Next time you find yourself in the city with kids, don’t assume that the only family friendly restaurants on offer are the fast food chains. There’s a number of quality restaurants in the heart of Brisbane City that welcome children with dedicated kids’ menus and activities. The more formal the dining destination, the more we would encourage you to book ahead particularly during the weekends or holiday periods. The vast majority of the dining places offer gluten free options, with some also providing very clear ingredients lists for allergy aware parents.
Eating out with kids in Brisbane
Pancake Manor, Charlotte Street, Brisbane City
No matter what time hunger strikes, Pancake Manor is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to satisfy your pancake (and crepe!) cravings. They offer vegan and gluten free options as well as chips, burgers, nachos and other popular food for families in the event that some of your kids don’t eat pancakes.
The huge combination of both breakfast, dinner and desert foods ensures every single member of the family will walk away truly satisfied.
Jamie’s Italian, Edward Street, Brisbane City
With a delicious and healthy kids menu, Jamie’s Italian is a popular option for families, especially when they offer specials over the school holidays (often kids eat free)- This is a dining option best booked ahead. They also offer free parking at Secure Parking Post Office Square on weekends.
Shingle Inn, Myer Centre, Brisbane Square and Brisbane City Hall
For something a little bit fancy, you can’t go past the kids’ high tea at the Shingle Inn. Children of all ages will enjoy the yummy little treats that are served up, while parents can also indulge in traditional high tea. The City Hall Clock Tour is located within the same area as the City Hall Shingle Inn and is a great add-on activity for older kids and visitors, providing an opportunity to explore a part of Brisbane’s history.
Gelatissimo, Cnr Albert and Queen Streets, Brisbane City
With no artificial colours or flavours, and less fat than ice cream, gelato from the award-winning Gelatissimo has dessert covered for the whole family. All their gelato is made fresh daily in store. Flavours range from the traditional favourites to more inventive flavours like green tea and burnt caramel and pecan. They also have gluten free, nut free and 98% sugar free options and you can purchase your gelato in a cone, cup, donut or even in a takeaway container to enjoy nearby. Gelatissimo is located just near the Museum of Brisbane.
Melt Brothers, Creek Street/Gresham Lane, Brisbane City
Cheese toasties and loaded tater tots; followed by an ice-cream, nutella and sprinkles bun… um… wow!
Fratelli Famous, Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane City
If you have a picky eater in the family, Fratelli Famous is perfect as they allow kids to choose their own pizza toppings. Over 35 toppings to choose from on homemade daily doughs and signature house made sauces. ‘choose your own toppings’ isn’t just for kids – they do ‘build your own’, or you can choose from their ‘famous’ pizzas menu – http://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/urban-purveyor/famous/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/FFP003-Menu-Design-web.pdf
Sushi trains, Elizabeth Street and Wintergarden, Brisbane City
Kids never tire of the fun of choosing a plate of delicious Japanese food from a moving train. Sushi Edo (Elizabeth St) and Hanaichi (Wintergarden) are a couple of great options. This is a fun, almost activity based way of eating and a great way to develop your childrens’ palates and interest in different foods. Their website has a handy guide to help parent navigate through the ingredients and avoid any allergens.
Vapiano, Albert Street, Brisbane City
Most children love pizza and pasta! At Vapianos, you can watch the pasta being made fresh, and parents will love the reasonably priced kids’ menu that offer both pizza and pasta options.
Pane E Vino, Cnr Albert and Charlotte Streets, Brisbane City
Gotta love a restaurant that offers hearty Italian food for the adults and a kids’ menu with plenty of variety including an Italian sausage burger, gnocchi napoli and spaghetti carbonara.
Mr Edwards Alehouse and Kitchen, Edward Street, Brisbane City
Butternut pumpkin risotto, pork sausages or grilled chicken and chips, followed by butterscotch ice-cream….. you’ll be wishing you could order from the delicious kids’ menu at Mr Edwards Alehouse and Kitchen!
Bavarian Bier Cafe, Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane City
The Bavarian Bier Cafe, overlooking the Brisbane River, is a great spot for families looking for kid-friendly option. Their kids menu, with a unique German influence, is sure to impress both big and little Brisbane Kids!
Food courts in the Brisbane CBD
Myer Centre, QueensPlaza, MacArthur Central, Wintergarden
Food courts are a great option for families because they offer something for everyone, and are cost effective. In them, you will find a range of food options from hot dogs and sushi to burgers and salads. Each food court offers a different vibe but there is sure to be something at every location to suit all members of the family and all budgets.
Donuts in the Brisbane CBD
Did someone say donuts? The Doughnut Bar (Wintergarden), Doughnut Time (Albert Street and King George Square) and Nodo Donuts (Creek St), will be a big hit with the kids when the munchies strike.