Handle hangry children by heading to these kid-approved spots. Featuring pram-friendly locations, wheelchair-accessible restaurants, places with high chairs and a hidden gem brewery with on-site parking!

Driving in?

With more than 70,000 car spaces in the city, you’re never far from Melbourne’s best events. Book ahead at key parking providers to get the best deal. You can also plan your visit with access and mobility maps. They cover accessible parking and toilets, public seating and drinking fountains. Train station entrances and tram and bus stops are featured too. 

Pram-friendly restaurants

There's plenty of space for your precious cargo and all members of your family at these Melbourne restaurants.

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. It’s located within Southgate, which is fully accessible to prams and wheelchairs via lift. There’s also a range of seating and lots of space between tables. An accessible toilet with a baby change facility is just outside in the shopping centre. Flinders Street Station and accessible platform super stops on St Kilda Road are nearby. 

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. You can access the venue by a lift, there’s ample space around the tables and high chairs are available.  An obstacle-free ramp leads to an accessible toilet within the restaurant. And, you can order and pay via tablet at your table, making your visit even easier.

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

Brunetti Classico

Liner over wood-fired pizzas in the sunshine at Brunetti Classico, where kids eat free! Little ones under 12 receive a free kids pizza or pasta with every adult main purchased. Put those dollars saved towards a sweet after-dinner treat. Choose from the perfect rows of freshly piped chocolate croissants, cupcakes, Christmas cookies and more. Or grab a scoop from Brunetti's new gelato shop.

Urban Alley Brewery

You don’t need to head out to the sticks for a legit brewery experience. Urban Alley has pub-meets-loft vibes, with eco-friendly credentials. But your little mates won’t care about that: they’ll be too busy chowing down on chicken nuggets, spag bowl and fish bites with chips from the kid’s menu. Prams or wheelchairs can easily move around in this spacious spot. There is a range of seating and an accessible toilet too. And if you’re keen to drive in, there’s ample parking including accessible spots at The District Docklands. Better yet, the first 90 minutes are free! 

EziStreat

EziStreat is one of North Melbourne's coolest venues. The converted warehouse is home to an array of multicultural comfort food, think bento boxes, sushi, pizza, classic fish and chips and more. After lunch, enjoy old school arcade games. A massive ramped entry allows easy access for prams of any size. Soak up the sun in huge dog-friendly beer garden out the back, easily accessible for the whole family.

Birds-eye view shot of food on wooden table. Next to a can of coke is fish and chips, bento boxes, and dumplings.
EziStreat

Hopscotch

Stroll along Southbank and stop off at Hopscotch’s indoor-outdoor space, which offers easy pram access and a dedicated kid’s menu. Order fried chicken and cheese burgers with chippies, salad and a drink. Save the best for last – a delicious scoop of ice cream! And yes, there are high chairs! Take a seat on stools or bench seats on the outdoor terrace with its waterfront views. Or dine inside on high or low tables. And yes, there are high chairs! There are ambulant toilets inside and an accessible toilet is in the building behind and easy to get to. Accessible platform super stops are on nearby Queens Bridge Street. 

Operator Diner

Head into Operator Diner and treat the kids to a cool American-style experience. Tuck the crew into one of the cosy booths and order a classic stack of pancakes with maple syrup. Not your thing? No worries, there's French toast, breakfast rolls and crispy hashbrowns to choose from. Pair with a refreshing iced tea, milkshakes and more. The foyer of the building next door in Wesley Place, 130 Lonsdale, houses toilets, including accessible and ambulant ones.

Stack of pancakes with butter and maple syrup.
Operator Diner

Fun spots for older kids

Bring your intrepid junior foodies on a fun journey through town.

The Beast

Nothing lights up a little kid’s eyes like a gigantic, OTT burger. And the epic specials at The Beast never fail to impress. Try the ‘super junior’, a Korean fried chicken burger loaded with crispy bacon and kimchi slaw. Or opt for various Wagyu patty varieties, including buns filled with special sauce, jack cheddar, caramelised pineapple and more.

A large burger filled with fried chicken and slaw
The Beast

Shinbashi Yakiniku

We know just how hungry teenagers can get. Fill them up at all-you-can-eat Japanese BBQ, Shinbashi Yakiniku. Slide into seats around the inbuilt bbq and enjoy the traditional tastes of Japan. From succulent Australian wagyu to mouth-watering fried chicken and the freshest sashimi, this hidden gem on Lygon Street is an experience that the whole family will enjoy.

Tetsujin sushi train

Got some adventurous eaters? Jump aboard 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. The bumper watermelon juice is a novel fave, too. A lift takes you to this light-filled level 4 space, and accessible platform super stops are on Elizabeth Street. Entry is via a ramp or a few steps with a handrail. Seating and tables of various heights make it easy for everyone to sit comfortably. There’s an accessible toilet too.

A sushi train
Tetsujin Sushi

La Tortilleria

Making corn tortillas for top restaurants and home cooks isn’t enough for La Tortilleria. They also serve instant Mexican gratification where it all began, at this cute, colourful Kensington eatery. So go to the source and tuck into fresh, authentic street food, from tacos to quesadillas. For dessert, try the flan made from Gerardo’s grandmother’s special recipe, the kiddos will love it.

Sweet treats

Pidapipo Gelateria

Pidapipo Gelateria

Authentic, artisanal Italian-style gelato in the heart of Carlton's Lygon Street.

Sulbing

Sulbing

Korean dessert cafe offering a modern take on traditional bingsu.

Seedling Cafe

Seedling Cafe

Paleo-inspired and gluten-free cafe serving meals made from fresh wholesome produce.

Dreami Cake

Dreami Cake

Dreami Cake is a treasure trove of sweet wonders.

Snow Moon

Snow Moon

Cute and tasty Thai milk bar and dessert cafe in The Walk Arcade.

Miilk Cake Studio

Miilk Cake Studio

Miilk Cake Studio is a colourful celebration of family recipes handed down over generations.

Sticksies Dessert Bar

Sticksies Dessert Bar

Sticksies Dessert Bar is a dessert lovers heaven, located on Carlton's iconic Lygon Street.

Piccolina Gelateria

Piccolina Gelateria

Enjoy pure and authentic Italian gelato from Piccolina's Hardware Lane shop.

More kid-friendly cheap eats

Heartbaker Bun Mee

Heartbaker Bun Mee

Authentic Vietnamese cafe serving fresh street food and traditional banh mi baguettes.

Vegie Tribe

Vegie Tribe

Healthy, pay-by-weight, all you can eat vegan eatery.

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Pizza Pizza Pizza

A tiny pizza shop inspired by the pizzas Melbourne grew up with.

Drums Cafe

Drums Cafe

Eatery serving premium Sri Lankan and Indian food at a reasonable price.

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King & Godfree

King & Godfree

Catch up for coffee or a meal, or shop for delicious deli items and wine.

Parco

Parco

Small cafe in Carlton serving modern Australian fare. Open daily for breakfast

Hareruya Pantry

Hareruya Pantry

House-made Japanese gelato, pastries, bento, onigiri, sando and drinks.

MOFO Burgers

MOFO Burgers

Loaded burgers and American-style sides near Melbourne University.

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Metro Burgers

Metro Burgers

Classic burgers, fries and beer at this locally owned gourmet burger cafe.

Delhi Streets

Delhi Streets

The authentic flavours of Indian street food in a casual dining space.

Pho Flinders Express

Pho Flinders Express

Mix and match your own toppings, with fragrant herbs and spices.

Namoo

Namoo

Japanese cafe and bar, serving homely meals by day, and bar snacks and drinks at night.

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