It's school holidays — the perfect time to take a break from cooking and embrace the Gold Coast’s fine cuisines. From engaging kid’s menus to onsite playgrounds – we’re sharing our picks for the top family-friendly places to eat while on the Gold Coast.
While Italian is always a child pleaser, Gemelli will deliver a nod of approval from parents too, with a bellissimo menu of made in-house pastas including the owner’s ‘nonna’s secret recipe bolognaise’. If it’s pizza you prefer, the authentic wood-fired pizza by the metre offers a wallet-friendly way to feed the family. After a meal, the kids can burn off excess energy at the grassy park in front of the restaurant while you relax with a glass of wine.
Insider Tip: Get a table near the pizza oven to be entertained by the pizza makers twirling and tossing the dough
An appealing décor and arguably the best burgers on the Coast make Betty’s a perennially popular choice. Parents and big kids can choose from six burgers, including a classic, a chicken burger, pork belly and even a mushroom burger for vegetarians, while the little ones have their own appropriately kid-sized burger. Everyone will love the ‘concretes’- rich ice-cream with a choice of indulgent ad-ons to mix in.
Planet Trekkers Menu at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
Leading children’s food expert and best-selling international author, Annabel Karmel, has created a menu full of nutritious (and delicious!) dishes specifically for InterContinental, which are available in the Resort’s restaurants. The dishes embrace flavours, textures, smells and tastes to take children on a tasty voyage and connect them with the Gold Coast.
Healthy, entertaining and fast; a sushi train ticks most the boxes for parents and kids alike. Even fussy eaters will find something to please at O-Sushi at Broadbeach with a wide range of freshly made and ever-changing dishes hitting the train, including sushi and sashimi, dumplings, tempura and more. As well as the dishes on the train, there’s also a broad a la carte menu. All dishes are MSG free.
Insider Tip: There is an incredible outdoors play area nearby, visible from the restaurant, and a children’s dream with giant grass-covered cubes.