10 Family-Friendly Cafes + Hotels in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs

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Here’s a handy list of great family-friendly cafes and restaurants and hotels in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, listed by suburb.

This goes with the recent post 11 Best Cafes On The Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, this is the inland version!

Click on the links to read detailed posts that give you all the information you need to plan a visit with the family.

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Belrose – The Belrose Hotel

Recently revamped the Belrose Hotel has fresh food with a healthy twist, plus the largest indoor playground of any hotel in Australia. Read all the info you need to plan a visit here: Belrose Hotel


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Killarney Heights- Talking Heads Cafe

Located in the kid friendly hub, adjacent to kids art and dance classes and some handy shops, such as a Japanese bakery, is Talking Heads Cafe.  Come and enjoy the lovely food and you can even buy frozen take home meals.  Now I call that mum friendly………Read More


Mona Vale – Flying Fox Cafe

Adjoining the fabulous Flying Fox Park in Mona Vale, this is one kid friendly cafe for mums.  You can see your kids in the gated play area from many of the tables in the cafe and there is plenty of room for strollers………Read More


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Newport – The Newport Arms Hotel

As far as family friendly Aussie pubs go, this one is a Northern Beaches institution.  With designated children’s play areas, fabulous views, night markets and free yoga and pilates, this venue has something for everyone…….Read More


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North Ryde – Dragonfly Cafe

Dragonfly Cafe is within Eden Gardens, a huge garden centre. There’s a children’s playground close to the cafe, lots of outdoor seating as well as seating indoors and a lovely sculpture walk too. Read more here


Palm Beach – Cranky Fins Holidae Inn

Uber cool with great Mexican cantina style food. Grab a booth for the family, or spread out on the deck overlooking Palm Beach Golf Course.  There’s a kids’ menu, with paddle pops on the dessert menu. Mum and dad will love the funky vibe here and everyone will love the fantastic food and cute beach shack decor……….Read More


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Terrey Hills – Seeds + Co (was Cafe Mirabelle)

In the grounds of the Bonds garden centre, this is a large cafe with a good menu and a fenced playground right beside it. Bonus!  Great fave with mums from my kids’ school. Read more here.


Terrey Hills – Cafe Piemonte

Cafe Piemonte has lots of tables outdoors beside the playground and is an excellent spot for a big family lunch, or to get together with a mothers’ group. Read more here


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Terry Hills – The Terrey Hills Tavern

If it’s really good food at a fair price you are after, Terrey Hills Tavern is for you.  You can dine indoors and keep a watchful eye over the kids in the play area, or alfresco on the pleasantly styled terrace. With a kids menu, a comprehensive list of pizzas to choose from and a kids’ activity pack available, this is a great venue for all the family……..Read More


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 Willoughby – The Incinerator Cafe

Right beside a marvellous playground, this cafe has space and wonderful views. Read more here 


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9 More Great Cafes Beside Playground in Sydney

11 Best Cafes On The Beach in Sydney’s Northern Beaches

The 50 Best Playgrounds in Sydney

The Best Bushy, Natural Playgrounds in Sydney

How To Find Great Fenced Playgrounds

Best Fenced Playgrounds – North

Best Fenced Playgrounds – East


Now I need to make another list of 10! Can you help?

What’s your family’s top Sydney eating spot?

Which is best, a cafe or fish and chips on the beach?

Happy munching


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  1. This is a really awesome list, Seana. Can’t choose which one is THE best hehe…Love that garden display with an old truck. Very funky and clever how they conceptualised that 🙂

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

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