Recently we had breakfast at Mt Coot tha Botanic Gardens Cafe and it was so delightful, I couldn’t help but come straight home and write it up for you to find out more! 🙂
The Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens Cafe sits on the edge of Mt Coot-tha’s glorious botanical gardens in Brisbane’s west and is a kid friendly restaurant for young nature lovers. The Botanic Gardens Cafe (sometimes called Mt Coot tha Botanical Gardens Cafe) is best known for its weddings and events but it also offers child friendly dining on its large outside (but covered) deck.
On one side is the car park, where you will park if you drive here, but on the other side is the beautiful view of the gardens!
And this place is great for kids. The lawn outside is perfect for taking out your takeaway snacks while the kids go duck, lizard and frog spotting. However inside, we noted that there was a trolley with colouring books and story books for little diners, as well as high chairs for babies.
So whether you sit inside or outside, you are taken care of here.
Once you have secured a table (it does get busy in peak times but it was not busy when we were there at around 9.30am on a Sunday morning for breakfast), you can head up to the counter to order. The wait staff will bring your order out to your table when it is ready. When we were there it was quick – about 10 minutes.
Botanic Garden Cafe menu
As I said above, we where there for breakfast, and had the waffles and what is referred to on the menu as the ‘small breakfast’. It were plenty for me! Both were delicious!
And in addition to yummy menu and the usual kid friendly features, you’ll find some added extras to dazzle and entertain little ones!
Mt Coot tha Botanic Gardens Cafe and surprise dining guests!
Botanic Gardens Cafe’s proximity to the garden’s lake means that you might have a few guests at lunch. Kids who love a bit of bird spotting or lizard watching might be lucky to make new friends on the deck. You’re bound to find multiple types of lizards in Brisbane Botanical Gardens.
The Botanical Gardens Mt Coot tha Cafe is perfect for older kids although its proximity to the lake front means keeping a keen eye on curious toddlers. The Mount Cootha Botanical Gardens Cafe greatest allure for families is the stunning views – which can prove too hard to resist for little kids! Lizards, ducks and birds all gather in front of the cafe, keeping kids entertained throughout their meals.
Brisbane Botanical Gardens Cafe – kid friendly features
- high chairs available
- baby change
- kid’s menu
- good access with a ramp for the pram
- good amount of space
- outdoor/casual dining
- kids’ birthday parties
Make a family day of it!
Why not add to your Mt Coot tha Cafe Botanical Gardens adventure and make a day of it! Mt Coot-tha makes an amazing day out for families.
Near the cafe you’ll find:
We walked after breakfast around the lake and over to the playground. I loved these little sculptures right near the playground:
- Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens including the Japanese Gardens and Greenhouse
- Mt Coot-tha Planetarium
- Mt Coot-tha Lookout
- Slaughter Falls swimming and hiking area
Getting to Mt Coot-tha Botanical Cafe
Take the Planetarium turn off from Mount Cootha Road and find a park. You’ll soon see signs to the botanical gardens, and Botanical Cafe will be right in front of you. If you’ve brought the pram, go around the side where you’ll find a ramp up to the cafe and enough room to manoeuvre it when you get there. you can either sit at a table for a meal, or get comfy in one of the couches where you can enjoy a coffee.
The Legacy Way Busway gives fairly easy access to the botanical gardens but it can be a bit of a hike with young children.
Opening Hours: Botanic Garden Cafe
The Botanic Gardens Cafe is open from:
- Monday 8:30 am–4 pm
- Tuesday 8:30 am–4 pm
- Wednesday 8:30 am–4 pm
- Thursday 8:30 am–4 pm
- Friday 8:30 am–4 pm
- Saturday 8:15 am–4 pm
- Sunday 8:15 am–4 pm
Get Out with Kids Tip: The kitchen closes at 2.30pm.