Finding a child-friendly restaurant can be quite a challenge. You want a place that not only offers great food but also offers facilities to keep your children entertained and safe. We have put together a list of child-friendly restaurants to make your family outings fun for all.

Bambanani (Johannesburg)

Bambanani is a popular child-friendly restaurant located in the upmarket suburb of Melville, Johannesburg. While it boasts contemporary décor, it is also well-suited for children of varying ages. They offer meals that satiate the adult palate and cater to your child’s nutritional needs—there is something for everyone. At Bambanani, there is much to keep your child occupied; your children can watch movies that are displayed on a continuous reel and they can enjoy the arts and crafts materials available at this incredible restaurant. What makes this restaurant stand out, even more, is that they have trained child-minders who are there to make sure that your children are safe.

Bambanani offers the following facilities:

  • State-of-the-art four-storey covered jungle gym
  • Dress-up area
  • Media room with a PlayStation, Wii and Xbox
  • A library full of books for children of all ages
  • Paper mosaic classes


Papachinos (Johannesburg)

Papachinos is a warm and friendly restaurant that has six franchises across Gauteng. The restaurant was established with the family in mind and they offer wholesome and tasty meals, prepared for the growing child. Papachinos also has a well-built playground for your children to enjoy, with child-minders to make sure that all is well. A distinguishing factor is the “roll, make and bake” pizza experience, which allows your children to make their own pizzas.


C’est La Vie (Centurion)

C’est La Vie is the ultimate child-friendly restaurant that doubles as a party venue. It offers play areas sectioned according to age groups and there are pedal cars and jumping castles on site. Here, you can enjoy breakfast and lunch—their sandwiches are the best and they offer fresh baked goods.


Bona Terra Café (Durban)

Bona Terra Café is a quaint restaurant is located in Hillcrest, Durban. They offer a great menu for adults, which includes cheese boards, gourmet salads and mouth-watering quiches. Children can choose their own toppings for their pizzas and sip on gourmet milkshakes. There are two playgrounds for big children and little children, with friendly caretakers on standby. Facilities also include sand pits, activity tables and a wooden jungle gym. For those with babies, there are nappy changing facilities.


Bon Amis at Bloemendal (Cape Town)

Bon Amis is located in the Bloemendal Wine Estate. There is a large play area for your children, it has a jungle gym and a rabbit hatch. The kiddies’ menu includes fruit salads, burgers and hot dogs. At the back of the menu, you will find fun activities to occupy your children and challenge their minds. For adults, the menu offers an array of meals, including sushi and fresh salads. Bon Amis has a changing table for mothers and fathers.



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