Child-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes

There are some great kid-friendly restaurants and cafes in Christchurch.

This list has been compiled from recommendations of mums in Christchurch. I’ve added a (D) by those that are evening dinner options.

*Please check online or by phone to confirm details.

Shop 6 Carnaby Mall, New Brighton; Tuesday to Saturday 8.00 am to 4 pm, Sundays and Mondays Closed; 03 595 2126
A child friendly place, but also satisfy people who have special dietary requirements (dairy, gluten, sugar free). They also have regular events for kids/families. They have a tuned piano and anybody is welcome to play it. Find more details on their website.

Artisan Cafe
18 High St, Rangiora; 7am – 5:30pm; 03 311 8633
They wanted parent groups to be able to relax and enjoy their coffee so they built a separated play area for children as well as parents changing room, both located on the second floor.  Info found here.

Boat Shed
2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch; 7:00am – 5:30pm (summer) & 7am-5pm (winter), open 7 days
Great kids menu and reasonable prices. Info found here.

(D) The Bower
487 New Brighton Rd, Christchurch; Hours: Cafe 9am-9pm Bar 9am-Late; Phone: 03 388 9138. They have a great playground, fully fenced, great kids menu and many colourful pictures and things on the walls that the kids enjoy looking at.

(D) Caesars Northwood
Northwood Supa Centa, Main North Road, Belfast; 03 323 5420
The Restaurant caters for and welcomes Families with children of all ages whilst realistically offering quality food & beverages for all ages and budgets, including a “Seniors & Smaller Appetite” menu and “Children’s menu”. Info found here.

(D) Coffee Culture
140 Colombo Street, Beckenham; 7am–10pm (weekdays), 8am-10pm (weekends)
There is a kids play corner. Info found here.

(D) Coffee Culture
The Palms Mall, 5 New Brighton Rd, Shirley; 7am–10pm (weekdays), 8am-10pm (weekends)
Has a kids area, complete with the latest videos, opens onto a seating area so parents can enjoy a few moments respite from their littlies. (Have also heard that the first fluffy is free and then additional just 50cents.) Info found here.

(D) Craythornes
Corner Nicholls & Halswell Rds, Halswell; 03 332 7132
Mother Craythornes offers a great menu selection for breakfast, lunch, dinner and light snacks, as well as providing a full range of fine ales, wines and spirits. (Have heard that the kids meals are only $5 or $10 depending on their age and it’s nice for an evening meal.) Info found here.

Ditto Cafe (inside Parklands Library)
46 Queenspark Dr; 9am–4pm (Mon-Friday), 10-3 (Sat), closed Sunday; 03 383 4774
Outdoor area to play and kids meal combos. You can eat at the cafe or anywhere in the library. Books, computer games and comfy couches. Info found here.

(D) La Porchetta
484 Cranford Street, Papanui; 03 352 2094
With delicious meals and great staff, you can enjoy your meal in a relaxed environment which is family friendly. Large seating areas for group dining, small preschooler play area, kids menu and Mini Chef Parties also available. Info found here.

(D) Meshino
75 Rutland Street, St Albans; 03 355 2449
Meshino is a sophisticated suburban café by day and a bustling bistro by night. (I’ve been told it has an outdoor play area for children.) Info found here.

Raeward Fresh
800 Harewood Road; 7:30am – 4:00pm (Mon-Sat), 8:30-4pm (Sunday)
Has an enclosed children’s outdoor playground. Their focus is to be a family-friendly inviting café for you to relax, with exceptional fresh food. Info found here.

Raspberry Cafe
40 Rhodes Road, Selwyn; 9:00am – 5:30pm (in season); (03) 329 6979
Good, homemade, delicious and satisfying food in an environment that is comfortable, peaceful (well, most of the time!) and conducive to a nice dining experience. Info found here.

Red Cafe (inside South Library)
66 Colombo St; 99am–5pm (Mon-Friday), 10-4pm (Sat & Sun); 03 332 8200
Outdoor area to play and kids food. You can eat at the cafe or anywhere in the library. Books, computer games and comfy couches. Info found here.

Ristretto Cafe
670 Barbadoes St (opposite St Albans Park); 8:30am-4pm (Mon-Fri), 9am-3pm (Sat & Sun); 03 385 8670
They have a secure and safe childrens play area so you can relax. “A must visit if you love great coffee and food!” There is also a park and playground across the road. Info found here.

Silverbacks Cafe
144 Cashmere Road, Christchurch; 7:00am – 4:00pm
Featuring great coffee with freshly made fantastic food from their kitchen. Info found here.

The Store at Tai Tapu
687 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Tai Tapu, ChCh; 7:30am – 4:30pm (Mon-Fri), 8:30am – 4:30pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
A popular destination for families, children are always welcomed and they have a ‘just for kids’ menu, a sandpit and indoor activities for the little ones so adults can enjoy a relaxed dining experience. Info found here.

(D) Teppan Yaki
2 Waterman Place, Ferrymead Central; 03 348 5644
Teppanyaki is a style of cooking in which the chef prepares your food in front of your eyes on a cooking table called “ Teppan”. Your food is cooked as you watch. Info found here.

(D) The Watershed
12/23 Humphreys Dr, Woolston; 03 384 1326
Kids Entertainment 10.30am-12.30 Sunday mornings are all about the kids. Good times & great kids entertainment with face painting & balloon animals. Info found here.

(D) Winnie Bagoes
Unit 3, 2 Waterman Place, Ferrymead; Open 7 days from 11:30am; 03 376 4900
Since its inception it has been known for high quality pizza served in a funky eclectic environment. They believe in friendly, casual yet professional service. Info found here.

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