Why should grown-ups have all the fun at mealtime? Whether the occasion calls for a view, activities for the little ones or thoughtful kid-friendly menu options – or, indeed, all three – this round-up of Perth’s most family-friendly eateries has you covered.
Hampton & Maley
Considering Hampton and Maley’s owners ran powerhouse fine diner Restaurant Amuse, it should come as little surprise that the food at this brunch-focused café is a cut above. What is surprising, however, is that the children’s dishes – cheese on house-baked sourdough, say, or pasta in sugo and Parmesan – sport the same care as the three-egg omelette, buckwheat fritters and everything else on the imaginative main menu. Bonus: kids’ meals are just $5 each.
59 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
Everyone’s a winner at this specialty coffee café in a one-time auto-electric workshop. Adults will appreciate Sprolo’s deep focus on caffeinated beverages (the café operates its own micro-roaster on-site) and its Asian-accented brunch menu. Children, meanwhile, have their own dedicated area to play after enjoying a precision-made babycino (topped with a marshmallow, naturally) and three-cheese toastie with a side of Greek yoghurt and poached fruit.
138 Canning Highway, South Perth; 0401 625 134
Rare is the young – or even adult – eater able to resist the melted cheese pleasures of pizza, doubly so when you’re talking about the wood-fired specimens at Monsterella (the name comes from early attempts by the owners’ children to say “mozzarella”). Splitting a full-sized pie is a practical lesson in sharing – though there may be a battle over which toppings to choose.
Cnr Grantham and Jersey streets, Wembley; (08) 9287 2949
Moore & Moore
Environmentally minded Moore & Moore is a café in step with Fremantle’s boho vibe. Chef Simon Naber is committed to local produce and producers, whether sourcing free-range eggs or serving icy poles made from cold-pressed juices. A play area and free weekly movement sessions are another hit with younger guests.
The Moores Building, 46 Henry Street, Fremantle; (08) 9335 8825
Perth’s favourite gelateria is full of feel-good facts. News that Chicho’s gelati are churned daily is great for freshness seekers. Locavores will appreciate the offer of seasonal flavours – such as lemon myrtle and macadamia gelato – showcasing Western Australian ingredients. And, most importantly, great tasting gelato makes Chicho an anytime treat for adults and children alike.
180 William Street, Northbridge
There are picnic areas and then there’s The Llawn, Mandoon Estate’s sprawling family-friendly space. The playground is perfect for working up little appetites while a menu brimming with casual deliciousness – pizzas, burgers, spit roasts – appeals to all age groups. And the on-site winery and brewery have all adult hydration needs covered, too.
10 Harris Road, Caversham; (08) 6279 0500
Mount Hawthorn Fish and Chips
Fridays or otherwise, the long-running neighbourhood fish and chipper is brimming with families. While many carry paper-wrapped parcels into the night, others choose to enjoy their well-priced dinner in the cosy surrounds of the Mezz shopping centre. The children’s play area is a picture of youthful energy while families crowd the ping-pong tables.
The Mezz, 23/148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn; (08) 9444 7333
Run Amuk Hotdogs
As far as cool goes, Run Amuk’s mural of pre-loved Matchbox cars is right up there: not just for young‘uns but adults too. It’s just one way this dedicated hot dog diner wins over patrons of all ages. Hand-made sausages will please nutritionally minded parents while the offer of vegetarian and vegan hot dogs ensures everyone can play.
386A South Terrace, South Fremantle; (08) 9335 1216
Bib & Tucker
Run. Swim. Bib & Tucker. It’s the weekend ritual of choice for those fortunate enough to be in striking distance of this Leighton Beach landmark. Ocean views aside, a menu of breezy eats – coal-roasted Cone Bay barramundi, salads full of fresh leaves – is further reason to visit, as is the offer of kids’ meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner complete with children’s activity packs.
18 Leighton Beach Boulevard, North Fremantle; (08) 9433 2147
Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle
The word “institution” gets bandied around a lot, but it’s hard to imagine Fremantle without Clancy’s. Like the name suggests, seafood and beer (mostly local, mostly craft) are the kitchen’s main stocks in trade but less obvious from the title is the abundance of greenery and kids’ play areas that surround the building, in Princess May Park. Add kids’ feeds that come with icy poles for after dinner, and vibrant live music most nights and you’re looking at the makings of a great family-friendly pub.
51 Cantonment Street, Fremantle; (08) 9335 1351
Top image: Bib & Tucker