Finding a café with quirk is key when it comes to eating out creatively with kids. Step out of the kids comfort zone and into our round-up of Auckland’s curious cafés they are sure to love!
Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle
Where? 636 Dominion Road, Balmoral
There are few things that come close to the satisfaction of slurping down a hot bowl of noodles, so why not head to Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle for some of the best Chinese food in Auckland. Indulge in an authentic Chinese meal, prepared with fresh, hand-rolled noodles carefully made by the chefs on site, while sitting at one of their cartoon-themed tables. The kids will love pointing out their fave characters from Elmo to the Powerpuff Girls, and with over 200 dishes to choose from, there’s something for everyone – although, you simply can’t miss the golden chicken wings!
Where? 447 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden
Amongst the hustle and bustle of Mount Eden Village is eatery Circus Circus. Circus food doesn’t have to be all popcorn and hotdogs – Circus Circus pairs carnival-themed dining with crowd-pleasing mains for an eating experience like no other. Fan favourites include the Vanilla Pancakes and the Pork Bagel.
The Fairy Shop Ponsonby
Where? 286 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Looking for some magic with your mocha? A treasure trove of magical wares, toys and costumes, The Fairy Shop will enchant your wee ones and your tastebuds with their delicious range of sweet cakes and treats. Planning a party? The Fairy Shop provide a range of themed parties from butterflies to mermaids, and can even provide one of your fave Disney Princesses to entertain the kids!
Puhoi Cottage Tearooms
Where? 50 Ahuroa Road, Puhoi
The perfect place to unwind, the Puhoi Cottage Tearooms provide a tea experience straight out of Downton Abbey. With Devonshire cream teas, and delicious cakes, scones and pastries being baked daily, you will be spoilt for choice in the treat department. Nestled in the countryside within scenic gardens, your wee one will have fun pretending they’re a princess enjoying an old-fashioned high tea experience.
Cakes n Ladders
Where? 173 Symonds St, Auckland Central
Sitting around the table playing Snap at home not cutting it? Amp up your family board game day at Cakes n Ladders. With hundreds of games and a range of skill levels, a round of Snakes and Ladders with the family doesn’t have to end in a temper tantrum – the cupcakes and cookies on offer will be more than enough to keep the kids happy. From strategy games like Battleship and Monopoly, to balance classics such as Barrel of Monkeys and Buckaroo, there is something for everyone at Cakes n Ladders!
BY KERSTI WARD
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