Incinerator Cafe in Willoughby – Sydney’s Best Cafes For Kids

Incinerator Cafe is a terrific spot on Sydney’s North Shore. Its close proximity to the excellent playground at Hallstrom Park, and also to Willoughby Leisure Centre means that it’s a very popular spot with local families.

This is a top spot to meet with friends for a play and a coffee, or a lunch after a play or a swim. Incinerator Cafe has lovely modern decor indoors and a pleasant space outside too.

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Incinerator Cafe in Willoughby

2 Small Street, Willoughby

Phone: 61 2 8188 2220

Incinerator Cafe website here – check current menus here.

Opening hours: Daily from 7am until 4pm and serves breakfast (7am until 11.30am) and lunch (12 noon until 2.30pm) always best to check on the website to ensure these are still current.

You can sit at shaded tables outside, which was definitely my choice the day we visited as I do love breakfast with a view.

The inside is a bit more crowded, mothers groups may need to leave strollers outside.

This historic building, and yes, it was an Incinerator, was designed by Walter Burley Griffin. IT’s been transformed into an art gallery on the lower level, with this cafe on the upper level.

You can get takeaway food and coffees here, ideal for taking down to the playground.  It’s a licensed venue too.

Warning! It does get absolutely chockfull some weekends… and parking can be difficult, see below.

High chairs: Yes

Kids Menu: A small one, and other things on menu are also suitable

Views: Gorgeous views over Bicentennial Reserve and towards North Sydney.

Parking: There is some street parking on Small Street, but that fills up fast. Try also the free car park at Willoughby Leisure Centre.

Accessible: Yes, flat route into cafe and surrounds, and a lift can take you down to the exhibition space below.

Extra: The Incinerator Art Space, has regular exhibitions.

Safety for little kids: The cafe is beside the road, which although not busy is still a hazard, especially if you are sitting at the outside tables.

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Very arty lift to take you to the art space on lower level of the building
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Mushrooms on toast – a very de luxe version!

Incinerator Cafe Map

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    1. says: Seana Smith

      Yes! AND… I need to add that to so many posts, handy for wheelchair users and mums with strollers too. Will add that in. I must get your help one day with checking over heaps of my posts.

    1. says: Seana Smith

      We’ve run away, the twins and I, up to the Crowne Plaza Resort in the Hunter Valley… they’re a bit wild though. We must make a date for the Pelican Caro.

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