Dragonfly Cafe at Eden Gardens in North Ryde – Sydney’s Best Cafes For Kids {Updated}

Dragonfly cafe Eden Gardens Ryde

Delighted today to bring you an updated version of a post I first wrote three years ago. Dragonfly Cafe at Eden Gardens in Ryde really is a marvellously family friendly spot. I was delighted to go there again recently to the launch of their new Edible Pavilion, which I will write about soon.

In the meantime, please enjoy this updated cafe post, with much better photos than it’s had for the past three years!

Dragonfly cafe Eden Gardens Ryde

Don’t you just love it when you come across a new cafe that is really great for your kids??!!

It’s not just me, is it?

Here’s one that is especially great for mothers’ groups, even larger ones like the group I met here- just look at those gorgeous babies.

Dragonfly Cafe is also great for more formal family lunches, all of the generations will enjoy the food and the lovely gardens around the cafe.

Dragonfly cafe Eden Gardens Ryde

Here’s myself at the lunch recently, the outside dining area is so pretty, right by a fountain. (This photo and the top one are courtesy of Eden Gardens, many thanks.)

Dragonfly Cafe

Eden Gardens

Corner Lane Cove and Fontenoy Roads North Ryde, NSW 2113

Opening Hours:          8:30am-4pm Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm Saturday & Sunday

Website:  www.edengardens.com.au

This is a lovely cafe for its space, and the beautiful environment around it.  Eden Gardens is a very large garden centre, it also has a terrific shop and an art gallery.  And a kids’ playground. Yippee!

There’s an indoors part of the cafe but the most space is outdoors, some under a pergola and some under umbrellas out in the gardens.

The menu is terrific, featuring modern Australian cuisine.  There are lots of good options for the kids.  There is a buffet breakfast as well as a la carte at weekends and on public holidays.

Toilets/Baby Change: Yes

Highchairs:  Yes

Children’s Menus: Yes

Mum’s Report: So handy, a lovely cafe for lunch whilst we buy things for the garden.  Also a nice spot for more formal family celebrations, there’s space for the kids and the menu has plenty of choices for both the kids and the adults.

If you are looking for a great playground to visit before or after a meal here try:

Elouera Reserve beside Macquarie Centre, click here

Blenheim Park Playground, click here

Parking: Yes, lots of parking in front of Eden Gardens and car park underneath.

Read more about Eden Gardens and see photos of the playground on this post.


Eden Gardens Map below



Dragonfly cafe Eden Gardens Ryde

The undercover outdoors dining area. Not a great shot – sorry.

Dragonfly cafe Eden Gardens Ryde playground

This slide leads down to the kids playground, and yes, I’ve had a turn. My kids loved this.

Dragonfly cafe Eden Gardens Ryde playground

Giant lollipop sculptures in the children’s playground.

Dragonfly cafe Eden Gardens Ryde

At first we thought this was fruit salad with ice cream, but it turned out to be delicious cheese and herb balls on an heirloom tomato salad. So clever and pretty.


Dragonfly cafe Eden Gardens Ryde

Great spot for mother’s groups. Just look at those cheeky smiling babies, too sweet.

What a lovely spot, and it’s very central too.  

Have you been there?  What’s your review?  

Happy family dining




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Posted on: June 24, 2014


  • Reply June 25, 2014


    Gosh I love the look of this blog lovely! I wish someone would do this for the Gold Coast – perhaps I should? Nah I’m too lazy, I mean busy 🙂 xx

    • Reply June 28, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Isn’t there a kids guide to the GC, if not, that’s a shocker as there’s so much to do there. gap in the market!! BUT… your hands are pretty full… looking forward to seeing you there in August at PB.

  • Reply June 25, 2014


    What a lovely spot to enjoy with your children. That herb cheese ball on the salad would make me very happy indeed!

    • Reply June 28, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Yes, it was delicious. This salad really had me tickled pink. Lovely setting too and we ate outside in winter sunshine. You really have to love Sydney. I have more photos to post, must get onto that tomorrow. Cheers to you Maureen.

  • It does look very family friendly, and yes I actually

    • sorry, hit enter too soon! I thought that was also an ice cream with cut up veggies! now that you said it’s cheese on tomato salad, ahh it sounds more appetizing 🙂

      • Reply June 28, 2014

        Seana Smith

        I’m never against an ice cream but the herbed cream cheese really was lovely. A vast improvement on my usual lunches.

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