Top Child-Friendly Restaurants in Joburg


Looking to go out with the little ones for a yummy meal? We know how tough it can be to find a truly child-friendly restaurant. To help you out, we have compiled a list of our favourites. Have a look!


Take your little bambinos for some kid-friendly dining at Bambanani. Offering play areas for children and delicious food plus drinks to go with that – this might just become a family favourite. Parents can actually relax while kids keep busy with fun activities filled with excitement while keeping boredom at bay.

The Fat Olive

What do kids do when they hear, playgrounds, canoeing, animal farmyard and climbing trees? Well, we imagine they go completely crazy with excitement because that is simply children’s paradise… So go and explore The Fat Olive. While they burn the energy off, you can relax with a glass of sparkles or a cup of soothes.


What do you or think when Papachinos is mentioned? Pizza, of course! And how many kids do you know who hate pizza? None! So there, you know where to go. If you’re not convinced, they also have burgers among other kiddies’ goodies on their menu. Plus, a rad play area for the kids to work off the sugar from their delicious milkshakes.

Blueberry Beacon

Blueberry Beacon at the Blueberry Square in Honeydew offers an amazing kiddies menu and great burgers, pizza and a very yummy Dom Pedro for the parents. Both the Fishmonger next door and Blueberry Beacon overlook and give access to an insane kids playground area, there’s even very friendly and helpful caretakers to attend to your children. You can enjoy your dinner while watching over the playground. And let’s tell you, this is no ordinary playground. It’s humongous! Two four-story jungle gyms fully equipped with slides, push bikes and raceways, swings and rides, it will keep your kids entertained for hours.


For a rustic feel and a wonderful atmosphere for parents and children alike, visit Picolino’s in Fourways. With occasional live events, live sports broadcasts, quiz nights and outdoor thatched lapas, this is the place for the whole family to enjoy. And let’s not forget the kid’s entertainment – there is a large play area filled with climbing walls, sandpits, slides, swings, jungle gyms, and more!


With its absolutely delicious Portuguese dishes and friendly atmosphere, it’s no wonder Mozambik branches continue to spring up across the country. Most branches have outdoor play areas and supervised indoor rooms with arcade machines and/or Playstations. It doesn’t hurt that they serve R&Rs and Caipirinhas by the jug.

Tres Jolie

For some relaxation and fresh air, take a trip down to Tres Jolie with the family. With beautiful gardens and landscaping, complemented by fountains and water features, this is definitely the place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Kids can enjoy the farmyard where they can feed the animals, have a pony ride, play on the jungle gym, dig in the sandpit and go for a swing, all within watching distance of parents.

AJ’s In The Park

When it comes to play areas there isn’t quite a play area like the one at AJ’s In The Park. Not only do the kids have fabulous fun but adults can join in – albeit on a separate playing field. So take off this weekend and enjoy some fun in the park. Did we mention they have amazing pizzas and burgers? Well, they do, so head over there!

Munch Cafe

For scrumptious food and drinks, take yourself and the little ones to Munch Cafe. With a kiddies menu to excite any child, you won’t have to bribe them to finish a plate at this cafe, for sure. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner – it’s perfect for anytime family dining. So what are your waiting for? Go munch away!

Gia’s on Montrose

Gia’s on Montrose is a great place to take the kids and indulge in something tasty. There is a jungle gym on site to keep the little ones occupied, plus the lush surrounds are perfect for family outings – who wouldn’t like being surrounded by nature? Try one of their old-school home-made burgers… you won’t be sorry!

Delta Café

Situated in the stunning Delta Park, Delta Café is a great spot to grab a bite to eat or simply enjoy a steaming cup of coffee while being surrounded by nature, breathing in the fresh air. Bring the kids along… they’re more than welcome to play in the lush surrounds.

A Churrasqueira

A Churrasqueira is an authentic Portuguese restaurant in the south. They’re fully equipped with a kid’s play area, complete with a jungle gym and race track! They also serve Magnum milkshakes, which are to die for. Enjoy a tasty seafood dish and rest easy knowing your kids are having a great time.


No family restaurant list is complete without mentioning Spur. They remain a beloved South African franchise due to their consistently delicious food and familiar atmosphere. Spur has nailed the art of luring in parents thanks to their outdoor play areas, colouring competitions, face painting and birthday ice creams with sparklers.

Coppa Café at the Honeydew Eco Village

Coppa Café is a lovely little coffee shop at the Honeydew Eco Village with a lush play area for kids. The menu features fresh and healthy light meals like avo and cherry tomatoes on toast and quinoa salads, alongside evergreen lunch favourites like pizza and burgers and chips. Sip on a cappuccino and relax in the tranquil, leafy premises while your toddler(s) plays on the jungle gym, man the plastic push bikes, or crawl through the Teletubby-land looking grass tunnel.

Know other great child friendly restaurants not mentioned above? Let us know below!

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

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