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  • The toddler-and-baby friendly Inner North

    These 14 places might be good for little ones, but they are also "adult-friendly." Save the chicken nuggets and wall decals for some other day.

    • Feb 2017
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    To me, the term "family friendly" normally conjures up images of thousands of screaming kids, garish colours, dirty toys and bad pub fare. Ick. Behold: here are some of my favourite places to go and eat in Melbourne's Inner North. They are not dedicated kids' spaces, but they ARE kid friendly. Now everyone's happy!

  • Grub Food Van

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    Food Truck

    Eat inside, eat outside, eat in a greenhouse. Delicious fresh meals. Room to turn a pram. A cubby hut. A fish pond. A caravan kitchen. Talking books in the loo!

  • Kreisler

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    Art Gallery

    A multi-purpose art gallery that overlaps the cafe next door (Hungry Birds). Eat outside, or around a family table in a gallery room. Plenty of pram parking

  • Travelling Samovar Tea House

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    Tea Room

    A beautiful Oriental-style tea-house and tea-shop. A sunny courtyard. Pram ramps. Incredible, exotic teas (and iced teas). Forget babycino, order a baby tea!

  • Collingwood Children's Farm

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    Farm

    Farmers' markets (2nd Sat of each month) & a cafe for you. Cute animals (many wandering free) for them. Cow-milking. Egg-hunts. Abbotsford Convent is next door

  • Crafternoon Cafe

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    Café

    On the menu: food, drinks, and craft! Pram parking is a bit tight but it's well contained inside and no need to worry about making mess (paint smocks included)

  • Das T-Shirt Automat

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    Apparel

    Have the kids design their own t-shirts (tea towels, etc) and get them printed at this window. Use a photo or scan a drawing. Also presses your audio onto vinyl

  • CERES Community Environment Park

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    Community Center

    A garden, a plant nursery, community workshops, art exhibitions, organic markets and a cafe with loads of high chairs. Plenty of safe space for toddlers to run

  • St ALi North

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    Café

    Great cafe on the bike path. Delicious food. Loads of high chairs. A little play area outside. If the weather is good, ask the staff for a picnic blanket

  • Melbourne Museum

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    Museum

    A dedicated indoor/outdoor exhibition space for toddlers that is interactive, contained, safe & fun. Plus a cafe, change rooms and the rest of the museum to see

  • La Condesa

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    Mexican

    Lovely courtyard in graffiti-filled laneway, with cheap tacos! Indoor cantina with broader menu and all-weather space. Great Johnston St homeware stores nearby

  • East Elevation

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    Café

    A cafe in a chocolate factory! The kids (and you) will love to watch the factory at work. High chairs. Plenty of room to turn & park prams. Mini hot chocolates

  • Edinburgh Gardens

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    Park

    Pack a picnic and let them loose! Shady trees. Off-lead area for dogs. Two fenced play areas. Oval, tennis & lawn bowls next door. Close to St Georges Rd cafes

  • N2 Extreme Gelato

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    Ice Cream

    Everyone loves gelato. This place has creative, ever-changing flavours. Plus a "weird science" liquid nitrogen way of making it that you'll all love to watch

  • Little Creatures Dining Hall

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    Gastropub

    For the grown-ups: gourmet pizza, burgers, beer! Also, booths (easier to manage kids); inside/outside rooms; a "family table" with toys & books. On Brunswick St

Naomi Bulger

Naomi Bulger