Are you looking to try new cafes with the kids? Here are some great nearby cafes that the whole family will enjoy. We’ll keep adding to the list!
The tranquility 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 babycinos 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 bookshelf, and tiny play area at the top of the stairs and the fishpond and eclectic 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 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.
Milky Lane’s vibrant atmosphere and fun menu are perfect for the whole family. Especially if you’re going to treat the kids to a much-deserved sugar rush. There’s always something crazy to try on the menu – from giant burgers, to the Flamin Hot Doritos Fried Chicken, Bacon Mac & Cheese Croquettes, Loaded Mashed Potato Balls or the Epic Desserts like Donut Churros Fries. However, it’s the crazy shakes for the kids and even crazier cocktails for the adults that will be the highlight – just don’t get them mixed up!!
Address: 70 Alexander St, Crows Nest NSW 2065
Phone: 02 9901 3121
The cute little Coal Loader Cafe offers both water and garden views. 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.
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. They can partake in some playtime 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
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