10 child-friendly restaurants where kids can play chef

Posted on April 13th, 2018

Keeping kids entertained when you go out can be a struggle. We round-up 10 child-friendly restaurants across the country where your little one can play chef and create her own dishes. By Nikita Camacho

10 child-friendly restaurants where kids can play chef

Finding a restaurant that ticks all the boxes for your little ones can be frustrating. We’ve done the work for you to make dining out easier, so the only tough decision you’ll have to make is which one to choose. Each restaurant we’ve found caters for the whole family with a great play area. Better yet, it puts the fun back into eating as the kiddies get to create their own dishes.

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Papachinos

This popular franchise is fast expanding. It is a firm favourite for families thanks to their great indoor and outdoor play areas. The menu caters for all tastes – from fish to pizzas to delicious desserts.

Your little ones will love making their own pizzas and ice creams.

Located in Boksburg, Stoneridge, Clearwater, Fairways, Silverlakes, Broadacres

Visit papachinos.co.za for more info.

Papachinos

Café Paradiso

In the heart of the Cape Town CBD lies Café Paradiso. A gem of a restaurant that serves the most delicious homemade risottos. Children can create their own pizzas and cookies.

Located in Cape Town

Call 021 423 8653 or visit cafeparadiso.co.za for more info.

Cafe Paradiso

Ri’Stretto

This Italian restaurant focuses on the heart of good food and family. The expansive children’s menu has ample choice for kids, so fussy eaters won’t go hungry. The kids will have a ball creating their own pizzas.

Located in Midrand and Morningside.

Visit www.ristretto.co.za for more info.

Ristretto

Junipa’s Bistro

The owners of this all-day cafe and bistro pride themselves on creating wholesome, fresh food. Children can roll up their sleeves and create their own pizza with the freshest ingredients.

Located in Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Call 011 706 2387 or visit junipas.co.za for more info.

Junipas

Chez Nous

This restaurant boasts an a la carte menu along with a breakfast and lunch menu. The kiddies will love the grand play area and the opportunity to play the role of chef.

Located in Westville, KwaZulu-Natal.

Call 031 266 7011or visit chez-nous.co.za for more info.

Chez Nous

Al Fresco

This Italian establishment has wide-open spaces that are perfect for families. While parents enjoy the scenery, the kids can create their own meals.

Located in Honeydew, Johannesburg

Call 011 794 4388 or visit their Facebook page for more info.

Al Fresco

Col’Cacchio

This artisan pizza restaurant franchise is perfect the whole family. Moms and dads choose their pizzas from the menu while the kids create their own.

Located in countrywide

Visit colcacchio.co.za for more info.

Col' Cacchio

Bona Terra Café

This family restaurant was created with children in mind. It boasts a kids’ club focusing on the great outdoors while parents will love the French inspired cuisine.

Located in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal.

Call 065 268 6018 or visit their website for more info.

Bona Terra

Malagueta

There’s something for the whole family at this Mediterranean inspired restaurant. The kids won’t want to leave the colourful playground.

Located in Edenvale, Johannesburg.

Call 011 609 4910 or visit their website for more info.

Malagueta

Panettone Café

The outdoor family Italian restaurant has an extensive menu, including a build-a-burger option.

Located in Parkview, Johannesburg.

Call 011 026 3506 or visit their website for more info.

Panettone Café