Places for kids to eat at South Bank

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Southbank, our beautiful inner-city oasis, offers so much for Brisbane Kids to enjoy. Making a full day of it is easy to do and so knowing which are the best places for kids to eat at South Bank is essential.

What with the cooling waters of its riverside lagoon, the variety of playgrounds and the multitude of events, markets and shops, its little wonder this is such a popular hangout for Brisbane families all year round.  Aside from the activities within Southbank itself, you are also only minutes from the Queensland Museum, The Gallery of Modern Art and the State Library of Queensland. If you are planning a day trip to South Bank soon with the family then be sure to check out our list below of some of the best places for kids to eat at South Bank.

The list below features child-friendly options with kids menus that cater specifically for our smallest family members.

Southbeach Social, 30AA Stanley Plaza

If you are planning a day that involves a few hours play in the South Bank lagoon then Southbeach Social may be one of the best spots to check out when a child’s tummy rumbling finally surpasses their desire to wrinkle beyond recognition beneath the water.  As kids will usually swim until they are almost starving having an eatery that caters for kids literally upstairs from Streets Beach is an absolute godsend.  With a vast breakfast and main menu offering everything from steaks, salads, pasta, pizzas, seafood and more you will be hard pressed not to find something to suit even the pickiest of eaters.  Their kids menu is just as substantial – with kids able to choose between fish, chicken nuggets, calamari, hot dogs, ham & cheese or Margherita pizzas.

Zeus Street Greek, 14 Little Stanley Street

Eating with kids doesn’t have to mean a menu filled with nuggets, chips or pizza.  If, like me, your kids love a bit of greek fare then you are not going to want to go past Zeus Street Greek.  Whilst you can get lost in their tempting menu which includes traditional souvlas including lamb, chicken, pork and halloumi, schnitzels, salads, sides, and desserts the kids will also be well looked after.  The kid’s menu at Zeus offers the perfectly sized mini pitas or kids-sized schnitzel tenderloins (chicken or calamari) with all options including a side of chips and a juice.  Make sure you ask at the counter too for fun activities the kids can do while you wait.

Cowch Dessert Bar, 179 Grey Street

Cowch at South Bank is a heaven for families who are looking for a bit of a treat at the end of a big day.  With a menu that is purely all about dessert and sweets your children will be beyond themselves with excitement at what glorious goodies they can enjoy while eating here.  A visit to Cowch is all about the pancakes, waffles, ice-creams, impressive smoothies and mouth-watering churros – to name a few.  It even has a specifically designed Kids Menu and a Nutella Menu too!  Is this place even real?  Oh, and did I mention kids can design and eat their own dessert pizza or naked pop???

Grill’d, 167 Grey Street

Grilled market themselves as being the healthy and nutritional burger option and their impressive menu will no doubt have the whole family ravenous at a glance.  Whilst their menu is obviously overflowing with burger, sliders and salad options for adults they also cater extremely well for the smaller members of our family, with two different kids menus.  Their ‘Mini Burgers for Lil Kids’ packs offer kids aged 7 a mini chicken or beef burger, chips, tomato sauce and a juice or water.  These are packed into a small cardboard box with a 3d puzzle.  For kids a little older (aged 8 – 11) they offer the ‘big kids’ burgers – which are bigger (obviously) and come with tomato sauce and snack chips.

Cucina by Toscani’s, Cnr Little Stanley, Ernest and Grey Streets

Italian is always a clear winner for families and Cucina by Toscani’s will not disappoint.  In fact, their menu is so large and full of variety that you may need to allow a little while just to read it all and make your decisions!  Go there for breakfast or lunch and choose between salads, the grill, pasta, pizza, risotto, pork belly, paella, lamb shanks and more.   Kids can choose between a mini ham & pineapple pizza, chicken nuggets & chips, cheeseburger & chips, crumbed fish & chips or spaghetti bolognaise.  All kids meals come with complimentary ice cream & topping.

Guzman Y Gomez, 179 Grey Street

The fact is, if you don’t love tacos then there must be something seriously wrong you.  Joking.  But seriously, whether they are soft or hard, these pockets of goodness when filled with chicken, beef, beans, salad or guacamole are just gifts of joy and at Guzman Y Gomez our kids are well catered for too.  As they state on their main menu, the Little G’s Kids Menu features authentic Mexican food tailor-made for the little Juans! The range includes Little G Burritos, Quesadillas, Kid’s Nachos, Kids Fries and Carrot Disks.

Picnic with a view

Whilst all the above options will be loved by kids, I still think you can’t go past an old-fashioned picnic on the lawns.  South Bank is literally one rolling green lawn after another and with a beautiful riverside and city view, you really can’t go wrong by laying a large blanket down and sprawling yourselves on top of it.  If you are organised, you can pack your own picnic to bring or have a bbq but there are also plenty of quick takeaway options. You can purchase a variety of takeaway food court type area just behind the Riverside Green Playground  – fish n chips, burgers, pizzas, kebabs, sandwiches and sushi. The best part?  It doesn’t require any real table manners and the kids can play on the grass as soon as they are done while you relax a little while longer.

Places for kids to eat at South Bank

Things to keep in mind

Whilst all of the above venues offer kids menus which you know will cater specifically for a child’s size appetite, there are so many other fantastic restaurants and cafes in South Bank that you should check out as well.  Most restaurants will let you know portions that suit smaller people and some will even make child-size meals if asked.  Whether it is a full-blown kids meal with the works or some hot chips and sauce on a blanket – your kids will be well fed and spoilt for choice when it comes to eating at Southbank after a full day of exploration and fun.

Are there any new places to eat with kids at South Bank we need to add to our list? Just add them in the comments below.


About the Author
Melanie Byers
In a previous life, Melanie threw the obligatory hat in the air on graduating with a degree in Communications, packed her bags and spent 15 years working for the film and television industry in London and Australia. Today Melanie has 3 children and is keen on adventure around Brisbane, The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Melanie has a passion for writing and a love for gathering and creating memories with her family – especially while her kids are so young.

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