Kids-Friendly Cafes & Restaurants

Check out these suggestions and reviews on kids-friendly cafes and restaurants around NZ that'll make dining out that little bit easier.

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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


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


The Library
  • Love The Library in Onehunga. Suzanne


One 2 One Cafe
  • A piece of quiet in busy Ponsonby. Small court yard with sandpit for the kids. Carol
  • Went here today (11 Nov 2015) 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

The Fairy Shop
  • Does great morning teas & afternoon teas for kids and yummy coffee and treats for parents. Has toys and colouring sheets & sometimes fairies wandering around! Carol

Royal Oak

  • Across from One Tree Hill/Cornwall Park has a great covered deck area & toys for kids to play with. Playground & park across the road too. Carol


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


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


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



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

Upper Hutt

The Short Straw Cafe
  • The Short Straw Cafe, Blue Mountains Road, Upper Hutt - great place to bring the kids! Mairead


Southern Cross Bar & Cafe
  • 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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