posted on 31 May 24 | by Explore Bendigo

Bendigo’s Best Family Friendly Eats...

When it comes to eating out, it takes a handful of key factors to keep your little ones happy. It’s all about offering a great spaces for them to roam around, play with others, and of course good food. Here’s some of our top picks for places that will allow you to sit long enough to enjoy your meal and keep the kids entertained too.

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All Seasons Hotel

Gather for a family meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner at All Season’s Bistro, where you’ll find fresh, modern cuisine from an extensive menu. Kids can play on the free Xboxes or expend some energy in the indoor playground. This is a great option if your kids need entertaining. It’s also worth noting that they have a great range of specials each evening – Wednesday night kids meals are $5, there are $10 lunch specials Monday to Friday, $20 Parma nights and more.

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Beechworth Bakery

If eating out with your family requires something a little more relaxed and casual, why not choose a picnic outdoors. Beechworth Bakery Bendigo is an awesome choice with a delicious range of pies, pastries and cakes. Indulge in everything from their famous beef pies, savoury sausage rolls or sample some sweet treats. A picnic can be fun, versatile and a great option for your kids to run a muck outdoors.

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Bendigo District RSL

Bendigo District RSL is a fantastic dining and function option that caters for families of all ages. Their bistro menu offers all your classic favourites for young and old. What also makes it appealing for families is their awesome kids play area. You’ll find free entertainment ranging from educational games, retro arcades, a mounted iPad, an interactive floor projection game, and colouring tables. Plus, there’s also paid games of skill with the claw, car racing and whack a minion, for those looking for something more challenging.  

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Bendigo Tram Café

For a dining option that is truly unique to Bendigo, be sure to check out the new Tram Café at Bendigo Tramways. You can sit in the driver’s seat, play with the controls as though you’re driving the tram and watch the trams roll in. Enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat while admiring the beautifully restored tram – the whole family is bound to love this one!

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Borchelli Ristorante

Who doesn’t love Italian food?! Borchelli is now at two popular locations, Bath Lane and View Street. You’re going to be hit with little Italy vibes from the moment you step foot in the restaurant. The whole family will love the welcoming atmosphere, complete with red and white check table cloths, alfresco dining, greenery, family photos and more. The menu features classic Italian dishes from pasta and risotto to saltimbocca and parmigiana, plus they have a great kid’s menu.

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Nude Foods Breakfast Bar

If an all-day breakfast and lunch menu is not appealing, we don’t know what is. The team at Nude Foods Breakfast Bar have you covered with an awesome range of meals for the whole family. The kid’s waffles are a popular choice with a milkshake on the side. Mum and dad can order a cheeky cocktail or coffee with a meal. The eggs benny and the Nude Food burger are crowd favourites.

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Palling Bros Brewery

If you don’t mind taking the short 35-minute drive out to Heathcote, Palling Bros Brewery is a great family-friendly option for lunch or dinner. They specialise in handcrafted artisan beer, with all their beers brewed onsite. Great for beer lovers, be sure to get a beer paddle and ask for a brewery tour. The menu caters for everyone’s taste buds, using locally sourced products. We love the beer garden on sunny days, complete with a kids play space, plus it’s dog-friendly. 

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Percy and Percy

If you’re searching for a café with awesome vibes, food, and great dining spaces, Percy and Percy is a great choice. We love that you can sit inside, out in the courtyard, on the grass or under the verandah. The menu is seasonal and guaranteed to tempt the taste buds, plus there’s always an abundance of sweet and savoury treats at the counter. The icing on the cake here are the little touches that everyone can appreciate. It’s the colouring pencils and pictures, and the tiny teddy biscuit that accompanies every hot drink – it’s a winner for everyone!