Cafes With Play Areas
If you have young kids finding a cafe with play area almost becomes more important than the quality of the coffee they serve. What if you could get both? YES they do exist- cafes, coffee to be drink and places to eat with a play area for the kids.
They want to play. And you want to enjoy a (hot) coffee, relax or participate in an uninterrupted adult conversation. No, not at an indoor play centre – unless you find 50 screaming kids in an enclosed space particularly relaxing.
So, in no specific order, here is our list of child-friendly places to relax, eat and drink in Brisbane with play areas.
Brisbane Cafe’s with play areas for kids
The Monkey Bar Café
98 Victoria Terrace, Greenslopes
The Monkey Bar Café offers relaxed alfresco dining situated beside a shaded playground with swings, slides, spring rockers, see-saw and climbing frames. Whilst the playground is unfenced, it is situated on a quiet street away from the road. There is a large grassed area perfect for kids to run around or play ball games. Also, lots of room for prams, bicycles and pets are welcome. It is the perfect venue for a catch-up or child’s party.
The Monkey Bar Café serves an all-day breakfast and lunch including a “Mini Monkeys” kids menu (nothing over $10). There are two toilets on site including a change table.
Birds & Bees
5/1 Queens Road, Everton Hills
Birds & Bees is a family oriented café and a wonderful place to take kids out for breakfast or lunch. There is an enclosed play area complete with small tables and chairs, chalk boards and two boxes of toys. The kids menu starts from $6 and includes eggs on toast, ham and cheese toasties, BBQ chicken bites or toast with spreads. Prams are happily accommodated, which is good especially if your baby is not sitting up in a high chair yet.
6 Amity Way, South Ripley
The Forty West cafe opens up onto a huge, modern deck which overlooks the massively impressive Adventure Park
Kids will have an amazing time on this play area that includes slides, enclosed sky walks, water play, swings, climbing features and see-saw. There is a full changing room including breastfeeding chair, full pram access, free parking and high chairs. The kid’s menu includes eggs on toast, bacon and egg roll, pancakes, chicken nuggets, fish and chips, pizza and chips – all under $9.
151 Flockton Street, Everton Park
The Alley Cafe at Everton Park place is tucked away on the campus of Northside Christian College with ample parking available. Whilst there is no food licence, they do serve cookies, muffins, sandwiches, pop tops, babycinos and importantly, tea and coffee.
The playground is astroturfed and covered by a large shade cloth. It is fully enclosed with glass panels, which makes supervision easy! Toilet facilities very close by with ramp/pram access and includes a fold-down change table for babies.
18 Corrie St, Chermside
Kabels Cafe provides indoor (air conditioned) and outdoor seating complete with a kid’s activity area and toy box! The kid’s menu includes bacon, eggs, toast, chicken nuggets, toasties and homemade goodies with nothing over $8.
Great parking and toilet facilities available onsite including a change table for babies.
850 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton
Don’t be deterred by the formality of the word “winery” (a 5 star winery at that). There is a more casual dining experience available on the timber deck of the Tuscan Terrace outside under the trees. The menu caters for kids with delicious, well portioned and well-priced meals, ice cream and cakes. All ordering (including beer and wine) is made at the kitchen counter and collected at the kitchen window.
There is a great playground onsite with beautiful views, shaded tables nearby and beautiful lawns, making it a wonderful place for parents to relax, while the kids are entertained.
Cafe Lagarto, Samford
225 My Glorius Road, Samford
Come and enjoy the relaxed garden surroundings at Café Lagarto where the kids play in the outdoor area while you enjoy a coffee or some lunch.
Cafe Lagarto has an all-day menu including homemade cakes, pancakes, eggs, french toast, juice, smoothies. While they do not have a specific children’s menu, they are more than happy to convert all of their menu items to child-friendly portions.
Victoria Park Bar and Bistro
223 Herston Road, Bowen Hills Open every day 7:30am – 3:00pm. Dinner: Wednesday 5pm – 8pm, Thursday to Saturday 5pm – 9pm and Sunday 5pm – 8pm. You can read our here.
The play area here is fully enclosed, built upon soft fall wood chips and has a huge raised cubby house complete with a play kitchen, two slides and an undercover area filled with tool boxes and trucks. There is a rock wall, climbing net and chalkboards to enjoy as well as a real tractor and a rowboat with oars!
The kid’s menu includes bacon and eggs with toast, avocado toast, pancakes, mini cheeseburgers, fish and chips, pizza, and ice cream – all under $12.50.
Each Sunday from 12pm – 4pm there is live entertainment, market food carts and great specials!
Kids Play Café Pure Tennis
144 Samford Road, Samford Village
The stand out feature of this hidden gem is that one of the tennis courts has been assigned as a large, fenced (now we’re talking!) area for the kids! There are mini ride on tractors, cars and trucks for your kids to drive. An indoor playroom has also been set up and is covered in a soft fall mat. There is a large play table which is full of blocks, a toy kitchen, kid’s shopping trollies, dolls house, books, baskets full of toy cars, kids laptops and interactive toys, soft toys, a rocking chair, baby toys and kids musical instruments.
The cafe offers kid’s sized milkshakes, babycinos, slushies, pop top juices, potato curls, brownies, Tiny Teddies and lots of allergy free options. As they do not offer a full menu, the cafe is happy for parents to bring along some food/snacks for their children as well. The cafe provides toilet facilities, high chairs, a baby change area and also a sink (in the play area) if needed.
Written by Brisbane Mum Kaitlin Provost
If you know of a cafe that should be on this list, let us know! Equally, if anything has changed or a place has moved or closed please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team in comments below. Happy eating!