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Family Friendly Dining


In search of family friendly restaurants and local eateries that cater both their menu and activities for the whole family? Joburg Tourism has put together a list of local restaurants fit for all types of families!


Whether it’s as a result of the looming winter load shedding or just simply wanting to escape your homebased cooking routine, there’s no excuse not to take the family out for a restaurant cooked meal every now and then.  With so many family friendly restaurants serving Jozi citizens, you need not look far to find your family’s next favourite hangout.


The Field and Study River Café

Detailed in a previous post showcasing some of our favourite hiking trails, the River Cafe in Parktown Sandton serves up family friendly dining with the Braamfontein spruit as its backdrop. Located in the Sandton Field and study centre, the River Cafe offers a relaxed alfresco dining experience with both indoor and outdoor eating options available. Kitted with a child friendly play area, volley ball which doubles up as a sandpit all located in safe and secure enclosed grounds, the River Café consistently delivers warm and friendly service, good food and a fantastic family venue for any occasion!


Papachinos – a Family Friendly Franchise

What started as a family friendly hangout in Fourways has since become one of the most well-known and much loved family friendly franchises in Jozi. Now located at various branches throughout the city, Papachinos offers great quality, wholesome child friendly dining as well as state of the art playgrounds and restaurant facilities surpassed by very few in its class. Where kiddos can make and bake their own pizzas or order off the kiddie’s menus, adults can order from a range of menu items catering to a variety of tastes and dining expectations.


Ristretto in Sandton

With its home in the heart of Morningside, Ristretto (pronounced Ri-streh-toh) offers a Sandton based dining experience where the whole family is welcome. Offering an enjoyable family outing where kids get to play on extensive jungle gyms while adults can relax and enjoy a meal with the assurance that their children are being supervised by qualified child minders. Ristretto serves up `a diverse menu with a hint of a Mediterranean and Italian flair, including breakfast, light meals, café snacks a variety of lunch items as well as hearty dinner dishes.


Bambanani- Family and Food

If you haven’t heard of Bambanani, are you sure you even have kids? Bambanani is one of the most well-known family eateries in Melville. Serving up exquisite items off their carefully curated menu while keeping the kids gleefully entertained under the watchful eye of a team of resident child minders, Bambanani even offers a unique child security system ensuring the safety of your child. From an elaborate 4 tier jungle gym, to a ball pit and a smaller jungle gym for the tiny tots, as well as a soft toy play area and a secret playhouse, Bambanani will keep the kids entertained for hours while you take a much needed time out under the shady trees of Melville.


While that’s all we have time for today, the list of reviews of family friendly eat out’s is endless as more and more restaurants are established throughout the city to specifically cater to young families and child diners. Keep a look out for a supplementary insert detailing other family friendly restaurants you don’t want to miss.