While it’s not an easy task to get out of the house with little ones in tow, the promise of someone else bringing you food and a cuppa can sometimes be just the incentive we need to make it happen!
The question is, of course, where to go?
Hobart-based MumSafe™ trainers Sarah Castley of Freedom Fitness and Sheridan of My Fit Mumma have put their heads together to come up with a list of child-friendly cafes and restaurants in the greater Hobart area.
Because it has been a little while since they have had to navigate a café with a pram or even a toddler themselves, they have gone to the most reliable sources to get the low down on the best places to go. Some of the suggestions below even include mini reviews from some of the mums who have recently completed Sarah’s “Freedom for Mums” program (an 8-week program designed to help mums at any stage return safely to structured fitness classes).
The Rivulet Café – South Hobart
“The Rivulet Café at the C3 church building in South Hobart has a big open area good for prams and a fenced playground where the kids can run around while you have a coffee.”
Whilst there is plenty of easy parking onsite, it is also situated on the Rivulet walking rack if you would like to include a stroll either before and/or after your visit. There are several different entry points to the walking track where you can begin your adventure (map). Find out what food and drink options are available at the café here.
The Lost Frieght Café – Kunanyi/Mt Wellington
“The café located at The Springs on Mt Wellington is nice (in good weather). Bring a rug for baby to enjoy the outdoors.”
This unique café is housed in a shipping container at The Springs on Mount Wellington. To see the food options available to accompany your delicious coffee and find out how to get there head to their website.
Spencer’s Hobart – Lindisfarne
“Spencer’s in Lindisfarne is great! They have lots of highchairs available and room for prams.”
Located on the East Derwent Highway, Spencer’s is just an 8-minute drive from the city and a short stroll up Beach Road from Simmons Park on the Esplanade. There are so many great pram-friendly walking tracks in this area and you could also make your way over from Bellerive or Rosny. Dine in and take away options available.
Jam Packed Café – Hunter St Hobart
Located within the atrium of the historic IXL Jam Factory which also houses the Henry Jones Hotel, Jam Packed has plenty of space to park a pram and there is space for toddlers to wander a little without the worry of passing traffic. With a dedicated kids menu available, Jam Packed is located on the beautiful Hobart waterfront and also lends itself to a picturesque leisurely walk. Metre parking is normally available outside and in nearby Salamanca.
Machine Laundry Café – Salamanca Square
Located in Salamanca square, Machine Laundry Café is a great place to visit with toddlers who don’t want to sit still for long. Whilst in would be a little squishy for prams inside, there is plenty of outdoor seating options and this is where you will want to be if you have a toddler in tow so they can try their hand at the giant chess game situated right in front of the café (that’s if you can distract from the delights next door at Plato’s toy store). Meter parking is available in Salamanca place or under cover at the Salamanca Square Carpark. Take a short stroll up the hill to visit the pirate ship in Princes Park adjacent to The Lenna.
Family-owned and run, Puddleduck is nestled in the beautiful Coal River Valley just 20 minutes from Hobart. The family-friendly “Green Zone” area incorporates a playground and lots of space to run around and play outside and even feed the ducks. When using the outdoor space you can choose to order food from their menu (including a dedicated kids menu) or do a “reverse BYO” and bring your own picnic (this excludes BYO drinks which can of course be purchased on-site). You can find all the details, including how to book a spot on their website.
Littlewood Berry Farm
An Urban Farm located on the road to Richmond in the heart of the Coal River Valley approximately 30mins drive from Hobart, Littlewood Farm is home to Little Berry Farm, Littlewood Lamb and Jam Gin. The Patch, as it is affectionately known, is the home of Little Berry Farm. The Patch is the perfect place to head for an afternoon on the lawn, bring a picnic and let the kids run free. The Patch is a pick-your-own strawberry farm and is the home to the Little Bean Coffee Van. Littlewood Farm sells in season locally grown produce as well as locally made ice-cream, sorbet, jams and Gin and don’t forget to say hi to their pet sheep and highland cows!
The season and opening hours are available and regularly communicated on their Facebook page and can vary due to the weather and fruit availability.
The Coffee Hole – Kingston Park and Playground
Located on Sparrowhawk Street. Parking is available on-site and in neighbouring streets. This is an all ages and abilities space. The play space provides play opportunities for all ages and abilities and consists of zones specifically designed for babies, toddlers, primary-aged children, and teenagers. The playground offers a range of genres of play inspired by animals and habitats native to the area. The playground offers nine unique areas of play that are well signed throughout the play space. Grab a coffee and snacks from The Coffee Hole located in the community hub within walking distance from the park.
Find out more about the Kingston Park and Playground here including information about parking, BBQ amenities, toilet and baby change table facilities.
Succulent Restaurant or Sprout Takeaway – Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Located on the Queens Domain, about 2km from the centre of Hobart. Accessing the gardens is easy. There is ample parking, buses stop at the entrance and you can walk or ride along the bike track or through Soldiers Memorial in nice weather. With a total of 14 hectares to explore, bring a picnic and let the children run free and chat to the ducks. The gardens are accessible to all with excellent paths suited to prams.
You can also choose to dine in at Succulent Restaurant however the Sprout Takeaway may be a more suitable option for families with little people. Great coffee, ice-cream and takeaway snacks are available. Toilets and changing facilities available onsite and check the website for seasonal opening hours.
The Red Square Café – Cambridge Park
The Red Square café is a great family-friendly option located in the heart of the shopping precinct of Cambridge Park. With two separate and secure outdoor playgrounds, the kids won’t want to leave!
Red Square has an extensive eat-in or take-away menu including dedicated kids options. The trick with heading here is to try and squeeze in a spot of shopping before they spot the play equipment!
Sheridan and Sarah are both based in Hobart, Tasmania.