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The best child-friendly restaurants and cafés

Frazzled parents out for dinner with your kids, this list should give you some peace of mind

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The best child-friendly restaurants in KL

Restaurants

Benbino

With stroller parking, an ample number of highchairs and a cute kids' playground adjoining, Benbino is a welcome addition to KL's selection of family-friendly cafes. Look for the giant yellow giraffe and head up the spiral staircase to this compact and comfy spot. If you can get the kids past the magical display of sweets, there's a whole menu of meals, created and portioned for small tummies. The menu is just what you'd expect from the BIG Group and it includes crowd pleasers like mac 'n' cheese, pizzas, salads and pastas. We were happy to see that many dishes sneak in a few healthy vegetables, such as the cauliflower tater tots and the cauliflower base margherita pizza. We even tried the build-your-own tacos and were surprised to find that the accompanying chicken tenders were crumbed with quinoa, which gives a satisfying crunch. If you’re not into the tapas style portions for yourself, some dishes are also available in adult portions.

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Green Tomato Café

It’s a shame that KL doesn’t have more alfresco eateries such as Green Tomato Café. Located in a lush green compound in the heart of KL, Green Tomato isn’t immediately visible to the naked eye, but it’s easy enough to locate. The free parking and ample space for strollers are a huge plus! Surrounded by batik-making facilities and a batik store, the café chiefly caters to art students looking for a quick bite. On weekends, families trickle into Green Tomato for simple but reliably delicious brunches. Order favourites the likes of perfectly poached eggs Benedict, freshly baked muffins, espresso beverages and refreshing fruit juices. A kids’ playground was recently set up on the lawn so encourage your little ones to play barefoot. The café can even tailor its latte art classes to suit children by swapping coffee for hot chocolate.

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Gula Cakery

Decked in bright and playful colours, Instagram cake shop Gula Cakery has finally opened their brick and mortar store in Kota Kemuning. The atmosphere is cheerful and family-friendly; we’re impressed with how the kids’ play area takes up more than a quarter of the café situated on the first floor. The ground floor is a roomy space for baking workshops that’s fully equipped with state-of-the-art baking facilities. The 24-year-old founder Arieni Ritzal combined her degree in early childhood education and her love for baking and turned it into a lovely family business venture: Her parents help out on the daily operations and her brother, Adrien Kent (known for his designs for Feeka, Sitka and Inside Scoop), designed the café. The desserts taste as good as they look. We particularly favoured the Nutella-stuffed chocolate chip cookies and the delectable choux pastry. We even went back the following week for their salted caramel chocolate tart and their very generous serving of crème brûlée. Besides the sweet treats, there’s also simple home-cooked fare from Arieni’s parents like nasi kerabu and nasi tomato with ayam masak merah. Baking classes are open to kids aged three and up.

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Primrose Hill Active Learning Tea Room

The best thing about bringing the kids to the Primrose Hill Tea Room is that you can send them into the learning centre for a few hours while you relax with a book and a cup of Cosy organic tea. Your brew will arrive in a sweet teacup and saucer, accompanied by generous jars of brown and white sugar with bright plastic spoons and a finger of biscotti on the side. The cakes, cookies, cupcakes and biscotti are baked on site and are perfectly proportioned for young tummies in search of treats. Hungry? The Tea Room specialises in simple homestyle food so you (and the kids) can tuck into English breakfasts, grilled cheese on toast with a variety of toppings, or a main like the roast chicken and mash that was on offer when we visited. For main meals, there are generally just one or two options and these are changed daily.

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Antipodean Café

Simple and unpretentious, with its menu handwritten on the chalkboard wall of the café (this particular feature has its good points and bad), Antipodean serves up delicious food with a touch of home. Choose from the mains or the luscious cakes or indulge in their all-day breakfast menu. Despite not having a children’s menu, the café does have a range of items that should appeal to kids: The porridge with honey and banana and the banana pancakes will definitely please finicky young palates. If the portions are too big, just talk to the staff and they will shrink them accordingly. The café has recently grown to include four outlets (with new premises at Mid Valley and Atria Damansara) but we’re confining our recommendation to the Bangsar and Menara Tan & Tan outlets. These have cosy kiddie areas, equipped with toys, little tables and a television showing cartoons. At the Bangsar café, even Fido is welcome to join the family’s brunch.

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Tuck Shop at BSC

What used to be known as Stuff Your Face Cafe has now been converted to a new child-friendly food gallery that features a multicuisine menu. Tuck Shop occupies a big share of the fourth floor of BSC and is located opposite Jungle Gym. It looks like a food court except that the space is big enough for kids to play. They even have TV programmes that are specially dedicated to kids. For parents, WiFi is available so that you can have a meal while your kids play and eat. Besides that, they have a big party area that's suitable for birthday parties, baby showers and other joyful occasions.

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