There are lots of lovely local brekkie and lunch spots that cater to kids. Have you found them all yet? Here’s a handy list of some of the nearby cafes where the whole family can enjoy eating out.
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Vitaland Kids Cafe, St Leonards
Every kid’s dream has just come true with the opening of a brand new kid’s cafe and play space in St Leonards. Vitaland aims to be a comfortable place just like home for children and parents, with a safe and clean play area, family-style cafe, party packages and more.
Designed for crawlers, toddlers and preschoolers, the play area is nothing short of a children’s wonderland. The kids will especially love the colourful ball pit, whimsical choo-choo train and mini supermarket, along with dance classes and face painting.
The Asian-inspired cafe offers an all-day menu that is both healthy and delicious. Each dish is crafted from scratch and served family-style including: avocado toast and bacon and egg rolls to tempura prawn udon and cold soba noodles with wagyu beef. You can also go for a heartier chicken schnitzel burger, pepperoni pizza or creamy chicken mushroom pasta, or opt for a lighter Caesar salad or pumpkin soup with garlic bread. To quench your thirst, there’s iced winter melon teas, yogurt berry smoothies, fresh watermelon juice, pop tops and more.
Vitaland are also experts at throwing the ultimate kids’ birthday bash. Whether your party is big or small, their team will organise a fully customised and unforgettable celebration with beautiful decorations and add-ons like food and dedicated photo time.
For the youngest adventurers aged 6-12 months, prices start at $7.80 for an hour of playtime or from $10.80 for an entire day of fun. Kids aged 12 months and older can enjoy an hour starting at $13.80 or a full day from $36.
Where: Shop LG04/500 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards NSW 2065
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm
This expansive, kid-friendly club nestled in Cammeray serves up good food, HD screens to watch your favourite sports, a sizeable gym and auditorium for stage shows and other entertainment. It’s open during the day for coffee and cake or lunch, plus there are a dedicated kids’ playroom and kids’ menu to keep the little ones well-fed and entertained. Don’t forget, children eat free here on Wednesday nights as well! We suggest keeping an eye on their website for kids’ shows and school holiday movies.
Shop, dine and unwind with the kids at The Mix at Chatswood Place. There are a bunch of cafes to try out; an ice cream cart selling $3 gelato scoops on weekends; a kids’ play table, a giant chessboard, and three hours of free parking to enjoy it all). Plus, there’s a book swap corner to sit and read together or find a new one to take home. What a lovely addition The Mix is to Chatswood!
Considered one of the most exciting openings Sydney’s North Shore has seen in recent memory, The Glasshouse is a stunning restaurant, bar, café and event space that is very family friendly. The cafe is set within sprawling indoor and outdoor spaces and adjacent to HomeHQ Artarmon.
Address: 1 Frederick St, Artarmon NSW 2064
A little inside play area is an absolute Godsend for parents, and Papas Coffee has a good one. There’s cozy colourful decor and friendly staff to boot, and the menu really does cater for kids. There’s the kids’ breakfast platter (veggie sticks, fried egg, hash brown and more), mini ham and cheese croissant, mini pancakes and more. Parents are spoilt for choice with an all-day extensive breakfast menu (such as the Guacomole Nest: 2 poached eggs plus guacomole on sourdough, Wrapped Halloumi: grilled halloumi, sauteed spinach and scrambled eggs wrapped in a tortilla with balsamic glaze and aioli, plus omelettes, acai bowls and much more). For lunch there is burgers, salads, burritos and quesadillas, some Korean influenced dishes and a selection of wraps. There are shakes and iced drinks plus smoothies, and they use Paradox Coffee Roasters for that perfect caffeine kick for sleep-deprived parents!
Address: Shop3/56-58 Frenchs Rd, Willoughby NSW 2068
Phone: 0414 151 427
Located on Mowbray Rd Mowbray Eatery offers all kinds of deliciousness for both kids and adults in an outdoor alfresco area to soak up the sun. The dining area overlooks some fun play equipment (which is gated) to keep the kids entertained while you wait for the food to arrive and then again while parents actually get to finish their meal or coffee! From homemade sweet and savoury crepes to muffins and a seasonal farm-to-table menu three nights a week, it’s a great choice to keep the whole family happy. Enjoy your breakfast, brunch or lunch with a warm latte brewed by Toby’s Estate or a fruit smoothie that the kids will love.
Address: 1 Felton Ave, Lane Cove West NSW 2066
Phone: 02 9427 8083
If you love sipping a latte at an outdoor table shaded by trees, whilst being able to see your kids playing in the nearby playground, it’s time to discover Deli in the Park! Their extensive all-day breakfast and lunch menus have a of options for the children such as sourdough with your choice of spread, toasted banana bread, waffles, buttermilk pancakes, beef or grilled chicken burger, fish and chips and more. This is also the spot there the monthly popular That Great Market is held.
Okay, so it’s not one specific cafe but rather a whole dining precinct with the most fabulous play equipment right in the middle. Lane Cove’s community hotspot, The Canopy, is the perfect place to grab something to eat with the kids. The adventure playground has a water weir, soft fall, trampolines and an accessible swing for kids of all ages. Head to Eat Street after some playtime and dine at one of the restaurants there such as Peanut Butter Jelly (the desserts here will surely be a hit with your kids), Sunset Diner, Garcon Sydney or Masala Kitchen.
Address: Lane Cove at 2 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove
Phone: 0468 515 371
The Incinerator is super family friendly with its fascinating building (designed by Walter Burley Griffin), and open-air seating. It’s also set next to one of Willoughby’s favourite playgrounds Hallstrom Park on one side and Willoughby Leisure Centre on the other, so you can make a morning of it with a play or swim. The menu has a great mix of treats and healthy options – burgers, tarts, pasta, bowls and salads; and you’ll find brekkie items all day too. There’s a Kids Menu that should please most littlies with items like vegemite toast, hotcakes with banana and syrup, avocado toast, fish cocktails and chips and chicken tenders and chips. The drinks will be a highlight with shake flavours such as Chocolate Tim Tam, Banoffee Pie and Fairyberry. There are cakes and cupcakes on offer too, and even High Tea if you email ahead and book.
Address: 2a Small St, Willoughby NSW 2068
Image: Pick Me Up Cafe
Mindarie Park’s Pick Me Up Cafe may be tiny (it’s a cute kiosk really) but this is a must-visit with kids. Mindarie Playground (pictured) is really wonderful – and now it’s the perfect place to have morning tea and refuel before playing again. You can grab a coffee or a shake, baked goods (croissants, frangipani tarts, cronuts etc), pies, sausage rolls and/or an ice cream and enjoy them on the chairs and tables provided or in the park where there’s seating, before letting the young ones loose.
Address: Shop1/18A Mindarie St, Lane Cove North NSW 2066
Phone: 02 9158 6112
The tranquillity of Botanica Garden Cafe in Waverton has been a hit with both adults and kids alike. The almost Alice in the Wonderland feel is in keeping with the spot’s history – it used to be a nursery before Botanica opened in 2012 with an outdoor seating and relaxed garden atmosphere. Your little ones will be well looked after with their choice of babychinos and options for breakfast and lunch such as the Little Soldiers, served in a cute egg cup with buttered finger toasts, and Kid’s Chick and Chips. There’s a tiny play space at the top of the stairs and the garden, fishpond and amazing array of electic knick knacks will delight young and old.
With a huge backyard with toys and a cubby house for young ones to explore, Eat N Chill Wholefood Cafe is a great kid-friendly option for parents looking to take a break or finish a sentence while meeting up with friends. The cafe caters to various dietary needs and serves up healthy dishes and detox drinks so you know you’ll be well looked after. Kids will love the space and little cubby house on the grass.
The Coal Loader Cafe is definitely one for the to-try list if you haven’t already. You can take a stroll with the kids on the foreshore before or after indulging in some coffee and food. The kids can load up on a ham and cheese toastie, toasted cheese soldiers or mini egg and bacon roll that’s available all day. For lunch, there’s chicken nuggets and fish and chips. If there’s a sweet treat on the cards then you’ll be pleased with Coal Loader’s selection of desserts which includes ice cream, homemade biscuits, kids milkshakes and more. Afterwards, head downstairs and explore the fascinating Coal Loader Tunnels, take a bushwalk or say hi to the friendly Coal Loader chickens.
Address: 2 Balls Head Dr, Waverton NSW 2060
Phone: 0422 887 396
The Greens, North Sydney
The Greens in North Sydney is a great option if you’re looking to spend a sunny weekend outside with your family – whether it’s for a game of barefoot bowls and food or just to eat out. In fact, every Sunday they host a bunch of furry and feathery friends at the weekly Greens Petting Zoo which the kids will love and they have colouring books on hand as well. There’s even a playground in the neighbouring parklands where they can run off some steam before grabbing a meal off the children’s menu such as Mini Classic Greens Burger, Sausage On a Roll or Ham Toasty.
Address: 50 Ridge St, North Sydney NSW 2060
Phone: 02 9245 3099
As locals know, if you’re in search of a venue with beautiful food, beach views and a playground for the kids, you’re in luck because The Boathouse Balmoral has it all. Its vibrant decor and beachside setting sets it apart, even on a rainy day. Once you’re done eating the fenced playground is adjacent or you can go for a splash in the beautiful Balmoral water or collect seashells along the sand. BYO bucket and spade for this one!
If charming French cottage feels are your thing, then a trip down to Frenchy’s Cafe in Mosman will bring the whole family joy. The cafe, nestled within the national park, features a patio and views of Sydney Harbour that can be enjoyed in the morning, for lunch, or during a classic afternoon tea. Your kids will love it here as there’s plenty of space to run around plus a kids’ menu – Nutella crepes, toasties, milkshakes and more – to keep them satisfied. After a bite, take them on one of the beautiful walking trails leaving the cafe that head to the popular landmarks of Balmoral, Chowder Bay, Clifton Gardens and Taronga Zoo.
Out the back of the Montmartre Store, in a lovely rustic courtyard, lies Cafe Montmartre. It’s so peaceful it’s hard to believe you are just metres away from the hustle and bustle of Military Road. If you want some quiet with your kids in tow, this venue will send you straight to one of the hidden bistros of Paris. Its simple menu is perfect for both breakfast and brunch and offers classics such as French onion soup, ratatouille, Croque Monsieur, or pastries and coffee (made with certified organic beans). In the true French style it’s also dog-friendly so bring along all the members of the family – even the furry ones!!
Address: 527 Military Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
Phone: 02 9969 5456