Here’s a handy post from Rebecca who writes the terrific blog Little Munch.
Click on the links on the cafe names to go to a longer post with more information about the cafe and all the practical details you need.
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The best places to eat with kids in the East!
Families who reside in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney are spoilt for choice when it comes to kid friendly cafes.
From La Perouse to Watsons Bay, nearly every suburb has some little gem that welcomes families with open arms.
So parents, have a read and start planning your next trip the gorgeous Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.
Home to the hipster families of the east, this iconic suburb is brimming with awesome eateries and most of them love little hipsters too! Shuk is perhaps the most kid friendly of them all, as it has a cute little play area, loads of room for prams, and baby change facilities.
Other noteworthy places are Bills who provide colouring for kids, and a scrummy little person’s menu; the famous Tratt (Bondi Trattoria) serve up free babycinos, and have a huge and wholesome kids menu; and also the uber cool Hill Eatery do a babycino and muffin of the day deal and other yummy food items for our little people.
And lastly for a feel good feed, take your little moos to Moo Gourmet Burgers (they are also in Coogee), where they can have an awesome feed for $10.95 – burger with chippies & side salad + drink + dessert. 50c from every kid’s meal sold goes to the Starlight Foundation.
Beautiful Bronte has a great strip of eateries that overlook the water, but the issue here is parking – it’s a nightmare!
However if you stay away from the beach you will find Favoloso in Murray St. This Italian café loves bambinos, and serve up yoghurt & fruit cups, cheesy toast soldiers, as well as very pretty cupcakes to fill small bellies. There are high chairs and a decent amount of space for prams to be parked near their outdoor tables.
Three Blue Ducks in Macpherson St is also worth checking out as they have a little veggie patch out the back for kiddies to explore and also a daily kids meal available.
I think everyone in Sydney has visited Centennial Park at some stage in their lives. This huge park now has four different places to eat and all are family friendly.
For a bit of posh, you can go into Centennial Parklands Café where you will receive full table service, or for a more casual experience the kiosk next door is a great spot to pick up a coffee and food to go, as it is right beside the playground. Read Seana’s review here.
The Ponds Kiosk which is located right in the middle of all the ponds in the park, serves quick and tasty tucker to go. Their kid’s meals are $5.00 and include cheeseburgers, dawgs and chooka burgers!
And lastly, there is now a fab looking eatery called The Greenhouse that brews Campos Coffee and yummy sounding Middle Eastern inspired food. You will find these guys smack bang next to the learner’s cycleway, so you can have a “stress” break there, after your kid has fallen off their bike for the umpteenth time!
Just around the corner from there is the Cloey – aka the Clovelly hotel. This is a preferred meeting place of eastern suburbs locals of all ages and for little nippers they have a $12 meal deal which includes ice cream, juice and an activity pack.
Another favourite for local families is Clodeli, a great café away from the beach at the top of Clovelly Rd. They have toys for kids to play with and serve up toasties and some gorgeous sweet treats to fill hungry little bellies.
Gorgeous Coogee is home to the Coogee Pavilion which is right on stunning Coogee Beach! This place is funky and fabulous offering local families and tourists alike, delicious food in a pretty darn cool setting. Kidlets will love playing all of the upsized games such as connect four, quoits and scrabble, and parents will love chilling out over a cold glass of something alcoholic (and their coffee is darn good too).
Other notable places to eat around the suburb are the Coogee Diggers which has a brand new kids area, and free activity packs for kids with every meal purchase; The Hub (a trendy restaurant and bar) who let kids rule on Tuesdays, by offering free meals for little hubsters; and the new kid on the block is the groovy looking Lion & Buffalo in South Coogee – they have a sweet little area out the back where kidlets can happily roam whilst parents sit back and relax.
Right at the end of the Eastern Suburbs, La Perouse is a fascinating suburb to visit (Captain Cook apparently first landed here). There are quite a few places to eat in Lapa, with Driftwood on the Bay being the most kid friendly.
Inside this café, kids have their own little spot decorated with colouring sheets from past diners. Driftwood’s homemade sweet treats are to die for, and afterwards you can go for a family trot out to Bare Island or a dip in Botany Bay.
When you are in “Bra” country you need to get your caffeine fix at the North End Café. This quirky and very family friendly café is an ideal spot for families to chill out in, before and after a swim at the beach. They pride themselves on their home made food (they even make their own marshmallows for babycinos!!).
If you are after a venue to lunch, the Pavilion Beachfront is a bit of an institution. Located right on the beach, the kids can frolic on the sand right in front of you and there is also a playground very close by.
For dinner you should head to Kokoroya with the fambam. This Japanese restaurant located on busy Anzac Parade has a gated kid’s area to keep little ones occupied, in the vain hope that parents can swallow their sashimi and sake in peace. And they also have a decent kids menu that is very reasonably priced.
Not as famous as some of its beachside neighbours in the east, Matraville is a suburb that flies under the radar (and the flight path) in Sydney. And that’s probably why Crayz Espresso is such a hidden gem! This pocket rocket of a café has a fantastic kid’s play area, caring staff, wholesome food and apparently crazily good coffee.
The Queens Park Shed is the queen of kid friendly cafes in the east. She looks after families incredibly well by providing an idyllic setting in the park, next to a fantastic and fully secure playground.
With plenty of space for prams, yummy babycinos, colouring and free kids meals on Thursday nights, you will see quite a few yummy mummies (and nannies) from the east spending the day here with their brood.
Randwick probably has the most kid friendly cafes in its locality of all the eastern suburbs, which is really handy if you have to spend any time at the Sydney Children’s Hospital!
169 Café and Duck Duck Goose serve up amazing coffee (plus free babycinos) and have play areas for kidlets; and Rells Foods also have toys for little ones to play with, free babycinos and a great menu for children.
If you are looking for somewhere delicious to do dinner (or breakfast or lunch), you must check out Four Frogs – a French creperie restaurant that loves little frogs by providing colouring menus and yummy food and drinks for the whole family.
This beautiful harbourside suburb has a great playground called Lyne Park. Now this park has two cafes within skipping distance that are both kid friendly. The first and closest is Sugar and Spoon. Here you will find a pretty good kids menu and very pretty cupcakes.
A little bit further across the park and next to the carpark is the funky Ministry of Coffee. This café has space for prams, babycinos and their coffee ain’t bad either! So either dine in or take away to be closer to the playground.
Rushcutters Bay/Darling Point
As parents we all love a café right next to a playground and Rushcutters Bay has a pretty darn good one that is open 7 days a week. The Rushcutters Bay kiosk has lovely views over the water and it is perfectly situated right next to the playground. All the seating is outdoors, so it is also a big favourite of locals with fur babies. Seana and her bairns have been and love it – see what they had to say here.
There’s actually another kiosk in the park right next to the Rushcutters Bay Tennis Centre. They too are kid friendly and offer indoor seating just in case the weather turns a bit foul.
If you fancy hanging out with all of the beautiful (insert model like) families of the east, then you should head to Tamarama Beach. This place has great people perving, and it also has the tasty Tama Café. You can have a full on meal here or just grab an ice cream.
There is a playground a hop, skip and jump away from the café, as well as excellent toilet facilities. The Tama Café is also a top spot to take a pit stop when you are doing the Bondi to Coogee walk.
Exclusive Vaucluse is home to the delightful Vaucluse House Tearooms. If you are after a place to go with the family for a special occasion breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea – this is it. Despite it being a white table cloth restaurant, children are most welcome and definitely well catered for. There is plenty of space for kids to run around in front of the tearooms and of course there is Vaucluse House and its gardens to explore where you will even find animals to chat to!
During the school holidays there are always activities for kids planned via Sydney Living Museums and they occasionally have pre-schooler story time with morning tea throughout the year.
Another café that is definitely worth a mention is the Nielsen Park Café/ Kiosk – right on the water at Shark Bay (hopefully you won’t see any sharks). Whether you want take away fish and chips to have on the beach or a more formal family lunch this is a place worth checking out.
Watsons Bay occupies such a gorgeous spot in Sydney and it worth the drive (or ferry trip) to, no matter where you live in Sydney, as it is home to two awesome kid friendly dining venues.
The first and most iconic is the Watsons Bay Hotel. This place is where loads of Sydney’s beautiful people hang out but it is still really welcoming of kids. They always have an awesome school holiday programme happening, and on Sundays kids eat free from 5pm – 7pm (plus you can watch crab racing on the beach).
The other family friendly spot is the Tea Gardens Cafe, which is close by the Robertson Park playground – so if you are more a café family than a pub family, this should be your destination when visiting Watsons Bay.
Last on our list of the eastern suburbs is Waverley – a suburb that has a few very good kid friendly cafes. Bellagio has been a firm favourite for many years amongst local parents from the east, and ticks loads of the kid friendly boxes – a courtyard with toys for kids to play with, free babycinos and baby change facilities to name but a few.
Another spot for cool kids to hang out in is Rubys Diner – a funky café they serves up wholesome food for big and little people.
If you are after not so wholesome food, then you need to take the kids to indulge a little bit at Le Cupcake Lounge! This divine little cupcake shop will have your offspring drooling and if you are looking for a unique spot for a child’s birthday party they host cupcake decorating parties too.
So there you have it parents – a pretty long list of places to take your brood in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.
Not all suburbs or cafes have been listed as there are just so many of them, but hopefully we have given you a taste of the best that we know of.
If we have missed your favourite please let us know!