Best Breakfasts And Brunch In Sydney With Kids

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By: Marie Ashworth, ellaslist

An Australian brunch is arguably as legendary as its coffee. With such notoriety comes high expectations! Not just any old sliced bread with our eggs…we want freshly baked artisan sourdough and make those eggs organic, free range and poached to perfection please!

And when you’re looking for the perfect brunch destination with a family in tow, its not just the menu which can make or break your mid-morning family dining treat. The venue needs to not just welcome but cater for kids too. It also has to have a fantastic location (ideally with or near some open space so little ones can expend some of that endless energy).

Here at ellaslist, we’ve put our heads together and whittled down our favourites (and there were quite a few!) to Six of the Best Breakfast/Brunches in Sydney For Families. Some are big, some are small but they all offer superb breakfasts for Sydney families.

The Boatshed Cafe & Bar (Narrabeen)

“Open air, waterside – what a beautiful spot to enjoy brekkie!”  

With floor to ceiling glass walls and a large sun terrace, The Boatshed Cafe & Bar, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, offers amazing views of the Narrabeen Lake both inside and out. Breakfasts are hearty with plenty of veggie options including their ‘Vegetarian Breakfast’ with poached eggs, mushrooms, roast tomato, avocado, spinach, tomato relish, quinoa vegetable fritter & toasted quinoa & soy sourdough. For little appetites there’s also a kids’ menu. Breakfast is served daily 8 am to 11.30 am with an All-Day Breakfast menu served Monday to Friday 12pm to 3pm; Saturday & Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

Image: The Boastshed Cafe & Bar

Shuk (Bondi)

“A hidden gem serving the most delicious, creative wholefood and pastries.” 

Shuk is a little gem tucked away from the bustling hub of Bondi Beach. This place combines the freshest produce with a modern menu influenced by Israeli, Arabic, Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. Brunch favourites include ‘Shakshuka’ – eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chilli, peppers and onions and the ‘Beghrir, cinnamon and almond meal pancakes’ served with a honey-lemon glaze and halvah. Don’t miss the wonderful array of bagels, pastries, muffins, country sourdough, rye and fruit bread from the onsite bakery. They’re baked on the premises daily and temptingly stacked in rustic boxes behind the main counter. Breakfast served all day from 7am to 3pm.

Image: Shuk

The Grounds Keeper Cafe (Ryde)

“Quality food, fabulous coffee & right next to a playground – a parent’s dream brunch destination!”

Hidden in the beautiful, leafy Ryde Park and right next to a playground, The Grounds Keeper Cafe offers an incredible location. Every dish is prepared onsite, the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced where possible and quality is the focus here. Favourites include ‘Samara’s Omelette’ with ham, fetta, spinach and olives served on crusty bread, and ‘The Whole Grounds’ for healthy appetities – eggs with bacon, roasted tomatoes, roasted field mushroom, spiced Lebanese sausages and tomato relish, served with crusty bread. The Little Grounds Keeper menu has some delicious options for smaller tummies including ‘Pancakes’ with strawberries, vanilla ice cream and pure maple syrup. Open all week (except Tuesdays) 9am-4pm. Saturdays and Sundays 8am-4pm.

Image: The Grounds Keeper Cafe

Grounds of Alexandria (Alexandria)

"A whimsical garden, a kids’ play area, animal farm corner and of course, a heavenly brekkie menu. It’s easy to see why The Grounds is so popular with families!


Okay, it gets super busy on weekends but who can blame those in the know for descending? The Grounds Of Alexandria is a unique place set on a one-acre former industrial zone. It houses a cafe, coffee roastery, artisan bakery and sustainable garden. Its menu is fresh, fun and innovative with brunch options including ‘The Brekkie Board’ with free range soft-poached eggs, chicken chipolatas, grilled asparagus, cherry tomato & basil salad, smoked salmon, fresh ricotta and toasted sourdough and ‘Berry Hotcake’ with vanilla-infused mascarpone cheese, blueberry & raspberry salad, puffed quinoa, micro basil, edible violets and agave syrup. Breakfast is served daily 8 am to 11.30 am. We recommend you book a table, especially at weekends - telephone (02) 9699 2225.

Image: The Grounds of Alexandria

Pancakes on the Rocks (The Rocks)

“A bit of an institution for Sydney-siders and a failsafe hit with kids…as long as they like pancakes!”


Pancakes on the Rocks offers the best pancakes in town from its amazing CBD harbourside location. The kids’ menu with its with smiley-faced and butterfly-shaped pancakes is bound to make them grin. For brekkie, let them try the ‘Ned Kelly’ – a buttermilk pancake with scrambled egg and bacon or ‘Crazy Potato’ – a potato and onion pancake topped with melted cheese and tomato sauce. The atmosphere is relaxed and most definately welcoming for families. Breakfast is served 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Image: Pancakes on the Rocks

Deli in the Park (East Lindfield)

“This place genuinely welcomes kids, treating them to their own menu and a fantastic location between two playgrounds!”


Deli in the Park is one of North Shore’s best-kept secrets. Perfectly located between two playgrounds in East Lindfield, this cafe prides itself on excellent coffee and delicious, freshly prepared dishes like their ‘Zucchini, roasted pumpkin & ricotta fritters’ with bacon or salmon, on baby spinach topped with spicy corn salsa or their ‘Heirloom tomatoes on sourdough’ with bocconcini, poached eggs & basil pesto. The cafe is open 7am to 3pm weekdays (breakfast served until 11.45am)  and 7am-2.30pm on weekends (breakfast served all day). A perfect brunch winner for the whole family.

Image: Deli in the Park

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