5 More Baby-Friendly Cafes That You Don’t Want To Miss

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We know how difficult it can be to find a place that will fit you and your baby's needs (and the stroller). Here are five places where that's one less thing you'll need to worry about!

Are you stuck going to the same cafe just because you know your stroller will fit through the door? Next time you’re looking to get yourself and the baby out of the house, try one of these baby-friendly cafes and restaurants instead. Plus, don’t forget to check out our previous post on baby-friendly cafes in the city for more inspiration. Enjoy!


1. Moomin Bakery & Cafe


 

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Part of the restaurants in the shopping and entertainment complex of Tokyo Dome City, this cafe themed around the beloved Finnish cartoon is a great place to take your little one. The food menu is basic while still offering a variety of options, and if you order a meal you get access to the bread buffet (which, honestly, is a fantastic bonus—my child would only eat bread if I let him!) Additionally, the beverage options featuring characters from the series, are super kawaii (cute) and worth the splurge. Plus, the thing that made this cafe stick out to me was that they had an entire wall of child seats (instead of two or three—or zero!—like many restaurants), so it is extremely likely that your kid will get a proper place to sit.

Where: 1-1-1 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0003
When: Weekdays 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m.-10 p.m.


2. Spring Valley Brewery


 

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Considering how popular microbreweries have become in the last decade, it was still a surprise to me how Spring Valley Brewery in Daikanyama is incredibly baby-friendly. Their outdoor seating area is spacious and comfortable, with a mix of seats in both the shade and the sun.

Not only can you bring your kids, but feel free to bring your pup along too as it is also pet-friendly! Their baby chairs don’t have buckles, but as long as it isn’t peak mealtime there is enough open space to pull the stroller right up to the table. The beer flight, consisting of six small pours of house brews, was a great choice to pair with my chili burger. The next time you’re out for a walk with the baby and the dog and get a craving for some craft beer and pizza, this is the place to go!

Do note that children preschool age and younger are not allowed after 5 p.m. on weekdays. They will also not serve alcohol to patrons who have come by bicycle or car.

Where: Log Road Daikanyama 13-1, Daikanyama-Cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0034
When: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Sundays 8 a.m.-10 p.m.


3. Bondi Cafe


 

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This Australian-based cafe (named after the iconic Sydney beach of the same name) has four locations in Tokyo. The chain boasts that it is pet and kid-friendly, and I went to the flagship cafe near Hiroo Station. They had an extensive coffee menu for all you coffee-lovers out there, as well as separate menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Menu items are made-to-order and sourced from local ingredients whenever possible so it’s got a nice farm-to-table vibe. The cafe has indoor seating (includes comfy couches, long wooden tables, and plenty of high chairs) and outdoor seating (spacious enough to keep a sleeping ankle-biter, as the Aussies say, in their stroller next to your table).

Where: 5-15-9 Barbizon 70 1F, Minamiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
When: Daily, 9 a.m.-2 a.m.


4. Yurinoki Restaurant in Shinjuku Gyoen Garden


 

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a gorgeous public garden that should be on everybody’s Tokyo bucket list. There are pockets of beauty throughout the park during all seasons, and it is an especially popular destination for hanami (flower-viewing), beginning with bright pink plum blossoms in February and ending with late-blooming cherry blossoms in late April. So if you find yourself wandering through the garden with your baby and hear your stomach growl, the Yurinoki Restaurant in the middle of the garden is the perfect kid-friendly pitstop.

On warm, sunny days there is ample outdoor seating (are you seeing a pattern?), although when I went, our big group of parents and children opted to sit inside. There were plenty of highchairs available for all of the kiddos in the group, and a menu of basic Japanese dishes that pleased everyone. You place your order at a vending machine that has only Japanese (no English and no pictures), but don’t worry: there are menus at the tables that have plenty of pictures so you know what you’re getting, and the meals are numbered as well. Just pay attention to that and you’ll have no problems!

Where: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0014
When: Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


5. Butter


 

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If you’re walking along the Yokohama waterfront with a kid in both arms and soon realize that you are all in desperate need of some sustenance, you have to stop by Butter in the Bay Quarter Yokohama mall. It has (surprise!) outdoor seating in addition to about 12 tables inside.

If your kiddo is walking and antsy, the outdoor seating is great because there is no place to go besides up and down the sidewalk—that’s all kids need anyway, right? The kiddos will have to get pretty far away from your table before being able to get into any trouble. My toddler loved watching the boats, trains, and traffic while we waited for our stack of 10 (yes, 10!) pancakes to split amongst our group. The seasonal menu paid homage to the Reiwa Era, and the specialty lemonades were delish!

Where: Bay Quarter Yokohama 2F, 1-10 Kinkocho, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 221-0056
When: Daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.