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13 Kid-Friendly Cafe Escapes on the Gold Coast

on 26 September 2019 in Family

Where to take the kids 

Neighbourhood Espresso

9 Station St, Currumbin 
If the sweet and colourful brioche French Toast isn’t enough to silence your little one, the roam-free, fully-fenced garden will keep them entertained. Complete with a teal blue caravan, herb garden and mini tables and chairs, this Currumbin cafe has been designed with kids in mind. A great atmosphere and delicious food make Neighbourhood Espresso a great place to hang.


Pasture & Co.

639 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin 
With the chance of starting your day with wild kangaroos and the guarantee of great coffee, Pasture & Co. has to be one of the kid-friendliest cafes on the Gold Coast, let alone in Currumbin. There are even weekly events that include baby yoga and kid’s book readings! To satisfy your child’s sweet tooth their beautiful, brightly-coloured cakes will do the trick. An added bonus? They’ll never guess that they are sugar, dairy and gluten free. This eco-friendly and child-friendly cafe is a must visit. 


Dune Cafe

945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach 
Voted most ‘kid-friendly cafe on the Gold Coast’, Dune Cafe is well worth a visit. Situated within the Palm Beach Parklands and overlooking the Currumbin Lagoon, kids can have their fill of hotcakes, nachos, shakes and smoothies before heading off to the playground at nearby Tarrabora Reserve where there’s a pirate ship and plenty of space to run around.


GrowCa Cafe

555 Bonogin Rd, Bonogin 
A gorgeous part cafe, part grocery store tucked away amidst the trees. GrowCa Cafe in Bonogin is a trendy shack where you’ll find mums sipping good coffee and enjoying good food with their kids. Everything on the menu uses only the freshest ingredients and is locally sourced where possible. Each dish is unique and truly a work of art. While you’re there you can pick up your grocery items too, from fresh eggs, bread and pasta to milk, condiments and more.


Paddock Bakery

20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads 
Paddock Bakery, is a popular choice for Gold Coast mums with dippy eggs and sourdough soldiers that never fail to impress. Every dish is Instagram worthy, as is the setting itself with a shady picket fence-lined courtyard that we’re sure must be home to pixies and elves after dark. Best of all, this fairytale setting is located right in Miami. Think artisan bread, straight-from-the-oven baked treats and hot chocolates complete with house-torched marshmallow.



1 Barclay Dr, Casuarina 
Just over the border is Casuarina’s Osteria, a kid-friendly favourite that’s hugely popular with the locals. Complete with one of the best cafe playgrounds in the region it’s fringed by a fragrant kitchen garden and inspired by locally grown produce and self-sustainability. An important part of the community, Osteria mimics an Italian meeting place and is the perfect place to take the family.


The Yard Cafe

17 Lavarack Rd, Mermaid Beach 
The Yard Cafe in Mermaid Beach features a fully-fenced garden complete with a huge blackboard and play gym. The cafe supports the paddock and patch to plate and bowl movement and each dish that’s served is a sensory delight. Yard favourites include smashed avocado and streaky bacon with soft poached eggs and freshly baked sourdough. Stopping by for lunch? Why not try their 5-hour slow cooked pork tacos. 


Bam Bam Bakehouse

2519 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach 
Bam Bam Bakehouse is a place where kids can be themselves and parents can relax over some yummy food and coffee. The cafe makes good use of the Mermaid Beach Council Park to offer space and comfort to all. No need to worry about the kids getting up to mischief here! Simply sit back and enjoy artisan pastries done right.


Southport Sharks Club

Corner Olsen and Musgrave Ave, Southport 
The family-friendly Southport Sharks Club has a huge selection of food. It is also home to the Wobbegong Kids Fun Zone (3-12 years), a purpose-built play area featuring a rock climbing wall, mini basketball court, playstations, theatrettes showing the latest movies and drawing tables. Prices start at $3.50 per hour and bookings are essential. Better still, kids eat free on Mondays.


Griffith St Larder

G09A, 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta 
Griffith St Larder in Coolangatta is a casual eatery that serves affordable food in style. It offers a relaxed beachside vibe and the passion and expertise of a Melbourne cafe, where owners Kylie and Dennis Bastos were once located. The all-day breakfast menu is delicious and kids will love their salted caramel “syringe” cronuts, layers of flaky goodness injected with oozing caramel. 


Pancake Diner

L112, 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta 
The retro vibes of Coolangatta’s Pancake Diner is casual dining at its finest. The newest addition from the Pancakes in Paradise team, the Pancake Diner offers affordable family dining and some of the biggest pancake stacks you’ve ever seen. What’s not to love?


Beach Burrito

72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta 
Renowned for its fresh and tasty mexican cuisine, Beach Burrito Coolangatta is the ideal place to grab a delicious lunch. Embracing its coastal location, this sophisticated space delves up a fun, relaxed and friendly vibe. While kid’s favourites like nachos and churros will put a smile on small faces. Mum and Dad can kick back as well with a cheeky margarita or glass of sangria. 


Crema Espresso

K3, 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta 
Sit back and relax while your little ones explore in the Kids Play area at Crema Espresso. Six towering indoor palm trees provide an ambient space for you to enjoy your coffee and a meal. With a kids menu also on offer, this Coolangatta cafe is the perfect spot for families to enjoy a bite to eat together. 

Chill out with the kids at The Strand Coolangatta 

Don’t feel like running the gauntlet with the kids in tow? Choose to take your food with you from one of the many take away options at The Strand Coolangatta. For deliciously good, yet healthy burgers, check out Grill’d Healthy Burgers. You’ll find high quality burgers made from the freshest of ingredients. Better still, Grill’d offers gluten free options. 
Fancy a more sophisticated dining option without having to eat in house? Try Top Noodle. With over 90 mouth watering options of authentic Japanese food, there is something for everyone. Plus, if a main meal is ordered between 3 and 5pm, receive a free drink or extra rice or noodles, making this meal affordable for families. 
Craving a piece of Italy in Coolangatta? Delizioso is the place for you. Think pizza, pasta and even dishes featuring lamb and pork. These meals will leave you full and satisfied. Delizioso’s prime location of right across from the beach means that you can saunter over for take away after a day full of activities or take your pizza to enjoy on the sand. 
When it comes to dining out in Coolangatta, The Strand really is a one stop shop for families of all shapes and sizes.
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