Try These Family-Friendly Restaurants When Next You’re In Africa.

Charis Raji
4 min readFeb 21, 2022


Peep through 6 highly suggested restaurants on my radar.

Photo by shawnanggg on Unsplash

Ah, travel is back and the vibes are in the air.

You’ve scanned all through Instagram, watched loads of travel reels from your favourite travel influencers and saw a lot of buzz around exploring Africa.

You got convinced, you reserved a hotel of your choice (of course with a view), packed your bags (and that of your kids), got your Covid tests and other important stuff. But you forgot one thing…. What the hell are you going to eat, where are you going to eat? Not you this time, but your kids.

Oh boy. If you’re in that dilemma, I got you. Kids are great and sometimes they make us make bad restaurant choices when travelling so I curated 6 highly suggested family-friendly restaurants in Africa that will leave you as happy as our toddlers.

These places open at considerate hours and specialize in home cooking. Some of these restaurants’ menus have a special section dedicated to kids (did I just see you smile? Good I have your attention.)

They offer excellent values and are very price friendly, but most importantly, they are fun. Here comes the list.

1. Café Paradiso, South Africa.

Café Paradiso serves authentic Italian wood-fired pizza that’s made with 00 flour, fior de latte mozzarella and tomato passata, their pizza also has a gluten-free option.

The restaurant is engrained in family and they have long-held traditions and family values which is visible in their foods. You can (and will) tell from the enticing aroma that emanates from the bakery long before dawn.

Did I mention they are kids friendly? Not only are they kids’ friendly, they are also pet friendly and they are welcome wholeheartedly.

Their menu is in sections and they include Breakfast, Starters/Salads, Hot Beverages, Kids Favourite/Kids Project (which runs till 8 pm), Open Sandwiches/Burgers, Pasta, Mains, Sides, Farmhouse Bakes and Desserts, Gourmet Pizza and Cocktails. So, you and the kids got lots of options to choose from.


Mondays to Fridays: 11:30 am to 10 pm

Saturdays to Sundays: 9 am to 10 pm


Sundays to Saturdays: 4 pm to 6 pm

TELEPHONE NUMBER: (021) 422 0403


2. Zen Gardens, Kenya.

It’s located in the scenic surrounding of Nairobi’s Spring Valley and the restaurant boasts quality food and quality service.

Zen Garden seats 2 1/2-acre space and it holds 3 spacious enclosement — a patisserie, an event facility aid and a restaurant. The surroundings are inspired by the urban gardens of Asia.

Their menu ranges from Appetizers, Wine, Deli Kids, Drinks, Orientals, Pizza, Salad, Seafood Specials, Mixed Platters, Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Mains, Zen Sushi.


Mondays to Sundays: 10 am to 9 pm

TELEPHONE NUMBER: +254 714 744 231

3. Cactus Restaurant, Lagos.

Cactus has been around for 23 years and they are great for Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner.

It has four sitting areas- a café that sells pastries, the outdoor space, the main indoor space, and an extension of the main space that has a great view.

Its menu is categorized into 8 sections with great options to choose from. It also has a playground for kids.


Mondays to Thursdays: 7:30 am to 10 pm

Fridays to Saturdays: 7:30 am to 10,30pm

Sundays: 7.30 am to 10 pm

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 0802 777 7666


4. Cappucino Maroc.

This restaurant is rooted in Moroccan modern history. They are well skilled in dining and culinary as they satisfy the most refined tastes and offer unique and thrilling experiences.

Their menu ranges from Cold Drinks, Crepes, Thai, Children’s Menu, Grilled Cappuccino, Pastry Shop and Pasta.


Mondays to Fridays: 8am to 10pm

Saturdays to Sundays: 8am to 11pm
TELEPHONE: +212 6 10 01 61

5. Fayruz Lebanese Restaurant, Egypt.

Decorated with a blue shade, they specialize in home cooking.

They host a Lebanese brunch that takes place from 1 pm all the way to 5 pm with a set menu of EGP280 per person.


Sundays to Thursdays: 6 pm to 12 am

Fridays: 1 pm to 5 pm;6 pm to 12 am

Saturdays: 6 pm to 12 am

TELEPHONE:+20 2 24 800009

6. Silver Stream Spur, Kenya.

They first opened the business in 1967 and they have grown into an internationally recognised brand with local and international restaurants.

They have over 30 restaurants in Kenya (and abroad) and they provide a warm, relaxed dining experience in a family-friendly comfortable experience.


Sundays to Saturdays: 8 am to 11 pm

TELEPHONE: +254 792 451378



Charis Raji

I write about Architecture, Interior Design and Technology. Aesthetic lass and nature lover