The Best Kid-friendly Cafes in Sydney
Sydneysiders are spoilt 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.
Kid-friendly Cafes in the CBD
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 kids meals.
MAAS Cafe, Powerhouse Museum, Harris Street: The Level 1 Cafe is bright and airy with an outdoor terrace and an adjacent playground. The cafe has a nice, relaxed atmosphere making it ideal for a coffee and cake anytime - the perfect museum dining experience!
Radisson Blu, O’Connell Street: The Radisson Blu hotel hosts delightful kids 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!
Yots Cafe, Maritime Museum, Murray Street: Yots is a fun, family-friendly open-air venue ideal for an easy lunch or snack. There is a dedicated kids menu with all their favourites or a cute kids lunchbox.
Pancakes On The Rocks, Darling Harbour: 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.
Kid-friendly Cafes in the Inner West
Parent Poppin, St Peters: This drop-in space for parents and little ones is your one-stop-shop. It's not only a kid-friendly cafe complete with toys, games & play space, they also have coffee, high tea and other treats for the adults. They offer classes and information sessions for new mums and dads in a relaxed environment, plus Parent Poppin have the added joy of relaxation, whether it is a massage, beauty service or quick break while the onsite babysitter's look after your little bub.
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.
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.
Newington Armoury Wharf Café, Newington: 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 Sunday Baker's 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.
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, 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.
Acre Eatery on Camperdown Commons: An urban farm, restaurant and cafe with 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.
Gather on the Green: 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.
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.
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!
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.
Shuk, North Bondi: This excellent, Israeli inspired eatery is super popular, and the gated children’s play area makes Shuk a perfect place for families! Plus there are high chairs galore, pram accessibility, changing facilities, a kids menu and delicious food.
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.
Crayz Espresso, Matraville: Crayz Espresso has a welcoming ambience, a wide selection of jaffles for the kids, and an arts and crafts play area!
Check out more of our favourite kid-friendly cafes in the Eastern Suburbs.
Kid-friendly Cafes in the North West
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 is heaps of kids reading material for older children and their menu is packed with delicious treats!
The Grounds Keeper Cafe, Ryde: The Grounds Keeper Cafe is in the centre of Ryde Park, so a play in the playground or hoop-shooting at the basketball courts is a given after your meal. They have a vibrant menu including meals for the little groundskeepers, plus delicious sweet treats and shakes!
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 which contains a small roll, popcorn, chocolate crackle, apple and juice. After your refuel, peruse the wide selection of books and incredible toys.
Leaf Cafe, Stanhope Gardens: This delightful coffee roaster and eatery is 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.
Dragonfly Cafe, Macquarie Park: After a pitstop at Dragonfly Café, 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!
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.
Check out more of our favourite kid-friendly cafes in the Hills District.
Kid-friendly Cafes on the Northern Beaches
Beachhouse, Avalon: This one is definitely a local pick! The Beachhouse is super bright and airy, with lots of indoor and outdoor space - and the views are spectacular! The 'Little Nippers' menu is a winner and the food is seasonal, fresh and locally sourced.
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.
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.
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Kid-friendly Cafes on the North Shore
Vertical Espresso, Turramurra: This funky cafe has a kids menu which includes the 'Teddy Bear Toast' and ‘Nutella Rabbit’ and milkshakes served in bear-shaped jars! Vertical Espresso backs on to Balmaringa Reserve, a fenced playground that can be seen from the outdoor seating.
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.
Eat N Chill Wholefood Cafe, Naremburn: Eat N Chill Cafe has a kids 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.
Check out more of our favourite kid-friendly cafes in the Northern Suburbs.
Kid-friendly Cafes in the Greater West
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.
Little House of Coffee, Penrith: Little House of Coffee is a fun, friendly cafe in the lush gardens of the beautiful Flower Power has sunny outside tables and a charming fenced playground. There is a great "Little Gardeners" menu that doubles as a colouring sheet.
Little 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 Little Miss Collins always hits the spot. Plus, it is right near Jubilee Park so the kids can run around post feed.
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!
Lakeside Kiosk, Doonside: Laid back and full of locals, Lakeside Kiosk is the best-kept secret in the west! Stock up on snacks and coffee, and hang out by the water, where you can feed ducks and guppies, and you might even see a few eels lurking at the water’s bottom.
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
Teas And Green Cafe, Macarthur: With children’s play areas inside and outside - including mini-golf, a chalkboard, a gated play area and duck pond - Teas and Greens is a fun pitstop with little 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!
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 kids breakfast, lunch and dinners favourites! There’s a colouring-in area for kids to get crafty whilst mum enjoys her coffee.
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Kid-friendly Cafes in South Sydney & Sutherland Shire
Bitton Oatley Cafe, Oatley: Enjoy a relaxed lunch at Bitton Cafe, and head out the back for spacious seating on the grass. 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 kids meals on the menu, and an epic drinks list for parents.
The Teahouse, Camellia Gardens: The 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 kids High-Tea menu.
Zimzala: If you like brunch with a view then Zimzala is the one for you. With Cronulla Beach just footsteps away, Zimzala is a great place to unwind with excellent coffee and delectable food, whilst the kids watch the sand, surf, and seagulls from the large windows. There is a great kids menu and the place is always packed with little ones! Cronulla Park is just up the hill and accessible with prams. It has a beautiful shaded play area suitable for toddlers and older kids alike, with small and large slides.
Queens Pastri House: A haven for mums and dads needing a gourmet pastry hit, Queens Pastri House 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! The menu changes regularly but expect options like doughnuts filled with Nutella or homemade blueberry jam, and a fig or raspberry and pistachio tart - yum.
Edmonds & Greer is an all-in-one destination tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined street in Oatley. It 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 is 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. Desserts are renowned at Edmonds & Greer with tempting delights baked daily on display atop the oak sideboard. There are loads of kid-friendly themed cupcakes and cookies and pretty doughnuts and macaroons.
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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May 16 2021
Outfield Cafe in Ashfield should definitely be in this list