We love coffee and great food, and as Emily and I are both Mum’s, we love it when we can get our caffeine fix at a place that our kids love too! We’ve travelled around Melbourne and beyond in search of the best kid friendly cafes (that also serve great food and coffee too for the Mamas and the Papas!), and rounded them up in one handy list.
Check out all the places below and please be sure to add any other suggestions or recs in the comments at the bottom of the page!
The best Kid Friendly Cafes in Melbourne
A perennial favourite, and for good reason, Cubbyhouse Canteen is located within one of Armadale’s best parks. The kid-friendly coffee window is perfect for lattes on the go, while the airy tables inside feature colouring and a very kid friendly menu. We particularly love how wonderful the friendly staff are to the little ones, and the breakfast and lunch Bento Boxes.Hot tip – perfect party venue too!
Find it > 43A Union St, Armadale
Open > Tues – Sun 8am–4pm
Instagram > instagram.com/cubbyhousecanteen
Fordham’s Milk Bar
This local fave is tucked away next to Hartwell Train Station in leafy Camberwell, and is the perfect spot for busy kids and their hungry mums and dads. A toy box in the corner of the cafe, along with a gated park right across the road plus old school milk bar lollies – how can you go wrong? Our hot tip – try the bacon and egg roll!
Find it > 116 Fordham Ave, Camberwell
Open > Mon – Sun 7am–5pm
Facebook > facebook.com/Fordhams-Milk-Bar
Miss Marmalade is a favourite North side destination, with their huge playroom at the back of the cafe the stuff kiddie dreams are made of! Bookings are highly recommended on the weekend, so you can nab one of the coveted tables in the playroom area!
Find it > 126 Union St, Brunswick
Open > Mon-Fri 7am–4pm / Sat-Sun 8am-4pm
Website > missmarmalade.com.au
Crafternoon is one of our favourite places to spend a morning or afternoon with a little friend. Treat yourself to one of their delish toasties, and choose your favourite craft activity from their craft menu – whether you feel like decorating a jewellery box, creating your own fancy dress mask or simply playing with playdough, Crafternoon has something for every budding Picasso.
Find it > 718 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Open > Mon-Wed 9am–5.30pm / Fri 9am–5.30pm / Sat-Sun 8.30am–4pm
Website > www.crafternoon.cafe
Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery at the Melbourne Museum
The perfect spot for both pre-schoolers and babies, the brand new Children’s Gallery is a must-visit for all parents and friends of under 5’s! Grab a coffee and lunch box from the on-site cafe, or BYO picnic and sit outside in the beautiful gardens. We also love how the Gallery caters for bubs as well – practicing tummy time has never been so fun!
Find it > 11 Nicholson St, Carlton
Open > Mon-Sun 10am-5pm
Website > museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whats-on/childrens-gallery
The Little Village
This hidden gem is located in leafy Croydon, and tucked away inside an incognito strip of shops! With a pumping cafe at the front, and a lovingly hand built ‘Little Village’ at the back, it’s the perfect spot to catch-up with little ones! My daughter particularly loved the dress-ups and doll corner, and the extra special babycinos.
Find it > 33 The Mall, Croydon South
Open > Mon-Fri 9.30am–3.30pm
Website > thelittlevillageplaycafe.com
Another perfectly located kid-friendly cafe next to a park, The Foodrinkery is constantly buzzing. Serving up amazing coffee, we also love the spacious outdoor area (with a handy gate to the park!) out the back.
Find it > 22 Banksia St, Burwood
Open > Mon-Sun 8am–4pm
Facebook > facebook.com/TheFoodrinkery
A Hawthorn institution, Billy Lids is the perfect spot to take your little ones to burn off some energy at this baby, toddler and bigger kid friendly play centre! We love the extensive menu (which caters to little ones with allergies and intolerances too!), and the regular ‘add-on’ sessions during the week (including yoga and sport sessions!)
Find it > 86 Lynch St, Hawthorn
Open > Mon-Sun 9am–5pm
Website > www.billylids.com
Crocs is a huge play centre and they have a few locations across Melbourne, including my go-to at Ringwood. It’s the perfect place for a Mother’s Group catch up… with play spaces for babies, toddlers and primary school aged kids. The coffee, food and facilities also make it a great spot for birthday parties or mid-week lunch catch ups with family & friends.
Find it > 481 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
Open > Mon-Sun 9.30am–5pm (Fri open until 7pm)
Website > crocsplaycentre.com.au
Located right in the heart of Port Melbourne, Play Central is always a crowd pleaser! This industrial size kid mecca has a fab mini-supermarket, play hospital and reading corner for the little ones, along with a mega size jungle gym and climbing wall for the bigger kids. Party Rooms and a huge menu are a huge tick in our book too!
Find it > 37-53 Crockford St, Port Melbourne
Open > Mon-Fri 9am–5.30pm / Sat-Sun 8.30am-6pm
Website > www.playcentral.com.au
The Messy Shed
Located in beautiful Mornington, the Messy Shed is a fabulous mix of play centre and cafe, along with a dedicated ‘messy room’ where your little ones can paint, squirt, squash, squish and stomp to their heart’s content! Each week has a different theme (we loved Bubble Beach when we visited), and sessions run for 45 minutes. Don’t forget to book in advance, and we highly recommend bringing a change of clothes!
Find it > Factory 4 & 5, 1 Watt Road, Mornington
Open > Mon-Sun 9.30am–2.30pm
Website > playatthemessyshed.com.au
The Hungry Peacock and Busy Peacock
Messy, sensory play in the beautiful green surrounds of Tyabb – count us in! We absolutely love The Busy Peacock for playtime, and then heading right next door to The Hungry Peacock for morning tea or lunch!
Find it > 16 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Tyabb
Open > Tue-Sun 8am–4pm
Website > www.thehungrypeacock.com.au