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Top 10 Kids Friendly Cafes & Eateries in Central Geelong

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Published June 10th 2017
Finding a family-friendly place to eat just got easier
Top 10 Kids Friendly Cafes & Eateries in Central Geelong

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There's no lack of food options in Central Geelong. The main thoroughfares are dotted with cafes and restaurants and food trucks line Little Malop Central on Fridays. The challenge as a parent is finding an eatery where prams are not considered obstructions and the whimper of the little one is not frowned upon. Add the availability of kiddie distractions and special meal offers and you have parental bliss while having a bite. Here are the top 10 child-friendly cafes and eateries where you can sit down to a relaxing and enjoyable meal with the kids in Central Geelong.

Hog's Australia's Steakhouse Geelong

Hog's Australia's Steakhouse Geelong
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Child-friendly is an understatement at this dining establishment. Its Kids Club provides a variety of free materials parents can use to keep the children entertained throughout a meal. The restaurant is spacious with a fun, casual and relaxed atmosphere that is ideal for families. High chairs are available for toddlers. Best of all, kids eat free all day on Mondays and Tuesdays accompanied by a free drink and ice cream. The offer is valid based on 1 free kids meal for every adult main meal over $20. $9.90 lunches are also available daily.

Hours: 11.30am - 9.30pm daily
Address: Westfield Geelong, MM1A/23 Yarra St, Geelong VIC 3220
Phone: 03 5221 4661

Bear & Bean

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This cafe offers more than just a good feed using quality local produce. The entire space is family-friendly and offers a child-friendly menu. Prams and strollers have easy access with the double entrance doors. There are high chairs, a change table and a giant blackboard with chalk to entertain kids while the parents relax to a bite and coffee.

Hours: Mon - Fri 7am - 4pm
Address: 136 Rear Ryrie Street, Geelong VIC 3220
Phone: (03) 5222 2300

Dennys Kitchen

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Located in a historic wool store building, this traditional Italian restaurant serves up handmade pasta, wood-fired pizzas and fresh, seasonal plates for lunch and dinner. The space is cosy and casual, a kid's menu offers spaghettis, pizzas and fish & chips for $12 per meal.

Hours: Mon & Tues 8am - 4pm, Wed - Fri 8am - 9pm, Sat 11.30am - 9pm, Sun 11.30am - 4pm
Address: 66 Brougham St, Geelong VIC 3220
Phone: (03) 5223 2536

Groove Train

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The main attraction of this restaurant is the modern and spacious setting that is perfect for parents with strollers and prams. The all-day dining menus are casual with international and Mediterranean inspired meals at reasonable prices and the coffee comes from award-winning roaster Veneziano in Melbourne. Best of all, the kid's meals for children under 12 years have nothing over $10.95 and each meal comes with a dessert of vanilla ice cream & topping.

Hours: Mon - Thurs 8am - 9.30pm, Fri - Sun 9am - 11pm
Address: Shop MMI Westfield Geelong, Yarra Street, Geelong VIC 3220
Phone: (03) 5229 0229


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This trendy corner cafe serves up a menu of healthy food, Five Senses Coffee and bites for the little ones. More interestingly, the cafe supports the One Girl Partnership where 10 cents from every coffee sold is donated to help young girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda access education. This is kid-friendliness from Australia to Africa.

Hours: Mon - Fri 7am - 4pm, Sat 8am - 4pm, Sun 9am - 4pm
Address: 131 Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220
Phone: (03) 5298 2262

Sailors' Rest

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This restaurant and cafe serves up a wide selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner items with views of the picturesque Geelong waterfront. It offers a special menu just for children including grazing trays packed with healthy treats. The nearby lawn also provides some entertainment for kids under the watchful eye of parents.

Hours: 8.30am till late daily
Address: 3 Moorabool Street, Geelong VIC 3220
Phone: (03) 5224 2241

Lic – Lollies, Ice Cream and Coffee

Lic – Lollies, Ice cream and Coffee
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It may not be the quietest eatery in town but Lic can certainly help keep even the most rowdy kid quiet. Geelong's oldest ice creamery offers 37 flavours of gourmet Ice Cream and Gelati, milkshakes, thickshakes, scoopshakes, hot dogs and 90 varieties of pick 'n' mix lollies that will keep the kids slurping and munching away.

Hours: Sun - Thurs 11am - 6pm, Fri & Sat 11am - 9pm
Address: 31 Yarra St, Geelong VIC 3220
Phone: 03 5229 3891

Waterfront Kitchen

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This cafe and bistro in Deakin University's Geelong Waterfront Campus offers a comfortable and contemporary dining venue with plenty of space for strollers and prams. Breakfast, lunch or coffee catered by Truffleduck can be combined with play time at the beach and the Poppy Kettle playground across the road.

Hours: Mon - Fri 7am - 5pm, Sat & Sun 8am - 3pm
Address: 1 Gheringhap St, Geelong VIC 3220
Phone: (03) 5227 8641

Launch Espresso & Kitchen

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Located inside Westfield Geelong and next to an indoor playground, this cafe provides plenty of space for strollers and prams and fun for the little ones on the play equipment before or after the meal. It is a popular stop for breakfast, lunch and especially burgers.

Hours: Mon - Thurs 8am - 5pm, Fri 8am - 9pm, Sat & Sun 8.30am - 5pm
Address: Westfield Geelong, Geelong VIC 3220
Phone: (03) 5222 7941

Cocco Lounge

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Located next to Village Cinema, Cocco Lounge is a convenient pre or post movie stop for authentic Italian pizzas with the kids. The cafe offers a relaxed and laid back atmosphere for breakfast till dinner with excellent coffee and European-influenced and modern Australian cuisine.

Hours: Mon - Sat 7.30am - 10pm, Sun 7.30pm - 5pm
Address: 206-208 Ryrie St, Geelong VIC 3220
Phone: (03) 5229 4921
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Why? Finding a kid friendly place to eat in Central Geelong just got easier
When: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Where: Various locations around Central Geelong
Cost: Refer to individual cafe and restaurant menu
Your Comment
Great article, Lionel, it seems great minds think alike!
by Elaine (score: 3|9412) 2198 days ago
Loved the article Lionel :) A great list to keep in mind while visiting Geelong.
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