Kid Friendly Cafes and Restaurants

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. 


Auckland inner city cafes & restaurants


Ebisu restaurant
Ebisu kids bento box

116-118 Quay Street, Britomart, Auckland City Centre

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

Food Truck Kids
Food Truck Garage healthly burger

City Works Depot, Shed 1, 90 Wellesley Street West, Auckland City Centre
Open all public holidays except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Food Truck Garage makes fast healthy food for families. Choose from classic burgers, fresh wraps, bowls, salads, fish n’ chips and soft tacos. Gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options are available.

There is a kids menu for children 8 years and under which includes a Kids Beef Burger, Kids Chicken Tenders, Kids Veg Burger or Kids Chicken Burger.


Mexico Restaurant
Mexico family friendly restaurant

23 Britomart Place, Britomart, Auckland City Centre
Mexico also has restaurants in Ellerslie, Sylvia Park, Ponsonby, Silverdale and Takapuna.

Mexico is a family friendly casual restaurant with a kids menu, highchairs, crayons & activity sheets. Plus on Sundays Mexico – Kids eat FREE* on Sundays from the kids menu when their parents dine. 

Auckland Fishmarket

Fish and Chips at Auckland Fishmarket
Fish and chips at Auckland Fishmarket

22 Jellico Street, Wynyard Quarter, Central 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. Eateries include: Good Karma & Little Lato, Bang Bang Kitchen, Ika Bowl, Lobster & Tap, The Wreck, Billy Pot, Mar & Tierra, Market Galley and Oji Sushi.

Mexicali Fresh

Mexicali Fresh
Mexicali Fresh store

Auckland locations include: Botany Junction, Constellation Drive, Ellerslie, K-Road, Lincoln Road, Ponsonby, and Pukekohe

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. 


Baduzzi Meatballs
Meatballs at Baduzzi

10-26 Jellicoe Street, North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland City Centre

Superb Italian restaurant on the North Wharf in Wynyard Quarter. The kids menu has Buttered Pasta, Mr Meatball, Chicken Schnitzel or Parmigiana, with Gelato or chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert. There is colouring and a highchair for the kids too.  

After you have fnished eating, you can let the kids run off their energy at the fun playground at Silo Park.

Balmoral and Mt Albert eateries

Albert's Post Bar and Eatery

Pizza Alberts
Pizza at Albert's Post

911 New North Road, Mount Albert, Auckland, NZ

Albert’s Post kitchen specialises in pizzas and makes their dough every day. They cater to littler people with a special kid’s menus and a playroom to entertain your children. Plus they have rooms for buggies to park.

Barilla Dumpling

Barilla Dumplings

571 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Central Auckland
Facebook: Barilla-Dumplings

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

Better Burger

Better Burger
Better Burger

Slyvia Park, 286 Mount Wellington Highway, Auckland
Other locations: Ponsonby and Customs Street East in Auckland CBD.

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.

Moustache milk and cookie bar

Milk and Cookie Bar, OBV
Moustache milk and cookie bar at Orakei Bay Village

Orakei Bay Village, 228 Orakei Road, Remuera
Other NZ locations: Cavendish Drive, Manukau and Riverside Markets Christchurch

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.

Charlie & George Cafe

Charlie and George Cafe
Auckland for Kids playing hopscotch outside Charlie & George Cafe


Shop 4, 40 Stonefields Ave, Mount Wellington, Auckland
Facebook: Charlie-George-Cafe

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.

The Little District

The Little District eatery at Sylvia Park
The LIttle District family eatery at Sylvia Park

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.

Azabu Mission Bay

Kids Bento Box at Azabu Mission Bay
Kids bento box at Azabu Mission Bay

44 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay, Auckland

Azabu Mission Bay – Savor

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 Garden Cafe in Orakei (photo by Auckland for Kids
Auckland for Kids enjoying the retro caravan at Kings Garden Cafe in 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

Cornwall Park Cafe
Cornwall Park Cafe

Editors Pick

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.

Zookeeper's Son

Zoo Keeper's Son in Royal Oak
Kids play area at the Zookeeper's Son

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

Morningside Tavern

Morningside Tavern sandpit and ping pong table (Photo by Auckland for Kids)
Auckland for Kids visits Morningside Tavern

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.

Crave Cafe

Crave cafe in Morningside, Auckland
Crave community cafe in Morningside

Editors Pick

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

Brother Beer
Outdoor courtyard at Brother Brewery and Juke Joint

5 Akiraho Street, Mt Eden, Auckland

Other Locations include City Works Depot, Orakei, Onehunga, Commercial Bay and Birkenhead.

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, high chairs and there is lots on the Juke Joint BBQ full menu that kids will like too.

Bluebells Cakery

Bluebells Cakery
Cupcakes and slices at Bluebells Cakery

361 New North Road, Eden Terrace
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Boutique cakery with cupcakes, slices, sandwiches, salads, shakes, coffee and more. High chairs for the little ones.

Circus Circus Cafe

447 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, Central Auckland

Circus Circus is a circus themed cafes that has a kids menu and high chairs. Just behind the cafe is Essex Reserve 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
Facebook: Peel to Pip

Kid friendly cafe in Morningside with a dedicated kids play area. They have a kids menu and highchairs are available for the little ones.

Kingsland Social

462 New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland
Facebook: Kingsland Social

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

Best Ugly
Best Ugly Bagels outdoor courtyard

3A York Street, Newmarket, Central Auckland

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 sandwich 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

Hello Friends
Hello Friends + Allies Cafe

93 Great South Road, Epsom, Central Auckland
Facebook: hellofriendsandallies

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
Facebook: Archies-Pizzeria-Restaurant

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, Central Auckland

Cafe in the garden centre, with a dedicated children’s play area, change table facilities and high chairs.

La Porchetta

167-171 Parnell Road, Parnell, Central Auckland
(Other Auckland location Henderson)

Family friendly Italian casual restaurant in Parnell.

Ponsonby, Freemans Bay, Herne Bay & Westmere cafes & restaurants

Dear Jervois Cafe

Dear Jervois
Dear Jerviois Cafe

234 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Central Auckland
Faccebook: Dear Jervois

Kids menu and colouring. Plus a baby’s change room complete with change table stocked with nappies, wipes, bags and a nappy bin.

Fusion Cafe

Fusion Restaurant
Toddler friendlycourtyeard at Fusion Cafe

32 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Central 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.

Prego Restaurant

226 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Central 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.

Garnet Station

85 Garnet Road, Westmere, Central 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.

Catroux Cafe

129 Westend Road, Westmere, Central Auckland

The cafe has a kids’ brunch menu,  an indoor sandpit, toys and kids blackboard.


East Tamaki, Botany Downs and Howick cafes and family restaurant

Daruma Sushi Botany

Daruma Sushi
Revolving sushi at Daruma

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

Hawthorn Dene cafe
Outdoor garden at Hawthorn Dene

280 Botany Road, Botany Downs, East Auckland
Facebook: Hawthorndene

Cafe in a historic house set in a country garden. There is a club house, playground and sandpit for the kids to play outside.

Uxbridge Cafe

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.


Devonport, Cheltenham and Belmont cafes

Torpedo Bay Cafe

Auckland for Kids visits the Nautical themed playground at Torpedo Bay Cafe

Editors Pick

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.

Tot's Pantry Cafe

13 Williamson Avenue, Belmont, Auckland

Tots Pantry

Kid friendly cafe with an outdoor and indoor play area. Plus there is plenty of space for prams. Child-friendly food with baby food, toddler meals, kids meals and a regular adult menu.

Castor Bay, Campbells Bay, Mairangi Bay and Murrays Bay cafes

Paper Moon

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

Jam Organic Cafe in Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland
Jam Organic Cafe

33-45 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland

Jam is off the main Hursmere Road strip and opens onto the neighbouring Hurstmere Green.

Albany cafes

Fields Cafe

Slide at Fields Cafe Playground | Photo: Auckland for Kids
Playground by Fields Cafe

4 Appian Way, Albany, North Shore, Auckland

Neighbourhood cafe and eatery overlooking Hooton Reserve with a nearby fenced children’s playground which you can watch from the outdoor deck.  You can’t see the playground when you are sitting inside the cafe, so you will need to get an outdoor table to keep an eye on your little ones playing. There is space for prams and high chairs for your babies and toddlers. There is an all day menu, cabinet food and a Kids Menu.

Rothesay Bay, Browns Bay, Waiake and Torbay cafes

Eatery at Rothesay Bay

Corner of Lyons Ave & Beach Road, Rothesay Bay, North Shore, Auckland

Eatery at Rothesay Bay

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

Postman's Leg

The Postman's Leg family friendly pub in Glenfield, Auckland
The Postman's Leg in Glenfield.

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.

Zookeepers Son

Zoo Keeper's Son in Royal Oak
Kids play area at the Zookeeper's Son

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.


Dutch Delight

Dutch Delight
Kids play area at the Zookeeper's Son

3-5 Birkenhead Avenue, Birkenhead, North Shore, Auckland

Dutch restaurant with great pancakes. There is a playroom for younger kids too.


Coatsville cafes

Fernielea Licensed Cafe

Playground area at Fernielea cafe
Kids playground area at Fernilea 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. There are highchairs for your babies and toddlers too.

Hobsonville and Whenuapai cafes

Catalina Cafe

Catalina Cafe
Catalina Cafe in Hobsonville Point Park

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

The Parkhouse Whenuapai (Photo by Auckland for Kids)
Auckland for Kids visits the Parkhouse cafe

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

Little Creatures Brewing NZ indoor playground
Indoor Playground at 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


Hallertau Bewery & Restaurant
Hallertau in Riverhead

Editors Pick 

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

Boric Food Market
Playground at 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.

Soljans Bistro

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.

Carriages Cafe & Wine Bar

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 a family meal or dink in Kumeu. There is an outdoor deck area and lake with ducks too. Muriwai and the Gannet colony are only a short drive away.


Auckland Airport cafes

Butterfly Creek Cafe

Playground at Butterfly Creek Cafe.

Butterfly Creek, Auckland Airport, South Auckland

Cafe at Butterfly Creek with a sunny inside deck and outdoor courtyard with a fun kids playground. You can just go to the playground and cafe without having to pay to go into the Butterfly Creek attraction too.

Percy Cafe

Kids playground at Percy Cafe
Percy Cafe

2 Te Kapua Drive, Auckland Landing Business Park, Mangere, South Auckland

Large airy cafe close to Auckland Airport with a fun outdoor playground for the kids. There is an all day menu, cabinent food and a kids menu.

Manurewa, Takanini and Papakura cafes and gastropubs

Cafe Miko at the Auckland Botanic Gardens

Auckland for Kids visits Auckland Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and Cafe Miko
Auckland Botanic Gardens and Visitors Centre - Photo by Auckland for Kids

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

163 Airfield Road, Takanini, South Auckland


Humbug Cafe

Humbug cafe | Glen Eden | Auckland
Humbug Cafe

32 Rua Road, Glen Eden, West Auckland
Facebook: 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.

The Grounds at Whoa! Studios

Auckland for Kids visits Whoa! Studios
Auckland for Kids visits 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.

Deco Eatery

Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Waitakere, West Auckland

Middle eastern themed eatery that welcomes children and families with a great view over the bush to the sea.

Mt Atkinson Coffee Shop

44b Portage Road, New Lynn, West Auckland
Facebook: Mt Atkinson Coffee Shop

Cafe  in a large converted tannery.