Best Hotel Brunches for Kids and Families in Sydney
While taking the family for a buffet breakfast or brunch at a hotel in your own city may seem odd at first, if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. First, there is no waiting for meals to come so no keeping kids entertained. Second, if you have a fussy eater they are bound to find at least a few things they like and if they try something and hate it, they can just go get something else. Third, you’ll feel like you are on holidays which is just how Sundays should feel. And last, they all have chocolate and some of them include champagne. Enough said really.
Café Opera at the Intercontinental, Sydney
The breakfast buffet at Café Opera is not cheap at $42, but with the meticulous attention paid to each dish it is definitely worth treating yourself. Kids are cheaper at $25 each and there is an a la carte option, though it would be a shame not to try the smoked salmon or an omelette made freshly to your tastes, or is that a steaming hot waffle with gelato on top? Using only premium local ingredients, your usual honey on toast becomes Neu’s German bread with hand-churned Pepe Saya butter and honey dripping straight off the comb. You’ll also get your caffeine fix with unlimited barista made coffees. With treats at every turn for young and old, it’s hard not to come out feeling overstuffed. But a brisk walk through the botanical gardens or down to the opera house afterwards is sure to make you feel better, as is the knowledge that all the leftover food goes to feed people in need.
Glass Brasserie at the Hilton, Sydney CBD
The buffet breakfast at Glass Brasserie has been called the best in Sydney and with well-known chef Luke Mangan in charge it is no surprise. In fact it is so popular that they recommend non-hotel guests book in advance, even for breakfast. While all buffets are a good option if you have picky eaters, Glass takes it a step further with customisable options such as a fresh juice bar with piles of fruit to make your own creation, or a muesli stand with piles of fruit, nuts and grains to work with. The floor to ceiling windows overlook the Queen Victoria Building, where you can work off your breakfast browsing the high-end shops and toy stores. The full buffet breakfast is $45 for adults and half price for kids 5-12, while under-fives eat free.
Altitude at the Shangri La, The Rocks
On the 36th floor of the Shangri-La, Altitude Restaurant certainly has the views! This is a perfect pick for kids because almost everything comes in small bites, which little mouths will love. Even children with a tiny appetite will get to sample lots of tiny treats from the buffet. Try the mini-smoothies or yoghurt tubs, or petite muffins and chocolate croissants. After breakfast head over the MCA, or jump on a ferry at Circular Quay. Kids six and under eat free while seven to eleven-year-olds pay half of the $42 adult’s price.
Or if you want to make it an adults-only affair, go on a weekend for bottomless brunch! For $95 per person, you'll get a breakfast feast and as many bellinis and mimosas as you like. Or, if you want to take it to the next level you can upgrade to Veuve Clicquot for an extra $55pp!
Mosaic at the Westin, Martin Place
The full buffet breakfast at Mosaic is $45 with kids eating for half price. Set within a soaring glass atrium, this huge space is sure to impress the kids if you can tear them away from the pancakes, eggs, pastries and gelato. If you are feeling a bit more health conscious look out for the “Super Foods” signs adorning the healthier options. There is even a section devoted to gluten-free delights. On Sundays from 12pm they have a Sunday brunch for $68 (kids half price) which combines all the highlights of breakfast with healthy lunch options and not so healthy but totally irresistible desserts.
Rise Breakfast at Rydges, Bankstown, Camperdown, North Sydney, Cronulla, Parramatta
If you don’t want to head into the city to eat all the breakfast you can, Rydges have introduced their new Rise breakfast, a slightly healthier option without the city price tag. Touted as an alternative to the classic hotel breakfast, Rydges say their new Rise breakfast options are healthy, fast, and high energy. Does that sound like any little people you know? Choose from whole grain breads, pressed vegetable juices and seasonal fruit, or the more traditional bacon, eggs and sausages affair. Times and prices vary slightly by location but the full buffet breakfast is about $25 for adults and children are half price.
Harvest Buffet At The Star
Enjoy a scintillating array of breakfast options from traditional continental staples like scrambled eggs and French toast to eastern favourites like steamed buns. This is one of the cheapest and best breakfast buffets in Sydney, with adults just $25 and kids $20. Harvest Buffet is open from 7am every day, level one at the Star.
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