Family-friendly dining

Posted on 16 Aug 2019

Dining out with the family should be an enjoyable experience, for everyone. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best kid-friendly restaurants and cafes in town. Whether you’re looking for cafes with enough activities to distract the kids while you enjoy your coffee, or great children's menu's that look beyond the nugget, here are our recommendations for child-friendly dining in Adelaide.

Bakery on O’Connell

128-130 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide

If you’ve got picky eaters on your hands, look no further than Bakery on O’Connell. Not only are their baked goods delicious, they also play to the child in all of us – who wouldn’t want to eat a heart-shaped, bright pink donut? They’ve also got savoury covered, being the perfect place for your kids to experience their first true blue meat pie. For the more health conscious families, they have an ever-expanding range of vegan and vegetarian options.

Jamie's Italian

2 King William Street, Adelaide

Jamie Oliver’s take on Italian cuisine is a winner with children all around. Not only is the food nutritious, it’s also easily accessible for children of all ages. Having two different sizes of kids meals (one being $9.50 and the other $12.50) means that you can personalise their order dependent on how hungry your children are, avoiding excess food waste and unnecessary money spent. Jamie Oliver’s has regular ‘kids eat free’ deals occurring every South Australian School Holidays, so keep an eye out on their social media to see when the next kids deals are! 

Malt Shovel Taphouse

Festival Drive, Adelaide

Your kids will love the view from Malt Shovel Taphouse. The riverbank scenery means that your kids will be kept entertained by watching the ducks and rowers paddling along the River Torrens. Parents will love the scenery too, and should appreciate the vast beer and wine lists and interesting menu items geared towards adults, as well as pub classics. Kids meals come with a small drink and an ice cream choc top for $13.50 – making Malt Shovel Taphouse another affordable eat for kids around Adelaide.

Kiosk on Sixteen

Park 16, Victoria Park (corner of Wakefield Street and Fullarton Road)

Besides winning best babyccino on the block, Kiosk on Sixteen is an outdoor restaurant, serving all day breakfast treats and lunch specials (as well as puppy treats, if you want to bring the whole family!). Their outside seating means the children can run around Victoria Park while you keep a watchful eye on them – all while enjoying your coffee from your seat. This is the easiest place in town to go from playing chasey one minute to enjoying bacon and eggs the next! 

Museum Café

South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide

The Museum Café love little visitors, and offer a child-friendly fuss-free menu. With delicious milkshakes, dinosaur chicken nuggets and toastie fingers featuring on their ‘Young Explorers' menu – they turn a normal lunchtime snack into something fun! The Museum Café also specialises in hosting children’s birthday parties, where cake, drinks, and party food can all be provided, along with an interactive museum tour with singing palaeontologist, Professor Flint.

Peter Rabbit

234-244 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Peter Rabbit is an outside eatery perfect for your spring mornings. The grass floors and garden beds make Peter Rabbit a child-friendly environment they’re going to love running around. Although the space is an open-air courtyard, there are only two small entrances into Peter Rabbit, meaning the kids are easy to keep an eye on and safe from traffic. The icing on the cake for Peter Rabbit, which is the reason your kids will be begging to go back, is their resident furry friends – look out for two fluffy bunnies who live out the back, that are more than happy to be pet and fed!

Spokey Dokey Play Café

Velo Precinct, Victoria Park Grandstand, Adelaide

Inside the Victoria Park Grandstand, you’ll find the Velo Precinct, which is home to the Spokey Dokey Play Café. Spokey Dokey is an inside café with a colourful play-pen for the kids. With its own slide and lookout, Spokey Dokey’s playground will keep your kids entertained for the duration of your breakfast or lunch. They have a special children’s menu to keep even the smallest of tummies satisfied as well.