Family Friendly Restaurants, Cafes and Places to Eat in Adelaide

We’re really lucky here in Adelaide that there are so many great cafes, restaurants and pubs that are great for the whole family. There is nothing better than finding a restaurant that just ‘get’ kids, and who go over and above to welcome them and cater for them.
To make it to our website they will have at least a couple of the below qualities or have something special about them that we know your family will love.

  • A family and kid friendly environment
  • Food our kids will eat (well you know – sometimes kids and eating just does.not.happen)
  • A crafty kids menu thats more than just frozen nuggets thrown on a plate with a handful of hot chips
  • Kid and family friendly staff
  • Kids activities or a play area

It’s not just about chicken nuggets and a few crayons. There’s WAY more to a kid friendly eat that that, and there are some epic Adelaide cafes, pubs, restaurants and dining options that go above and beyond to be family friendly. They are usually the same places that shoot you an understanding look when the squids spill their second or third drink too, right?

If you’re keen to find out the best family friendly place to eat in Adelaide – we’ve done the groundwork for you!

Family friendly cafes, pubs, clubs and restaurant dining options are aplenty in our forward thinking city, with playgrounds and activities on board to entertain your younger peeps. To top it off we have amazing play centres which are a match made in heaven for mums and dads, with great coffee available while the kids play. Read on to find your next family friendly venue to visit!

If we’ve missed a great one you know about please let us know in the comments below, we’d love to check it out.

South Australia’s Best Babyccino

South Australia’s Best Babyccino

Just for a bit of fun, every year here at Kids in Adelaide, we engage the help of our huge local audience to hunt down the best babyccinos in South Australia. We then give you guys the only list you’ll need for the winter….. the top ten BEST Babyccinos in SA!

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Charlie’s Diner at Brighton Metro

Charlie’s Diner at Brighton Metro

Forget everything you thought you knew about Charlie's Diner! The Brighton Metro has had an AMAZING renovation and Charlie's Diner is back, better than ever! The decor, the food, the service, the kids room, the cinema, the deals - Charlie's has really stepped it up a notch and it's the ultimate family dining destination. As we walked in, I...

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Taste the Yorke, Moonta

Taste the Yorke, Moonta

I think I just died and went to brunch heaven. I definitely have a new contender for best brunch on Yorke Peninsula...while staying in Moonta, we dropped into Taste The Yorke, a delightful and delicious café on the main drag in town. Run by Jo and her lovely staff, Taste The Yorke gives locals and tourists alike somewhere to support local Yorkes...

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Bridgewater Inn

Bridgewater Inn

Keep at least one weekend free before winter and take the whole gang up to Bridgewater Inn for a meal in their beautiful multi level beer garden, and if you love some live acoustic music, make it a Sunday. SPACE! SO. MUCH. SPACE! You won't have any problems fitting the prams and a few high chairs around your table (just make sure you book if you...

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Doughballs The Pizza Place

Doughballs The Pizza Place

Attention Northerners - An exciting northern suburbs Doughballs store is now open at Mawson Lakes! I honestly can't remember a time when I have been more impressed with a kids menu. Passionate about pizza, fresh SA produce and delivering a quality value offering and experience to families, we couldn't rave more about our meal with the kids at...

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Okami Japanese Restaurant

Okami Japanese Restaurant

We hope you are sitting down when you are reading this because this is some game changing, all-you-can-eat, family friendly eats news! Not everyone is a fan of all you can eat family spots because, honestly they can be pretty intense. Over crowded buffets with questionable food (looking directly at you tray of cold chips), kids flying around all...

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Best Sushi in Adelaide (for kids)

Best Sushi in Adelaide (for kids)

Is there anything better than a quick easy sushi lunch or dinner with the kids? No waiting, kid friendly options, eat with your hands, only pay what you eat....plus it's (mostly) healthy so the kids will think they are having an awesome treat, while you don't have to feel guilty. Yay! You can find sushi places all over Adelaide - below are some...

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CnB Chicken and Burgers Rundle Place

CnB Chicken and Burgers Rundle Place

Apparently, the world has gone mad for Korean Fried Chicken. A craze I never fully understood until last week when CnB or (Chicken n’ Burgers) officially opened their second Adelaide store and invited us along to sample their mouth-watering menu. It's pretty safe to say, we're addicted! Located in the city’s premier retail centre Rundle Place,...

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Stanley Bridge Tavern

Stanley Bridge Tavern

If you love a family meal out and don't mind a little journey to get to the *very best* places, get Stanley Bridge Tavern on your must visit list. Located in Verdun in the Adelaide Hills just a short hop, skip and jump off of the freeway before Hahndorf, and this is good news if your kids are like mine and don't travel the windy hills roads well....

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Our Fave Pizza Joints in Adelaide

Our Fave Pizza Joints in Adelaide

Pizza is life (OK my life anyway) Pizza can be as sophisticated or as simple as the setting dictates, from fine dining through to sitting on the lounge watching trashy reality TV. It really is the perfect food. But where to find the best of the best, those pizza places you hear about from a friend of a friend, the pizza of legends! Well never...

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Adelaide Playgrounds Near Coffee

Adelaide Playgrounds Near Coffee

Name a better combo than a ripping playground and a strong cup of coffee? There is none. Sitting back with a quality coffee while the kids play at a fabulous playground, allowing you a moment to close your eyes and just recharge, is one of parenting's great pleasures (That and getting kicked in the ribs at 3am by a restless toddler....isn't that...

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Adelaide’s Best Milkshakes & Crazy Shakes

Adelaide’s Best Milkshakes & Crazy Shakes

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard……..ok, no it doesn’t, but some of these beauties might! The Kids in Adelaide team are partial to a milkshake and we have dropped a list of our favourite Adelaide (and beyond) rich, frothy, cold, flavoured dairy milk delights. From the humble traditional milkshake at Skate Side Kiosk in the west, to the...

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Best Spots for Icecream in Adelaide

Best Spots for Icecream in Adelaide

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Is there anything better than an ice cream on a hot Adelaide day? (Or any day really?!) We have collated the best spots in Adelaide & beyond to enjoy a delicious ice cream treat (tough gig, we know!). Whether you're into classic flavours like vanilla, chocolate or rum & raisin, or like...

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Schnithouse – Golden Grove

Schnithouse – Golden Grove

Parents, you know the struggle; tired, sick to death of cooking the same damn thing, just for the kids to turn their noses up every. single. night, but the thought of eating away from home also scares the bejesus outta' you. If this sounds familiar, then I urge you to keep reading. I'm about to share with you the difference between a GREAT and a...

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Remy’s – Deep Dish Pizza & Bar, Adelaide

Remy’s – Deep Dish Pizza & Bar, Adelaide

Do your kids love pizza? Do your kids love mac n cheese? If you answered yes to both......don't make them choose! We've found a place where you can get both......together......on the same plate! That's right.......mac n cheese deep crust pizza at Remy's - Deep Dish Pizza & Bar is a thing.....and it's a DELICIOUS crowd pleaser of a thing. If...

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Ember Pizza

Ember Pizza

Ember Pizza can be found in the impressive 'Provenance' precinct in the heart of Nuriootpa. A lovely old Penfolds building that presents as a hub of eclectic, genuine Barossa food, beverage and tourism experiences. A must do if you are travelling with others, as there is bound to be something here that is sure to please every one, including food...

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Bond Store & CU@Wallaroo

Bond Store & CU@Wallaroo

We recently re-visited Wallaroo's Bond Store - Microbrewery, Distillery and Restaurant. I really want you to know that we do not go back for a second year of featuring an outlet or tourism operator unless the are the absolute bee's knees. This place? There is no way we were not returning to update their feature on our website. It's a must visit...

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The Project at Robe

The Project at Robe

Hitting the Limestone Coast with kids? Namely ROBE in the states South East? You will not find a better family meal, or a better pizza than The Project Robe. Let's go one further, its a pretty hard place to beat, you probably won't find a prettier seaside town to make holiday memories in with your kids than here. Robe has it all, great pizza...

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Harvest the Fleurieu, Mount Compass

Harvest the Fleurieu, Mount Compass

You will find Harvest The Fleurieu just before you hit Mount Compass, just under an hour out of Adelaide. It's really all in the name - at Harvest The Fleurieu you will find delicious fresh produce from all over the Fleurieu, as well as being able to pick your own delicious strawberries from around October to May AND pick your own Tayberries for...

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Harry’s Deli, Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale

Harry’s Deli, Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale

If you haven't visited Harry's Deli at Wirra Wirra in the heart of McLaren Vale yet, or if it's been a while since your last visit, you need to go. Now. I have been a huge fan of Wirra Wirra for years & been there many times with and without kids and honestly, their offerings keep getting better & better! I was lucky enough to enjoy a mid...

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Adelaide Breweries that are Family Friendly

Adelaide Breweries that are Family Friendly

We sure have some fabulous breweries here in Adelaide but did you know that a lot are family and kid friendly? We are talking good quality venues, where the parents can responsibly enjoy a drink or two, while the kids are well and truly catered for with some fabuluos facilities. Because being a parent doesn't have to mean some outings can't be...

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Barley Stacks Winery, Yorke Peninsula

Barley Stacks Winery, Yorke Peninsula

We love a winery that welcomes families and kids. Yorke Peninsula is known for a lot of things, beaches, fishing, summer holidays, Innes National Park.... and honestly? Traditionally wine has never really featured in this region, but stay with us because #worthit - this place is a cracker! It especially gets a high recommend from us, no matter...

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Oceans Food Truck, Kingston Park

Oceans Food Truck, Kingston Park

Oceans Food Truck is a high quality family run "food experience" right next to one of our favourite holiday spots at Brighton Beachfront Holiday Park, located smack bang on the foreshore of Seacliff beach AND right next door to a playground. This place is a hidden gem by every sense of the word. We would go so far as to say it's metropolitan...

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Quench Cafe, Modbury

Quench Cafe, Modbury

When you have a baby or a young child, sometimes you just want to get out of the house and feel like a part of society. Enjoy a hot drink and perhaps some adult conversation. Is that too much to ask? An awesome kids' menu and an indoor playground are positive signs a cafe welcomes customers with children. But as a mum of a 2 and 4 year old, I...

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Pizza Hut All You Can Eat is STILL A THING!

Pizza Hut All You Can Eat is STILL A THING!

Yep, you read that correctly, over eating has never looked better! Marion Pizza Hut still operates an actual restaurant, and you can dine in for 'The Works All you Can Eat' deal! Does family friendly dining in Adelaide get any better than this?! We went along to find out. If you grew up in the 80's there’s no doubt you have fond memories of...

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Location Cafe Edithburgh

Location Cafe Edithburgh

If you are like us, then the first thing you do when you arrive at a small town for a regional retreat is work out the best place for coffee and food. Edithburgh is a small little place, which is part of the charm just quietly, but they are lucky enough to have a fantastic little cafe which is just lovely. Located in the heart of Edithburgh (you...

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Marion Bay Tavern

Marion Bay Tavern

If you have ever explored Innes National Park, right down the bottom of the Yorke Peninsula, you would have driven past the Marion Bay Tavern. Might not look like a lot from the outside as you drive past (it is literally a minutes drive from the entry to the National Park), but this is a real hidden gem with spectacular views, incredible pizza...

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Skate Side Kiosk

Skate Side Kiosk

If you thought West Beach Skate Park couldn't get any cooler, you were wrong. So wrong. I mean sure there are not currently as many planes for spotting BUT there is a new kid on the block and a TASTY one at that. Welcome Skate Side Kiosk. The best new outdoor meal your are going to find with kids! I mean forget playrooms and lawn games, this...

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Shaa-Koo-Tuh-Ree, Victor Harbor

Shaa-Koo-Tuh-Ree, Victor Harbor

There's no better feeling than strolling around town and stumbling across a hidden gem. Most often it happens when you least expect it, but almost always when you need it and when you have kids, this just happens to be all the time. Caffeine is life, truly. This quaint tucked-away coffee shop in the heart of Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu...

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Oleaceae Mediterranean Cuisine

Oleaceae Mediterranean Cuisine

We will help you out here, it is pronounced "Oh-Lee-See-Ah", but all you will need to say after you visit is "Oh-My-God-That-Was-Amazing". Our KiA crew from the hills have been very regular visitors since it opened a year or so ago. You will find it located in prime position right at the top of the beautiful main street in Mount Barker. The...

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Uraidla Hotel

Uraidla Hotel

Uraidla Hotel, simultaneously best and worst pub in Uraidla (that's kind of the joke because it is the ONLY pub in Uraidla), but if you are only going to have one pub in a country town it better be a good one right.....? Well let us tell you.....it is. It definitely is! Only 20 minutes from the city (how lucky are we to have this beauty right on...

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Settlers Tavern

Settlers Tavern

Want to treat the family to a meal but worried whether the kids will sit still long enough to enjoy a beer? Tired of the old nuggets and chips kids menu? Looking for a laid-back atmosphere with affordable meal options? If you said ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, then keep reading. The Settlers Tavern offers families a casual dining...

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Lazy Ballerina, McLaren Vale

Lazy Ballerina, McLaren Vale

Pizza? Check! Wine? Check! Space for the kids to run and play? Check! Stunning gardens straight out of a fairytale? Check! Mums and Dads, Lazy Ballerina is your ultimate lunch spot nestled between the Fleurieu Peninsula and the Adelaide Hills. As soon as you walk up the path to enter Lazy Ballerina, you will know you have found somewhere special....

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The Dalrymple Hotel – Stansbury Yorke Peninsula

The Dalrymple Hotel – Stansbury Yorke Peninsula

The Dal. You guys are going to LOVE this country pub. It's the best we can find on the entire Yorke Peninsula and it's surely gotta be right up there for best on ground in regional SA. Yep, I'm talking a big game, and they bring it, 7 days a week, water front views and incredibly welcoming for families with some great initiatives for kids. The...

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Minlaton Bakery

Minlaton Bakery

Its no secret we love a bakery. In fact hitting up a bakery whenever we travel literally anywhere, occurs so often it can be classed as a hobby. So when we spent the morning at the beautiful central Yorke Peninsula town of Minlaton, we went to where the locals go, the Minlaton Bakery. Located on the Main Street (you really can't miss it), we...

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Vintage Chef Co, Barossa Valley

Vintage Chef Co, Barossa Valley

Just take a moment to check out the breathtaking location for this equally as breathtaking place to take your family out for a meal. Taking out for a meal doesn't seem to do it justice really, it is more 'spoiling your family with a culinary experience', but without feeling like you have to dip into the life savings to cover the bill. So what...

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Paradise Hotel

Paradise Hotel

Here at Kids in Adelaide you know we LOVE a local place we can take the family for a meal that everyone will enjoy, and the Paradise Hotel is just that place - it even has an indoor cinema! In fact, the Paradise Hotel caters for families so well, they have TWO cinemas to make sure all the kids enjoy their visit as much as the adults do! The folks...

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Tower Hotel

Tower Hotel

A family friendly restaurant with a built in kids cinema? Shut up and take my money! The newly renovated Tower Hotel, out on Magill Road at Magill is a majestic old property that has been an icon in the area since around 1840! The renovations have done wonders, with a number of different areas within the precinct catering to pretty much everyone,...

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Normanville Kiosk and Cafe

Normanville Kiosk and Cafe

Normanville is one of THE best (if not just flat out Number 1) beachside regional town in SA. We are so spoilt for choice, but this little town about an hour south of the city on the Fleurieu Peninsula is right up there for its beautiful location, proximity to incredible scenery (second valley for the win) and fab spots for the family. We are...

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Cheffy Chelbys – Port Noarlunga

Cheffy Chelbys – Port Noarlunga

Breakky rolls, brunch and burgers - food for the soul we reckon! Ok, this is good vibes, kick arse, clean, but tasty AF, food. Especially the burgers. These dripping fresh explosions of flavour are so good that you'll also find them in our guide to Adelaide's Best Burgers. Double whammy. We PRIDE our selves on our burger research [Tim is surely...

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NuggLyf

NuggLyf

Nuggets are life. Fact. It is probably also a fact that a lot of you reading this likely have a child(ren) who are those 'only eat nuggets and chips' type of operators when you take them out for dinner. No judgement, I have 2 of those in my clan so know all the feels about trying to get them to try something different. But what if rather than try...

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Adelaide’s Best Donut – (A story by Tim)

Adelaide’s Best Donut – (A story by Tim)

Donuts. Nobody hates a donut and if they do, they aren’t worth knowing anyway. Probably the most important food in our economy, shown by the fact that when referencing any country town the quality of the bakery is point number 1, and every bakery lives or dies by its donuts. Case closed. Donuts are King.

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Schnithouse – Hilton

Schnithouse – Hilton

Schnithouse at Hilton is a perfect place to book a family meal, catch up or celebration when you have kids in tow. Open 7 days a week (that can be hard to find....), expect a family restaurant, but also with an authentic beer house feel to it. Talking to owner Frank, this is exactly what he wanted to offer....quality fresh food, a full bar...

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Cafe Bonython

Cafe Bonython

The Kiosk at Bonython Park Playground has re-opened and it is insanely good! You could literally spend a day here! Offering shelter and a range of seating within eyball distance of the playground, there's so much happening at this on trend new little space. Better still, it's GOOD. Good food, good coffee and a heap of good initiatives for kids,...

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Pottering Around, Semaphore

Pottering Around, Semaphore

Coffee, cake and crafts. Choose one, or choose them all! Let us introduce you to Pottering Around!An energetic team of craft enthusiasts who are not artists, but art lovers who want to tap into the creativity of children of any age and celebrate ceramic fun! Not only can you book in for ceramic painting and a fun session with clay, this cute...

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La Boca Bar and Grill

La Boca Bar and Grill

We love a real kid orientated place to eat out. Its our thing! Playgrounds, kids menus, computer games, the whole kit and kaboodle can really make a parents night out just that little bit easier. But....sometimes we might want a night out that is just that little bit more focussed towards us. The parents. Because we deserve nice things too right?...

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The Stunned Mullet Henley

The Stunned Mullet Henley

Multi award winning fish & chips by the beach? Yes please. I doubt there is a kid in the world who wouldn't want to eat fish and chips on the beach for tea, enjoying all of the freedom to run, yell and cartwheel while taking in the sunset over St Vincent Gulf. There is no play room, or kids meal or kids tasting flight in SA that stacks up if...

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Para Hills Community Club

Para Hills Community Club

The Para Hills Community Club offers families a place to come together with a relaxing and casual atmosphere which offers great value, fast and friendly service, and has an indoor playroom for the kids. Offering a wide (like huge) selection of affordable of menu items that will leave the whole family satisfied, including chef’s selections, club...

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Spaghetti Island

Spaghetti Island

The only Island you will need in 2021! This brand new kid on the Gouger St block makes for a brilliant and easy family dinner. C'mon, who doesn't love spaghetti....... You have to love a food and beverage outlet that does one thing, simply and well. Like really really well. The spaghetti menu is sophisticated, not over complicated and presents...

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Oceanique at Adelaide Sailing Club West Beach

Oceanique at Adelaide Sailing Club West Beach

Ahoy! This is hands down the nicest Adelaide beachfront seaside dining we can find. Expect secluded comfortable, casual, sophistication and million dollar ocean views. Oceanique is gorgeous, yet not for one second is it pretentious or un welcoming for families with children. The menus feature a large percentage of local and ethically sourced...

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Nook & Nourish Moonta

Nook & Nourish Moonta

You will find this high quality, healthy, family friendly gem sitting vibrantly on the corner of Ellen & George Street in the heart of Moonta. It is trendy, it is comfy and just try not to dance in front of the stunning wall art - you won't be able to. On our recent trip to Yorkes we went in search of some healthy options. Don't know about...

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Cafe Capella’s Moonta

Cafe Capella’s Moonta

Whenever you travel to a regional town, you always ask the locals "where is the best place for a feed", which usually points you in the right direction. In the case of our Moonta trip, we were unanimously pointed to Café Capella's for the best family feed, and boy we were not disappointed. Easy to find, right in the heart of town on Main Street,...

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The Bavarian, Tea Tree Plaza

The Bavarian, Tea Tree Plaza

It's not often my family can go out for dinner and truly not able to finish another bite, but that is exactly what happened at The Bavarian TTP. We popped in to try out their new $49 Feed the Family Deal (available daily before 6pm) and it was sensational! This wasn’t a bucket of nuggets trash meal either, this was high quality German-inspired...

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The Essence Cafe, Stirling

The Essence Cafe, Stirling

We love finding a little hidden gem and that's exactly what The Essence Cafe is. Located in beautiful Stirling (Adelaide Hills) The Essence Cafe is tucked away behind the main road with indoor and outdoor seating available, and plenty of car parking nearby. There's also room for prams and high chairs and it's a popular spot for families to grab a...

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Uniqorn Eats

Uniqorn Eats

Well crew, prepare to make your kids wildest food fantasies come true. Seriously. What are we on about? Well cheese coloured toasted sandwiches are so last year, because now your clan will be demanding rainbow coloured cheese (and rainbow coloured everything) after visiting this incredible, brand new spot in the city. Uniqorn Eats, located on...

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The Barker Hotel

The Barker Hotel

Where: 32 Gawler Street, Mount BarkerFollow them on Facebook hereFollow them on Instagram  hereCheck out their website herePhone: (08) 8391 1003 We love a good pub feed and were excited to head up to Mt Barker to try out one of the best pubs in the hills, not only because we had heard great things about the food, but they...

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Tram Side Kiosk

Tram Side Kiosk

Playground and coffee dates have never (ever ever) looked better. Trendy new coffee hut + old world tram car + reeeaally lovely people + million dollar play ground redevelopment. City of Holdfast's Tram Side Kiosk at Wigley Reserve is where it's at this playground season! We popped past Tram Side Kiosk this week for chat with the crew, a snack...

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Kokko – Korean Fried Chicken

Kokko – Korean Fried Chicken

We are going to be honest here and preface this with the fact we are huge lovers of fried chicken. Not really a shock, it is some of the best food going around. It is not a small statement then to say that we were absolutely blown away by the fabulously talented Julie Kim and her incredibly delicious authentic Korean fried chicken. Their website...

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Adelaide’s Best Burgers

Adelaide’s Best Burgers

Who doesn’t love a burger? The KiA team have slipped on their stretchy pants (ok that was just Tim) and taken to the streets to find the best family burgers.

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Saints Kitchen, Salisbury

Saints Kitchen, Salisbury

We hit 5 skateparks out north last Sunday and boy were we in need of a good feed.Bypassing the multitude of fast food outlets on Main North Rd we chose Saints Kitchen to slow things down with our excitable couple of kids. Saints Kitchen is a family friendly, cafe and event space in the Chapley's new centre, Saints Shopping. The significant menu...

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