60 of the Best Kid-friendly Cafes in Sydney

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Sydneysiders are spoiled for choice when it comes to brunching and dining deliciously! Many of us have a plethora of fresh and tasty spots to chow down right on our doorstep - but the fact is, some are more accommodating to our children than others.

Here are some of the best kid-friendly cafes in Sydney for when you've got the tribe in tow. 

60 of the Best Kid-friendly Cafes in Sydney

Kid-friendly Cafes in the CBD

Ripples Café (at the Australian National Maritime Museum), Murray Street: After a day of exploring the underwater, whet your appetite at the Australian National Maritime Museum's family friendly cafe, Ripples. Make it a seafarer's delight with fish and chips for the kids and Yellowfin tuna poke bowls for the grown ups. 

Ripples at the Maritime Museum is a fun, family-friendly open-air venue.


MCA Café, George Street: Atop the Museum of Contemporary Art, the rooftop MCA Café and Sculpture Terrace have spectacular views and large spaces for children to explore the striking artworks, plus the menu includes kid's meals.

MCA Cafe
The perfect spot with an idyllic view, MCA's rooftop terrace boasts plenty of space to explore and a kids' menu to boot!


The Prettiest Cafes in Sydney

Radisson Blu
With plenty of themed high teas on offer throughout the year, kids love Radisson Blu for a special treat!

Radisson Blu, O’Connell Street: The Radisson Blu hotel hosts delightful kid's speciality high teas for an elegant family-friendly afternoon fit for royalty. The Kids in the City High Tea is designed by kids, for kids, with treats like scones, sandwiches, fairy bread and mocktails. For the chocoholics, Willy Wonka inspired Chocolate High Tea is amazing!

Check out more of the best kids' high teas in Sydney.

Pancakes On The Rocks, Darling Square: This Sydney stalwart is pretty much heaven for children - and parents too! The Pancakes On The Rocks menu is jam-packed with deliciousness and there is a kid's menu for under 12s. The funny-face and butterfly pancakes say it all.

Pancakes On The Rocks
With a special kids' menu bursting with plenty of novelty items, Pancakes on the Rocks is a favourite among little ones!

Kid-friendly Cafes in the Inner West

Short & Sweet by Q, St Peters: Short & Sweet By Q is more than just a cafe - it's a home away from home for families. The warm and welcoming ambience is perfect for creating cherished memories with your loved ones. Indulge in the heartwarming goodness of handmade food, where each dish is lovingly crafted with authentic flavours, bringing you a taste of home-cooked goodness in every bite. From savoury delights to sweet treats, there's something for everyone. They also host music classes on Mondays and Fridays with Music With Jules for children aged 0 - 3 years.

Short & Sweet by Q
Music classes for tiny tots at Short & Sweet by Q.

Sideways Café, Dulwich Hill: Sideways Cafe have super friendly staff who’ll remember your child’s name, and the baked goods including the teacup cookies and the flourless chocolate cake make for the perfect treat. 

The Picnic, Burwood: Located in picturesque Burwood Park, The Picnic Burwood provides the perfect tranquil setting to unwind whilst the kids have a play in the fantastic fenced playground. 

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
Vitaland at Alexandria Homemaker Centre.

Vitaland's are dotted throughout Sydney, including at Alexandria Homemaker and are the perfect outlet for energetic kids and parents who desperately need to sit and enjoy some caffeine!

Bitton, Alexandria: Score an outside table to keep an eye on the kid's room - close enough to keep them safe but far enough away to be out of your hair! Bitton's French/Australian influenced menu includes the menu pour enfants for kids with babycinos and baby smoothies.

Bitton Gourmet Alexandria
A kid's room means they're out of your hair but safely where you can keep an eye on them...what dreams are made of!


Armoury Wharf Café, Sydney Olympic Park: The Armoury Wharf Café has a fun military theme that adventurous little kids will love! The menu includes the ‘Little Lieutenant’s soft sub roll’ and the ‘Captain’s crispy chicken torpedo’.

The Grounds of 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, and 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: 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. 

Kid-friendly Cafes in the Eastern Suburbs

The Field at Easts Rugby: This hidden gem is ridiculously family-friendly! The Field offers kids their own cool, mini menu, a dedicated indoor chill-out area, games including table tennis, quoits, Jenga and Connect Four, and a whole football field to run around on. There is plenty of space in the clubhouse and on the verandah and outdoor areas. Check out our review.

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
Plenty of kid-friendly features make The Field at Easts Rugby a firm family favourite!


Queens Park Kitchen, Queens Park: This is our top pick for the eastern suburbs! Queens Park Kitchen overlooks Queens Park from a sunny deck, makes homestyle family favourites and has an incredible playground right next to it so kids can have fun while mums chat and relax!

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
Coogee Pavilion

Coogee Pavilion, Coogee: After a swim at Coogee Beach, kids will love the huge games area out the back of the Coogee Pav, stocked with massive Jenga, noughts and crosses, bowling and more! The kid's menu has all the classic faves.

M Deli Cafe, Tamarama: Families will love the casual, laid back beach vibe and kids dive into the toy box and get arty with colouring pads. They don't have a kids' menu but the friendly staff at M Deli are happy to make up a little plate of this and that for little ones.

Bellagio Cafe: This busy café is famous for its hearty, yet healthy brekkies and brunches, and has an amazing selection of caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks. But what makes it super special is a little backyard area for kids, full of walkers, ride-ons, and slides. 

Favoloso Espresso Bar & Deli: A delicious slice of Italy (Sicily, to be exact) in Bronte, Favoloso Espresso Bar & Deli will work a treat for your family’s tastebuds. It has a lot going on: a sun-drenched alfresco sitting plan, homemade meals, and plenty of Italian deli goodies to buy for savouring at home. There is also a secret backyard with wooden tables and heaps of ride-on toys and bicycles for your little ones to go crazy-happy on.

Kid-friendly Cafes in the North West

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
Little ones will love the glorious menu and easy, breezy feel of The Groundskeeper Cafe!

Little Rock Cafe, Baulkham Hills: The 'My Funland’ outdoor playground at Little Rock Cafe is gated and shady and great fun for little kids. There are heaps of reading material for older children and their menu is packed with delicious treats!

Chicken & Fishhead, Beecroft: A beautifully crafted kids' store and cafe combination make Chicken & Fishhead a winner! There is an extensive kids' menu including a lunch pack that contains a small roll, popcorn, chocolate crackle, apple and juice. After your refuelling, peruse the wide selection of books and incredible toys.

Leaf Cafe, Stanhope Gardens: This delightful coffee roaster and eatery are inside the shopping village. Leaf Cafe has a warm atmosphere, delicious food and coffee, and kids can play in the playland after devouring the tasty kid's meals.

The Gardens Restaurant & Terrace Bar: If you're doing some shopping at Eden Gardens, enjoy a pitstop at the Gardens Restaurant & Terrace Bar. The 2.5-hectare gardens are incredible to explore with the family, and the playground with its hidden nooks and crannies encourages the use of kids' imagination!

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
The Gardens Restaurant & Terrace Bar


Pages Cafe, West Ryde: Part of the Koorong bookshop at West Ryde, kids can explore a huge selection of books after their afternoon treat! Pages Cafe also has an enclosed kids' playground and toddler play area.

Located within the grounds of Ryde Park, the Groundskeeper Café offers speciality coffee and delicious Mediterranean inspired food. There are plenty of options for kids to eat and drink, and seating both outside and undercover. The shady playground is located adjacent to the café and within eyesight of the indoor tables.

S.A.L.T Cafe Dural: Old fashioned service, wholesome food, excellent coffee and a little play corner for the little munchkins, S.A.L.T Cafe is a hidden gem located within the cute little village shops at round corner Dural. There are also two more S.A.L.T locations in Auburn and Penrith.

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
The Vintage Pantry: Secret Garden

The Vintage Pantry: Secret Garden: A white picket fence,  a patio covered with a leafy canopy,  country charm and a peaceful atmosphere The Vintage Pantry: Secret Garden, Galston and all its country charm is a wonderful cafe for the whole family. 

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
Frankie's Food Factory, Glenhaven

Frankie's Food Factory: Nestled amongst the impressive flower power nursery in Glenhaven, Frankie’s Food Factory is a great kid-friendly cafe. As you take your seat you will look out the large glass windows to a pond with fish and ducks splashing about- sure to keep the wriggly munchkins at bay. There's another Frankie's in Milperra. 

Frankie's Food Factory
Frankie's in Milpera. 

Glenorie Bakery: A distinctive rustic interior, Australia’s largest collection of baking antiques and home of a great Aussie pie, Glenorie Bakery is a charming cafe and must-visit when in the hills.

Glenorie Bakery
Every day is a good day to stop off for a treat at Glenorie Bakery. 


Wildpear Cafe is a friendly cafe in Dural serving comfort food that’s wholesome, fun and flavoursome and is nestled within a picturesque nursery. 

The Local Shed Cafe: Housed within Rouse Hill’s iconic Mungerie House, The Local Shed, as the name suggests, is all about casual dining and enjoying the great outdoors. Kids can pick from the 'I am a small eater' menu and have a run around in the historic gardens. 

Kid-friendly Cafes on the Northern Beaches

The Boathouse Balmoral
Boathouse Balmoral

Boathouse Balmoral: Whilst it doesn’t have a playground and we wouldn’t call it cheap, Boathouse Balmoral takes the cake for location and delicious food! After a swim, kids can order half portions of all the scrumptious options on the menu.

Flying Fox Cafe, Mona Vale: This gem is conveniently adjacent to the flying fox playground. The kid's menu at Flying Fox Cafe is perfect for a quick bite before more playtime.

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
A tram, a playground and a delicious menu. See you there!

Tramshed Cafe, Narrabeen: A cafe with a tram AND a playground, oh my! We've reached nirvana at Tramshed Cafe. Make tracks here next time you're on the northern beaches.

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
Berry Reserve Playground

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 its modern breakfast menu. While there isn’t a kid’s playground per se, they do have their own beach with calm lapping waves is open for kids to run amok while you enjoy a minute of respite.

The Falls Cafe
The Falls Cafe

The Falls Cafe, Oxford Falls: If the weather isn’t swinging in your favour, The Falls Cafe in Oxford Falls is the perfect indoor play centre and cafe. Catering to active kids who love to jump, slide, swing and run, The Falls Cafe has both indoor and outdoor structures to keep the kids busy while the parents enjoy coffee at the onsite cafe.

Clontarf playground
We love cafes near playgrounds, and Clontarf is a great one!

Bosk, Clontarf: Bosk (previously called 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 beach playgrounds beat as far as outdoor fun is concerned. 

Frankie's Food Factory: The second location for Frankie's Food Factory recently opened inside Flower Power at Terrey Hills and is already the spot to be with the kids on a weekend! Parents can look forward to having their hands free to enjoy a delicious coffee and a meal while the kids play in the super-cool playground right next to the cafe. Finish your perfect morning off with a visit to the Flower Power koi pond to say hi to the fishies!

Kid-friendly Cafes on the North Shore

Vertical Espresso, Turramurra: This funky cafe has a kid's menu that includes the 'Teddy Bear Toast' and ‘Nutella Rabbit’ and milkshakes served in bear-shaped jars! Vertical Espresso backs onto Balmaringa Reserve, a fenced playground that can be seen from the outdoor seating.

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
Just wondering if these kiddy delights come in adult portions too? Asking for a friend...


Incinerator Cafe, Willoughby: The spacious interior and extensive outdoor seating at Incinerator Cafe make it pram-friendly, plus it's opposite a playground and bike track.

Hong Kong Street Food Chatswood
How adorable are the booths at Hong Kong Street Food?!

Hong Kong Street Food in Chatswood opened in 2023 and offers kid-friendly Chinese eats to the masses. The kids will get a kick out of the car-themed booths and bubble seating, plus, they have kid-friendly eats, including iconic Ice Bear Milk Tea.

Eat N Chill Wholefood Cafe, Naremburn: Eat N Chill Cafe has a kid's menu of delicious, healthy treats, like buckwheat pancakes with sugar-free ice cream! There is a grassy play area out the back including a cubby house and play car, so parents can enjoy their wholesome meals and coffee in peace.

Mowbray Eatery in Lane Cove have a small outdoor play area adjacent to the cafe. The outdoor deck is a lovely spot to enjoy a Toby’s Estate coffee while keeping an eye on the kids.

Kid-friendly Cafes in the Greater West

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
Eastern Creek Quarter 

Eastern Creek Quarter boasts a relaxed alfresco dining precinct with a fantastic kids' playground and shaded turfed play area, plus a big screen for family-friendly entertainment! Little ones are free to explore the outdoor sanctuary while parents relax close on the surrounding casual seating. There is access to multiple cafes and eateries including The Shed, Baked & Co and, for the ultimate sweet treat, The Chocolate Room. 

Lil Miss Collins, Parramatta: This fantastic cafe has a lovely outdoor courtyard and little play area for kids, with a mini slide and a see-saw. The delicious coffee and vibrant food at Lil Miss Collins always hit the spot. Plus, it is right near Jubilee Park so the kids can run around post feed. 

Social Hideout in Parramatta is arguably Sydney’s prettiest cafe offering the most Instagrammable meals. The garden, open-air cafe and floral pieces are crafted specifically to create a unique atmosphere for the entire family to be enthralled by. It’s no surprise Social Hideout has been rated as one of the best brunch places in Sydney.

Social Hideout
Could Social Hideout be any prettier?!


Little House of Coffee, Penrith: Little House of Coffee is a fun, friendly cafe in the lush gardens of the beautiful Flower Power that has sunny outside tables and a charming fenced playground. There is a great "Little Gardeners" menu that doubles as a colouring sheet.

The Coffee Emporium, Parramatta: The Coffee Emporium has super friendly staff and great service. There is also loads of room for prams to get in and out of and for little ones to stretch their legs!

The Coffee Emporium Parramatta
Plenty of space and sweet treats galore...we're in heaven at The Coffee Emporium.

Two Birds Cafe is located in the Flower Power Garden Centre in Prospect and is a hidden gem serving great coffee and delicious food in a beautiful setting.

Situated in the beautiful heritage gardens of the Penrith Regional Gallery, Cafe at Lewers offers a delicious and affordable seasonal menu set in gorgeous, tranquil surroundings. 

Kid-friendly Cafes in the South West

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
Teas And Green Cafe

Teas And Green Cafe, Wilton: With children’s play areas inside and outside, including mini-golf, a chalkboard, a gated play area and a duck pond, Teas and Greens is a fun pitstop with the kids.

Wild Dragonfly Cafe, Mt Annan: Inside the Flower Power Garden Centre at Mt Annan, Wild Dragonfly Cafe has an outdoor playground which is the major drawcard of this cafe, not to mention the tranquil setting. They have a great little kids' menu and do parties!

Wild Dragonfly Cafe
Situated inside the Flower Power garden centre, Wild Dragonfly Cafe boasts this epic playground onsite. Enough said!


The Argyle Gourmet, Camden: A mecca for all things ice cream and lollies, The Argyle Gourmet is a treasure trove for little ones. Parents can grab a hot coffee and a sweet treat and relax in the quaint cafe.

Back Galley Cafe, Camden: The friendly staff at Back Galley Cafe serves amazing Nutella thick shakes and absolutely incredible babycinos!

Juicy Goose, Narellan: Juicy Goose has an extensive and delicious menu, including kid's breakfast, lunch and dinners favourites! There’s a colouring-in area for kids to get crafty whilst mum enjoys her coffee.

Cake Biz, Narellan: A cafe inside an old restored train carriage? Yes! You read right. This wonderful, kid-friendly cafe is located at Cake Biz and their restored vintage train carriage is a unique novelty for kids and train enthusiasts. 

Cafe Biz
Little train enthusiasts will love hopping on the train at Cafe Biz.

Camden Valley Inn: A great old fashioned pub with a fresh new look, Camden Valley Inn is a local favourite! Only an hour's drive South-West of Sydney nestled amongst the razorback mountains, this quaint little pub is the place you can bring your kids to and still have a relaxing meal.

Kid-friendly Cafes in South Sydney & Sutherland Shire

Oli's Cafe, Miranda
Oli's Cafe, Miranda

Oli's Cafe, Miranda: Enjoy a relaxed coffee, breaky or lunch at Oli's. There's plenty of room for prams and for kids to explore, and a cubby house in the garden too!

COOK at Kurnell: COOK at Kurnell is a hidden gem that has set the bar for all kid-friendly venues! The vintage food van is a fun novelty, right on Silver Beach, where kids will love the play area where they can kick off their shoes and play in the sand. There are kid's meals on the menu, and an epic drinks list for parents.

Cook at Kurnell
This fun food van at COOK is right by the beach and the playground...perfect!

The Jade Teahouse, Camellia Gardens: The Jade Teahouse is famous for its scones, homemade tea blends and lush garden setting within the beautiful Camellia Gardens. Kids will love the duck ponds and two great playgrounds. The Teahouse serves delicious breakfast and lunch, as well as Devonshire and High-Teas including a fabulous kid's High-Tea menu.

Vitaland, Miranda
Vitaland, Miranda

If bad weather is wreaking havoc with your cafe plans, head indoors to Vitaland Kids' Cafe at Miranda. There's an indoor cafe for the parents and loads of incredible indoor fun for the kids - win-win!

Queens Pastri House: A haven for mums and dads needing a gourmet pastry hit, Queens Pastri House in Ramsgate is a charming French cafe with a beautiful vibe. It could almost be mistaken for a patisserie in Paris. Whilst there’s no kids' play area, the lineup of pretty cupcakes, croughnuts and pain au chocolates will keep most kids entertained whilst you enjoy a delicious coffee. Not to mention the milkshakes served in bear jars - definitely a hit with the kids! 

Kid-friendly cafes in Sydney
Edmonds & Greer

Edmonds & Greer: An all-in-one destination tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined street in Oatley, Edmonds & Greer has a welcoming village-like atmosphere with impeccable service, and a beautiful shop attached to it. As you sit down, your children will be offered their favourite colouring page and be taken to select some toys to play with at the table. Now that’s kid-friendly service! It's a great spot for breakfast or lunch with healthy, colourful culinary creations at great cafe prices and an excellent kids' menu. 

The Nuns Pool: With big windows and a sweeping terrace with views through the pine trees to Cronulla Beach, The Nuns Pool is a popular family-friendly cafe in the Shire. Across the road is a beautiful playground at Shelly Park and you are metres away from a beautiful and picturesque coastal walk. Serving wholesome, healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch dishes, excellent coffee and a great kids' menu, Nuns Pool is a great choice for families.

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Apr 09 2022

Hi there, just a heads up that Shuk in Bondi no longer has a kids play area. We drove all the way from the Western Suburbs, so was a bit disappointed. Great list otherwise xx

Claire Sharma

May 16 2021

Outfield Cafe in Ashfield should definitely be in this list