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Top 5 restaurants with cool play areas

We check out KL's five best restaurants with play areas for kids

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Remember when kids spent more time in the play land than at the table finishing a Filet-O-Fish in fast food joints? Now, we have boutique cafés and eateries that offer an updated tableau of play areas without the grease-stained slides and horses on large springs. We checked out the best options on offer.

This new child-friendly food gallery features a multi-cuisine menu that caters to families with young kids. Just opposite the Jungle Gym, this place is ideal for parents to have a meal and catch a breather while kids muck about in the designated play area. The play area covers the whole floor so do keep an eye on your little ones. Besides that, Tuck Shop also has a big party area for birthday parties, baby showers and more.

This little café in Desa Sri Hartamas is a space crafted by six energetic women with family and kids in mind. Homely with a touch that feels like a mother’s comforting hug, For Goodness Cakes has a play area similar to what a young one would have at home. The cosy, bite-sized play area may be too small during peak hours but on the flipside, it’s perfect for kids to make new friends and be easily supervised by doting parents. Healthy eats are available for family and kids but do give their gluten-free brownies a taste if you’re in for a sweet treat with your kid.

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We’re definitely keeping our eye on this little nook in the city. Don’t be confused by the residential exterior because once you step in, the aromatic smell of coffee and the sight of books and couches will definitely entice you to enjoy a cuppa. There is a little play area set up complete with toys for young ’uns as little as three and good ol’ games like Twister and Pictionary for the older kids. Right beside the play area is a large red couch akin to Clifford the Big Red Dog where parents can read or chat while keeping an eye on the kids.

Housed in the comprehensive Happikiddo department store, Big Daddy Little Chef is one eye-catching hideaway where kids can play and eat while parents shop for baby/children’s essentials without interruption. The setup of the play area in the café is attractive and sensitive to a kid’s needs (for example, the area is anti-bacterial and anti-asthmatic thanks to the healing properties of citrus woodchips from Korea). On the menu, cakes homemade daily are available as well as simple meals that can attract both kids and adults alike.

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Noriter is the brainchild of its owner-managers Jason and Jamie and it rocks a ‘sugar-spice- and-everything-nice’ vibe. As it turns out, ‘noriter’ means playground in Korean, so you can bet that this is one for kids and toddlers alike. Menu-wise, food is planned with tots in mind so you’ll find healthy sandwiches and a bingsu noodle set that will resonate with young appetites. Head over to the play area and you’ll see a large space for kids to play and learn. Baby rooms for breastfeeding and nappy changes are also available here to ensure comfort and convenience.

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