Five Of The Best Kid-Friendly Cafes On The Northern Beaches
Whether it’s for a kids’ party, Monday playdate, or family brekkie, coffee and playgrounds go together like avocado and toast on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Along with beautiful beaches, scenic lakes and plenty of wide-open spaces, the Northern Beaches is the perfect weekend escape to add to your family itinerary.
If you’re venturing to the Northside this weekend, make a beeline for these Beaches cafes that welcome kids with open arms and have even thrown in a decent playground for good measure.
The Tramshed Cafe, Narrabeen
After recently undergoing a major renovation that included a brand new cafe and sparkling new playground, The Tramshed Cafe in Narrabeen is one of the most popular kids' attractions on the Beaches right now. The calling card of The Tramshed Cafe is, of course, the iconic 60-year-old tram that sits opposite the cafe along Pittwater Road. The beautifully restored green and cream tram is open for curious kids to have a gander once they’ve gotten their fill of the playground. And a fill they will get! The tram-themed playground includes a kiddie tramline, ticket booth and magical tram castle.
Both kids and parents are catered for at the adjacent cafe that serves moreish French toast, pancakes, eggs anyway, and quinoa bowls. Once you’ve filled up with food and coffee, take a wander along Narrabeen Lake and mingle with the local ducks and ducklings.
Where: 1395a Pittwater Road, Narrabeen
Opening Hours: Weekdays 7 am-4 pm, Weekends 7 am-4 pm.
Plonk Beach Cafe, Mosman
If you’d like a waterfront view while you sip your coffee, Plonk Beach Cafe in Mosman is calling your name. The beachside cafe is nestled on the shores of Middle Harbour next to the Spit Bridge and boasts a pretty spectacular view to complement their modern breakfast menu. While there isn’t a kid’s playground per se, they do have their own beach with calm lapping waves that’s open for kids to run amok while you enjoy a minute of respite. With a sun-soaked deck, tasty coffees and a moreish menu of honey-spiced muesli, smoked salmon breakfast stack, and crumbly croissants, Plonk Beach Cafe is a great idea all year round.
Where: Ferguson’s Boatshed Marina, The Spit Bridge
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 8 am- 11 pm.
Flying Fox Cafe, Mona Vale
Nestled in picturesque Winnererremy Bay, Flying Fox Park was designed for energetic kids who need to be confined. The sprawling park is completely fenced in so the little rugrats can’t get too far while parents enjoy their coffee and breakfast at the onsite Flying Fox Cafe. The sprawling setup at Flying Fox Park is pretty impressive and is geared up for playdates, weekend adventures and kids parties.
The neighbouring grass area, beach and nature walk will provide hours of enjoyment and family bonding, while the park itself has a flying fox, play structures, slides, swings and a merry-go-round. The tranquil indoor/outdoor cafe has plenty of shade thanks to the abundance of trees overhead, and serves up strong coffees, Spanish omelettes, buttermilk pancakes, and treats for the kids.
Where: 2 Mona Vale Street, Mona Vale
Opening Hours: 7 days a week, 8 am-5.30 pm.
Kidz Connexion, Oxford Falls
If the weather isn’t swinging in your favour, Kidz Connexion in Oxford Falls is the perfect indoor play centre and cafe. Catering to active kids who love to jump, slide, swing and run, Kidz Connexion has both indoor and outdoor structures to keep the kids busy while the parents enjoy coffee at the onsite cafe. Kidz Connexion’s main calling card is their huge indoor play structure that runs over 3 levels and includes a giant ball pit, giant slide, and flying fox.
Their outdoor area has an enclosed trampoline, swings, jungle gym, bikes and trikes. They’ve even got a dedicated under 3s play area with soft toys and a TV inside the cafe. The Kidz Connexion Cafe serves breakfast and lunch for the parents to enjoy and has plenty of windows so you can keep an eye on the kids. Babies under 12 months go free while children ages 1-3 are $7 and ages 4-10 are $9 for all-day play.
Where: 2 Dreadnought Road, Oxford Falls
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-4 pm, closed Sundays.
Clonny’s On The Beach, Clontarf
Another Middle Harbour gem, Clonny’s On The Beach is the ideal mingling of beachside fun and delicious dining. With picturesque Clontarf reserve to one side, the wave-free shores of Middle Harbour to the other, and the fun nautical-themed playground in the middle, Clontarf Playground has got other Beaches playgrounds beat as far as outdoor fun is concerned. Whether you’re popping in for a quick play on the beach, or you’re thinking of planning your kids’ birthday party, Clonny’s On The Beach is happy to cater for both. The beach kiosk serves a mix of sit-down meals and takeaway snacks at their spot adjacent to the playground, and continue to impress patrons with their creative menu that includes superfood bowls, fish and chips, brekkie burgers, Mexican eggs, and coffee, of course!
Where: Clontarf Reserve, Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf
Opening Hours: Kiosk is open Monday to Friday 9 am-3 pm; Restaurant is open Saturday and Sunday 9 am-4.30 pm.
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