LOCAL: 12 of the best cafes with kids play areas

05 January 2019
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Wouldn’t it be nice to sit down and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee? Try one of these cafes with great play areas for the kids and you might be able to do just that! The kiddos will be off having loads of fun, leaving you in peace to relax with a nice cuppa.

Sunshine Coast

The Velo Project

Always trust a local: although this hip cafe is off the beaten track, it enjoys a roaring trade. It has great food, great drinks and a kids’ menu that the little ones will actually enjoy eating (think vegemite and cheese toasties). And to top it off, there’s a great kids’ area in the courtyard out the back, with a blackboard and heaps of toys.

19 Careela Street, Mooloolaba


Izba Espresso, Birtinya

With awesome breakfasts, lunches and tapas and a great kids’ menu including lamb burgers, toasties and pancakes, the food and coffee is enough to make you want to return again and again. Couple this with a big adventure playground and you have happy kids, allowing you to tuck into some freshly baked goodies.

Corner Lake Kawana Blvd and Birtinya Blvd


Buderim Tavern

The Buderim Tavern has an indoor play area with a climbing frame, games and a mini cinema. It also has free face painting, crafts, balloon animals and plaster painting on Fridays and Saturdays at dinner, and Sundays at lunch. Pop in for a coffee, or enjoy some lunch – the kids’ menu includes all the usual favourites.

81 Burnett Street, Buderim


Gold Coast

Cafe Tahbella

A great family-friendly cafe with a lovely fenced kids’ area complete with toys, books and a TV. It has an extensive menu, great baked goodies and once a week, it offers free coffee to people with the names displayed on its chalkboard outside. Pop along and enjoy a quiet coffee while the kids play, maybe even for free!

11/3 Cottonwood Place, Oxenford


Dune Cafe

Voted ‘Most Kid-friendly Cafe’ on the Gold Coast, you know this place will have it sussed. Overlooking the Currumbin Lagoon, the kids can have their fill of nachos, hotcakes, shakes or smoothies before heading off to explore the playground at Tarrabora Reserve, a short walk away.

945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach


The Yard Cafe

The kids will love the wonderful play area in the secluded courtyard at the back of this cafe. It is fully fenced and has a large blackboard and play gym. An extensive menu and wine list might see your quiet morning coffee slip easily into a leisurely lunch.

17 Lavarack Road, Mermaid Beach



‘Great coffee, delicious food, thrifty prices and a cute atmosphere’ – what more do you need? Oh yes, a fenced play area for the kids will do very nicely!

496 Golden Four Drive, Tugun



Eden Garden Centre

A wonderful alfresco cafe overlooking a great enclosed climbing frame for the kids, nestled among the lovely gifts and garden supplies of this plant nursery. Great coffee, a kids’ menu and some lovely bites for lunch, including superfood salads.

1657 Gympie Road, Carseldine


La Linea Cafe

A fenced play area will keep the kids’ entertained while you choose something from the extensive menu or enjoy a great coffee.

200 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo


Avid Reader

A booklover’s dream. A place to grab a coffee and a fantastic cupcake while flicking through a good book. There are dress-ups and lots of toys for the kids, too. Be sure to pay a visit to the children’s bookshop, Where The Wild Things Are, next door.

193 Boundary Street, West End


Home Cafe

Kids will have a great time exploring their own private playroom and settling down with their own lunchbox which includes a sandwich, fruit, sweet treat and milkshake or juice.

20 Stewart Road, Ashgrove


Cafe on the Park

This cottage-style cafe is across the road from Lower Moora Park and Shorncliffe Pier. Once the children have had their fill of both, take them to this cafe, which has a separate kid's room full of doll’s houses, books and Lego.

6 Park Parade, Shorncliffe


Which are your favourite cafes with kids’ play areas?

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  • Guest - Elizabeth Davies
    The White House at Victoria Point has awesome coffee and treats as well as an awesome play area for kids. Swing, ride on cars, play boat, etc. The also offer free fruit and toast with a variety of spreads for $1.

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