Melbourne: Top Cafes for Sunny Days

These cafes are made for sunny days in Melbourne. Most offer amazing outdoor play areas for those active little ones.

The Farm Cafe, Abbottsford

A fun family day out where your children can get up close and personal with real farm animals. Head in early and have breakfast and a coffee before you visit the animals or take some time out to relax for lunch. The rustic farm style café has heaters for the cooler months as it is an open café. In summer it’s be divine here.


Oliver’s Garden Cafe at Queen’s Park, Moonee Ponds


A fun spot to visit in an awesome lake-side location when you all need to re-fuel or a hit of caffeine, and the little ones need to burn some energy, run wild and spend some time playing in the playground.

Carousel Cafe, Albert Park

A pretty lakeside spot for brekky, lunch and just coffee and cake after a lap of the lake with the family. Bring the kids, bring the pram, bring the scooter, hey, you can even bring the dog!

Oscar’s Hangout, Mordialloc

A trendy cafe wine bar in Mordialloc who welcome kids, dogs, prams, mothers groups etc. It’s adjacent to parklands with huge windows so if your so inclined your kids can go nutty while you don’t share your eggs with them.

Mr Brightside, Caulfield South

Grab picnic blankets so that you and the family or mothers group can enjoy the parks outside. It is surrounded by parks in 2 directions- one with a play equipment.

Brighton School House, Brighton

A cool old school house come cafe has an outdoor play area with seesaw, swings, slide, little school chairs and sandpit.

Cowderoy’s Dairy, St Kilda

A very kid-friendly cafe oozing old school milk bar charm with a playground and park right next door

The Boathouse, Moonee Ponds

A very family friendly option in the West, located on the banks of the Maribyrnong river. Only a stones throw from the bike track, oval and playground. Perfect for catch-ups with other families for early tea or Mother’s Groups during the day.

Happy River Cafe, Footscray

A very cute, very family friendly cafe with lots of outdoor space, toys, books and fun play things. Definitely made with kids in mind. It makes for happy little ones and happier parents.

Jimmi Jamz, Elwood

A spacious, warm and inviting space that is great for group get togethers and family meals. The kids will love the outdoor play area complete with cubby and slide, and the parents will love the cheap pizza and a glass of vino.

Birdie Num Nums, North Carlton

Good food. Great coffee. Baby-cino’s. Cool sandpit. Special Kid’s menu. Lots of families. What more could you want? A very kid-friendly option, perfect for a weekend breakfast or lunch or week day Mother’s group coffee catch-up.

Cubbyhouse Canteen, Armadale

A canteen with great food and coffee right on a park with a fence playground!

Phoenix Park Cafe, Malvern East

Coffee and the park go hand in hand. Here they are conveniently combined with an amazing adventure playground, and a simple, casual and fun very kid-focused cafe.