7 Child-Friendly Restaurants In Pretoria

Looking to treat the whole family to a lovely meal? Here's a bunch of child-friendly restaurants in Pretoria. We even have a list of Joburg restaurants too if you're planning on venturing out to that side over the weekend!


Since the opening of the first Papachinos in Fourways in 2003, Papachinos has grown to become a much-loved family establishment. The Papachinos concept is based on fulfilling the need for a child-friendly, family-oriented restaurant offering wholesome meals and access to state-of-the-art playgrounds. The Papachinos in Silver Lakes doesn’t disappoint with its modern jungle gym and hearty menu options, including the Roll, Make & Bake Pizza, make for a fun-filled family dining experience.

Details: Sevens Décor Centre, Silver Lakes Drive | 012 809 3539 | www.papachinos.co.za

The Barn Restaurant at Irene Dairy Farm

The Barn Restaurant, one of two restaurants on Irene Dairy Farm, is the ultimate family hangout. With outside seating under the old oak trees, jungle gyms, antique tractors, lush gardens and farm animals to see, you’re guaranteed a good time out. The à la carte menu is available every day of the week and includes a selection of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, grills, delicious pantry treats and a kiddies menu. On Sundays, don’t miss Barn Restaurant’s delicious and oh-so hearty Sunday Buffets.

Details: Nellmapius Drive, Irene |  012 667 4822 | [email protected] | www.irenefarm.co.za |

The Barn Restaurant


AfroBoer is an edgy baker’s café and coffee shop. The spacious lawn area and garden surroundings with jungle gyms for the kids, coupled with something scrumptious from the Tots and Tantrums menu, makes for a family-friendly meal outing. Older children will also enjoy the uniquely witty décor that gives this popular place its inviting ambience.

Details: #1 Meerlust Office Park, Meerlust Avenue, corner of Lynnwood Road and Meerlust Avenue, Equestria, Pretoria | 012 807 3099 | [email protected] | www.afroboer.co.za

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Safari Restaurant & Conference Centre

The name says it all: Safari is an open-air restaurant with views of the plant park’s animal life, dams, waterfalls, trees and tea garden. Expect to meet free-roaming ducks, parrots and peacocks during your visit to this outdoorsy establishment. Adjacent to the restaurant is a large playground area equipped with a jungle gym, slide and sandpit. The Safari Animal Farm that houses piglets, bunnies, miniature goats and marmoset monkeys is also accessible from the playground area.

Details: Corner of Lynnwood and Rubida Road, The Willows, Pretoria | 012 807 4545 | [email protected] | www.safarirestaurant.co.za

The Suburban Restaurant

The Suburban Restaurant is situated on a declared historical heritage site and offers an upscale rustic dining experience. The venue’s abundant heritage and well-kept gardens make it a great option for a Sunday lunch with the family, a romantic dinner for two, and even functions for any special occasion. Enjoy your meals served among the relaxed garden atmosphere, with in- and outdoor seating options, complete with access to the spacious kiddies play area filled with jungle gyms, slides and wide open spaces.

Details: Candlewoods Estate, 1795 Stone Hedge Road, Centurion, Pretoria | 079 432 5795 | [email protected] | www.thesuburbanrestaurant.co.za

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Blue Crane Restaurant & Bar

Situated in the heart of Pretoria, right next to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, sits the Blue Crane Restaurant & Bar. This is the ideal place if you’re looking to unwind with the family on a leisurely Sunday, enjoying a scrumptious Sunday breakfast and lunch buffet complete with beautiful views from the deck, overlooking the dam and the bird sanctuary. As for the kids, they’ll not only enjoy a tasty meal from the designated Kiddies Menu, but can also blow off some steam playing on the custom-built jungle gym.

Details: 156 Melk Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria | 012 460 7615 | [email protected] | www.bluecranerestaurant.co.za

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Image from the Blue Crane Restaurant & Bar via Facebook.

The Red Barn Café

The Red Barn Café is just the place if you’re looking for a lovely day out and about in nature with the family. Situated within the barn at The Big Red Barn, the whole family will get to enjoy tasty meals at this café before heading outside to enjoy the wide range of exciting activities available at this family-friendly venue. Fun activities on the property includes exhilarating tree-top adventures at Acrobranch, a cycle park, and a large play area for the kids.

Details:  7 Nelson Road, Irene, Pretoria | 066 563 7558 | [email protected] | redbarncafe.co.za

Red Barn Cafe
Image from Red Barn Cafe via Facebook.

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