got you covered.  

Tel: (03) 9818 6140
Opening times: Mon – Fri 7:30am to 4:00pm, Sat – Sun 8:00am to 4:00pm

Address: 111 Church St, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Website: Sardi Cafe
Menu: Sardi Cafe Menu
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Colouring 


Brothers Keeper – Kooyong
This warm and inviting family friendly hub is a great all rounder, where you can expect to be served great coffee, a mouthwateringly delicious range of brunch options, friendly service and because we live in Melbourne somewhere that is not only kid friendly but also dog friendly too.

Tel: (03) 9572 4420
Opening times: Mon Closed, Tue – Fri 7:00am to 3:30pm, Sat – Sun 7:30am to 3:00pm

Address:481 Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong VIC 3144
Website: Brothers Keeper Cafe
Menu: Brothers Keeper Cafe Menu
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Colouring


Four Beans Cafe – Northcote
Located on the High Street in Northcote, Four Beans Cafe & roasting house offers a simple cafe menu and great coffee.  This kid friendly cafe also has fun play room to keep the little ones happy, so that you can sit back and relax.

Tel: (03) 9482 2875
Opening times: Mon – Fri 7:30am to 4:00pm, Sat – Sun 8:00am to 4pm
Address: 22 High St, Northcote VIC 3070
Website: Four Bean Cafe
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Play Area


Park Street Dining – Carlton North
Park Street Dining is a cosy café by day and an intimate neighbourhood restaurant by night. Set in the tight-knit community of Carlton North, they offer a flexible dining experience with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus by chefs Jesse Gerner, Russell Hall and Andrew Fisk.  This family friendly cafe opens right onto a public playground where you can watch the little ones run around.

Tel: (03) 9380 5499
Opening times: Mon – Tue 7:30am to 4:00pm, Wed – Sun 7:30am to 12am
Address: 815 Nicholson St, Carlton North VIC 3054
Website: Park Street Dining
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Colouring, Kids Outdoor Play Area next door


Miss Marmalade Cafe – Brunswick
This family friendly cafe is loved by all the kids for their amazing play area at the back and also for their scrumptious kids menu guaranteed to satisfy even their fussy palates. Because this cafe caters to all age group it gets very busy, but it’s still worth visiting.

Tel: (03) 9388 8202
Opening times: Mon – Fri 7:00am to 4:00pm, Sat – Sun 8:00am to 4:00pm
Address: 126 Union St, Brunswick VIC 3056
Website: Miss Marmalade Cafe
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Colouring, Kids Play Area


Crafternoon Cafe – Brunswick
This amazing cafe offers a fun way to nature your kids creativity with arts and crafts.  Crafternoon is run just like a normal cafe with the fun addition of a wide range of creative activities for the kids to choose from.  Please note that you will need to pay for these craft activities. Whilst your kids are busy crafting away, you can sit back and make the most of their lovely brunch menu and enjoy a lovely cup of coffee or two. We recommend that you book in advance to avoid missing out.

Tel: (03) 9995 2861
Opening times: Mon – Wed 9:00am to 5:30pm, Thu Closed, Fri 9:00 to 5:30pm, Sat – Sun 8:30am to 4:00pm
Address: 718 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056
Website: Crafternoon Cafe
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Craft

operate just like a normal cafe, except that we also have a wide range of creative activities available on our menu, as well as delicious coffee and healthy food. We have table service and our friendly staff will help you navigate the menu and answer any questions you might have.


Jiji’s Place – Essendon
Located close to Essendon train station, this family friendly cafe serves brunch with a Mediterranean twist or if you’re looking for something a little lighter, why not try one of their many freshly baked goods.  Jiji’s Place also has a rear courtyard that is not only pram friendly, but great for little ones to have a play under the watchful eye of their parents or grandparents.  

Tel: (03) 9337 7030
Opening times: Mon – Fri 6:00am to 4:00pm, Sat 7:00am to 3pm,  Sun Closed
Address: 87 Rose St, Essendon VIC 3040
Website: Jiji’s Place
Menu: Jiji’s Place Menu
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Play Area


Bean Counter Cafe – Fairfield
Open for breakfast, lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea and also provides a relaxed ambience of a cocktail lounge, with freshly roasted Coffee and Breakfast or Lunch experience that will make your mouth water. You will be surrounded by a beautiful surroundings and green landscape.  Friendly Staff, great Coffee, large Breakfast and Lunch menu at affordable prices.  Kids Friendly – Perfect for Mums, Dads & Children, changing table, chalk board, Kids Menu and toys.

Tel:  (03) 9482 1170
Opening times: Mon – Fri 7:00am to 5:00pm, Sat – Sun 8:00am to 4pm
Address: 15 Railway Pl, Fairfield VIC 3078
Website: Bean Counter Cafe
Menu: Bean Counter Cafe Menu
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Play Area


Heirs of Grace Cafe – Wantirna South
A wonderfully warm gem of a cafe created especially for families with kids. Not only does it offer a great cup of coffee and a simple yet delicious menu for all to enjoy, it is also a huge hit with the little ones – with the rear of this cafe dedicated entirely to kids, we’re not surprised!

Tel: (03) 9800 3817
Opening times: Mon – Fri 6:30am to 4:00pm, Sat 8:30am to 1pm,  Sun Closed
Address: 436 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South VIC 3152
Website: Heirs of Grace Cafe
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Kids Play Area


Grandpa Joe Cafe – Ascot Vale
Grandpa Joe is as a welcoming cafe in Ascot vale with a hearty and extensive menu. There’s a great range of delicious breakfast dishes & a cute book shelf filled with kids books to keep the little ones entertained. The service is friendly and the coffee is excellent

Tel: (03) 9078 0595
Opening times: Mon – Fri 7:00am to 5:00pm, Sat – Sun 8:00am to 4pm
Address: 197 Union Rd, Ascot Vale VIC 3032
Website: Grandpa Joe Cafe
Kid Friendly Features: High Chairs, Kids Menu, Toys & Books Available for Kids Indoors


 

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