Kid Friendly Cafes and Restaurants
The BEST Auckland kid friendly cafes and restaurants that make it easy for families to dine out.
Find out where Auckland for Kids editor and readers recommend to go out to eat with kids in Auckland, New Zealand.
New Zealand is in a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. All non-essential businesses including cafes and restaurants in Auckland are temporarily closed for four weeks from Wednesday 24 March 2020 until Wednesday 22 April 2020 at 11:59pm.
Auckland inner city cafes & restaurants
Britomart Transport Centre, Galway Street, Britomart, Auckland City
Also in Vulcan Lane, Mt Eden, Sylvia Park and Auckland Airport
Organically and locally produced burgers & the fries. Better Burger uses quality ingredients which are wrapped in a tasty honey bun burger. For the vegetarians in your family they do a great vege mushroom burger too, so they won’t be left out.
On a fine day, get your food to go and enjoy eating your meal and people watching on one of the beanbags in Takutai Square, or take in the views from one of the giant seats on Queens Wharf which are only a short walk away.
116-118 Quay Street, Britomart, Auckland City
Upmarket Japanese restaurant which has a kids menu of health bento boxes followed by dessert. The kids get an an activity page too and there are highchairs for babies. Ebisu is more suited to older kids, but is a restaurant that the whole family (not just the kids) will enjoy.
Food Truck Garage
City Works Depot, Shed 1, 90 Wellesley Street West, Auckland CBD
Food Truck Garage makes fast healthy food for families. Choose from burgers, wraps, bowls, salads and tacos. There is a kids menu for children 8 years and under. Plus if the kids eat all their veges they get a free Fro-Yo sundae too.
23 Britomart Place, Britomart, Auckland CBD
Mexico also has restaurants in Sylvia Park, Ponsonby, Ellerslie and Takapuna.
Mexico is a family friendly casual restaurant with a kids menu, highchairs, crayons & activity sheets. Plus on Sundays kids under 12 eat free from the kids menu when their parents dine.
Sunday Nichiyo Bruch at Masu
SkyCity Grand Hotel, 90 Federal Street, Auckland City
If you like Japanese food, then Masu, one of Auckland’s best Japanese restaurants has a family friendly brunch option on Sundays. At Masu’s Nichiyo Brunch (Sunday Brunch) kids enjoy a Japanese bento box and are entertained in the private dining room, while you get to enjoy a relaxed brunch at MASU.
Price: Brunch $70 per person, Kids under 5 are FREE when dining with an adult, Kids set bento box $26 per child (5 years to 11 years old)
22 Jellico Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland
Auckland fishmarket has one fishmonger and eight different eateries to choose from including sushi, pizza and other Kiwi cuisine. When your family can’t agree on what they want to eat, this is a good option as everyone can choose different meals and still sit together.
Princes Wharf, 137 Quay Street, Central City, Auckland
Other Auckland locations include: Botany Junction, Constellation Drive, Ellerslie, K-Road, Lincoln Road, Mission Bay, New Lynn, Ponsonby, Pukekohe, Takapuna, Victoria Street.
Mexican food in a casual setting, complete with a kids menu. As the meals are made in front of you, its easy to get them to leave out certain items if you have fussy kids, like ours who don’t like lettuce. Plus for little ones there are high chairs. There is also an outdoor courtyard with a stunning view over Auckland harbour to watch the ferries come and go.
10-26 Jellicoe Street, North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
Superb Italian restaurant on the North Wharf. The kids menu has Buttered Pasta, Mr Meatball, Chicken Schnitzel or Chicken or Eggplant parmigiana, with Gelato or chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert. There is colouring and highchair for the kids too.
After you have eating let the kids run off their energy at the fun playground at Wynyard Quarter.
Moustache milk and cookie bar
309 Karangahape Road, Food Workshop, Auckland CBD, Auckland
Milk and cookie bar for kids (and the whole family). Moustache make their cookies daily using free range eggs, New Zealand butter, premium Dutch cocoa and Whittakers chocolate with no additives or preservatives. They have soy and coconut milk options for vegans as well. If you are after something more for lunch, then you can choose something from one of the Food Workshop eateries and sit in the main table area.
Balmoral and Mt Albert eateries
Albert's Post Bar and Eatery
571 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland
A favourite place to go in Auckland for tasty dumplings. It gets busy, so at times you may have to wait for a table. Barilla is a fun casual place to go as a family with your older children. Although you can take your younger kids to Barilla, you won’t find any extra things for younger kids.
Eastern Suburbs & Mt Wellington cafes & restaurants
Charlie & George Cafe
Shop 4, 40 Stonefields Ave, Mount Wellington, Auckland
Colouring for the kids, hopscotch and chalk drawing on the concrete patio outside the cafe. High chairs for younger children are on hand. Note this outdoor playspace, may not be suitable for younger children as the concrete patio is not fenced and adjacent to a road.
8C Turua Street, St Heliers
La Fourchette is a French patisserie, restaurant, cafe and bar. They are open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. There is a kids menu, highchairs and colouring available for the little kids. If it is a fine day, its also a great spot to pick up a coffee and something to eat to take to St Heliers Beach for lunch.
The Little District
Sylvia Park, Mount Wellington Highway, Auckland
Family friendly restaurant, bar and cafe at Sylvia Park shopping centre. The Little District is an all day eatery with a brunch, snack, lunch and dinner menu. Our favourites are their wood fired pizzas.
44 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay, Auckland
Mission is a family friendly eatery and bar by the beach and playground in Mission Bay. They have a kids menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Highchairs are available for babies and toddlers. There is colouring, large outdoor games, and they often have special events on such as outdoor family movies to keep the kids entertained.
We like that the eatery is right by the Mission Bay playground, so the older kids can nip in out out to play between courses. Note: although the playground is next to the restaurant it is not easily seen from the restaurant due to the large trees, and the playground is next to the beach and a busy car park so you may only want to let your older kids explore by themselves.
Kings Garden Cafe Orakei
Kings Plant Barn, Orakei Bay Village, 228 Orakei Road, Remuera, Auckland
The Garden Café is a relaxed family cafe with large inside and outside seating areas. The retro caravan and trampoline in the kids area,always keep our children entertained. The outside area is also dog-friendly too if you want to bring the family dog with you.
After you have had your meal, then the nearby boardwalks around Orakei basin, or back to Shore Road Reserve are a fun family walk.
Ellerslie, Greenlane, Onehunga, Royal Oak and Three King cafes
Cornwall Park Cafe
Pohutakawa Drive, Cornwall Park, Epsom
Kid friendly cafe in Cornwall Park. There is a large indoor kids play area and also a large lawn right in front of the cafe for the kids to play on with soccer goals set up. The cafe has a kids menu and the brown paper as table clothes for the kids to draw on.
715 Mt Albert Road, Royal Oak, Auckland
Family friendly gastro pub with a kids menu and a kids play area with toys, television and books upstairs. There is free parking available behind the gastro pub too.
Kingsland, Eden Terrace, Morningside & Mt Eden eateries
16 Morningside Drive, Morningside Precinct, Morningside, Auckland
Family friendly tavern for lunch and dinner complete with a sandpit and a ping pong table to keep the kids entertained. There is pub food for the adults and a kids menu for your little ones too.
6 Morningside Drive, Morningside, Auckland
Kid friendly neighbourhood cafe in Morningside complete with an ice cream shop, toy box and more to keep the kids entertained. There is lots of space indoors and outside on the deck too. Choose from comfy retro armchairs or table seating.
Brothers Brewery and Juke Joint
5 Akiraho Street, Mt Eden, Auckland
Southern style BBQ restaurant in an ex-leatherworking factory that is now a craft beer brewery complete with an outdoor courtyard, retro furniture and a sandpit. Plus there is an old classic Morris Minor for the kids to play in and classic toys. They have a kids menu and there is lots on the Juke Joint BBQ full menu that kids will like too.
67b France Street South, Eden Terrace
Other cafes in Hillsborough and Takapuna
Boutique cakery with cupcakes, slices, sandwhiches, salads, shakes, coffee and more. High chairs for the little ones.
Circus Circus Cafe
447 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, Auckland
Circus Circus is a circus themed cafes that has a kids menu and high chairs. Just behind the cafe is Essex Reverve Playground which is a fun place for the kids to play afterwards. (Note: the playground is not directly connected to the cafe, so you would need to get your drinks and food to takeaway if the kids can’t wait to go the playground.) Another good playground which is only a short walk or bike ride away is Tahaki Reserve Playground.
Peel to Pip
619 New North Road, Morningside, Auckland
Kid friendly cafe in Morningside with a dedicated kids play area. They have a kids menu and highchairs are available for the little ones.
The Fridge Cafe
507 New North Road, Kingsland
Child friendly, outdoor and indoor seating, plus a toybox for the kids. Kids meals available too.
462 New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland
Kid friendly cafe with an area set aside for little ones with toys. There is a kids menu and highchairs for toddlers.
Parnell, Newmarket, Remuera and Epsom cafes and restaurants
Best Ugly Bagels
3A York Street, Newmarket
Enjoy watching the bagels being made by hand, from being rolled out, simmered in honey water and then fired in the stone oven. Then the hard part is deciding which toasted bagel sandwhich to eat. There is no kids menu, but they do have a plain bagel with butter option on their menu which should keep any fuzzy eaters in your family happy. The casual outside courtyard has seating with an open fireplace. Families with older kids and teenagers enjoy eating here the most.
Hello Friends + Allies Cafe
93 Great South Road, Epsom, Auckland
Cafe with good food and coffee. Spacious room out the back which has an area with lots of toys and a dolls house for the kids to play with.
Archie's Restaurant and Pizzeria
63 Davis Crescent, Newmarket
Family friendly restaurant. They give the kids a rolling pin and dough to roll out their own pizza which keeps the kids entertained.
Cafe Greenfinders at Palmers
Corner of Shore and Orakei Road, Remuera
Cafe in the garden centre, with a dedicated children’s play area, change table facilities and high chairs.
167-171 Parnell Road, Parnell
(Other Auckland locations: Albany, New Lynn, and Hobson Street)
Family friendly Italian casual restaurant in Parnell.
Ponsonby, Freemans Bay, Herne Bay & Westmere cafes & restaurants
Dear Jervois Cafe
32 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland
Facebook: Fusion Cafe Ponsonby
Herne Bay cafe with an outdoor courtyard with a sandpit and play equipment at the back of the cafe is best suited for toddlers and younger children. The popular cafe has a kids menu too.
226 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
Prego is a long standing favourite Auckland Italian restaurant that has a kids menu, colouring and high chairs.
Note: Prego does not take bookings unless you are in a group over 10 people, so you are best to head there early with the kids.
85 Garnet Road, Westmere, Auckland
Favourite neighbourhood cafe in a villa in Westmere. Toy box for kids. There are a few stairs in the cafe between the different levels.
121 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
Facebook: One to One Cafe
One2One Cafe has been a longtime favourite cafe in Ponsonby. There is a covered sandpit and blackboard area for the younger kids in the rear courtyard.
129 Westend Road, Westmere
The cafe has a kids’ brunch menu, an indoor sandpit, toys and kids blackboard.
EAST AUCKLAND CAFES AND RESTAURANTS
East Tamaki, Botany Downs and Howick cafes and family restaurant
Daruma Sushi Botany
451J Ti Rakau Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland
Revolving sushi restaurant with booth seating for families. The kids menu is a Supertrain plate with sushi, noodles, juice and more. High chairs are available for babies and toddlers.
Hawthorn Dene Historic Country Cafe
280 Botany Road, Botany Downs, East Auckland
Cafe in a historic house set in a country garden. There is a club house, playground and sandpit for the kids to play outside.
35 Uxbridge Road, Uxbridge Arts & Culture centre, Howick, East Auckland
Family friendly cafe open for breakfast, lunch and snacks in Uxbridge Arts & Culture centre.
The Tearooms at Shamrock Cottage
73 Selwyn Road, Cockle Bay, Howick, Auckland
Enjoy home made food or high tea in a historical Auckland cottage with a roaring fire and sun drenched courtyard.
NORTH SHORE AND NORTH AUCKLAND CAFES AND RESTAURANTS
Devonport, Cheltenham and Belmont cafes
Torpedo Bay Cafe
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, 64 King Edward Parade, Torpedo Bay, Devonport
Family friendly cafe with a fun nautical themed playground outside the cafe with superb views across the habour back to the city. Also, the cafe connects to the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum which has free admission.
Castor Bay, Campbells Bay, Mairangi Bay and Murrays Bay cafes
Windsor Park Centre, 500 East Coast Road, Mairangi Bay, Auckland
Family friendly cafe with a spacious indoor and outdoor fenced playground with food and coffee. There is lots of free parking on site too.
437 Beach Road, Mairangi Bay, Auckland
Local neighbourhood child friendly restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kids menu and colouring is provided for children. High chairs are available for babies and toddlers. Outdoor seating and space to park your buggies is available. Plus you will find a playground and the beach just a short walk away.
Takapuna and Milford cafes
Jam Organic Cafe
Rothesay Bay, Browns Bay, Waiake and Torbay cafes
Corner of Lyons Ave & Beach Road, Rothesay Bay, North Shore, Auckland
Kid friendly breakfast and lunch cafe. Lots of toys for the kids, highchairs for the little ones. Outdoor deck with view of the Auckland harbour and Rangitito
Northcote, Birkenhead and Glenfield cafes and gastropubs
43-51 Downing Street, Glenfield, North Shore, Auckland
The Postman’s Leg is a family friendly gastropubs with a covered sunny deck and outdoor courtyard. There is pentanque, a sandpit, playground and colouring and kids menus to keep the kids happy.
715 Mt Albert Road, Royal Oak, Auckland
Family friendly gastro pub with a kids menu and a kids play area with toys, television and books upstairs. There is free parking available behind the gastro pub too.
NORTH WEST AUCKLAND CAFES AND RESTAURANTS
Fernielea Licensed Cafe
302 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Coatesville, Auckland
Cafe with an all day menu and kids menu. There is a large sunny deck, garden, playground and sandpit area where the kids can happily play too.
Hobsonville and Whenuapai cafes
Buckley Avenue, Hosbonville Point, Auckland
Family friendly cafe in the 1938 historic ex-airforce building. The cafe has a kids menu and gelato menu too. It opens onto the grassed area of Hobsonville Point Park, which has a playground at the far end of the park with giant metal sculptural pods, climbing frames, swings and slides.
Other fun things for kids to do in the neightbour is to play at the Harrier Point Park Playground, see the Hobsonville Ferry Terminal and walk along the Hobson Point walkway boardwalk.
The Parkhouse Whenaupai
1 Ripeka Lane, Whenuapai, Auckland
Friendly cafe with an all day, dinner and kids menu. Right next to The Parkhouse is the Whenuapai Settlement Playground which is a fun place for the kids to play, and best of all you can easily see the playground from the deck.
Little Creatures Brewing
2 Boundary Road, Catalina Bay, Hobsonville, Auckland
Little Creatures is a family friendly brewery in the former Sunderland sea boat hangar in the Catalina Bay precinct at Hobsonville Point. There is an indoor playground for the kids. Plus you can choose from 3 different eateries: Saltys for fish and chips, Little Creatures for pizzas or Kittyhawk for Italian.
Kumeu, Huapai and Riverhead cafes & restaurants
1171 Coatesville Riverhead Highway, Riverhead, North West Auckland
This is one of our favourite places to eat with kids in Riverhead. There are giant sized games, an outdoor playground, rock climbing wall, toys and colouring to entertain the kids. There are high chairs for the little kids. The food is superb and there are Little Hopper kids meals too.
Boric Food Market
1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu, North-West, Auckland
Cafe with a fun outdoor country themed playground for the kids, complete with tractors, slides, playhouses, swings and more.
366 SH 16, Kumeu, North West, Auckland
Family friendly cafe in a vineyard setting with a childrens menu and high chairs for babies and toddlers. There is a little playhouse for toddlers and younger kids and a grass field and 2 pentanque courts for the older kids to entertain themselves.
The Food Vault
10 Matua Road, Huapai, North West Auckland
Deli style cafe with tasty seasonal food and freshly baked pastries.
299 Main Road, Kumeu, North West, Auckland
Carriages is a 1930’s style cafe and wine bar with 2 ex-train carts where you can have your meal or dink in Kumeu. There is an outdoor deck area and duck pond too.
SOUTH AUCKLAND CAFES
Auckland Airport cafes
Butterfly Creek Cafe
Butterfly Creek, Auckland Airport, South Auckland
Cafe at Butterfly Creek with a sunny inside deck and outdoor courtyard with a fund kids playground. You can just go to the playground and cafe without having to pay to go into the Butterfly Creek attraction too.
Manurewa, Takanini and Papakura cafes and gastropubs
Cafe Miko at the Auckland Botanic Gardens
Auckland Botanic Gardens Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre, Manurewa, South Auckland
Cafe Miko is a family friendly place for breakfast, lunch or a snack. The cafe and outdoor terrace have stunning views over the Gardens, and there is a small boat that our kids always enjoy playing in. The Botanic Gardens, make a fun place to explore together on a walk afterwards too.
The Good Home in Takanini
254 Great South Road, Takanini, South Auckland.
Family friendly gastropub with a kids menu.
Friends of the Farmer Cafe
WEST AUCKLAND CAFES & RESTAURANTS
Te Atatu, Henderson and Ranui cafes and gastropubs
The Grounds at Whoa! Studios
8/14 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson, West Auckland
The Grounds is a modern family eatery set wtihin 5 acres of urban park in Henderson Valley at Whoa! Studios. They have a highchair, kids menu and for a fee the kids can play on the urban playground for the afternoon too.
474 Swanson Road, Ranui, West Auckland
Cafe Korero is a not for profit social enterprise with a playground for the kids complete with a sandpit, swings and climbing frame. Korero Café has been built reusing materials from the old building, tables are old doors, the wood on the walls was the interior framing and even the plant holders are old paint pots.
The Delicious Food Store
547 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu, West Auckland
Cafe with large outdoor area with space for kids to play on a sunndy day.
Kings Plant Barn Henderson
224 Universal Drive, Henderson, West Auckland
Good kids play area in the cafe at Kings Plant Barn.
The Good Home Lincoln Road
159 Lincoln Road, Henderson, Auckland
Gastro pub with a play area for the kids and a kids menu.
New Lynn, Glen Eden and Titirangi cafes
32 Rua Road, Glen Eden, West Auckland
Facebook page for Humbug Cafe
There are two separate areas in the cafe, one is a child friendly space with vintage toys and comfy couches. There is a kids menu too.
Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, West Auckland
Middle eastern themed eatery that welcomes children and families with a great view over the bush to the sea.
Mozaik Cafe New Lynn
2 Rankin Avenue, New Lynn, West Auckland
Cafe with kids menu, playground & highchairs.
521 South Titirangi Road, Titirangi, West Auckland
Cafe with a fun outdoor courtyard and sandpit for the kids.
44b Portage Road, New Lynn, West Auckland
Cafe and Kohu Road Ice cream shop. The large cafe also has an old retro caravan called “Little Westie” that has been converted into a children’s play area with toys and books to keep your kids entertained.