Kids Friendly Cafes & Restaurants - Where to eat NZ

Kids friendly cafes & restaurant suggestions & reviews from parents around NZ that'll make dining out that little bit easier with your own kids. We'd love to hear about your kids friendly cafe & restaurant suggestions too.
Check out these suggestions and reviews from parents on kids friendly cafes and restaurants around NZ that'll make dining out that little bit easier.

We’d love to hear your recommendations about places to eat with young kids too, anywhere in NZ, even if your region isn't currently list.

Just email us at with details of your favourite cafes and restaurants.

Eating out with young kids can sometimes be a challenge, but don't let that stop you. Have a read of our article 5 Tips on eating out with young kids.

Kids friendly Cafes & restaurants

Here are the reviews from parents that we've received so far.


Auckland kids friendly cafes & restaurants


Bungalow Cafe
  • It's good if you get the separate room (plenty of room for pushchairs and capsules, etc). If you're in the main part of the cafe you take up a lot of room if there is more than two or three of you with equipment. Also Bungalo doesn't have changing facilities(!) Suzanne

Hinemoa St Organic Cafe
  • I found the staff very friendly and helpful. And the food is awesome too! Joanne

Tongue & Groove Cafe
  • Good during summer/good weather, but otherwise it's a squeeze if there are more than a couple of you with equipment. Tracey

Daruma Ramen & Daruma Sushi
  • The kids meals are reasonably priced and they come in a tray shaped like a train. When they bring the kids meals out they blow a train whistle. They also have high chairs /boosters available. We love going there as a family. Have been dining there for the last 5 years. Praveena

Fernielea Licensed Cafe
  • Can recommend. It has an indoor & outdoor play area. Jessica


The Stone Oven
  • Welcomes kids and has play area down the back. Laura
Forrest Hill

Kings Plant Barn
  • Good. Easy parking, plenty of space around the tables. They have two indoor areas and an undercover outdoor area. Tracey

Glen Eden

Humbug Cafe
  • Good. Easy parking, plenty of space around the tables. They have two indoor areas and an undercover outdoor area. Tracey

Mairangi Bay

Cafe Windsor
  • Got to be the Windsor Cafe! Voted most breastfeeding friendly cafe. Carole
  • Windsor Park Cafe, Auckland. Suzanne
  • Easy parking and TONS of room for pushchairs/capsules and to put a blanket on the floor, as well as outdoor play stuff for older kids. Good changing facilities. Tracey


Bean There Café
  • Bean There Café has on-site car parking, plus lovely couch and play area. Great for parents and children (plus has a coffee & muffin/scone for $6). Amanda

Onehunga Café
  • Onehunga Café has a good children’s space. Amanda


One 2 One Cafe
  • A piece of quiet in busy Ponsonby. Small court yard with sandpit for the kids. Carol
  • Went here today based on recommendation on the site - yes it does have a sand pit - That’s about all it has going for it. Out the back where the sandpit is all looks very tired, with slightly battered and dirty highchairs. And the food was very poor. I think you'd be better off going to other good eateries on Ponsonby Road and just take own toys! Catherine


Tiger Coffee
  • Barrys Point Rd. Heaps of room for prams. Bit slow on the service side though so best to go to for a coffee and muffin catch up rather than lunch. Tiger also have a separate room that can be booked. Rebekah

Park Road Kitchen
  • Park Road Kitchen has a separate toy area with lovely wooden blocks and cars, low chairs and sofas and a lovely selection of in store baked goods and brunch food. Laura

Stripe Café
  • Stripe Café has an undercover sandpit, room to take a dog if you fancy too. Also a great selection of sweet and savoury food. Laura


Garnet Station
  • A great cafe for kids set in a villa, has a homely area at the back with toys and feels like your own lounge. Also an outdoor area. Laura
  • I just visited a café which I found on your website, Garnet Station. As described on your website, it is like a house so plenty of room for toddlers to wander round and a good lounge area with a few toys. Food and coffee was also great. Unfortunately there were a couple of disappointing factors, the main seating is up 3 stairs, there is no other access for prams. The barista kindly offered to help carry the pram but it wasn’t ideal. There are no baby changing facilities, well none that I could locate which for a child friendly café seemed a bit bizarre. We were there at lunchtime on a Thursday and the café was empty which was fantastic because my little 19 month could wonder round. I did however find it uncomfortable when the waitress started picking up the few blocks that my little girl had pulled out and redoing the cushions saying it was important the place looked tidy. Clearly this woman had no kids and come on, a few cushions…really. Would I go back? Not in a great hurry. I think there are better options out there which cater better to the needs of unders 5’s. Taran


Dunedin kids friendly cafes & restaurants

Arc Brewing
  • Only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday but it's a cool place. There are toys and lots of room to play with them. Food is supplied by various food trucks and the drinks are great. Gareth

Coffee Culture Roslyn
  • There is a toy area and it's set in an old fire station which is pretty cool.

Glenfalloch Gardens Cafe
  • Our boy loves this place. There's a play kitchen setup in the middle, a trampoline outside and gardens to explore. The food is really good too. Gareth

Governor's Cafe
  • There is a gated toy room, it's awesome. The food and coffee are great and they have specials like 2-4-1 pancakes on Wednesday and Thursdays. Gareth


Rotorua kids friendly cafes & restaurants

Abracadabra Cafe
  • It has an outdoor area with a playhouse. Great with toddlers! Kylie

Cobb & Co
  • Excellent for the kids. Even a play area and makes life easy for kids to be happy while you eat. Great food and staff. Jane

Lone Star
  • Great for kids dinner. Has a good kids menu. Stephanie


Tauranga kids friendly cafes & restaurants

Play Cafe
  • I found this cafe when a friend came to visit. Set up well for babies and young children and caters for mother's groups, coffee groups and birthday parties. Sam


Wellington kids friendly cafes & restaurants

Kingsbear Café & Rag - Petone
  • Kinderbear where it’s for mums, actually only mums are really there and there’s a playground for the children inside. Maria

Southern Cross Bar & Café - Te Aro
  • I recommend Southern Cross in Wellington. Anita
  • Agree Anita! Plus they have cheerios on the menu! Child Friendly and Adult friendly! Kylie


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