Three more Gold Coast kid-friendly cafes for you to try

I’ve been on the hunt again and finally found a few more cool cafes with awesome play areas for your kiddies. All of the trendy cafes which I will be introducing serve fantastic coffee, quality wholesome freshly cooked meals and have a dedicated play area for your little ones. That’s three big ticks!





The first cafe on my list is The Yard Cafe in Nobby’s Beach. The owners, Simon and Tracey noticed that many of their local customers were young families. This led them to create the secluded courtyard play area at the back of their cafe. It’s probably one of the best setups as it’s completely fenced in, has a huge wall sized blackboard and a great play gym. There’s plenty of seating close by so you can eat and drink (did I mention there’s a bar?) while keeping an eye on the little ones. The menu is a mix of mouthwatering classic and healthy combinations using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.



Photo by Sonja Vilenius

Photo by Sonja Vilenius

Don’t let the Surfers Paradise location of Paradox Roasters turn you off. Located within the new 4217 precinct in Surfers Paradise, this cool warehouse themed cafe offers two hour free parking for all diners. The food here is great; bread is baked fresh and there’s always a huge range of tempting sweet delights on offer. Of course the coffee is amazing as these guys take coffee roasting very seriously. The play area is fully fenced in, has a huge blackboard and a variety of toys but unfortunately is located outside the actual cafe but still inside the precinct. You’ll be forgiven if you miss it at first as I did. That said, any play space is better than none right?

Photo by Sonja Vilenius

Photo by Sonja Vilenius


And lastly, Dune Cafe in Palm Beach overlooks the beautiful Currumbin lagoon and is only a few metres from the kids pirate park.  There’s a small indoor play area located in a corner towards the back of the cafe. The large play mat with toys should keep your little ones entertained until the food arrives. Fortunately, there’s also a huge grassy patch out front for the older ones and of course the nearby pirate park. Plentiful parking makes this location a good option but arrive early on weekends as this little gem gets super busy.


If you’ve missed my previous roundup of kid friendly cafes, you can check out that post by clicking here.

Perhaps you know of any other cafes with dedicated play areas? Or maybe you’ve visited one of the ones I’ve recommended, if so I’d love to hear your experience in the comments below. If you’ve enjoyed this post, why not subscribe to the blog to receive new posts by email, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram by clicking on the social media icons.

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