Been a tough week at work? Why not spoil the family with a night of fun at one of these amazing, child-friendly restaurants?
10. Bambanani – Melville Johannesburg
“Many a frazzled parent has 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)”
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”.
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”.
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”.
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”.
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”.
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”.
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 a take gander around the petting zoo”.
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”.
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”.