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Top 10 Child-Friendly Places to Eat in Joburg

As a self-proclaimed foodie, I have explored numerous eateries and discovered some fantastic places that are child friendly restaurants in Joburg.

From savoury delights to delectable sweet treats, here are my top 10 favourite places to eat that offer a child-friendly dining experience.

Join me as we embark on a culinary journey in Johannesburg, perfect for the whole family!

Top 10 Child-Friendly Places to Eat in Joburg

1. AJ’s In The Park – Craighall Johannesburg:

The Craighall Sports Club is home to this humble eatery, which has swiftly grown a loyal band of regulars who can’t say no to its thin-based pizzas.

2. Tres Jolie – Ruimsig:

Pretty much all you need to know about this kids’ paradise is that it offers camel rides. Oh, and it has a touch and feed farm.

Now you can settle back and enjoy your lunch, knowing it will be some time before the children come looking for you.

3. Fat Olive – Lanseria Muldersdrift:

The lakeside location of this restaurant makes for an extraordinary view and a languid atmosphere. Tuck into hearty fare while the kids amuse themselves with boat rides or take a gander around the petting zoo.

4. Delta Cafe – Craighall Johannesburg:

Probably better described as ‘child-friendly’ rather than a family restaurant, it wouldn’t be right to leave this much-loved local off the list. The picturesque setting and warm service make any visit here feel like a mini-break.

5. Gia’s on Montrose – Sandton Johannesburg:

There’s something special about this outdoor eatery; probably the fact that it’s family-owned. It’s laid-back and low-key, and the food tastes like it’s been cooked with love.

6. Ro’Stretto Al Fresco Cucina – Morningside Johannesburg:

One word: pizza. Actually, the menu is rather diverse, but the pizza makes it definitely worth a second visit. The kids will think so too, especially as they can make their own mini masterpieces.

7. Free Range Life Style Centre – Fourways Johannesburg:

This hub is that rare beast on the kiddies’ restaurant circuit: an establishment where food is taken seriously.

Make that three establishments, actually, since you’ll have your pick from The Lot Restaurant (fresh, deli-style offerings complete with a home-style deli section); the Lot Bakery and Deli (where you can stock up on grass-fed free-range beef and Banting delicacies) and Fresh Culture Café, for irresistible coffee.

8. Smile Cafe – Cedar Square Johannesburg:

The Cedar Square favourite has been joined by an even bigger, better sister eatery at the World of Golf. Expect state-of-the-art play equipment, including a soccer pitch and craft activities.

9. Munch Cafe – Bryanston/Kyalami/Parktown North/Sandton Johannesburg:

The nursery setting of this pretty al fresco restaurant allows grownups to unwind fully while the kids get rid of excess energy at the adjoining playground.

10. Bambanani – Melville Johannesburg:

Many frazzled parents and au pairs have been rescued by Bambanani’s attentive childminders and varied equipment.

A wonderland for kids, the restaurant offers endless entertainment, from a dress-up closet to pottery classes – there are even baby gyms for the tiniest of tots. The food gets a thumbs up, too: look out for interesting choices like shakshuka (Israeli-style spicy baked eggs).

When it comes to dining out with your family, these top 10 child-friendly places to eat provide a delightful culinary experience for both parents and kids.

From attentive childminders and engaging entertainment options to mouthwatering dishes and charming settings, these establishments ensure that the entire family can enjoy a memorable meal together.

So, gather your loved ones and explore these fantastic eateries for an unforgettable dining adventure!

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