Funtastic children’s cafes in Auckland:

Whoa Studios Playground in West Auckland

We know the frazzled feeling when all you want is to sit down for a coffee  and café meal while your kids just want to play and have fun. So, you’re going to love our line-up of Auckland cafes with playgrounds, bouncy castles, and kid-friendly food!

South Auckland

Songbird Café (Manukau)

This café will give your kids something to freak out about, with their giant freakshakes! Flavours include: nutella, oreo, peanut butter, unicorn, and the freakshake flavour of the month. There is also an impressive playground right outside that’s fantastic for older children.

Hawthorn Dene Historic Country Café (Botany)

Breathe in the fresh air and let the kids run wild, while you enjoy your flat white and a raspberry chocolate gateux, in the outdoor garden. The clubhouse, playground and sandpit will keep your kids occupied for hours.

Daruma Sushi (Botany)

Do you and your children struggle to make decisions? Well then, this is the perfect café for you all! The sushi train allows your family to see all the options before you choose from all kinds of delicious sushi combinations. This is a great way to introduce your kids to food of another culture, and you’re bound to find something to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters.

East Auckland

Kings Garden Café Orakei (Orakei)

Does your family pooch travel everywhere with you? Well he’s more than welcome at King’s Garden Orakei. The refurbished classic caravan creates a great play space for children, and the outside area is perfect for man’s best friend, and the kids. The café also has a kids’ menu, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

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Mission (Mission Bay)

Mission Bay Café is the best of both worlds, as it is situated next to a playground and a beach! This family-friendly eatery offers fresh produce from land and sea. They also have a kids’ menu that’s available throughout the day, and highchairs are available for the little guys. Colouring, large outdoor games, the playground, and special events such as outdoor family movies, will all help to keep the kids entertained.

Central Auckland

Circus Circus (Mount Eden)

Round up your little monkeys and take them to the circus, Circus Circus that is! This quirky café will impress your little ones with the roaring lions outside, acrobats hanging from the roof, and the delicious menu. My personal favourite is the ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote, vanilla yoghurt, fairy floss and marshmallows. Yum! Then afterwards, head to the park behind Circus Circus and let your kids burn off their energy.

Cornwall Park Café (Epsom)

What could be better than a café surrounded by a beautiful park? Watch your kids tire themselves out as you sit and relax, enjoying a nice cup of coffee. A rustic menu with homely cooking and sweet treats provides delicious food for all ages.

Food Truck Garage (Auckland CBD)

Can’t resist the taste of fast food but don’t like the negative health effects? Well, have we got good news for you! Food Truck Garage makes simple, healthy food such as burgers, wraps, salads, and tacos. The kids’ menu is perfect for little truckers, and there’s even a great dessert range that isn’t chock-full of sugar!

West Auckland

Whoa Studios (Henderson)

Whoa Studios is the perfect place for kids, old and young. With playground spaces such as the pirate ship, dragon’s castle, mission control rocket and giant crochet net, the sky’s the limit as far as imagination is concerned! While your kids play, reward yourself with a delicious gourmet menu including pasta,meat dishes, and tasty vegetables. Afterwards, enjoy Custard’s World (a puppet show) and satisfy your children’s sweet teeth with ice cream.

The Parkhouse Whenuapai (Whenuapai)

The Parkhouse Whenuapai has an all-day kids’ menu with fun printed activities, and right outside there’s a park replete with swings, a climbing wall, grass mounds, and slides. Talk about an all-rounder!

Boric Food Market (Kumeu)

Your kids can get their farmer on with large vintage tractors, wooden play spaces, tunnels, and a teeny grocery store at Boric Food Market. The ‘Boric Build Zone’ allows your children to play, imagine, and create memories together. Watch your children play against the backdrop of the orchard while you tuck into wholesome garden-to-table food.

North Auckland

Torpedo Bay Café (North Shore)

This vibrant, nautical-themed playground will transport your children to another world. They could be the captain of a submarine, or a menacing pirate looking to dig up treasure, the choices are endless! There’s also free admission to the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum nearby, and a beautiful walk around the bays, if your kids aren’t already tuckered out.

Paper Moon (Mairangi Bay)

Paper Moon is truly a café for the whole family, including your furry friend! The staff love dogs, so take your dog and your children to Paper Moon to revive and refresh after a walk along the beach or a play on the nearby playground. High chairs and buggy parking spaces are available for little tikes. There is also a kids’ menu, and colouring.

Cafe Windsor (Mairangi Bay)

This award-winning cafe comes with the works: an art gallery, free wifi, a bouncy castle, fenced indoor and outdoor playground, great food, and Mojo Coffee. Café Windsor is the perfect play place for everybody and anybody.

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