Are you looking for the best kid-friendly brekkie spots in Johannesburg? Far more than a lunch spot, breakfast spots are always top of mind for me as a mom. Unfortunately for me, my kids do not sleep in, so they’re up and about, dressed and antsy to get out already, often by 08:00. The rest of the kid-less world is usually still asleep at this time so there’s often less of a crowd, which means less of a wait if we have to be in and out, when the little ones are having a moment.
In no particular order, here are the top kid-friendly restaurants in the Johannesburg area that are open for breakfast, you’ll see I tried to move away from the usual Papachinos and Spur restaurants, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them, they’re just so overdone! I’m continually updating this, so please send me any suggestions if you have found a gem?
Smoke Daddy’s – Fourways. Situated inside Cedar Square, Smoke Daddy’s has great and affordable food options. It has a large covered play area – with an ice cream and candy store (for after brekkie of course!). There are childminders and baby changing facilities. For bookings: 0105992403. Find them at: Cedar Road, Cedar Square Shopping Centre (lower level), Fourways.
Doppio Zero – Northriding. Set inside the Bel Air Mall, this Doppio has a small indoor play area for the kids to enjoy. The restaurant is open from 07:00 on the weekends for those early-risers! For bookings: 011 704 2468. Find them at: Bel Air Mall, Cnr. Bellairs Drive & Malibongwe Drive, Northriding.
D’ Ouwe Werf Food Emporium – Broadacres. The café is situated within Broadacres Shopping Centre, and boasts a massive playground and outdoor seating. Open from 08:00 on weekends. For Bookings call: 011 540 1538 Find them at: Broadacres Shopping Centre, Fourways.
Malaguetta – Edenvale. Open from 08:30 on weekends, this highly popular restaurant has an incredible, secure play area with minders. For bookings call: 011 609 4910. Find them at: 2 Main Road, Eastleigh, Edenvale.
State 5, Free Range Life Centre – Fourways. Brilliant food to be enjoyed while your kids play in two age appropriate playgrounds with the nicest of minders. Open from 08:00 on weekends. For bookings call: 011 465 5193. Find them at: Rustic Timber and Garden Center, 42 Witkoppen Rd, Cnr Kingfisher Drive, Fourways.
Tres Jolie – Honeydew/Ruimsig. A kiddies haven, with camel rides, sand-art, jumping castles, pony rides, mechanical swings and more, there’s loads to keep the kids occupied between their meals. The restaurant is open from 09:00 on weekends. For bookings call: 011 026 0153. Find them at: Plot 22, Peter Road, Ruimsig (between Honeydew & Muldersdrift).
Antonnio’s – Lonehill. A favourite in our home, this is a must visit for a leisurely brekkie. In the summer months be sure to pack a change of clothes and a towel, your kids will end up in the water sprays! Open from 07:00 on weekends, although the minders usually come a little later, there’s a well catered for playground with lots of different equipment. For bookings: 010 5952232. Find them at: Lonehill Shopping Centre, Lonehill Boulevard, Lonehill, Sandton.
Secret Tea Garden – Fourways. A hidden gem in Johannesburg, this venue is best enjoyed on a glorious sunny morning. The kids will love the playground and all the open space to run around. Breakfast is served from 08:00 on the weekends. For bookings: 011 467 1191. Find them at: 16b Penguin Drive, Norscot Manor, Fourways.
Maggies Farm: Home of the Chicken Pie – Lanseria. Another firm favourite of ours, this relaxed atmosphere is perfect to take the kids for a brekkie. They can wander around the little dam feeding the ducks and chickens and play on the jungle gyms. For bookings: 010 133 0080. Find them at: On the R512 (Malibongwe Road) just past Lanseria Airport, Randburg.
Delta Café – Craighall Park. This is such an awesome spot to go to after a Park Run or walk along the Spruit. The menu has delicious breakfast options that you can enjoy under the trees while the kids play in the little playground. Open from 08:00 on the weekends. For bookings: 079 482 5286. Find them at: 20 Marlborough Road, Craighall Park.
La Vie en Rose – Killarney. A great one for those that like an early start, open from 07:00 on weekends. If you’re not looking for an actual playground but want ample space for the kids to run around outside, this one’s for you! For bookings: 011 268 6144. Find them at: Killarney Country Club, 60 Fifth Street.
256 on Smit – Fairlands. A great little gem – think more canteen than coffee shop, but it still has a super cute playground for the kids. Open on Saturdays from 08:30 and there is a child minder. For bookings: 082 463 4078. Find them at: 256 Smit Street, Fairlands.
Silver Birch – Randpark Ridge. Set in amongst the garden centre, there is a stunning playground for the kids, with minders. The play area has just undergone a massive revamp and now features the popular ‘jumping pillows’ – for more, click here. Right behind the restaurant and play area is the mini train and rides so be prepared to buy tickets, our kids convince us every time. Open from 07:00 on weekends. For bookings: (011)792-5714. Find them at: Shop 20, Lifestyle Garden Centre, Beyers Naudé Drive, Randpark Ridge.
Harvard Café @ Grand Central – Midrand. Open from 07:00 on weekends, enjoy their breakfast buffet while watching the planes! There’s also a secure playground for the kids with a jumping castle! For bookings: 011 805 8657. Find them at: Grand Central Airport, New Road, Midrand.
AJ’s in the Park – Craighall Park. Set within the sports club in Craighall Park, enjoy breakfast from 09:00 on weekends. The kids will love the space to play, with a jumping castle, jungle gym & trampoline. For bookings: 081 2345797. Find them at: Craighall Sport Club, 33 Abercorn Ave, Craighall Park.
Two Trees Bakery – Mulbarton. Where better for a relaxed and tasty breakfast? With a large outdoor area, zip lines, monkey swings, climbing towers, sandpits and so much more all set under shady blue gum trees. For Bookings: 076 174 7903 Find them at: 101 Klipriver Drive, Mulbarton.
Panettone Café – Zoo Lake Sports Club, Saxonwold. Open from 08:00 on weekends, with a large, secure garden and play area full of jungle-gyms, slides and swings as well as a trampoline and jumping castle, the kids will be super busy while you relax and enjoy breakfast! For bookings: 011 026 3506. Find them at: Zoo Lake Sports Club, cnr Westwold Way & Lower Park Drive, Saxonwold.
Happily Ever Laughter – Bedfordview. A beautiful, kid-friendly restaurant open from 08:30 on weekends. There’s so much for the kids to do and play with you’ll have a hard time convincing them to go home! For bookings: 011 450 0711. Find them at: 24A Riley Rd, Bedfordview.
River Café – Sandton. Open from 09:00 on weekends, enjoy a tasty breakfast served on their spacious lawns or inside the restaurant. There’s loads of space outdoors for the kids to play on jungle gyms, slides, a jumping castle and a waterslide in the summer months! For bookings: 011 783 2442. Find them at: Sandton Field & Study Center, Sandton.
Munch Café – Bryanston. Situated inside the Garden Shop, it’s open from 08:00 on weekends. There’s a great outdoors area for the kids with some play equipment. For bookings: 011 463 1805. Find them at: 278 Main Road, Bryanston. *There’s also a Munch in Parktown & Kyalami.
The Parks Farmers Market & Pizzeria – Benoni. Open from 09:00 on weekends, this market is the perfect place to relax and chill as a family. There’s ample space to run around and a sheltered playground. For bookings: 072 356 7816. Find them at: 168 Kenmuir Road, Norton’s Home Estate AH.
Lago Puccini – Boksburg. Set in La Como Lifestyle Estate, it has five dining areas with an outdoor patio overlooking rolling lawns, a lake and children’s playground. The restaurant is open from 08:00 on weekends. For bookings: 011 979 7102. Find them at: La Como Lifestyle Estate, Cnr Atlas & Park Roads, Boksburg.
The Green Garden Café – Fourways. Set in The Purple Tulip Nursery, this café boasts a fabulous playground to keep the kids busy. With everything from a zipline, to a sandpit and pony rides, the kids will have a ball. The restaurant is open from 08:00 on weekends. For bookings: 073 417 7533. Find them at: Cnr Cedar & Haven Rd, Broadacres.
Mike’s Kitchen – Bryanston. Here’s a blast from the past for me and my childhood memories! Friendly childminders will watch your children whilst they play in the Kid’s Corner. Open from 09:00 on weekends. For bookings: 011 706 9540. Find them at: 298 Main Road. *There’s also a Mike’s Kitchen with a Kid’s Corner in Cresta, Florida Glen, Lambton & Rosebank.
Bambanani – Melville. This must be the ultimate haven for kids, and parents. Feel rest-assured your kids are having the time of their lives while you sip on a delicious coffee after ordering a tasty breakfast. Brilliant child minders, craft activities, climbing and play apparatus, you’ll have a hard time convincing the kids to leave. For bookings: 011 482 2900. Find them at: 85, 4th Avenue, Melville.
Ramkiki – Honeydew. Feel like you’re miles away in the countryside, Ramkiki has a large interactive play center for the kids to enjoy, all under cover. Relaxing over breakfast while watching over the kids playing. Open from 08:00 on the weekends. For bookings: 011 958 0503. Find them at: 35 Peter Road, Honeydew.
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