Guide to eating out in Sydney with kids. Sydneysiders are spoilt for choice when it comes to kid friendly places to eat. From delightful little suburban cafes to trendy inner city pubs, families are welcome with open arms in the beautiful harbour city. At breakfast time there are hundreds of cafes all over Sydney that provide excellent food and coffee. (Don’t forget to ask for a babycino for your little ones as babycinos are taken very seriously in Sydney!) At lunch and dinnertime you can dine everywhere from a sushi train to an upmarket restaurant, as most eateries in Sydney are used to have little customers at their tables. Below are only a handful of child friendly places on offer in Sydney and they are all very easy to get to via public transport if you are visiting Sydney with kids.
If there is one café you should visit when visiting Sydney – this is it! It’s almost like a little village right in the middle of the inner west of Sydney. Not only is there a café serving the most decadent of food but there is also a baker, a florist, a coffee roaster, a vegetable garden, a playground and a mini farm! Kevin Bacon (the pig) is the star attraction and you can feed him and his fellow menagerie on Tuesdays and Thursday at 11am and 1pm.
We suggest that you arrive early when you visit The Grounds (especially on weekends) as there are queues to get a table more often than not. Otherwise you can grab takeaways and just wander around the beautiful grounds of The Grounds. During the school holidays they host free workshops for kids which are really popular and must be booked in advance. Parking can be a bit of a nightmare at The Grounds, especially during the week. Public transport is also a bit tricky so you may be best to catch a taxi.
Sydney has so many family friendly pubs, but the coolest of them all is the Coogee Pavilion right on beautiful Coogee Beach. In the morning it is like a trendy café where you can have a flat white and gourmet toastie. Then at lunch time you can have a long lazy seafood lunch. Then at night time you can have pizza and a few drinks. And, yes, the kids can be with you at all times because there is a seriously awesome play area for them down the back of the Pavilion.
There are loads of giant games like Connect 4, quoits, naughts & crosses as well as a huge Scrabble board on the wall. Combine these with ping pong tables, a small bowling green and a colouring in station and you won’t see your kids for your entire meal.
When their little bellies start to grumble, kids have their very own menu which has more options on it then your typical deep fried suspects that most pubs offer. After your visit to the Pavilion you can have a play on Coogee Beach and then catch a bus back to the city with sand still stuck in between your toes.
This is a hidden gem amongst the busy tourist precinct of The Rocks. The Tea Cosy is located in an old terrace house and it is the place to go for Devonshire tea in Sydney. Whilst parents gorge themselves on the most perfectly cooked scones and homemade jams, children can play with the basket of toys and colouring in provided and also enjoy their very own Devonshire tea that comes with the sweetest (and free) babycino. The house is full of nooks and crannies as well as steep stairs – so it is not stroller friendly. However you can just fold up your stroller and store it under or next to your table, then plonk your toddler in one of the high chairs that are available.
Located directly opposite the awesome Sydney Park, Little Tastes is definitely a café for little people.
The café itself is only small in size, but the service, food and coffee as well as the attention that little people receive, certainly makes up for it. There is a toy area for kids and the walls are covered in blackboards, so kids can scribble away to their heart’s content. On Saturdays children can let their inner Picasso run wild when they can paint the walls of the courtyard out the back of the café.
Little Tastes is right next to the St Peters Train Station so you can jump on a train from the city, have a bite to eat at the café, and then a play and walk through Sydney Park before you catch the train home again. Alternately, Sydney Park has a decent amount of parking available.
For more information on how to navigate Sydney’s public transport system, this is your go to website: www.transportnsw.info
This is perhaps the ultimate child friendly café in Sydney. The owners have thought of almost every single need and want of parents and created a café space where parents can well and truly sit back and relax whilst their kids are entertained. There are different areas for different age groups and each day they have a princess or a fairy who will entertain your babes whilst you enjoy your coffee whilst it is still warm, or your wine whilst it is still cold – as they are licensed! They have 3 different play sessions each day and there is a minimum spend required.
This cafe is always spotlessly clean and they have the most fabulous fully equipped toilets. Parking is available in a shopping centre across the street or from the city centre you can catch Buses M10 or 439 which will drop you off practically on their doorstep.
Piccolo Me stores are sprinkled throughout the CBD of Sydney. They are a great place for weary parents to pick up a caffeine fix and a great place for kids to indulge in some Willy Wonka types of treats! Piccolo Me are famous for their Nutella bombs (a deconstructed Nutella hot chocolate), crotops (a mini croissant studded with sweets that comes on top of your hot drink or is eaten by itself), babookies (babycinos in a cookie) and all sorts of other weird and whacky creations. Most stores are easy to access with strollers but they don’t have high chairs or baby change tables.
The humble soft serve has been taken to a whole new level thanks to the ice cream parlour Aqua S! Forget Mr Whippy or the golden arches’ version, at Aqua S not only are their flavours a bit quirky (think seasalt, grape and earl grey) but they come adorned with fairy floss, caramel popcorn and toasted marshmallows – depending how much sugar you can cope with all at once. Flavours change regularly and some are more for a mature palate, however the grape is always a winner as it tastes just like Hubba Bubba bubble gum. Make sure you have your camera ready as the look on children’s faces when they receive their breathtaking concoction is really quite magical!
Fine Dining Restaurants in Sydney With Kids
If you are after an upmarket establishment for a special family dinner whilst in Sydney with kids, quite a few restaurants offer excellent kids menus. It is best to make a reservation ahead of time and also to dine early, so that the staff of these venues can easily accommodate your brood.
Three good choices are Café Sydney at Circular Quay (for the view); Manta at Woollomooloo Wharf (for the lovely location) and La Scala in Woollahra (for the funky ambience and free kids meals during the week).