Looking for somewhere to eat with the family in Surfers Paradise? There’s a dazzling array of cafes, diners and restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine, and visitors are spoiled for choice. But finding a family-friendly restaurant in the bustle can be tricky, especially when the kids are clamouring for all sorts of fast food options.
Justine McLeary has some tried and tested recommendations for the best kid friendly restaurants in Surfers Paradise.
On Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Nicolinis is a great place to grab a slice of pizza or a filling pasta dish for a reasonable price. Tables are covered with practical paper cloths and the kids get given crayons on arrival. Nicolini’s is open for lunch and dinner. Takeaway options are available.
This down-to-earth Aussie restaurant is a long-standing favourite with locals and visitors. Charlie’s is a family-style diner perfect for casual dining any time of day. Wander up from the beach for a bite, enjoy a drink and a food platter as the sun goes down or pop in for brunch. Charlie’s is open 24 hours and you’ll love the cheerful atmosphere.
Hearty meals served on huge plates make the Hard Rock Café a great option for lunch or dinner. There’s a kids’ menu and plenty of music memorabilia to reminisce over while you’re there. There’s also room for children to run around and nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff. Excellent value for money.
If you want a restaurant with a view, you can’t go past the local surf clubs. You’ll get tasty, satisfying meals in a relaxed atmosphere, and families are welcome. Northcliffe Surf Club offers a children’s menu, high chair and baby change facilities and a kids’ corner with video games. For the adults, there are million-dollar views, tasty meals and an extensive range of drinks.
Surfers Paradise Surf Club also offers great value for money. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s on the waterfront so the kids can frolic on the beach while you eat, if you like. There’s indoor and outdoor seating.
Craving a pancake breakfast or just want a sweet treat? Pancakes in Paradise, in the heart of Surfers, has a quirky hot air balloon theme. Bring the family and squeeze into a balloon basket while you fill up on sweet or savoury pancakes or steak, fish or chicken meals. For the super-hungry, there’s even an all-you-can-eat pancake option.
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