8 child-friendly restaurants in Pretoria

Eating out with small children can be challenging at best and traumatising at worst. Here are the spots in Pretoria making it as convenient as possible while feeding you well.

C’est La Vie (Centurion)

Indulge in hearty breakfasts, snack on sandwiches or enjoy fresh baked goods at this Centurion favourite.
Play area: A big, outdoor play area with top-of-the-line jungle gyms and other toys. Large trees provide shade in certain areas.
Kid’s menu: Classic favourites like chicken nuggets, grilled cheese and hotdogs.
Changing facilities: Communal changing facilities
Child minders: No.
Other: Outdoor play areas are separated by ages so little ones don’t have to be intimidated by older kids at play.

Coffee at C’est La Vie. Photo supplied.

Afroboer (Equestria)

There’s so much to choose from, with the entire menu offering proudly South African treats and dishes.
Play area: There’s a large garden with jungle gyms beneath big trees.
Kid’s menu: Their Tots & Tantrums menu includes a modern take on a boerie roll, a burger option, mac and cheese, and spaghetti with ham.
Changing facilities: Yes, next to the women’s restroom.
Child minders: No.

The kids playground in the distance at Afro-boer. Photo supplied.

Ga Rouge (Centurion)

The comprehensive menu includes pasta dishes, lamb shanks and oxtail.
Play area: There’s a large unshaded play area with numerous jungle gyms.
Kid’s menu: It features French toast, chicken tenders and pizza.
Changing facilities: Yes, in the women’s bathrooms.
Child minders: No.
Other: Enjoy a three-course Sunday lunch buffet. Kids under 5 eat free.

Modern Italian Kitchen (Menlo Park)

Delicious pizza with interesting toppings and a great variety of pasta dishes are available at Modern Italian Kitchen.
Play area: There’s a play area with a well-maintained jungle gym. They also offer sand art and plaster mould painting.
Kid’s menu: It features pizza, pasta, ribs and meatballs.
Changing facilities: Yes, in the women’s bathrooms.
Child minders: No, although staff are on hand to assist with activities.
Other: Kids can make their own pizzas. (Activities are available over weekends and holidays only.)

A kid’s pizza at Modern Italian Kitchen. Photo supplied.

Crawdaddys (Silver Lakes)

Crawdaddys is famous for their large portions and delicious food. Expect seafood, steaks and ribs.
Play area: There’s a large shaded play area with well-maintained plastic jungle gyms.
Kid’s menu: It features chicken fingers, kebabs, ribs and meatballs.
Changing facilities: Yes.
Child minders: Yes.

Olifant’s Café at The Big Red Barn (Centurion)

Everything from wood-fired pizzas to hearty breakfasts and delicious sandwiches are on offer for adults and children.
Play area: Large lawns provide plenty of space for kids to burn off energy.
Kid’s menu: There are a few kid’s pizzas available but most breakfasts (especially the waffles) are great for kids as well.
Changing facilities: In the women’s bathrooms.
Child minders: No.
Other: The property allows for serious family adventure. From Acrobranch to bike trails, there’s something for everyone.

guests seated outside at Olifants Café

The outside area at Olifant’s Café. Photo supplied.

Blue Crane (Nieuw Muckleneuk)

Lots of proudly South African options are available at Blue Crane, from breakfasts and sandwiches to carnivorous delights for meat-eaters.
Play area: There’s a large fenced play area under big trees.
Kid’s menu: It features fish fingers, a kids’ burger and toasted sandwiches
Changing facilities? In the women’s bathrooms.
Child minders: No.
Other: They have bird seed available for the kids to feed the birds at the Austin Roberts bird park, which neighbours the restaurant.

A jungle gym at The Blue Crane Restaurant. Photo supplied.

Willow Feather Farm (Irene)

Nibble on snacks, breakfast and sandwiches, as well as the picnic baskets that are available.
Play area: There are numerous play areas and jungle gyms.
Kid’s menu: It features toasted sandwiches, fish fingers, scrambled eggs and chicken nuggets.
Changing facilities? Yes.
Child minders: No.
Other: Order a picnic basket and take a walk through the petting zoo.

The outdoor play area at Willow Feather. Photo supplied.

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