Are you looking for a little bit of a view, a little bit of a play and a little bit of a snack, or even a very large lunch?
If you live in the eastern suburbs, you will know this fantastic cafe in Centennial Park. If you don’t, then read below to find all the reasons it’s worth a drive to visit, especially on a sunny day.
Centennial Homestead Cafe, Kiosk and Restaurant
Grand Drive(nearest park entrance is Paddington Gates)
Centennial Park 2021
Phone: 9380 9350
Open: Kiosk—open seven days 7am–5pm
Cafe—open seven days 8am–4pm Restaurant—check website
A mothers’ group meeting place par excellence, the terraces at both the cafe and the kiosk are awash with babies and strollers in fine weather. And why wouldn’t they be? This is a truly splendiferous place to spend time with your baby, toddler or preschooler. And when the weather is iffy, no problem, there’s heaps of space inside the airy cafe.
Three cheers for whoever designed this entire area. There are gentle grassy slopes around the cafe and a short roly-poly down the hill away is a large playground. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and there’s shade, plus lots more to explore throughout Centennial Park.The kiosk, which has seating on a terrace shaded by a huge fig tree, serves drinks and snacks, plus light meals. There is a park visitor information booth right beside the kiosk too.
The cafe itself is very large and commands the most lovely views of the park. Its terraces are wide and have umbrellas for shade. The seats are very comfy and it’s all at a safe distance from the road. The cafe has table service and serves a very wide variety of drinks, meals and snacks.
The restaurant is large and airy with huge glass windows. It has an extensive children’s menu with the same items as the cafe. Children are very welcome in this lovely space.
Toilets/Baby change: Toilets are near park info booth.
Children’s menu: No, but plenty of suitable snacks
Mum’s report: This is a summertime mums’ heaven and kids love it too. Once babies are able to get out of their strollers they tend to head straight to the fountain-sculpture set in the centre of the circular forecourt. Paddling often occurs, though the sculptor probably did not have this in mind. There must be thousands of mothers like me who spend a few very pleasant hours here most weeks and then get dragged off to check out the duck ponds nearby.
Extra: The many delights of Centennial Park with its playgrounds and bike track, click here for all the info.
Map reference: Gregory’s 21 G9, Sydway 67 C9, UBD 16 M9 See Google map below
Parking: Car spaces all along Grand DriveBus stop nearby: Yes
What’s your favourite thing to do in Centennial Park?
Take it easy,