Please welcome guest poster Rebecca from the terrific blog Little Munch, my very favourite blog about eating out with kids in Sydney. Rebecca writes really detailed posts, with everything you need to know before you visit cafes with kids.
Here’s Rebecca’s list of her family’s favourite kid-friendly cafes in Western Sydney. They’re listed alphabetically by suburb.
Can you add to Rebecca’s list?
THE BEST KID FRIENDLY CAFES IN WESTERN SYDNEY
There has been a lot of press lately about the booming food scene in Western Sydney.
Famous names such as Jamie Oliver have been opening up eateries in Parramatta and further afield. Trendy inner city style cafes are sprouting up in some of the most unlikeliest of suburbs, and lucky for us parents, quite a few of them are really kid friendly.
So here is a list of some of the Best in the West! Click on the title to read more details.
If you love bacon and egg rolls and seriously good coffee, this is one café you should check out! The Coffee Embassy is run by gorgeous young parents who are passionate about good coffee.
They have decked out their lane way café with bright coloured palings and loads of blackboards to keep little ones occupied, so that their Mammas and Pappas can enjoy their well-deserved brew in relative peace.
They have a super cheap kids menu and the café claims to serve the BEST bacon and egg roll in Northmead (if not all of the West) and yes it is pretty darn fine!
Baker & Builder Café – North Parramatta
The Baker & Builder is the home of some of the most delicious baked goods that you will find in Western Sydney. The owner is an amazing pastry chef and each day old fashion favourites such as lamingtons and muffins sit happily beside fancy pants tarts and cakes.
There are shelves of toys and colouring for kids to keep themselves amused, as well as loads of high chairs to secure little bottoms in.
On weekends there is always some sort of kid’s entertainment such as face painting or a jumping castle, as well as a farmers market where you can pick up fresh fruit and veg straight from the grower.
The Baker & Builder Café is a great place to meet up with your mother’s group too, especially on a sunny day, as there is loads of space to park prams and for kids to wander about.
Parramatta Park Café – Parramatta
This café is a bit of an institution in Parramatta – to find it, you need to drive/walk/ride right into Parramatta Park.
They love kids because they have an awesome kids menu (that doubles as an activity sheet) and one seriously cute babycino. And at lunch time kids receive a free toy with their meal. It’s the perfect spot to stop in at before or after a play in one of Parramatta Park’s playgrounds.
When you have finished your meal, you can go for a wander down the road to check out bat colony that lives in the park.
Crema Espresso – Parramatta
Every shopping centre needs a decent café for parents to sit back in and calm their nerves after going shopping with kids! Luckily in the Westfield Shopping Centre in Parramatta there is a brilliant café that has its very own enclosed play area for kidlets.
Crema Espresso is located on level 2 of the centre and it is a nice big café with plenty of seating. Kids under the age of 8 years are allowed in the play area and when they need something to eat they can munch on favourites such as fairy bread and toasted cheesy fingers.
And obviously with a name like Crema Espresso you can expect a very decent cup of coffee to settle down those frayed nerves!
Reflections Café – Blacktown
We all love a café next to a playground and Reflections is right next to one of Western Sydney’s best playgrounds! The playground has both a brilliant water splash area as well as awesome climbing equipment.
If you sit outside at the café you can keep an eye on older kids, however you will still need to play the helicopter parent with your little ones, as there are some big steps that they can fall down, as well as water ways close by.
Reflections menu is simple but covers everyone’s favourites and it is so reasonably priced. There is plenty of room for prams and excellent toilet facilities are also available.
Sapphires Café – Glenmore Park
This is another café located smack bang next to a pretty cool playground. This big and very spacious café has seating both inside and out. The outdoor seating has a great view over the playground so hopefully you can sit back and relax for once, whilst your kids have a bucket load of fun.
On a hot Western Sydney’s day, the interior is a great place to cool off after a hard morning session of pushing your kidlets on the swings!
Sapphires has a kids menu, clean toilets, high chairs, plenty of room to park a pram and a cake cabinet full of very cute cupcakes – oh and they will even cater for little ones birthday party!
41 on Maple – Greystanes
41 on Maple is one small and perfectly formed café. It’s located right on a grassy park, so that kidlets can run amok whilst you enjoy some of the cafes most delicious food.
There is a playground and swings which are perfect to keep older kids occupied (the park is not fenced so make sure you keep an eye on wandering toddlers) and the café also provides picnic rugs so that you can enjoy your very own picnic in the park.
Once the kids have worn themselves out in the park you can treat them with one of the cafes amazing milkshakes and let them grab a book from the kid’s book basket inside the café.
Café 2773 – Glenbrook
Whilst technically this café is located in the lower Blue Mountains, you still need to head through Western Sydney to get to it!
This café ticks every single kid friendly box and then some. With cute babycinos and even cuter baby animals, you can easily spend quite a few hours in this very popular café. They even have a cubby house and space for an outdoor picnic.
Adults can either enjoy a perfectly brewed coffee or a glass of vino with their gourmet wood fired pizza or other delicious menu offering. And if your kids still have some energy to burn, head across the road after your meal and check out the train themed Glenbrook Park.
There are so many more amazing cafes out in the West so this list is by no means definitive.
Do you have a favourite that hasn’t made the list? Please share!