It can be quite a challenge finding a suitable restaurant for loud and busy family gatherings – especially one which offers something the whole family can enjoy (without disturbing fellow guests). Luckily, Durban has a large number of child-friendly and family-friendly restaurants to choose from.
Herewith our top 30 child-friendly restaurants in Durban and surrounds.
Child-friendly Restaurants in Durban
Spring Side Café, Hillcrest
This café boasts a cosy fireplace for those cool, wintry mornings or late afternoons and a garden perfect for cooling down in summer. It serves its own home blended coffee and freshly baked pastries.
Address: 20 Springside Rd, Hillcrest
Tel: 082 794 9045
Pallet Jacks, Hillcrest
This popular kid-friendly restaurant and kids’ party venue boasts a large indoor play area, as well as a kiddies’ menu and party packages.
Address: 9 Old Main Rd, Hillcrest
Tel: 031 765 2954
Olive & Oil, Hillcrest, Glenwood, Umhlanga & Pietermaritzburg
Olive & Oil is a family-owned & managed Mediterranean restaurant serving comfort food well. It has its own play areas as well as childminders on duty.
Hillcrest Branch: Lillies Lifestyle Centre, 12/16 Old Main Rd, Hillcrest | Tel: 031 765 6214
Glenwood Branch: C/O Joseph & Bulwer Rd, Hillcrest | Tel: 031 201 6146
Umhlanga Branch: Chartwell Centre, 15 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga | Tel: 031 561 2618
Pietermaritzburg Branch: Cascades Shopping Centre, 23 Mc Carthy Dr, Pietermaritzburg | Tel: 033 347 1131
Bonna Terra Café, Hillcrest
The smell of freshly baked bread, pastries and just-brewed organic coffee is enough to make you want to spend the whole day at this family-style cafe. Plus, they have an outdoor play area for the kids.
Address: 1 Bona Terra Rd, Assagay, Hillcrest
Tel: 065 268 6018
Lucky Bean, Assagay
Lucky Bean is a child- and family-focused coffee shop and party venue catering for family fun with an indoor play shed, an outdoor garden, a jungle gym & swings, a bike track, fantasy playhouses, as well as a baby only play area.
Address: 10 Cadmoor Rd, Assagay
Tel: 082 216 3892
Arts Café, Glenwood
Stop in here for a dose of art and culture, a simple yet delicious menu (featuring burgers, pasta, pizzas and salads) and an outdoor play area for the kids.
Address: 166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood
Tel: 031 277 1702
Prep Room, Glenwood
The ambience is great, the burgers are delicious and the play area for kids is safe, yet fun. Overall a great family experience.
Address: Bath Rd, Glenwood
Tel: 083 794 5875
Chez Nous, Westville
This upmarket and elegant restaurant features a large, supervised kiddies’ area with game consoles, a TV and arts and crafts activities.
Address: Westville Junction, 31 Westville Rd, Westville
Tel: 031 266 7011
Atasca, Westville, Durban North & Malvern
If you like Portuguese food, then this family restaurant is for you.
Westville Branch: 171 Rodger Sishi Rd, Westville | Tel: 031 262 2305
Durban North Branch: 1 Kensington Centre, Adelaide Tambo Dr, Durban North | Tel: 031 563 2603
Malvern Branch: Malvern Park Shopping Centre, C/O Main Rd & Ridley Park Rd, Malvern
Tel: 031 463 3411
Durban Botanic Gardens, Musgrave
Although this is the perfect spot for a leisurely family picnic (bring your own), the Botanic Gardens are home to the Tea Room which serves teas, coffees, toasted sandwiches and baked goods.
Address: 70 St Thomas Rd, Musgrave
St Clements, Musgrave
This restaurant has lovely food, a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and a large courtyard and garden for the kids.
Address: 191 Musgrave Rd, Musgrave
Tel: 031 202 2511
Blue Zoo, Berea
Established in 1914, Blue Zoo is one of Durban’s oldest restaurants and is located within the beautiful Mitchell Park. Surrounded by an outdoor paradise, the restaurant also offers a jungle gym, swings, a play house, a sand-art area as well as play tables for the kids.
Address: 6 Nimmo Rd, Morningside, Berea
Tel: 031 303 3568
Cargo Hold Restaurant, uShaka Marine World
Take the kids for a thrilling day of adventure at uShaka Marine World and end the day with a high at the Cargo Hold Restaurant. The restaurant borders the aquarium offering unmatched views of magical ocean life as you dine.
Address: uShaka Marine World, King Shaka Ave, Durban
Tel: 031 328 8065
People’s Park Café, Moses Mabhida Stadium
Take a family excursion to the stadium and partake in some of the wonderfully fun adventure activities on offer - it will definitely be a day to remember.
The People’s Park Café is situated close to the stadium’s kids’ play area and offers a café style breakfast and lunch menu as well as a separate kiddies’ menu.
Address: Masabalala Yengwa Ave, Durban
Tel: 031 303 5719
Circus Circus Beach Café, Bay of Plenty
Situated on the Durban beachfront, the restaurant offers magnificent views of the promenade and beach, giving this venue a wonderful holiday atmosphere. While here, take a quick ride in one of the iconic Durban rickshaws or put your feet in the sand and surf.
Other branches are located in Gateway, Musgrave and Galleria.
Address: Shop 1, Snell Parade, Bay of Plenty, Durban
Tel: 031 337 7700
The Book Boutique, Amanzimtoti
If you love books and you love coffee, then this place is definitely for you. This family-run coffee shop and restaurant loves to hear your stories and has placed a large chalkboard for everyone (yes, adults and kids alike) to use. Let the kids join in on their weekly Saturday morning story time.
Address: 26 Rockview Rd, Amanzimtoti
Tel: 031 903 6692
Johnny B’s Cafe
This upmarket country-style restaurant offers breakfast and lunch and boasts a large garden and outdoor (undercover) play area, including swings and a jungle gym.
Address: Robyndale Centre, Kloof
Tel: 031 764 2497
Nonna at Makaranga
The Makaranga Garden Lodge, with its exotic botanical gardens, meandering stream, waterfall and ponds, forms a beautiful backdrop for a family-friendly meal at Nonna Restaurant. Contemporary in its design, this restaurant and deli offers a variety of food as well as a separate kiddies' area with play dough and arts and crafts activities. An outside play area is available as well.
Address: No 1A Igwababa Road, Kloof, 3610
Tel: 031 764 6616
Child-Friendly Restaurants in Howick
Yellowwood Café, Howick
Situated on the Fairfell Farm in Howick, this restaurant offers a fantastic country-themed family outing. The animal farm houses miniature horses, Dexter cattle, potbelly pigs, miniature goats, miniature donkeys, guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens and the kids can go wild in the large garden area, bike track and on the jungle gym. The menu consists of breakfast, light lunches, salads, grilled meals and boasts an extensive kids’ menu.
Address: 1 Shafton Rd, Howick
Tel: 033 330 2461
Child-friendly Restaurants in Umhlanga
Located in the popular Gateway Shopping Centre, this family restaurant offers unique and tasty pizzas, pasta and salads with loads of energy and a smile. Kids get to make their own pizza.
Address: Gateway Centre, 1 Palm Ave, Umhlanga
Tel: 031 584 6822
Olive & Oil, Umhlanga
Olive & Oil is a family-owned & managed Mediterranean restaurant serving comfortable food well. It has its own play areas as well as childminders on duty.
Address: Chartwell Centre, 15 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga
Tel: 031 561 2618
Primi Plantation, Lifestyle Centre
The Primi franchise is well-known and loved as it offers fast and friendly service and good Italian style food. Kids get to make their own pizzas or draw with the drawing utensils provided.
Address: Lifestyle Centre, Main Rd, Ballito
Tel: 032 946 3750
La Piazza, The Well
This authentic Italian restaurant offers clean and contemporary dining for the adults and a pizza/doh play section, a PlayStation section and an outdoor play area for the kids. Although this is a child-friendly restaurant, expect a romantic ambience.
Address: The Well, C/O Albertina Rd and Kirsty Way, Ballito
Tel: 032 586 3565
Mamma G’s, Ballito Junction
This vibey restaurant is popular for its gourmet pizzas and offers an outside play area for the kids.
Address: Ballito Junction, Ballito Dr, Ballito
Tel: 032 946 2000
Mo-Zam-Bik, Boulevard Centre
Mo-Zam-Bik is, as the name suggests, a Mozambique-inspired restaurant offering freshly prepared, delicious food. The restaurant is divided into two sections: the upstairs section (often housing live music or comedians) and the child-friendly downstairs section with a kids’ play area. Booking is essential during peak seasons.
Address: Boulevard Centre, Compensation Rd, Ballito
Tel: 032 946 0979
The Waterberry Coffee Shoppe
Contemporary, yet homely, the Waterberry is a Ballito must-visit. Offering freshly baked goods, wholesome food, as well as a deli section, this little piece of paradise, is situated in the heart of an untouched and tranquil piece of Coastal Forest with an abundance of birdlife and frequent small duiker sightings.
Address: Dolphin Crescent, Ballito
Tel: 032 946 2797
Burndale Café, Umhlali
Burndale Farm offers everything a family could possibly need for a fun day outing: a fenced play area, sand art, an animal farm, pottery painting and cooking classes for the kids and a hair salon, beauty spa, make-up salon as well as a variety of shops for the adults (and kids alike). Round off your day with a wood-fired pizza or a delicious slice of gourmet cake at the Burndale Café.
Child-friendly Restaurants in Salt Rock
Siggi’s German Restaurant
The outdoor beer garden serves imported beers and has a kids’ play area. The German-inspired food is wholesome and delicious.
Address: 65 Basil Hulett Dr, Salt Rock
Tel: 032 525 7460
The Shed, The Litchi Orchard
Situated in amongst the beautiful trees of the Litchi Orchard, this relaxed, funky and bustling restaurant has a large lawn area for the kids to play on. Enjoy craft beer and a varied pub and café style menu.
Address: The Litchi Orchard, 1 Seaforth Ave, Salt Rock
Tel: 082 795 0888
Sage Café & Deli, Sage Centre
For healthy, wholesome food which the whole family can enjoy, pop into Sage for a heart-warming cup of coffee and a family-friendly bite to eat. This beautifully decorated café also offers a large outdoor play area for the kids.
Address: Old Fort Rd, Salt Rock
Tel: 032 525 8059
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