Handle hangry children by heading to these kid-approved spots. From pint-sized pizzas to dolphin-shaped dumplings, little nippers will find lots to love on these menus.

La Camera

If you're planning a family day out, La Camera is close to city essentials like the sports precinct and Eureka Skydeck. Need more convincing? How about gorgeous Yarra River views? Plus a kids menu of classic Italian dishes, like spag bol and cheesy pizza.

Din Tai Fung

If they can't get enough of dumplings, Din Tai Fung is another family favourite. Adorable robot waiters (yes really!) roll around the restaurant delivering plates of crispy fried dumplings, noodles and xiao long bao.

Diners looking at a robot waiter delivering food in a restaurant.
Robot waiters at Din Tai Fung

Tetsujin

Got some adventurous eaters? Jump aboard on the sushi express at Tetsujin. The restaurant has a Tokyo-style train for a choose-your-own-adventure meal. Kids can grab gyoza and colourful sashimi as they rattle past.

Mörk

If you're on the go, warming hot chocolates from Mörk's hole-in-the-wall cafe are a must. Little ones will love loading up the 'campfire' brew with marshmallows. Or head to the North Melbourne Brew House to peruse the freshly baked cakes, pastries and treats.

Secret Kitchen

Chinatown’s yum cha scene has delighted generations of local kids. They'll love to point and choose from stacks of steamers on the trolleys. Grab a table at Secret Kitchen and sample piggy custard buns and goldfish-shaped dumplings.

Pig and shell-shaped dumplings being picked up with chopsticks at Secret Kitchen
Secret Kitchen

Fresh Air & Pancake

For fun desserts, look no further than Fresh Air & Pancake. These super fluffy Japanese pancakes come topped with everything from fresh strawberries to crispy Pocky. Make the wibbly soufflé-style desserts jiggle on the plate to give littlies the giggles.

Seedling Cafe

Seedling’s smoothies are so tasty, kids will never suspect they’re also chock-full of healthy stuff. Like raw chocolate, dragon fruit and strawberries and cream. Take away gluten-free and vegan sweet treats for the road too. 

Le Bajo Milkbar

Kids will love the picture-perfect slices of mango and kiwi, suspended in Le Bajo Milkbar’s fruit cream sandos. The North Melbourne warehouse cafe is plenty roomy for prams. And the quirky decor makes mealtime a little magical.

Fruit cream sandwich and layered strawberry sponge cake  on mini pianos at Le Bajo Milkbar
Le Bajo Milkbar

Hopscotch

Stroll along Southbank and stop off at Hopscotch’s indoor-outdoor space. Order fried chicken and falafel nuggets, with chippies and a drink. Save the best for last – nitro ice cream that emerges from magical haze.

Bluetrain

Keep little tackers busy with Bluetrain’s colouring-in placemat menus. Once they've built up an appetite, they can tuck into cheesy carbonara or crispy chicken. The cherry on top? Ice-cream sundaes with all the extras.

Riverland

Park the pram in the leafy shade by one of Riverland’s outdoor tables. Find kid-size mini burgers or crispy-crumbed schnitzel to munch on. While you kick back with a local vino.

Outdoor seating under large tree and coloured lanterns on the waterfront at Riverland.
Riverland

Renzo’s

Renzo’s Bar Cafe is a Melbourne unicorn – great food, gorgeous views and a bambini’s menu under $14. Mini munches like chicken croquettes, pizza and pasta will satisfy fussy eaters. 

Roule Galette

Crepes are a true crowd pleaser. Finding Roule Galette hidden down Scott Alley is half the fun. Then there's plenty for all palates to love, from ham and cheese to Nutella-banana. Bon appetit.

Crepe with strawberries, banana, ice cream and chocolate.
Roule Galette

China Red

Kids big and small will love the dolphin-shaped dumplings at China Red. While they wait, let them watch the noodle throwers and deft dumpling chefs mould masterpieces behind the glass.

PHAT Fried Ice Cream

If they’re still not full, head to PHAT Fried Ice Cream at Queen Victoria Market for a real treat. Scoops of vanilla ice cream are deep-fried in crispy batter. Choose toppings like caramel sauce, popcorn and marshmallows.

More kid-approved spots to eat

King William

Seriously upstanding sandwiches from the west end of town.

Ilza

The place for homely Japanese style food and drinks.

Stalactites Restaurant

One of Melbourne’s longest established and best-known Greek restaurants, open 24 hours.

Dragon Hot Pot

Choose your base stock, then pick from over 100 fresh ingredients to make your own unique hotpot.

Last updated on Wed 22 Jun 2022

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