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The 9 Best Kid-Friendly Cafes in Sydney

Sydneysiders are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to cafe culture, even when the kids are in tow. From playground kiosks to whimsical cafes, oceanfront dining and kids high tea, there’s a cafe around the corner that welcomes kids with open arms and marshmallow-topped babyccinos. Here’s our pick of the best kid-friendly cafes Sydney has to offer.    

Flying Fox Cafe

With views over Winnererremy Bay's parkland and Pittwater, the Flying Fox Cafe holds prime position next to the popular fenced-in playground and cycle way. It really doesn't get more family-friendly that this; undercover seating, a landscaped garden, kid-friendly menu, toys and activities. They even host birthday parties and your pooch is welcome to join in the fun as well. 

2 Mona Street, Mona Vale

The Boathouse Balmoral

Along the shores of Balmoral Beach, The Boathouse in all its rustic chic charm, is a great place to take the kids. A laid-back vibe with incredible food and views, but the best part is the sandy shores and calm waters of Balmoral, which are literally on their doorstep. A refurbished fenced-in playground is only steps away, so sit on the deck or grab a coffee to go from the kiosk. The choice is yours.

2 The Esplanade, Balmoral


An Israeli bakery-slash-deli-slash-cafe, Shuk is attracting Sydneysiders as much for their food as for their very family-friendly offerings. With a dedicated kids’ menu, outdoor play area, fun atmosphere, delicious treats, and plenty of room for high chairs and double strollers, Shuk is the perfect spot for families to while away their mornings and afternoons.      

2 Mitchell Road, North Bondi

Nielsen Park Cafe & Restaurant

Capitalising on its prime location with views that span across Shark Beach and Sydney Harbour, Nielsen Park Café and Restaurant is an outdoor dining experience the whole family will enjoy. Whether you choose to dine in and let the kids play at the beach or join them with a takeaway coffee, this little slice of paradise is sure to become a family favourite.      

Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse

Sideways Deli Cafe

Sideways Deli Cafe in Dulwich Hill doesn’t just welcome kids to their establishment – they celebrate them. While parents enjoy eggs or housemade baked goods with a side of coffee, kids can entertain themselves with toys and colouring in or eat from the kids’ menu. The best part, they have a strict policy of tailoring every kids’ meal to their specific needs.     

37 Constitution Road, Dulwich Hill

The Incinerator Cafe

With a relaxed vibe, access to Hallstrom Park playground, a trendy menu and some of the best coffee on the North Shore, The Incinerator has plenty of open space for the kids to run amok. The mouth-watering menu caters to parents and kids with breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even offers gluten and dairy-free options.

2 Small Street, Willoughby

Piemonte Cafe

Another popular cafe for kids who love their farm animals, the Piemonte Cafe in Terrey Hills offers a relaxing atmosphere for parents and plenty of outdoor entertainment for the kids. Located at the Hills Flower Market, the generously sized indoor/outdoor cafe delivers tasty coffee, breakfast and lunch for mums and dads while the spacious playground and adjoining chicken run will delight the kids for hours.

287 Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills

The Grounds of Alexandria

A wholesome menu, a picturesque garden and farmyard animals to boot, it’s no surprise that this is one of Sydney’s most popular kid-friendly cafes. Housed in a sprawling heritage-listed warehouse, parents can indulge in a moreish baked treat, nourishing meal, or a cup of their signature blend while the little ones’ chat to the farm animals or discover the cubbyhouse.  

2 Huntley Street, Alexandria

Sugar ‘n Spice

Parents and kids will delight at their whimsical décor that’ll make you feel as though you’ve stepped through the pages of Alice in Wonderland. Whether you’re just popping in for a quick coffee or you want to spoil the kids with a high tea complete with miniature cupcakes, sandwiches, chocolate brownies, strawberries and babyccino, Sugar ‘n Spice is the crème de la crème of kid-friendly cafes.  

Ground Floor Chatswood Chase, Chatswood


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