Kid-friendly eating out in Jozi

Private Property South Africa
Lucy Sarah Heaney

Eating out can be stressful for the parent of young kids. Here are 3 of the best restaurants that cater for kids and adults alike.

While deciding to enjoy a meal out should seem like a special treat, sometimes doing so with little kids in tow can be a little more about stress than de-stress. Knowing this, some savvy Joburg restaurateurs have created spots that are both kid- and adult-friendly, and we’ve rounded up three of our favourites.

Bambanani – Melville

Bambanani is somewhat of a mecca for parents searching for a child-friendly eatery. Child-minders, play areas, and a kids’ kitchen (where they can make their own pizzas) will keep your little ones entertained from the moment they arrive, and the great food means that the adults are guaranteed to have a good time, too. Catering for children from six months to 12 years old, there’s something for every child. The four-storey covered jungle gym, dress-up area, sand art area, media room and fully stocked library will have your kids begging you for another Bambanani day out.

Bambanani's pizzaEnjoy one of Bambanani's speciality pizza's on offer.

Smile Cafe – Cedar Square

Cedar Square’s offering, Smile! Cafe and Kids Emporium, lives up to its name. Much like at Bambanani, dedicated staff in the play area are available to look after your kids, with each child getting a registered arm band, and all kids’ areas being securely cordoned off. Pizza-loving little ones will go crazy for the pizza decoration station, and the delicious breakfasts and lunches will keep the adults happy, too. Book your kid’s next birthday party there, and they’re guaranteed to have a blast.

River Cafe – Sandton

Located in a beautiful park setting in the heart of Sandton, River Cafe has secure, enclosed grounds that provide plenty of space for your kids to run free. Eating at River Cafe affords you the peace of mind to chill out knowing that your kids are in a safe environment. Jungle gyms, climbing trees, swings, and slides all flank the giant sandpit, which brings a little bit of the beach to Sandton with its umbrellas and volleyball net. Feel free to bring your bikes, scooters, kites and cricket nets, and enjoy a meal in the beautiful outdoors.

The River Cafe Restaurant's indoor seatingExperience alfresco dining in a relaxed outdoor setting at the River Cafe

Taste for yourself:

  • Bambanani | 011 482 2900 | bambanani.biz
  • Smile Café | 011 465 4162 | smilecafe.co.za
  • River Café | 011 783 2442 | rivercafesandton.co.za

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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