Best Kid-Friendly Cafes In The Inner West
You know you're an inner west mum when you're battling with your child over which cafe to visit based on their babycino and coffee standards. Luckily, there are a few gems which cater to the mini hipster kid and also keep mum and dad happy. Bonus points are given for a play area to keep the kids buzzing while the parents get their buzz on. Here are our favourite kid-friendly inner west cafes...
The Sunday Baker, Petersham
This brand new cafe and bakery is as pretty as a picture, with a mouth-watering selection of scrumptious treats to match. The Sunday Baker Little Tots menu has cute pint-sized variations of classic favourites like the Tiny Toastie and the Stunted Smash (smashed avo, of course!) but it's the Fairy Bread and Shake Combo and the Pocket-Sized PB&J that will really win kids over. There is a PB&J for 'big kids' too, as well as an extensive list of beautifully presented brunch eats with fun, quirky names like Monkey Business, Queen Lizzie and Inner West Mortgage. They also do a $2 Babycino with sprinkles!
Innocent Kitchen, Tempe
OMG this cafe is the cutest! From their home-made marshmallows to their fairy bread Fridays and their sweet little re-usable milkshake cups, Innocent Kitchen will make everyone squeal with delight. There's even a (teeny tiny) gated play area for little crawlers so you can enjoy a coffee in peace. Read all about the homemade marshmallows and rainbow cakes in our Innocent Kitchen Review.
Dear Delicious, Dulwich Hill
Dear Delicious is a favourite family-friendly cafe with a focus on healthy, seasonal food and sustainability. They source the best local and organic products for their fresh, vibrant menu including eggs from happy hens and most herbs, leaves and veggies from their own veggie patch and Edible Kid's Garden. They also run kid's school holiday workshops and host kid's parties. Their non-dig vegetable beds and covered outdoor entertainment space made of recycled wooden palettes filled with fruit trees and a bean teepee were designed for everyone to enjoy.
The Grounds, Alexandria
Families all over Sydney will happily make their way into the inner west for this institution! It's a kid-friendly cafe, it's a petting zoo, it's an Instagram icon. Everyone loves The Grounds. Perhaps a little too much because it's super busy, especially on a weekend. But us Sydneysiders are like cattle - we just keep going back for more, and lining up for the delicious fresh produce, spectacular coffee and people watching.
The Backyard at Briars, Concord
Part sports club, part kid-friendly restaurant, we think The Backyard at Briars deserves a mention. Found in Concord, your kids will love trying out barefoot bowls, playing with the soft toys or simply enjoying the colouring in station. On Tuesdays, they do a 'Baby Brunch' where parents with kids under 4 are encouraged to come along and meet others, have a play and a bite to eat. Also on Tuesdays kids eat free from 5.30-6.30pm and a scoop of gelato will only cost you $2!
Acre Eatery On Camperdown Commons
An urban farm, restaurant and cafe with a kids play area - this is a bit like the Grounds but without the crowds! The farm at The Acre provides a lot of the restaurant's produce. You can choose between breakfast in the Garden Terrace, lunch or dinner in The Dining Room or sitting out on the deck soaking up some sun with friends. Families will usually grab a coffee and a light snack from The Container cafe and make their way to the outdoor play area which also has a community library. For those with kids who are serious foodies, Acre serves up dishes of the highest quality like potato gnocchi and sustainable fish and chips! Also, check out the Pocket City Farms chicken coop - with some feathery friends that were rescued from a cage egg factory farm.
Wicks Park, Marrickville
An industrial-chic cafe for the hipster parents who love their Double Roasters coffee and their free babycinos, Wicks Park cafe serves up delicious food and includes a kids menu that makes the adults jealous - think French toast with banana and ice cream for $7. The friendly staff also offer toys, pencils and colouring-in books to keep the littles amused while you dine, or grab some takeaways and sit in the park across the road.
1989 is really an awesome bar for the big kids at heart, with wall to wall arcade games from the 80s that dads will remember, like Street Fighter 2 or Space Invaders. They have every board game you could think of from your childhood, and there's even a VHS player with a stack of videotapes you'd recognise from the glory days, like Karate Kid and the Lion King. It's nostalgic to the max. Unfortunately, 1989 is an adults-only venue during their liquor license hours, however on the first Sunday of each month, they hold an all-ages Retro Arcade Club with unlimited play for the whole family and their cafe serving snacks and soft drinks. Tickets are $15 per person.
Gather On The Green, Camperdown
Overlooking Camperdown Oval, Gather On The Green is a favourite amongst mother's groups, locals and just about anyone who appreciates fair trade coffee and ethically sourced food. What parents especially love is that you can get table service from a nearby park bench or from one of the picnic rugs the cafe supplies. We wish all cafes would do this! There are also colouring supplies for kids, tempting muffins (check out that picture!) - and if you're cold you can ask for a blanket to curl up in. This is the comfiest place to dine outside of your own house.
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