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4.8 /6 Excellent 63 Reviews

Birdie Num Nums

Carlton North Café $$$$ +100

About Birdie Num Nums

At this cute cafe on Nicholson Street, adults can catch up over a cup of speciality coffee or tuck in to some delicious Australian cuisine while the little ones have lots of fun frolicking around in the sandpit out the back. Catering to the young, old and everyone in between, Birdie Num Nums is a favourite among the good people of Carlton North and Brunswick, featuring a toy-filled courtyard and sandpit, charming decor throughout and a menu featuring everything from all-day breakfasts to lunch and dinnertime options. Birdie Num Nums is one of Melbourne’s best-loved kid-friendly cafes – for many dads and mums in the area this Nicholson Street spot is a home away from home.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 07:30 - 16:00
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 16:00
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 16:00
  • Thursday 07:30 - 16:00
  • Friday 07:30 - 16:00
  • Saturday 07:30 - 16:00
  • Sunday 07:30 - 16:00
Birdie Num Nums, Nicholson Street 745, 3054 Carlton North

Further Information

Melbourne mums know that childcare is an all-day, all-weather job, so it’s little surprise that Birdie Num Nums caters to the care of little ones from just about dawn (8am, seven days a week) to four in the afternoon – when it’s naptime for any age! The courtyard and sandpit out back of the cafe’s Nicholson Street location is a top choice for toddlers, and you can rest assured that it’s sheltered from both sun and rain. While the kids make sand-wiches, why not kick back with a boutique Teadrop tea or a Bonsoy latte prepared from Axil Coffee Roasters beans? Heck, why not go for one of the quality beers?

As for the food, Birdie Num Nums has worked hard to present a cafe menu that the whole family can enjoy. There’s small and big breakfast options, an all-day lunch menu, and of course a special kids’ menu for the picky eaters at the table. From eggs your way to the Birdie’s double smash avo to the pan-fried corn fritters for lunch, we still can’t go past the avocado and vegemite soldiers! Be warned: given that Birdie Num Nums serves a very select section of the Melbourne community and is located in bustling Carlton North, the cafe does get very busy with groups of mums and dads taking a break, so to guarantee a table at this kid-friendly Melbourne cafe, making a reservation beforehand is recommended.


63 Reviews

4.8 /6 Excellent 63 Reviews
Noise: average
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: short
Food: delicious
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1 review so far 6
13.08.2017 13:29

Awesome place for toddlers, plenty of space with outdoor heaters and cover so any weather is fine. Food was nice and staff friendly, we will be back!

1 review so far 6
30.04.2017 08:19

Great place our kids loved the atmosphere with sand pit and toys and we loved the coffee and food, Fabio was great with his service.. We will visit again

1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 17:07

Very attentive staff often staff won't come back to ask if you wish another drink and leave you too long before taking your initial order the opposite was true here

1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 07:06

Friendly and very accommodating staff. Great space for children to play within easy eyesight of adults. Good food. Perfect family spot for weekend brunch or coffee

1 review so far 6
04.07.2016 09:56

We're usually reluctant to take the kids out for a meal in case they interrupt the experience of other diners. Birdie Num Nums removes that angst, since the kids can play and the crowd all appreciate that children are unpredictable. Our meals were tasty and served quickly, service was friendly. Our three-year old asked if we can go back again so that has to be a good sign!

1 review so far 5
27.04.2017 08:31

Birdie Num Nums was just the perfect place for our daughter's birthday. Plenty of room to safely play within the courtyard. We did not have to worry about the where abouts of all the kids. Perfect! Great tasting food and good coffee to top it all of. We will come back and spread the word. Thank you.

1 review so far 5
10.10.2016 10:10

Birdie Num Nums is a very kids friendly cafe. The staff are friendly and helpful. Both mum and bubs have a great day. Definitely a great place for mothers group and catching up with other family.

1 review so far 4
06.04.2017 13:48

We visited Birdie Num Nums on Sunday for lunch and enjoyed our meal, and the play area is ideal for young children. It would be nice if there were a few shared plate starter options on the menu.

1 review so far 2
27.03.2017 11:22

I had not been to Birdie Num Num for quite a while- felt it needed a bit of a spruce up. Specifically the outdoor area was a bit tired and grotty, Toys in the renowned sand pit were very worn and dirty. The toilets were not very clean and lacked toilet paper. Our meals were very very long in coming- waited over an hour. Initially we felt this might have been due to having a big table- but it soon became ridiculous. We were told the 'new person' had taken the food to the wrong table and it was sent back to the kitchen- but obviously no one thought to follow-up. When food finally did arrive some was overcooked, Staff appeared to be distracted most of the time. Overall quite disappointed- particularly when my memory of previous visits was quite positive. Perhaps resting on their laurels a bit?

1 review so far 6
22.11.2016 19:49

My children kept busy most of the time, allowing the adults time to catch up. We could see them from where we were seated in the courtyard, which was perfect on that particular nice day. To top it off, my special of the day pasta was delicious too!

1 review so far 5
17.11.2016 08:24

Toys desperately need replacing. Otherwise Birdie Num Nums is the perfect location for families, mother's groups, or people with children. Fantastic service. Great food. Great atmosphere

1 review so far 4
03.07.2016 18:25

The food was great I had the breakie smash and my mil had eggs on toast with her choice of sides. The reason i chose this cafe for brunch was forge child friendly/ play area feature, unfortunately the kids playground needs an upgrade. The ride on toys were in need of repair and the sandpit was wet as it is not under the shade sails.

1 review so far 4
10.06.2016 06:29

Large group of us on a Sunday morning. They were very busy and a bit flustered when we arrived. Our table wasn't ready. We waited about 10 minutes at another table, which was fine because we were still waiting for a few people. Ordered the latkes. Unfortunately they weren't latkes, they were fritters/pancakes. A bit disappointing. Everyone else was very happy with their food.

1 review so far 5
14.04.2016 09:17

Great place for parents with toddlers. We were able to eat our meal in peace while watching our little one happily play in the kids area only a few metres away from us. Food and coffee were nice - definitely met the high Melbourne brunch standards!

1 review so far 6
19.03.2016 15:54

A fantastic and comfortable space to let kids run around while you still enjoy adult conversation. The staff are caring, attentive and courteous; the food is great and affordable; and the play area is safe for kids.

1 review so far 4
19.01.2017 19:06

Was here with a family. The food was good. A pity I had to ask for my coffee 3 times before it came to the table (it was almost an hour wait). I was patient. Chose this place for my little nephew to run around and play outside. Will return with the little ones.

1 review so far 6
16.04.2016 19:14

Finally a child friendly with a nice menu for adults too. My meal was fantastic and there was plenty for the kids to choose from too. Great service and the kids didn't want to leave.

1 review so far 5
11.06.2017 09:37

Very good food, I loved the armosphere. Waiters were all lovely and very helpful, the only reason I didn't give it full marks is because it's a little bit pricey but you do pay for the quality of the food you get.

1 review so far 5
05.09.2016 08:47

Understandably busy given Father's Day so wasn't fussed about the wait for our meals however coffee took a very long time (roughly half an hour) and when I asked for an updated I was given some attitude and told "we're busy"

1 review so far 6
05.09.2016 08:25

loved it my mum really enjoyed her 75th birthday there and so did the guest that attended, the food was very nice and joyable ,would highly recommed your place to all my friends

1 review so far 6
08.05.2016 08:40

Food was yum and the sandpit is fantastic for the little ones. First cafe I have been to where I didn't have to leave because my toddler was bored. He loved it.

1 review so far 5
08.05.2016 22:36

We had a lovely brunch today- thank you! We appreciated the child friendliness of the space, menu and staff. The indoor space is very noisy- this didn't bother us but might be challenging for anyone hard of hearing.

1 review so far 6
29.05.2016 08:26

Great for kids and still good food and service. Out door area is partly covered and heated. The coffee was good! And we had two of the egg dishes - yum!

2 reviews so far 5
13.07.2017 12:22

Went here with the bubba on a freezing day. We were the only ones in the play area but the staff kindly turned on the heater just for us! Lovely service and good food.

2 reviews so far 6
21.01.2017 10:22

Great place to visit with kids. Great coffee and food. Highly recommend to all. Great place to visit with kids. Great coffee and food. Highly recommend to all.

1 review so far 6
01.05.2016 19:29

Loved this place!!! The food was lovely, coffee was great, and staff were so friendly. Great place to have brunch whilst the kids play. Will definitely be back!

1 review so far 5
13.07.2017 09:34

Great service and a good menu. Family friendly and a lot of fun for the kids. We enjoyed our brunch there and didn't have to stress about the kids making a little noise

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 10:36

We Love it!! We sat outside and weren't forgotten about. Great food service and kids have a ball!! My son is nearly 4 and entertained himself easily!!

2 reviews so far 6
10.09.2016 08:03

Delicious food, served promptly by friendly and helpful staff. Lovely atmosphere. This cafe is not local but our second time here in a month. Worth the travel.

1 review so far 5
16.10.2016 18:45

Love the atmosphere and great for kids. Service was slow but they were busy and food was nice. A little pricey for what you get but good quality food. Will return again.

1 review so far 6
08.05.2016 15:08

Great service, lovely food. Staff were very attentive and service speed was just right. Coffee hit the spot, great for kids even on a rainy day.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2016 10:52

Great cafe for kids -- lots to play with and lots of fun. Food is delicious and service is lovely. We'll definitely be going back.

1 review so far 6
08.09.2016 07:45

I great food and good seevice.. would love to go there anytime kidd friendly. ..kids had great time in sand pit. Food reasonable priced too

1 review so far 6
02.07.2016 13:03

The double smash is to die for and the kids can run around and play while you eat. Great coffee and attentive staff! Simply Perfect!

1 review so far 6
29.08.2016 07:39

Great food and fantastic if you have a toddler with you. Booked for a large group and they were very accomodating. Will come back again.

1 review so far 5
19.03.2016 20:33

Really slow service. Long wait to get food and the restaurant wasn't that busy. Another table also had to ask for service as they were waiting for a long time.

1 review so far 5
09.04.2017 07:30

Terrific place when you have kids. Lots of toys and a fully stocked sand pit to keep them entertained. Great coffee, good food - what more could you want?

2 reviews so far 5
24.02.2017 07:42

Excellent lunch ,unfortunately beer stocks very low ,so six thirsty men had to revert to some excellent wines.Service excellent ,will be back for our Num Num celebration next year.

1 review so far 5
23.10.2016 11:33

We were seated outside which we thought would be cold at first but the heaters were great so kids could run around while we enjoyed the yummy food

1 review so far 5
12.09.2016 07:55

Exactly what we expected. Great for kids allowing us to talk with friends. Not exactly 'fancy' but we weren't expecting or wanting anything fancy so that didn't matter.

2 reviews so far 5
19.08.2016 07:25

First time here. Great environment in the courtyard for my 3yo. Food was delicious and service was friendly and accommodating, however a little slow. Would definitely come back!

4 reviews so far 5
09.04.2016 18:31

The foods are nice and the play area is lovely, so the adult can eat and chat freely and the kids can play while waiting for the food

1 review so far 5
15.05.2017 09:47

Staff are exceptionally friendly. Kids loved the outside play area! The outside heaters are great in the winter, you can watch the kids and enjoy our latte!

1 review so far 5
19.12.2016 07:20

Perfect spot for a child friendly meal, inventive & delicious food and real bonus that you can book. Will definitely return in future & recommend to friends

1 review so far 2
05.09.2016 07:09

1 hour after we ordered our food, we left, still not having eaten. Wait staff are still wonderful. Kitchen has serious issues. Not the Birdie Num Nums it used to be. Very disappointed.

1 review so far 5
07.08.2017 17:27

Great cafe for families - food is good, sandpit and coffee are great, staff are just wonderful! Would come back with some Mums for coffee catchups.

1 review so far 5
14.07.2016 09:23

Other than the staff seemingly knowing nothing about our booking, we loved this venue, the food and the service. Already looking forward to our next visit

1 review so far 5
30.08.2016 07:28

Excellent play area for little kids perfect for catching up with grown up froends. Food let it down a bit but definitely ups return to play

1 review so far 5
30.01.2017 16:37

great place to take children, the sandpit and toys enable adults to enjoy a coffee and chat without the need to be the entertainment too!

1 review so far 5
02.11.2016 09:02

Friendly atmosphere. Good to catch up with friends there and not be rushed. I would be happy to go again. Decent range of breakfast choices.