It pays to find a cafe that welcomes mothers and babies. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stepping out for breakfast or brunch is a favourite pastime for urban Australians, and this shouldn't stop just because you have a new born.

That said, there's nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable at a small, crowded cafe because your baby is screaming.

At these kid-friendly cafes, the sight of your little one is not going to be such a shock. These institutions have been hand-picked because they are spacious, bright and willing to make babyccinos.


1. The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney

The Grounds is the new it-place for discerning brunchers in Sydney's inner-west. Doubling as a function space for weddings, this huge cafe and coffee roaster is set in a retro-chic building on beautiful gardens. Enjoy an al fresco breakfast in a place where prams are never a problem, or dine inside and take a walk around this surprisingly serene setting after brunch.

The Grounds
2 Huntley St
Alexandria, NSW


2. Birdie Num Nums, Melbourne

This hugely spacious and just-trendy-enough cafe in family-friendly Carlton North is suitable for big mother's groups, or a table for two, plus high-chair. Sit in the window and watch the world go by, or step outside to the courtyard, complete with sandpit for little ones. Everywhere you look, there are toys and games for kids, so you can enjoy your morning break.

Birdie Num Nums
745 Nicholson St
Carlton North, VIC


3. Dragonfly Cafe, Eden Gardens, Brisbane

The bonus of Dragonfly Cafe is that it's located in the middle of Eden Gardens, a beautiful community setting that offers inspiration for your own garden, as well as sustainability and environmental education. The cafe itself is in a tranquil waterside setting, near to a children's playground, where family-friendly vibes abound.

Dragonfly Cafe
Corner Gympie and Beams Roads
Carseldine, QLD


4. Brown Cow, Melbourne

One of the south-eastern suburbs' favourite breakfast spots, Brown Cow is a warm and inviting setting, flush with rich timber and a fire in winter. There are plenty of lounges inside for you to luxuriate on, while the decked patio makes for a breezy outdoor breakfast in the warmer months. The suburb of Hampton is chock-full of trendy mums, so you won't be alone in your babycino requests.

Brown Cow
382 Hampton St
Hampton, VIC


5. Brown Dog Cafe, Adelaide

This warm, welcoming and entirely baby-friendly eatery boasts one of the best chilli hot chocolates going around, but that isn't why it's listed here. There's space for larger groups, and an al fresco garden area with heaters for cool weather. Best of all, there are toys and colouring books for entertainment.

Brown Dog Cafe
143 Goodwood Rd
Goodwood, SA