Head to any of these Christchurch locations for parent and kid friendly experiences sure to delight on all levels.
When you become a parent your criteria for “great cafe/restaurant” changes a bit. While top notch food and drink remain a focus, spots that consider kids’ needs become worth their weight in gold. Head to any of these Christchurch locations for parent and kid friendly experiences sure to delight on all levels.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Nestled in the middle of the city's botanical gardens, Ilex Cafe, offers parents and children alike a functional and fresh cafe option. This spot is just a stone's throw from the garden's playground and is surrounded by lush grass greens. Tots can run around outside and parents can enjoy a coffee, or even an adult beverage, while supervising from the huge windows that enclose this modern space. There are plenty of highchairs available and heaps of exciting things to look at like the adjoined green house and Hagley Park museum. The cabinet and menu offer yummy treats for all ages and stages like sourdough crumpets and Huevos Rancheros. On top of the already great location and offerings, the upbeat staff make this cafe a no brainer.
105 Orbell Street, Sydenham, Christchurch
Kids menus that offer only chicken nuggets and fries are a dime a dozen. Grater Goods flips this less than ideal norm on its head as the city’s premiere vegan butchery. Here, kids go crazy for popcorn fricken, fricken burgers and other yummy vegan bites. Their seitan chicken is made by hand using local wheat and chickpeas to create the same hot, crunchy, juicy goodness that kids (and parents) love when it comes to fried chicken but without the icky grease and fat. The vegan poutine is another crowd pleaser that pairs well with a Karma cola or a glass of wine, depending on your age. The vegan food experience at Grater Goods is approachable and fun for diners both young and old, vegan or not.
10 Welles Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
This Welles Street spot was developed with more than just delicious burgers in mind. Burger Burger offers a dining experience that caters to all ages and stages with a kids’ burger menu, tasty yet healthy sides like their signature broccoli, and pint sized shakes complete with sprinkles. They even have a full sized Hape kitchen set that any child is sure to be taken with for at least the duration of a meal, leaving adults to enjoy their burgers and maybe a beverage or two. The staff at Burger Burger always makes an effort to set families up close to the play kitchen, with high chairs and colouring supplies if needed. And to make things even more family friendly, Burger Burger will serve kids meals first because they know that little tummies get impatient fast.
10 Welles Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
New Zealand’s coffee scene is one of a kind, and not just for old people. The youngins’ coffee scene is defined by iconic items like fluffies and pikelets, and both of these Kiwi kid favourites can be found at Coffee Supreme. True to their motto, everything here is “twice as good, and double happy” and these kids’ items are not forgotten in that. The fluffies are sweet, BIG, hot (but not too hot) and the pikelets come served with jam and cream and are perfectly sized for little hands. Adults are often known to order the pikelets with equal or even greater joy as well as killer breakfast sandwiches on Grizzly Baked Goods bread and other tasty bites. Have an adult coffee catch up while your tots delight in an equally sophisticated and fun cafe visit.
123 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
At Sister Kong they just get it. With a toddler of their own, the Sister Kong owners have created a dining concept that makes it easy for adults and their miniature versions to go out for a meal without sacrificing quality or atmosphere. The dumplings are also tasty and cheap (just $1 on Thursdays). Some exciting options include the MC Bao Mac, Viet Pork Belly bao, all the fresh dumplings flavours and the extensive drinks menu. And because kids simply want what they want, the team at Sister Kong chats with kids and parents to custom make dishes that please the whole group.
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