The Best Sydney Cafes With Playgrounds: Find Them All Here

Cafes by playgrounds picmonkey 1

Mums and dads, you NEED to know this information!

Is there anything better than a cafe with playground combination?

Drinking a coffee in a cafe, with your bottom firmly on a seat, whilst your kids play in a playground within eyesight is the world’s best feeling. (Yes, I know I am shallow.)

As your kids get bigger, this is feasible.

I know, things you thought would NEVER happen!

If you’ve been googling ‘parks with cafe Sydney’ or ‘cafe with playground Sydney,’ you are in the right place!

Here’s a list of almost 20 cafes with playgrounds, there’s either a playground within the cafe or slap bang alongside.  They are listed by suburb, click on the name in the Table of Contents to get straight there. Then click on the name to read a very detailed post with all the info you need to plan a visit with your kids.

This post has been written by myself, Seana Smith, and by Rebecca O’Farrell.

SydneyParkCafe e1301642865685

Alexandria: Sydney Park Cafe

Very funky cafe in a very modern playground, right inside the playground.  Hooray!

This is a lovely spot for children of all ages, even teenagers will find this playground fun…. and this is one of Sydney’s best parks with cafe right within it. Great for your next weekend outing.

Best Sydney cafes beside playgrounds balmoral boat house

Balmoral Boat House

This cafe and takeaway is in a terrific position, beside the playground and by the netted baths area of Balmoral.  Can get crowded of course on a hot day.  All the info you need is here.

Baulkham Hills: Two Cafes at Stockland mall

The Little Rock Cafe and Charlie Lovett are both within Stockland Mall at Baulkham Hills, and in between the two of them is a little enclosed playground. It’s a cute little place, known as the ‘Mushroom Playground.’ Both cafes have outdoor tables beside the playground, read more about the playground and cafes here.


Blacktown: Grounds Keepers Cafe

The Grounds Keepers Cafe overlooks the beautifully designed Francis Park that has both a water play area and awesome playground facilities. Kids can run amok whilst you enjoy your coffee and super cheap café fare.

Little ones may need to be watched closely as there are areas where they can fall easily and a water course that runs through the park could pose a hazard for little wanderers.

Blaxland Riverside Park: Armory Wharf Cafe

This spacious cafe beside the Parramatta River has all sorts of play equipment and water play close to it, then the massive expanse of the rest of Blaxland Riverside Park’s playground just up the hill.

Read our review here.

sydney park with cafe
The lovely pond at Burwood park

Burwood: The Picnic 

With a wonderful location within Burwood Park, The Picnic is a great spot for family meals and get togethers. Breakfast is served until 12pm and lunch from then until around 3.30pm.  A gorgeous Sydbey [ark with cafe, what a treat.

Read all about the playground at Burwood Park here, parking and other details are there.

Cabarita: Sanders Kiosk + Vela Dining + Bar

Within Cabarita Park, this kiosk serves yummy well-priced snacks and is close to the playground, the beach and the swimming pools. To read all about this gorgeous tot hotspot check out this Cabarita post on Parraparents. 

Vela Dining + Bar is also at the Marina, a delightful spot with excellent river views. Check out Vela on their website here.

Carss Park Cafe family friendly

Carss Park: Carss Park Cafe + Grill

Within the lovely Carss Bush Park, this cafe is right alongside the playground. There’s lovely inside and outside dining here. Open for breakfast and lunch, from around 8am – around 3.30pm.

Centennial 9 .JPG

Centennial Park Cafe

It’s divine, and it’s just up the hill from the playground. A delightful cafe with park combination!

Cars are nowhere close.  Lets the kids roll down the hill and run off to the playground whilst you enjoy the views and the green glories of the park. 

Clontarf: Clonny’s Cafe + Kiosk

Clonnies is a lovely beachside cafe beside the beach and enclosed swimming baths at Clontarf and is also right beside a playground which is fab for little kids. There’s also a kiosk for when you cannot get the kids to sit still in a cafe.

Darling Quarter Playground 700_1
Darling Quarter playground water play

Darling Harbour: Darling Quarter Playground

There are many cafes and restaurants close to this fabulous, huge playground. There’s actually a cafe/kiosk within this playground, plus fast food and sitting down cafes just alongside. Do not miss the Guylian Cafe!

East Ryde: Fox and Bird Cafe

This small cafe is just across the road from Heatly Reserve which has a small fully enclosed playground. Sit outside to watch your children play or take a cup of coffee inside with your little ones. 


Enmore Park Kellermans Café

Enmore Park is home to the rocket ship playground and also the very tasty Kellerman’s Café. When you sit outside the café you have a fairly decent view over the park and a nearby climbing frame.

However for those of you with little astronauts you may have to eat before or after they fly to the moon, as this part of playground is just a little bit far away in case you need to leap to the rescue of you kid as they fall back to earth.

20140807 Livvi's Place Five Dock_0079_1

Five Dock: Livvi’s Place at Timbrell ParkP

Read all about this excellent playground with a cafe here.

Vintage Pantry Galston

Galston: The Vintage Pantry Secret Garden

This charning cafe has its own play equipment situated in the garden by the cafe.  Open for breakfast, lunch and then dinner at weekends.


Glenhaven: The Tuckshop

This is one funky café and it serves some of the best coffee in the North West. The cafe is actually across the car park from the playground, so you can’t really sit at the café and watch your kids play.

But what you can do is grab a picnic blanket from the café or sit on one of the picnic tables in the park and eat your food there, as all of the food served by the Tuckshop comes in disposable containers!


Glenmore Park: Sapphires Cafe

This is the ultimate café by a playground because you can sit outside the café whilst your kids run wild in the all ages and abilities playground, which is fully fenced. The coffee is decent and the food delicious and I think you might even get a read of the morning paper in too before the kidlets come back demanding a slushie or a sweet looking cupcake from the café.

Lizard log park playground play equipment
The cafe near Lizard Log playground, open daily except Mondays

Horsley Park: Saluti Cafe at Lizard Log

This is really a kiosk and it’s not slap bang beside the lovely Lizard Log playground, but it is close by. Excellent for a takeaway or a sit down when the kids have run around a bit.


Lilyfield:  The Local Press Café

The playground right next to the Local Press is only small but it will still occupy kidlets long enough for you to down a delicious coffee brewed from house roasted beans.

When you sit on an outside table you have perfect sight of your babes but be warned, there are swings, so you may have to get up and give a push, or just ignore them like I do.

Flying Fox sign

Mona Vale: Flying Fox Cafe

This is a lovely playground with cafe right beside it, it’s almost part of the playground.  There are also lovely water views over Pittwater here as well as playground views.

It is practically inside the huge, fenced playground, and serves its family clientele well.  All details here.


Mt Annan: Melaleuca House

Located in the sprawling Australian Botanic Gardens, Melaleuca House is a restaurant/café that serves some delicious food in an idyllic setting. From the outdoor seating area you do have views over the fully fenced playground so older kids can easily play whilst you enjoy your meal.

If you have little ones then ask for your food to be placed in take away containers and you can eat at one of the picnic tables in the playground.

Mt Annan: The Wild Dragonfly Cafe at Flower Power

You will find the family friendly Wild Dragonfly Cafe at the Flower Power Garden Centre at 320 Narellan Road, Mount Annan. As well as play equipment there are fun activities and chool holiday activities on offer. 

Parramatta playground cafe
The lovely Grounds Keeper by Pavilion Flat playground in Parramatta Park

Parramatta: Grounds Keeper Parramatta Park

Very close to Pavilion Flat Playground at Parramatta Park is the lovely Grounds Keeper Cafe, with indoor and outdoor seating. There’s also the gatehouse Tea Rooms for a snack or meal after a play at Pavilion Flat or the much larger Domain Creek playground in the park.

Read more about things to do at Parramatta Park here.


Pyrmont: Call Me Harris

Pirrama Park has both an excellent playground as well as a water play area and the location is stunning as it is right on the Harbour’s edge. The café is more like a kiosk but is serves a decent brew and simple café fare.

All of the outdoor seating has a good view over the playground but as the Harbour is close, keep a close eye on your kidlets, as you don’t want them wandering off and falling into the drink. Read the post on Pirrama Playground here.

Queens Park: The Queens Park Shed

This delightful and spacious cafe is right beside the enclosed playground at Queens Park.  A wonderful combination visit.

Sous le soleil 1

Roseville: Sous Le Soleil

This French restaurant is in the middle of lovely Roseville Park. Very close to it is a fully fenced playground. Now the playground is ideal for younger children, but is not close enough to the cafe for the kids to be in full view. So I think this is more or a play before or after your meal or drink situation. Sous Le Soliel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Rouse Hill: Meze Me Cafe

A beautiful café located in an old house that serves Middle Eastern inspired food. The playground is not easily visible from the outdoor seating area due to hedging around the dining area impairing your view.

It may be best to have a play before or after you dine, or if you have independent older kids they should be fine having a great time in the reptile inspired playground.

20140617 Eden Gardens_0024

Ryde: The Dragonfly Cafe at Eden Gardens

This lovely cafe is set in a terrific garden centre, well worth exploring with the family. There’s a children’s playground with great sculptures inside the garden centre, plus the excellent Edible Pavilion which kids love.


Ryde: Grounds Keeper Café

A personal favourite because the food is just soooo good, you can sit in the café whilst your kids have awesome fun playing in the playground that is right next to it.

Some tables have views over the playground whilst others have views over the park and petanque pitch. The homemade cakes at the Grounds Keeper are to die for and the owners are ever so friendly and love kids.

Read more about the delightful Ryde Park and Grounds Keeper Cafe on this post.

Rushcutters Bay Playground.JPG


Rushcutters Bay Kiosk

A lovely spot in a wide open park, and very close to this playground which is a terrific one for younger children.

In the central part of Sydney this is one of the best playgrounds with a cafe right beside it.

Waterview Cafe_1

Sydney Olympic Park:  Cafe At WatervieW , 

OK, so this cafe isn’t right slap bang beside the playground, but it’s pretty damn close. The playground we’re talking about is the excellent one with bike track alongside at Bicentennial Park, full review here.

And OK, OK, you couldn’t really sit here and watch the kids in the playground. It’s too far away and – ahem – across a carpark.

But still, it’s a good one for a meal or snacks for before or after a playground play.

Forestway Fresh The Tasting Deck cafe Terrey Hills
The Tasting Deck at Forestway Fresh has its own groovy playground

Terrey Hills: The Tasting Deck At Forestway Fresh

There are three cafes with their very own playgrounds in Terrey Hills, what a treat. The best of the playgrounds is the newest one which is at the huge fruit and veg shop called Forestway Fresh on the corner of Mona Vale Road and Myoora Road. Heaps of space to run around and a nice – but pricey – menu.

Check out all the info on the Tasting Deck here.

Terrey Hills: The Vines at Flower Power

The playground beside the Vines cafe is fully fenced and fairly simple. It’s amazing how well it keeps kids amused after or before a drink and/or a bite to eat. My kids love exploring Flower Power and visiting the koi carp too. Read all about this cafe with its own playground here.

You’ll Love These Posts:

Best Kid-Friendly Cafes On The North Shore

The 50 Best Playgrounds in Sydney

The Best Bushy, Natural Playgrounds in Sydney

Best Fenced Playgrounds – North

Best Fenced Playgrounds – East

In the meantime, I would be so delighted to hear of other great cafes beside playgrounds.

Please do let me know your favourites.

Spread the word! Other families will love you for it.

Share with a friend

Join the Conversation


  1. says: David

    “Little Marionette”, 2 Booth St, Balmain – next to Gladstone Park is a local favourite. Not just for kids. Grab a coffee and a rug from the basket and sit in the park.

    1. says: Seana

      Thank you David! Love some inside info from a local and I’ve added this to my list of places to visit. Must take some photos and load it up here. Thank you.

  2. says: Seana

    We went to Pirrama and I’ve posted on it here, love that cafe, what a view over the water and city from that spot. Thank you!

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Hello that us a lovely cafe isn’t it? I have never dared take my kids there, they’d probably be all right now though. The playground is a bit old, lets hope it is jazzed up one day. Thanks for adding in this one.

      1. says: cyndi

        The Concourse at Chatswood has a big patch of grass where kids play and people relac and listen to music. Cafes all round.

Leave a comment
Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *