Babycinos on the menu, space to play and top-notch coffee for you – surely that’s not asking too much from a cafe? We don’t think so! We’ve hunted down five kid-friendly cafes across Brisbane that you’ll love as much as the little ones (and many of these are dog-friendly too)!

It’s no secret that coffee is a sanity-saver for parents. It’s always there after a broken night’s sleep to help patch things together, but finding a place where the coffee is good and the kids are happy isn’t always easy!

And when it comes to food – well if you’ve given yourself a free pass from cooking, you want your breakfast to really surpass the muesli and toast at home. At these cafes, the balance is just right. There’s more than nuggets for the kids, and coffee will actually hit the spot. Happy brunching!

1. Miss Bliss, West End

Miss Bliss has a lovely family story behind it. Before owner Jacqui took over the space, it was a fruit shop where her grandfather and friends would catch up every day. Today they still have their own table at the cafe, where the gents gather each morning.

Jacqui is a nutritionist and the menu puts an exciting spin on nourishing foods. There is a large astroturfed courtyard at the back for play and a Baby Bliss menu with children’s options that include soft-boiled egg with soldiers and a mini hazelnut granola.

For you, the menu offers up spelt hotcakes, a big breakfast and bliss bowls, plus single-origin specialty coffee and raw cacao lattes. We also love that 20 cents from every coffee goes to Paradise 4 Kids.

Go here for …

  • Organic, gluten-free and vegetarian food
  • Large astroturfed courtyard for the kids
  • Children’s meals

2. Huskk Cafe, Grange

We found Huskk Cafe via the wonderful Mums Who Brunch Instagram! This clean, breezy cafe opened late last year, and has all bases covered.

For kids, there is a dedicated play area and menu with dippy eggs and gingerbread pancakes. The layout isn’t too packed either, making it pram-friendly, and high chairs are also available.

Coffee comes from Brisbane roasters Bear Bones Specialty Coffee and the food is also locally sourced wherever possible. Dine all day on eggs benny, pumpkin and buckwheat waffles, and corn and zucchini fritters. Bring your dog and they’ll be welcome too!

Go here for …

  • Seasonal food and speciality coffee
  • Play area for the kids
  • Children’s meals
  • Water and treats for dogs

3. Hyde Away Cafe, Yeronga

This sweet spot is proudly kid and dog friendly (and another find via Mums Who Brunch)! Hyde Away Cafe is right across the road from a park where kids can run wild to work up their appetite.

The kids menu includes little breakfast and lunch plates, as well as children’s milkshakes and smoothies. The cafe also makes a point of accommodating food allergies as much as possible.  

And as a bonus, they hold workshops during school holidays!

Brunch is served all day for those times when it just takes forever to get out of the house (or the park). The menu puts a creative spin on breakfast and changes seasonally. Try breakfast gnocchi, a haloumi and greens nest, or French toast with toasted coconut marshmallow. And if you really want to treat yourself, get the rocky road smoothie.

Go here for …

  • Creative and seasonal all-day brunch
  • Children’s meals
  • A park across the road
  • Water and treats for dogs

4. Nodo, Camp Hill

Treat yourself without the guilt at Nodo! This cafe started out as a market stall selling gluten-free donuts and has grown into a wholefoods cafe. The original spot at Newstead is always busy, but the new cafe in the Camp Hill Marketplace is your family-friendly option, with easier parking and a grassy area for kids to play.

Everything is gluten free and there is a kids menu with baby waffles and a bacon and egg bun. The rest of the menu puts a healthy spin on everything from brisket burgers to eggs benedict and waffles.

The coffee is by Brisbane’s Coffee Supreme and grabbing a donut for home is always a good idea in our opinion!

Go here for …

  • A nourishing wholefoods menu
  • Children’s meals
  • A grassed area for kids to play

5. The Soul Pantry, Stafford   

There is space aplenty at The Soul Pantry, which is perfect when you’re heading out for a cuppa with the kids! Located in a charming warehouse, The Soul Pantry is home a cafe, florist/garden hub and workshop space. And that means there is always something happening!

The cafe focuses on serving seasonal and locally sourced food, and there is a kids menu with fruit salad, avocado on toast and toasties. For you, the extensive full menu has everything from nourish bowls and baked cheese puffs, as well as sweets baked in-house. Vegetarian and gluten-free diners are also well catered to here!

There is a play space within the cafe, plus Kids Adventure Garden Workshops during school holidays. Throughout the year the space also hosts seasonal kids events, including Easter crafts.

Go here for …

  • Seasonal all-day brunch menu
  • Children’s meals
  • A kids play area and events

We all deserve a little time out, so we hope this list helps you find a place near you where the kids can play while you sip your coffee and enjoy a good brunch. – The Mother Ducks