53 Child Friendly Restaurants in Johannesburg & Surrounds

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Child Friendly Restaurants |Johannesburg |Things to do with Kids

Our Bean is now 16 months old and although we love to meet friends and family for a lively meal, going to just any restaurant has become difficult, to say the least. Between his loud babble and active little legs, we spend more time chasing after him, keeping him away from other diners, than eating. Not wanting to be stuck at home all the time, I have taken the time to put together an extensive list of child-friendly restaurants, coffee shops and tea gardens in Johannesburg and surrounding areas, which we can enjoy as a family unit.

For child-friendly restaurants in Pretoria, read this guide.

Child-Friendly Restaurants in Johannesburg North

1. Smile Cafe (Fourways)

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Situated in Cedar Square, Smile Cafe is a child-friendly restaurant and kids party venue offering tasty and affordable food, a large covered play area with childminders as well as baby changing facilities. They have fantastic party packages available.

Tel: 011 465 4162

2. Picolinos (Fourways)

This rustic Italian family restaurant is known for its delicious design-it-yourself pizzas. The restaurant is situated in a garden with a play area, including jungle gyms, slides, swings, see-saws, an animal touch farm and some shops. Visit Picolinos for a festive family afternoon or book the party venue for your kid’s next birthday party.

Tel: 011 467 0618

3. The Baron (Fourways)

This trendy pub restaurant offers parents a fun, youthful ambience and an outdoor play area for the kids.

Tel: 011 704 7851 / 7859

4. Quack and Moo Clubhouse (Sunninghill) - We are waiting for feedback regarding Quack and Moo re. operating status. 

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This cafe, kids entertainment and party venue has a large supervised indoor play area (over 200㎡) with the latest interactive play equipment and games. On a Sunday, they have a kids eat free special: 1 free kids meal (under 12) per adult meal purchased (contact the restaurant for further information).

Tel: 011 027 0722

5. Delta Cafe (Craighall Park)

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Situated on the edge of Delta Park, this child-friendly and pet-friendly outdoor restaurant will allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and to simply relax. Be sure to order a babychino for your little one and round off your visit with a walk in the park and a visit to the stables nearby.

Tel: 079 482 5286

6. AJ’s in the Park (Craighall Park)

Situated in the Craighall Sports Club, this restaurant prides itself on its countryside feel and allows its patrons to unwind from their busy lives. Their menu offers a variety of yummy food options (from wood-fired pizzas to salads and steaks) and an outdoor play area for the kids.

Tel: 081 234 5795

7. Annica’s Coffee Shop (Randburg)

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Better known for their scrumptious designer cakes, Annica’s coffee shop and party venue can be found in the heart of Ferndale. Expect friendly service, tasty café-style food and a lovely outdoor play area. And be sure to have some cake!

Tel: 011 326 1526

8. Antonnio's Italian Kitchen (Lonehill)

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This is one of our favourite restaurants as it offers great Italian 'adult' food, a relaxed atmosphere with a view and a large play area with jungle gyms, playground equipment, a jumping castle, and mini soccer and basketball courts. The childminders are also really friendly and they even have a section called 'Let's Brew' serving Craft Beer.

Tel: 010 595 2233

9. 256 on Smit (Fairland)

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This exciting new venue offers a hall for dance classes, pop up shops and more, a spa as well as a restaurant with a shaded play area and a smal animal touch farm. This is another favourite hangout of mine as the play area can be viewed and accessed from everywhere in the restaurant and they have a childminder over the weekends. They also offer affordable homecooked family meals to take home (to be ordered in advance).

Tel: 071 605 4095

10. Primi Piatti (Randpark Ridge)

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We visit the child-friendly Lifestyle Garden Centre all the time as there is so much to see and do for kids. Primi Piatti is the ideal fit for this centre as it mixes tasty Italian food with a high energy service and has a large outdoor play area for the kids.

Tel: 011 793 3888

11. Serendipity (Rosebank)

This gorgeous tea garden and party venue boasts a well-equipped playground, a kids dress-up area, an arts and crafts studio and an indoor book and play area with childminders. They offer regular holiday programmes and serve a variety of tasty treats and light meals.

Tel: 011 4477386

12. Table 29 (Midrand)

This cosmopolitan restaurant is situated on a large property with a pretty garden, play area and childminders. The food is good and fairly priced and the play area is well kept, making this an ideal kids party venue.

Tel: 076 787 7298

13. Nostimo by Mythos (Waterfall)

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We had the privilege of visiting this new family friendly restaurant for my birthday the other day and I was simply blown away. The food was delicious, the service impeccable (probably the best service I have experienced so far) and the view over the Waterfall Estate is lovely. Bean loved the play area (although not shaded, so pack a hat) and the artisanal bread and homemade ice cream. A definite must-visit for a relaxed family lunch or to celebrate a special occasion, this destination even boasts a pottery studio.

Tel: 011 517 2349

14. The Harvard Café (Grand Central Airport, Midrand)

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This unique restaurant has 3 branches located at airports in Midrand, Germiston and Kempton Park. Not only does it offer kids a close-up view of aeroplanes landing, taxiing and taking off, this restaurant has an outdoor play area and jungle gym as well.

Tel: 011 805 8657

15. Ri’Stretto (Midrand & Morningside)

Ri’Stretto is a popular family-friendly restaurant focussing on feeding and entertaining the whole family. Kids get to make their own pizza or go wild in the large outdoor play area, while the parents enjoy tasty Mediterranean and Italian style food with a glass of wine or a freshly brewed cup of coffee (espresso).

Midrand Branch Tel: 011 702 1234

Morningside Branch Tel: 011 783 1090

16. Papachinos (Clearwater, Fourways, Broadacres, Silverlakes, Boksburg)

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This chain of child-friendly restaurants has become very well-known in parent circles and rightly so: they offer good, reasonably priced food and drinks (aimed to please both parents and kids alike) as well as indoor and outdoor play areas with childminders.

17. Bambanani (Melville)

Bambanani prides itself on being an upmarket restaurant and party venue catering for parents and children alike. Their safe environment and supervised play areas (including a jungle gym, dress up and arts and crafts areas, as well as a media room) allow parents to indulge in a relaxing meal with friends knowing that their children are entertained and safe.

Tel:  011 482 2900

18. Munch Cafe (Kyalami & Parktown North)

Visit Munch Cafe for delicious, upmarket Cafe style food with a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a lively family lunch. They have an extensive kiddies menu available.

19. Panettone Cafe (Zoo Lake Sports Club)

This restaurant, family garden and sports bar is situated at the Zoo Lake Sports Club and boasts magnificent views of Johannesburg. The enclosed garden offers a play area for kids with a jungle gym, slides and a trampoline, ideal for kids parties.

Tel: 011 641 3440

20. River Cafe (Sandton)

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This child-friendly restaurant and party venue is situated in the beautiful Sandton Field and Study Centre. The large outdoor garden area, as well as indoor area, have a tranquil atmosphere and the alfresco-style food is great.

Tel: 011 783 2442

21. Season’s Cuisine (Bryanston)

Although this restaurant does not have a play area, I have included it into our guide as it serves natural, healthy and clean food. Their ‘pasture to plate’ concept ensures that your kids get only the freshest, most nutritious and organic foods – something our growing little munchkins need.

Tel: 074 145 3772

22. Junipa’s Bistro (Bryanston)

Voted to have the best cronuts in Jo’burg, this bistro, which prides itself on its deliciously fresh and wholesome food, also offers artisanal bread as well as freshly roasted coffee. Kids get to eat smaller portions of the healthy adult menu as well as make their own pizza. On offer are also high-tea themed kids’ parties where kids learn how to make and bake their own delicious tea-time treats.

Tel: 011 706 2387 

23. The Secret Tea Garden (Fourways)

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The name of this venue already makes people want to jump in their cars to visit this tea garden and function venue. Set in the beautiful and peaceful gardens of the Norscot Manor, The Secret Tea Garden offers a welcome reprieve from busy Jozi city life. Expect a lovely menu offering a variety of baked goods, breakfast options, light lunches and an extensive list of teas as well as a large fenced-in outdoor play area. Tables are available within the play area or outside in the large expansive garden.

Tel: 011 467 1191

24. The Freerange Lifestyle Centre (Fourways)

Situated in the Rustic & Timber Garden Centre in Fourways, this lifestyle centre revolves around a large outdoor play area. There are a number of family-friendly restaurants to choose from as well as a beauty spa, a shop and a hairdresser. Also a great kids’ party venue.

List of child-friendly restaurants:

  1. State 5 Fourways – for cold brewed coffee on tap

Tel: 011 465 5193

  1. The Lot Bakery & Deli – for delicious artisan bread, quiches & gourmet pies

Tel: 011 465 5193

  1. Fresh Culture Café – craft coffee roaster

Tel: 011 465 5193

  1. Olive Branch – learn to create your own taste sensations and eat a delicious meal after

Tel: 011 465 5193

25. The Flamingo Café (Fourways)

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This casual open-air café can be found at the entrance of the Montecasino Bird Gardens (a must-visit family destination in itself) and offers a selection of light meals, coffees and milkshakes. The kids will love the large, impressive play area.

Tel: 011 510 7890

26. The Green Garden Café (Fourways)

The Green Garden Café, situated in the Purple Tulip Nursery, offers a lovely, festive outdoor setting with a lot of bright colours and various fun, shaded play areas for the kids. A variety of tasty food and platters are available to choose from while you relax in their large garden (away from the hustle and bustle).

Tel: 073 417 7533

27. The Oak Leaf Country Restaurant (Sandhurst)

This family-style country restaurant offers friendly service, tables under a large shady tree and an outdoor play area.

Tel: 011 884 5837

28. Moyo Zoo Lake (Parkview)

Situated within the popular Zoo Lake, Moyo offers a tantalising African-inspired meal for the whole family to enjoy. Get your face painted and round off your day with a paddle boat trip on the lake.

Tel: 011 646 0058

29. Fresh Farm Fusion (Lanseria)

Situated on the Organic Eco Estate, Monaghan Farm, Fresh offers a farm life escape with captivating views of the nearby mountain range while you enjoy a relaxing and tranquil family meal. Kids will love the large outdoor space to run around in.

Tel: 011 568 2760

30. The Fat Olive Country Restaurant (Lanseria)

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The Fat Olive Restaurant overlooks a dam and has a large lawn and outdoor play area, ideal for kids to run around on and play. Expect to see a variety of birdlife and game (a family of Zebra often comes to visit) while you enjoy a leisurely family meal. Kids can row on one of the boats on the dam as well as view the animals at the animal touch farm. The outside benches can be a bit cramped, so be sure to ask for a bigger table when making a booking.

Pre-packed picnic baskets can be ordered should you prefer to have a picnic in the beautiful countryside.

Tel: 010 110 1446

Child-friendly Restaurants in Johannesburg West Rand

31. Tres Jolie (Ruimsig)

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This family restaurant, offering cafe-style food, is surrounded by beautiful gardens and has a variety of outdoor activities available for kids, including camel rides, an animal touch farm, swings, jungle gyms, jumping castles, pony rides as well as a sand pit.

Tel: 011 026 0521

32. Casalinga (Muldersdrift)

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The ambience at Casalinga is homely, cosy and warm, yet sophisticated; the food is amazingly delicious and they have large, beautifully manicured gardens for the kids to run around it. It is a great restaurant for celebrating a special occasion. Read our review on this restaurant for a detailed description here.

Tel:  011 957 2612

33. Driftwood Café (Muldersdrift)

Situated at the Riverstone Lodge, this child-friendly restaurant offers the most amazing mouth-watering meals and has its own children’s playground, with a jungle gym, trampoline and lots more.

Tel: 011 668 3111

34. Eat @ Forty Three (Krugersdorp)

This restaurant is home to a really unique and interesting kiddies' play area that the little ones will be absolutely crazy about. The cuisine is South African with a modern twist.

Tel: 011 660 1829

35. Magic Beans Playhouse & Cafe (Krugersdorp)

This is a play venue with a coffee shop for the young and young at heart. Magic Beans is home to an extreme jungle gym and the most amazing playground. There are tons of delicious treats to enjoy on the menu.

Tel: 010 035 0018

36. Al Fresco (Honeydew)

Set on a plot in the Roodepoort countryside, this continental and casual restaurant offers a large lawn and outdoor play area, as well as ‘make-your-own’ pizzas for the kids.

Tel: 011 794 4388

37. Eagle’s Fare Restaurant (Roodepoort)

This homely restaurant is nestled in the heart of the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, just a short walk away from the magnificent Witpoortjie Waterfall, residence to the only Black Eagle breeding pair found in an urban area in the world. Visit this restaurant for its unique setting, it’s a la carte menu (or Sunday buffet if you prefer) and the outdoor kids’ play area.

Tel: 082 671 8382

Child-friendly Restaurants in Johannesburg East Rand

38. Happily Ever Laughter (Bedfordview)

Happily Ever Laughter is a boutique restaurant which prides itself on serving top quality food in a child-friendly environment. They have kids activities and party entertainment available.

Tel: 011 450 0711

39. The Harvard Café (Rand Airport, Germiston & Bonaero Park, Kempton Park)

This unique restaurant has 3 branches located at airports in Midrand, Germiston and Kempton Park. Not only does it offer kids a close-up view of aeroplanes landing, taxiing and taking off, this restaurant has an outdoor play area and jungle gym as well.

Germiston Branch Tel: 011 827 0251

Kempton Park Branch Tel: 011 979 7313

40. House of Ribs (Boksburg)

This family restaurant offers mouth-watering ribs (made with a secret sauce) as well as a variety of other meals and a buffet. Kids can go wild in the large outdoor play area.

Tel: 011 826 3550

41. Boa Vida Café (Boksburg)

Boa Vida Café is a happening and happy Portuguese Restaurant and party venue with friendly service, Portuguese grub and a variety of kids’ entertainment.

Tel: 072 331 1429

42. De Molen Pancake House (Edenvale)

This Dutch-themed family-friendly café and bakery is set in an old windmill and offers a delightful and unique experience to both young and old.

Tel: 011 453 2222

43. Malagueta (Edenvale)

Malagueta is a delightfully decorated, Mediterranean family-friendly restaurant offering a large outdoor play area as well as fun activity sheets for the kids.

Tel: 011 609 4910

44. Fahrenheit Seafood & Grill (Edenvale & Benoni)

This restaurant offers a varied and wholesome menu ensuring that there is something delicious on offer for everyone. The chain of restaurants is focused on making sure the entire family (including the kids) is looked after and thus has a large, fun outdoor play area available.

Edenvale Branch Tel: 011 452 9704

Benoni Branch Tel: 011 425 5765

45. The Parks Farmers Market and Pizzeria (Benoni)

Expect freshly grown produce (grown on the premises), freshly baked bread and homemade food. For a delicious meal in a relaxed and environment, this venue is a definite must. A large outdoor play area is available for the kids.

Tel: 011 963 3077

Child-friendly Restaurants in Johannesburg South

46. The Art Farm (Alewynspoort)

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We were lucky enough to stumble upon this place on our way home from the Vaal one Sunday and we fell in love. It has a restaurant as well as a coffee shop, a large outdoor kids play area with trampolines and jungle gyms, art stalls and a bakery. So if you love good food, wine, art and music, be sure to visit Art Farm.

079 208 1048

47. The Kraal Kombuis Restaurant (Thaba Eco Hotel & Spa)

The beautiful Thaba Eco Reserve offers magnificent game drives and picnic spots ideal for a fun and exciting family excursion. Picnic baskets (including a kiddie’s basket) can be ordered from the restaurant.

Tel: 011 959 0777

48. Fahrenheit Seafood & Grill (Alberton)

This restaurant offers a varied and wholesome menu ensuring that there is something delicious on offer for everyone. This chain of restaurants is focused on making sure the entire family (including the kids) is looked after and thus has a large, fun outdoor play area available.

Tel: 087 654 0185

49. A Churrasqueira (Alberton)

 A vibey Portuguese café offering authentic food and entertainment for the kids.

Tel:  011 867 8914

50. Two Trees Bakery (Mulbarton)

Situated in a relaxed outdoor setting with zip lining and an outdoor play area for the kids, Two Trees Bakery offers delectable freshly baked goods, as well as, wood-fired pizzas. A great restaurant and party venue for a fun family day out.

Child-friendly Restaurants near Magaliesburg & Hartebeespoort Dam

51. EnGedi (Cradle of Humankind)

EnGedi uses only the freshest locally grown ingredients and serves wholesome dishes in a country style. They also offer wholesome food and fun for kiddies. The little ones can build their own pizzas and have tons of fun on the safe playground.

Tel: 0861 364 334

52. Van Gaalen Garden Restaurant (Magaliesburg)

This venue serves a cheese-inspired a la carte menu and is situated at the foot of the majestic Magaliesburg Mountains. Kids will love the jungle gym and cute farm animals here. There is also a giant chess game to enjoy.

Tel: 012 207 1289

53. Once Upon a Time Restaurant & Function Venue (Magaliesburg)

Situated in the gorgeous Magalies Valley, Once Upon a Time, offers a family escape into the magical and wondrous world of a forest. Expect a quaint goblin and fairy themed restaurant complete with fairy gardens. Riverside picnics with pre-ordered picnic baskets are also available.

Tel: 072 649 6452

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