Top Kid Friendly Cafes In The Hills District
The Hills district is known for its leafy backdrops, gorgeous green parks and farm-fresh produce and with lots of families in the area, there are loads of great kid-friendly cafes. From great playgrounds attached to cafes, to the best kiddycinos in town, we’ve rounded up our top six kid-friendly cafes in the Hills district.
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.
Run by a lovely family, S.A.L.T cafe’s popular muffins have gained a cult following across Sydney. They are the first to entice customers to come up with their own creations- we’ve seen salted caramel and pecan flavour, cherry ripe flavour, white chocolate, fig and ricotta flavour and more obscure (but equally delectable) tiramisu flavour - YUM.
S.A.L.T offers an all-day wholesome breakfast, smashing lunch, great kids menu and delicious desserts. They use sourdough from the Bread and Butter Project - an awesome bakery with a social conscious. S.A.L.T also has the best “kiddycino” going round - warm frothy chocolatey milk with sprinkles, tiny teddies, marshmallows and a lollipop- talk about a kids treat!
Where? Dural Mall, 9 Kenthurst Road, Dural
The Vintage Pantry: Secret Garden – Galston
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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.
It has a beautiful courtyard which includes a fully fenced playground to watch the kids play, a fantastic “little pantry” menu for kids under 10, colouring books and change tables. And for the mums and dads with a sweet tooth, you have come to the right place with picture-perfect meals like the ricotta and fig pancakes or the signature Belgian waffles topped with flavours including salted caramel, banana, chocolate and peanut butter
Where? 353 Galston Road, Galston.
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 is also a fully fenced playground so you can get to the bottom of your coffee (still warm) whilst the kids have a play, and when your finish your meal the fam can explore the beautiful and whopping 11 acre nursery with cascading water features, stunning tree and shrub displays and massive indoor plant, gift and homeware shop.
Where? 609 Old Northern Road Glenhaven.
Image: Glenorie Bakery Facebook
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 serves one of Sydney's best meat pies. In 2009 they were awarded the Bakery of the year and made it to the top 5 pies in 2011's Daily Telegraph coverage. But pies aren’t all that they can do... and do well. Glenorie bakery has a great breakfast menu, mouthwatering pastries, cronuts, eclairs, a bakery museum, a warm fireplace, and great coffee. To top it off they bake fresh bread daily- the delicious baked smell is sure to ignite your appetite.
And there’s even another sweetener...a beautiful cubby house for the kids out in the courtyard. Glenorie bakery is a must visit for the entire fam.
Where? 4/930 Old Northern Road, Glenorie
Wild Pear Cafe
Wildpear Cafe is a friendly cafe in Dural serving comfort food that’s wholesome, fun and flavoursome and is nestled within a picturesque nursery.
When you arrive and await a table you are greeted with animal figurines, gnomes and pretty succulents and flowers- a paradise for little garden explorers. Everything at Wild Pear, including condiments, are made on site from fresh local ingredients- the food is simply sensational.
With a great kids menu, pretty fairy floss covered desserts and signature rosewater milkshake, the food, beautiful views and post brunch walk through the nursery makes this a kid friendly destination that we just love.
Where? 658 old northern road, Dural
The Bells Road Social
Another kid-friendly cafe next to a playground with delicious wholesome and hearty food is the Bells Road Social in Oatlands. The cafe overlooks a playground with a beautiful bushland backdrop – you can enjoy the views with a seat on the balcony.
For brekky, there’s delicious house-made brekky crumble with pistachio oat and cinnamon, coconut chia pudding, coconut and blueberry pancakes or a traditional eggs brekky. For lunch, there’s a range of pot pies, burgers, soups and healthy options like a vegan super-grain salad which is as colourful as they come, not to mention their delectable vegan desserts.
And if your kids aren’t in the mood for sitting in the cafe, you can order, grab a picnic rug and they will bring your delicious food and coffee over to you in the playground- definitely a winning combination to keep the whole family happy.
Where? 1 Bells Road, Oatlands
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