The Best Kid Friendly Cafes By the Water In Sydney

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When the sun is bursting and the beaches are sparkling, take a seat at one of these cafes-by-the-sea that have the most stunning views. And the best part is that you can go for a swim with the kids after your meal.

The Beachhouse, Avalon

The Northern Beaches finest family coastal dining experience, The Beachhouse is where surf and sand meet delicious eats and a seaside breeze. Grab a window seat to look out at a wide expanse of blue as you enjoy fresh, salty prawns and a Little Nippers menu the kids will devour. Enjoy Japanese-Hawaiian inspired cuisine and even cocktails if you're in the mood! If your kids are happiest when they’re not restricted to sitting at a table this place is perfect. Let them play in the sand while you keep a watchful eye on them and chow down on delicious brunch or lunch, or even a snack.

The Fenwick, Balmain

Could there be a better body of water than our stunning Sydney Harbour? The Fenwick cafe and gallery is found in a heritage-listed waterfront building from the 1880s on the harbour foreshore in Balmain East. The Fenwick provides seasonal and contemporary café dining in a historical setting, with views sweeping from Barangaroo to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park. Why is it so cute? Because it was originally used as a tugboat store, that's why! Go for the Sydney rock oysters and stay for the stunning views.

The Boatshed, La Perouse

The Boatshed, La Perouse

Not to be confused with the Boathouse chain, The Boatshed La Perouse is smack bang on the beach and offers modern, casual dining in stunning beachside surrounds. Dine all day long on everything from ricotta pancakes and coffee to oysters and champagne - they boast a huge selection of fresh seafood. The kids can easily play nearby on the sand as you relax.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Beach Club


Right on the water's edge in the serene Watsons Bay enclave, The Beach Club at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel boasts breathtaking views of the city skyline. Watch the ferries roll into the pier and behold the setting sun while the kids go pelican-spotting on the beach. The relaxed, seaside vibe of this local village favourite extends to the menu with an extensive selection of mouth-watering meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Grab a coffee and pull up a picnic bench by the beach for a dreamy dining experience.

El Camino Cantina, Manly

The Tex-Mex kings have set up shop in Manly and although it's not a cafe, we have to mention El Camino Cantina on Manly Beach for its unparalleled rooftop views of the water. Oh, and it's $2 Taco Tuesdays, 10c wings on Wednesday and complimentary unlimited tortilla chips and fresh salsas. AND there's a cactus garden. We cannot love this place enough!

Bathers’ Pavilion, Balmoral

Perched right on stunning Balmoral Beach the iconic Bathers’ Pavilion is bursting with beachside elegance and Mediterranean charm. Overlooking Middle Harbour, the much-loved eatery is housed within a heritage building that retains its art deco soul and serves up modern fare from beach snacks to fine dining - and the ultimate beachside fish and chips. You can relax in Bathers’ Bistro where French-inspired classics and everyday favourites are paired with that classic panoramic view.

Blackfish, Como

With panoramic views of the Georges River, this relaxed (dog-friendly) cafe is located inside the Pleasure Grounds at Como and offers an extensive breakfast and lunch menu every day. Blackfish Cafe serves up great coffee and delicious food in a fun, casual atmosphere right on the water with picturesque views of the river. Kids particularly like the breakfast pancakes! 

Neptunes, Brighton Le Sands

Formerly known as Cafe Neptune (which has been around forever) a million-dollar facelift in 2018 made way for Neptunes and a new area for the long-running, family-friendly establishment. With a revitalised, robust menu, you can enjoy crowd-pleasing classics like pizza, pasta, and other Mediterranean classics as you look over the sea. Kids will love the buttermilk chicken bites with parmesan aioli! 

Museum Of Contemporary Cafe, The Rocks

The coveted view from this rooftop cafe covers the expanse Sydney harbour including the bridge, Opera House and city skyline, with nothing but blue sky, lapping water and ferries bobbing up and down as far as the eye can see. The views, particularly on a sunny day, are unsurpassed. It’s such a treat to find a relaxed kid-friendly cafe by the water in the bustling city centre, but MCA Cafe has somehow managed. The menu changes seasonally to reflect the exhibitions on display and there is also a Sculpture Terrace to enjoy while you're there.

Gusto On The Beach, Curl Curl


Catering the early-bird beach crowd, Gusto at The South Curl Curl Surf Club is right on the sand with a million-dollar view. A perfect pit-stop for a coffee and a bite to eat after the beach or a swim in the rock pool, Gusto has a delicious menu including bacon and egg roll on the run and substantial dine-in dishes. The cafe is dog-friendly too!

Waterfront Cafe, Pittwater


A cute general store that is also a heritage-listed former post office built in 1909, The Waterfront Cafe is an absolute hidden gem in Sydney with gourmet food, signature coffee and a lovely ambience. You can drive or travel by boat to Church Point, take the ferry or enjoy a scenic walk along Pittwater’s foreshore to get to this kid-friendly cafe with stunning water views. The store and onsite bottle shop sell everything from homewares and fresh flowers groceries and alcohol. The menu is organic and locally sourced but still full of favourites the kids will love like breakfast tacos, pizzas and fish & chips.

The Boathouse Shelly Beach, Manly

Just a few steps from the crystal sands of Shelly Beach, The Boathouse is a spacious open cafe that invites you to lounge around all day. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, the modern Australian menus showcase loads of seafood plus a focus on fresh produce and of course the classic fish and chips! There is a range of fresh juices, smoothies and coconuts, plus Australian classic cakes baked daily at their in-house bakery. If you wander past the kitchen you’ll find a beautiful open-air garden.

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