With so many fabulous cafes and restaurants in Kuala Lumpur perfect for family dining, I thought it was time to update and revamp my album on Kids Cafes in the city.
We have had the chance to try some new places over the last few months, revisit some favourites, and enjoy the classics that have been around for a while, but still offer a great space when dining out with children. From the big impressive soft play set-ups with slides and ball pools, to quieter play zones filled with books, toys and puzzles, there’s always something to keep the little ones busy!
The choice in KL is literally overwhelming and I love seeing new places opening, new concepts being introduced….and sharing all of this, with all of you. This album will be continually updated…. so save it, share it, and come back to check out even more cafes as they open their doors to you and your family.
Happy dining, happy playing, enjoy! S x
BLOKKE, CITTA Mall:
When we heard that one of our favourite kids’ cafes had gone through a refurbishment we had to go along to see.
They haven’t just done a re-fit, this has been one of the most amazing examples of expansion and transformation EVER! They’ve taken over the neighboring shop space on the 1st floor of the mall to make it bigger and better… but just as colourful and fun as before!
Their new playground was designed by the owner’s very own children so they’ve got everything covered! It’s a little LEGO-inspired village with roads and playhouses; you can zoom around on ride-ons, drive in and out of houses, hide out at the fire station, or stand guard at the policeman’s watch tower.
There’s a Construction Area with giant blocks for future builders to enjoy, or if your little one is looking for a bit more action, they can have fun at Monkey Island where you can trampoline, climb, and slide, or chill out in their oversized ball pit!
If you liked their original cafe dining area, fear not – this still exists and can be used for private events and birthday parties, but they now have a brand new cafe area with ample of seating and the cutest LEGO play zone with colourful bean bags and boxes of bricks for those who just want to get back to the basics of building their own creations in view of their parents while they sit and eat.
With the expansion they have also added their own kitchen so food is cooked fresh on the premises throughout the day! Their menu offers everything from all-day breakfasts to salads, sandwiches, pastas and pizzas and they are open daily ( from 10am to 10pm on weekends, 9am to 9pm on weekdays, closed on Mondays).
Weaning Tots, MyTOWN Shopping Centre:
Located on the second floor of MyTOWN Shopping Centre in Cheras, and mixing a cafe with a playground, this place is definitely a great place for families to try. With big tubular slides that descend over the dining area, a ball pool, and a quieter corner with books, cushions and building blocks, you know the little ones will be kept nicely busy while you enjoy sitting in their spacious dining area. Their menu offers a range of healthy food options from edamame or guacamole to simple sandwiches and wraps, to hot meals and even a ‘make your own pizza’ section for the kiddies! For drinks you can have a range of hot teas and coffees or you can try some of their healthy juices, naughty ice cream smoothies, or their chilled bubbly drinks!
There is no additional fee for playing at the children’s play area, but do pass by and enjoy a little something off the menu to get the access for your little ones! A great big space for mummy meet-ups and events too so it’s one to put on the to-do-list!
Bucket B Cafe, IPC Shopping Centre:
A few months ago we went over to see Bucket B Cafe and just loved everything about it!
Inspired and owned by a mum who just wanted to have more coffee shops for mums to enjoy with their little ones, this cute cafe ticks all the right boxes. The cafe is really spacious with lots of seating and offers a great choice of food and drinks (Just look at the photo below with beautifully presented coffees, healthy juices and their take on French toast with bananas that was devoured by my twins in minutes!)
To top it off, they have a lovely little play area for children under 120cm tall; there are play houses and ball games, a slide, and little trampoline, trains and cars, and shelves filled with wooden puzzles for the younger crowd. For older children they have a great selection of board games and books, and their latest attraction of some retro video games that were a real favourite! Add to that a crafting area run by the team at Craft Space and fun weekend events, you can’t go wrong at Bucket B.
Fun Factory Plaza Arkadia, Desa ParkCity:
They opened on Christmas day (2018) and brought a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘child-friendly restaurant’ and I’m so excited to show you the first photos of what’s inside!
The latest addition to Desa ParkCity offers the most amazing indoor play area for little ones.
Children from 3-12 years old have a 3-level play zone with lots of obstacles and climbing fun, as well as a great big slide, and colourful ball pit. Entry is charged at just RM20 for unlimited access during your visit.
There’s then a separate area for toddlers under 3 (which is completely free of charge) and let’s the youngest of diners have their very own fun!
All of this is in-sight of mums and dads who can sit and enjoy a coffee, juice or a meal from their menu serving both western and Asian (Chinese-fusion) cuisine. They are open daily from 12 noon and close at 10pm on weekdays (while they stay open til closing on weekends and public holidays!)
Playground The Cafe, Arcoris Mont’ Kiara:
Yet another fabulous addition to Kuala Lumpur on the food and drinks’ scene, and so perfect for families, mum meet-ups, and even to celebrate a little birthday!
Playground The Cafe opened in Mont Kiara in 2018 and looks absolutely great for dining out with children. Located in Arcoris, not far from 1 Mont Kiara Mall, I’m sure this little haven will soon become a family-favorite.
With a light and airy feel, healthy food options, and a really impressive, safe play area for the little ones to enjoy (all insight of mum and dad), this place ticks off all the right boxes! Open daily from 10am to 7pm, the playground is free of charge for babies under 12 months old and comes with a small fee for children under 5 (price list in photos). If only my two were still young enough to play here I’d be there in a flash!
The Workshop Sri Petaling:
Located on Jalan Radin Bagus 7 in Sri Petaling, we visited just after it’s opening in 2017 and it remains a great spot for families.
With a big open space, a good offering of food and drink, and a fabulous soft play area for the little ones that includes a ball pit, slides, climbing area and a little trampoline, this is a great addition to the area.
It’s an ideal place to enjoy a meal as a family where you know you can eat your food and the children can play safely in the playground. They have a children’s menu and a wide selection of food and for every adult meal ordered, you get free access for one child to the play area. Of course if you just fancy dropping in for a drink, you can choose to pay the flat rate of RM12 for the play area and everyone still has a great time!
Closed on Tuesdays, but open every other day from 11am to 10pm daily with the possibility of privatizing space in advance for birthday celebrations and other functions!
You’ll need socks to be able to play, but this is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Marmalade, Bangsar Village II:
Since their cafe at Publika is no longer open, we’d had this one on our to-do-list for quite a while and were looking forward to dining and playing!
With a nice selection of healthy options, specific kids’ menu, main dishes, and desserts, you’re sure to find something to please every taste. From bagels and smoothie bowls, to classics like lasagne and Caesar salads, and breakfast options and brunch, Marmalade has got you covered.
While this isn’t a new edition to Kuala Lumpur, the cafe (located on the 1st floor of the shopping Centre) is perfect for dining out with the little ones with a dedicated play space in sight of the dining area. Equipped with the essentials of an IKEA kitchen and accessories, baby toys, cuddly animals and a nice little selection of books to be read while chilling out on giant beanbags, there’s enough to keep the youngest members of the family occupied in between courses or while you sit back and enjoy a coffee!
Open from 10am to 10pm daily.
Noriter, 1 Mont Kiara Mall:
This cafe isn’t a recent addition to the city, but it does remain a great child-friendly cafe with the perfect space for little ones under the age of 4.
While it may be in a mall, the space is airy and bright with natural sunlight that beams through the glass ceiling. Offering fresh juices, coffees, snacks and some Korean specialities such as noodles and bingsu, the main advantage here is the use of their lovely little enclosed play area. Catering from the youngest of visitors with bouncers, activity tables and ride-ons, to the more curious toddlers with trains and blocks, puzzles, and play kitchens, this indoor space is one of the best for young families or play dates. Spend RM2O or more to gain free access to the play area, or pay RM10 per entry. They are open from 10am to 9pm daily and can be found on the 2nd floor of the mall.
Upperhouse Kitchen and Dessert Bar, Bangsar:
One of my lovely mummy friends Ferlynda, went to try out Upperhouse, and was very nicely surprised by the great children’s area they have set up for the little ones!
While I haven’t tried their food myself, they do have a great little children’s menu which offers classics like chicken nuggets, fish fingers, and carbonara, but also tuna & cucumber sandwiches, and a mushroom soup with croutons.
They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and have everything from soups and salads, to pasta dishes and burgers, with their colourful creative desserts looking extremely tempting! Also look out for their great value Set Lunches, afternoon teas, and more!
This venue is perfect for mummy meet-ups or family dining when you know little ones have lots to keep them busy; from books and puzzles, to a teepee and mini kitchen, it makes eating out with children so much easier! They are closed every Wednesday but otherwise open daily from 11am until 10pm (until 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday) and can be found in Bangsar on Jalan Telawi 3
For Goodness Cakes, Desa Sri Hartamas:
Not only a cute name, but a cute little café too that welcomes children very whole-heartedly.
Friendly staff ensure you have everything you need; this is the only place we’ve ever been served up crepes personalized with our names – wow! With a nice selection of hot and cold meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner they also make a host of yummy cakes, scones and cookies on the premises, which we didn’t hesitate to try. In the middle of the café there is a nice little play section for the children, complete with Ikea-style kitchen and accessories, cuddly toys, cars, puppets, books and goodness knows what else but it was certainly enough to keep our two busy while we were waiting for our food.
The addition of a large car park just opposite them makes stopping by for a quick bite to eat even easier so be sure to pop by and say hi! Their exact location is on 36 Jalan 27/70A.
Yellow Brick Road, Batai Village (Damansara Heights):
Here you don’t only get one eatery, but two! While Yellow Brick Road is the ground floor coffee shop, you can also take a trip upstairs to the Wicked Pancake Parlour where they also have a great play space for children.
They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and, needless to say, an impressive menu of pancakes that come with an array of toppings! They’ve got great coffee, healthy juice options, and have a a fair bit of space split over the two floors.
Open 9am and 10pm daily, but just take note that the kitchen takes a break between 4&6pm.
(The Wicked Pancake Parlour has slightly different opening hours so if you’re going specifically for the play area upstairs, they only open at 11am on weekdays, 10am on weekends)
Good Friends Cafe, Subang jaya (Jalan SS15/8A):
Perhaps their name says it all, but it’s certainly a nice place to hang out with friends and family when you have little ones.
August saw the start of their brand new menu so now you can choose from a selection of salads, burgers, pizzas, wraps and bruschettas, as well as a good variety of sweet treats. They have a special menu in place for children, which they cook fresh on the premises without preservatives or MSGs so they’re cooking healthy bites for the whole family which is a big bonus.
There’s a play area too, which will keep little ones busy before and after eating, with books, toys, train sets and a host of other bits n pieces for them to enjoy.
Open every day until 10pm. On weekdays they open at 11am, on weekends they open from 8am.
Slappy Cakes Malaysia, Sunway Pyramid:
At Slappy Cakes their DIY Pancakes are their speciality and I have to say, the idea is a brilliant one. Choose your flavours of batter (from chocolate, buttermilk, peanut and pandan) then add some toppings (from their wide selection of fruits, nuts, savoury and sweet things!) and you’re on your way to making your very own pancakes on a hot plate at your table!
This is the perfect opportunity for getting creative by making your pancakes in any size, shape and form, and getting the little ones involved and keeping them interested in their food while you’re out and about.
So much fun for kids and adults alike, but they also have a menu of pancake stacks, teas, coffees and other beverages which they serve daily from 8.30am to 10.00pm.
Find them at Pyramid West on the 1st floor.
Caffe Crema Coffee & Tea, Mont Kiara:
This little coffee shop is host to a wide range of speciality coffees, teas and juices with a small selection of sweet accompaniments for your beverages. Connected to a hair salon just next door, take a sit in the cosy couch area right opposite a little carpeted area for kids to enjoy toys, dolls, cars and a little bit of everything else! Decked out with cushions and books, the little ones can have a play or a read while you get to enjoy your drink!
Antipodean Cafe, Menara Tan & Tan:
Antipodean is a fairly staple name in the Kuala Lumpur with large portions and a big array of food options from all day breakfasts to waffles, salads, some amazing fresh juices, and display cakes to make your mouth water!
At their KLCC branch (pictured above) they have a small, area dedicated to children which, if you’re looking for something to keep the little ones busy while you enjoy your meal, it should do the trick! With lots of toys and puzzles scattered everywhere, this will keep them occupied but it’s normally the moving playing on the TV that gets the attention! Either way it’s definitely an option when dining out with children.
Ra-Ft Cafe’ / Bistro, KLCC at Binjai 8 (off Persiaran KLCC):
Nestled a short walk away from The Petronas Towers this is a nice new addition to the area.
With their designated space for children set up with a few cuddly toys, wooden blocks and a television, it means that parents can eat their meal while the children play or watch a movie.
The menu is Italian-inspired with pastas, salads, breakfast options, fresh juices and their very own home-roasted coffees and has both indoor and outdoor seating.
Wondermilk at Publika:
Not the largest place in town, but cute just the same if you want to stop off somewhere during your time at Publika.
While they do serve a limited offering of lighter meals such as sandwiches with fries, it’s their sweet treats that pull the crowds! Coffees, juices, sodas, and then an impressive choice of cupcakes, which you can buy individually or by the box for special occasions, eat in, or take away. With it’s quaint interior, it’s nice to see that they’ve added a little play corner for the little ones that would certainly keep toddlers busy with a play kitchen and a few wooden puzzles to get to grips with.
Open daily from 10am to 10pm, check out one of their cafes around the city as they have multiple locations (including IOI City Mall, Damansara Uptown and Citta Mall)
O’Coffee Club, Parkson, Pavilion KL:
I hesitated about putting this coffee shop in the album but…..it’s a cafe AND you have access to the cute little play area just opposite s it definitely derserves a mention!
It’s set right next to the toys and stationery at Parkson Department store and acts as a great haven for kids to kick back and burn a bit of energy in the middle of a hectic shopping spree. It’s only aimed for younger tots with miniature steps and slides, but the big pebble ‘stepping stones’ get used quite a bit and are rather fun for relaxing too!
Find them on the 6th Floor within Parkson at Pavilion KL
Thank you so much for reading and taking them to check all these places out. If you go along and try one, let me know how it was!