Melbourne is perhaps best known for its flouishing cafe and coffee culture, but when it comes to brunches with little people in tow, it is a case of finding a venue that can accomodate for children so that you can enjoy your latte and possible squeeze in an adult conversation, too!
5 Child Friendly Cafes in Melbourne South East
If the thought of researching child friendly cafes exhausts you, look no further! Here we have an overview of 5 child friendly, tried and tested cafes (in no particular order) found in Melbourne's South East:
1. SEED cafe in Mordialloc
SEED cafe can be found in a quieter part of Mordialloc, away from Main Street, positioned opposite Woolworths. Open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch, SEED has become a popular spot for parents with pre-schoolers during the working week. You will find a handful of high chairs, a small outdoor courtyard (also heated in winter, as well as crayons and paper if you ask. SEED also offers a resonable children's menu; the kids pancakes are a favourite for most.
Address: 9 Centreway, Mordialloc
2. Freddie's Coffee in Carrum (aka Marina Pizza)
A very popular cafe and pizza place for locals; Freddie's Coffee, otherwise known as Marina Pizza, is probably one of the most reasonably priced eateries in the area. When you first walk in, you may not notice the outdoor courtyard and the extra room on the other side of the cafe, in which you will find a wall-chalkboard and a handful of toys for the kids to play with. A word of advice though, sometimes chalkboard chalks go walkabout, so for a couple of dollars, stock up on a set from a local dollar store to avoid disappointment if your kids are in the artistic mood.
Address: 503a Station Road, Carrum (right opposite Carrum train station)
Website (Facebook): www.facebook.com/freddiescoffee
3. Kitchen Table in Aspendale
Kitchen Table may not be huge, but what the cafe might not have in size, it makes up for with its warm hospitality and eclectic vintage vibe. Positioned on the Nepean Highway, just a short stroll away from Aspendale's inviting beach, Kitchen Table caters for little people, with highchairs, a huge blackboard wall and adorable little milkshakes to bring a smile to the yard.
Address: 133 Nepean Highway, Aspendale
Website (Facebook): www.facebook.com/kitchentablecafe
4. Toot Toot Toys Cafe in Bentleigh East
Toot Toot Toys Cafe is an absolute dream for pre-school families. Still relatively new on the scene, Toot Toot Toys; a toy shop found in Bentleigh East, opened a gated play area and cafe toward the back of the store just last year. Now before you get too excited, although this venue is absolutely brilliant for little children; train tables, duplo and kitchen sets to play with, the cafe's offerings are fairly basic. You can buy muffins and cookies for sustenance, and hot drinks are only served in take-away cups. However, although only basic refreshments are served, Toot Toot Toys Cafe is more than equipped to entertain young families, with tables and chairs and a comfy couch if you get there early enough to claim it.
Address: 637 Centre Road, Bentleigh East
5. Jody Mac's in Cheltenham (within Westfield Southland)
There are two recently refurbished indoor play areas found within Westfield Southland shopping centre in Cheltenham. The main play area positioned near to the food court on level 3 is heaving with kids most days. If you are looking for a quieter spot, where you can sit down and enjoy a coffee while your children play, head to Jody Mac's cafe on level 2, positioned directly opposite the second (much quieter) play area in Westfield Southland. There is a tunnel slide, carpet comforted underwater themed animals to climb, a walk-though tunnel and interactive touch screen play for your children to enjoy.
Address: Level 2, Westfield Southland, 1239 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham
Website (Facebook): www.facebook.com/jodymacs