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.

La Vie Lente (Pretoria East)

Situated in the heart of Pretoria, this unique bistro restaurant and venue offers a tranquil setting for you and your loved ones, to relax and enjoy the amazing food.

Play area: The restaurant features a huge lawn area for children to enjoy various activities and a small play area with toys and a seesaw.
Kids’ menu: They also offer a kiddies’ menu, serving the favorites all day which includes treats like cheese grillers and toasted sandwiches.
Changing facilities: Offers changing station in the bathroom.
Child minders: No 

Papachinos (Silverlakes)

Super cool family-friendly restaurant with plenty to offer for the whole family, boasting an extensive food menu with an option to make and design your own pizza for the kiddies. Be sure to spend your next family outing at this awesome place.

Play area: The restaurant has a huge outdoor play area for kids with slides.
Kids’ menu: Amazing kiddies menu with all time favorites.
Changing facilities: Yes
Child minders: Yes

Afroboer (Equestria)

There’s so much from which to choose, with the entire menu offering proudly South African treats and dishes.
Play area: There’s a large garden with jungle gyms beneath big trees.
Kids’ 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 outside seating area at AfroBoer. 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.
Kids’ menu: It features fish fingers, a kids’ burger and toasted sandwiches.
Changing facilities? In the women’s bathrooms.
Child minders: No.
Other: Children can feed the birds with the bird seed available for at the Austin Roberts bird park, which neighbours the restaurant.

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

Crawdaddy’s (Silver Lakes)

Crawdaddy’s is famous for its 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.
Kids’ menu: It features chicken fingers, kebabs, ribs and meatballs.
Changing facilities: Yes.
Child minders: Yes.

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.
Kids’ 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.

PLTFRM Wolwespruit (Erasmuskloof)

Offering a comfortable, inviting atmosphere, beautiful surroundings and loads to keep the little ones busy, this is the ideal spot for families to come together to unwind over a delicious meal.
Play area: Besides all the open space where your kids can burn up some energy, there are also jungle gyms they can play on.
Kids’ menu: Oats and scrambled eggs are on the breakfast menu, while mains include spaghetti, pizza and chicken strips.
Changing facilities? Yes.
Child minders: Yes.
Other: Older children might enjoy the mountain bike and running trails.

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.
Kids’ 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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