The Best Kid-Friendly Cafes and Restaurants On The North Shore

If you’re looking for a really kid-friendly North Shore cafe or restaurant for a breakfast, lunch or dinner with the kids, here’s the list you need.

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These North Shore Cafes and restaurants are not only family-friendly, they’re also a bit special, in great locations and with excellent grub.

Note this list for when you are looking for a restaurant for a family occasion or a celebration with friends. The kids are welcome, the food is good and the locations are terrific too.

This list is compiled in absolutely no particular order – they are all great!

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Photo credit: Echo On The Marina

Echo On The Marina

Address: 15 Normac St, Roseville, New South Wales 2069 Australia

Phone:  02 9417 4422


Set right on the waters of Middle Harbour, this cafe/restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch daily. You can sit out on the open deck alongside the boats and yachts in the marina, so pretty!  There is also a covered area that has sides open on warm days and can be enclosed and heated on chillier days.

The atmosphere is relaxed, the menu is modern Australian. Children are very welcome, and many do come here, from tots to teens. There is a tiny beach close by and the park also very close, so older children can run around a bit whilst the adults chatter.

You will find children’s menu and highchairs on offer.

Parking:  There is a bit of parking on Nomac Street with steps that lead down. It’s easier though to park at Echo Point Park and walk along. For disabled access, call the cafe for instructions about the use of the inclinator.

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The view down to the marina and Echo from the road
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Outdoors dining at Echo On The Marina

Terrey Hills: The Vines at Bonds Nursery 

In the grounds of Bonds Nursery, this is a large restaurant with a good menu and a fenced playground right beside it. Bonus!

It’s a great fave with we Northern Beaches bloggers and mums from our school.

The Vines at Bonds Nursery

277 Mona Vale Road Terrey Hills, Corner Cooyong Road

Phone: 0490 666 531

Lunches, but not dinners

Website here

Read our full review and see lots of photos of The Vines here.

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The lovely garden cafe at Bonds Nursery, read more here
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Mids love checking out all the cool things to see at this deluxe garden centre with beaut restaurant

North Ryde: Dragonfly Cafe

The Dragonfly Cafe is a part of Eden Gardens, a huge garden centre. There’s a children’s playground close to the outdoors dining area.  There is also indoor seating and a lovely sculpture walk too.

Lunches, but not dinners

Dragonfly Cafe at Eden Gardens
307 Lane Cove Rd, Macquarie Park NSW 2113

Phone: (02) 9491 9900

Eden Gardens website is here

Read our details post with lots of photos  here

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Funky outdoor decor at The Greens North Sydney

North Sydney: The Greens

This is a delightful spot created in an old bowling club. There’s both indoor and outdoor settings and kids are most welcome. Great for all the family, room to play outside and to move within.

Lunches and dinners

The Greens North Sydney

50 Ridge St, North Sydney NSW 2062

02 9245 3099

The Greens website is here

Read our review of The Greens and see more photos here.

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Views over Pittwater from the Newport

Newport: The Newport

With stunning views over Pittwater, many areas to sit in and various cuisines, the Newport is a Northern star.  There’s a covered area with games for all ages of kids too.

The Newport

2 Kalinya St, Newport NSW 2106

Lunches and dinners

Phone: 02 9997 4900

The Newport website is here

Plonk! Great for food and play too

Mosman: Plonk at the Spit

With a sundrenched deck overlooking the Spit and Middle Harbour, this is a great spot. The kids can play on the little beach alongside after they’ve eaten. Winner dinner!

Lunches and dinners


Ferguisons Marina, 83 Parriwi Road, Mosman, NSW 2088

Phone: 02 99601007

Plonk website is here

Views from the Kirribilli Club

Kirribilli: The Kirribilli Club

Enjoy sweeping views across the Harbour Bridge and the city from this very modern club. Watergrill restaurant has a good kids menu and space, then run the kids around at Wendy’s Secret Garden afterwards, or have a dip at North Sydney Olympic Pool.

Lunches and dinners

The Kirribilli Club

11 Harbourview Crescent, Lavender Bay, NSW 2060

Phone: 9955 2245

The Kirribili Club website is here

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An exquisite dessert at Peats Bite

Hawkesbury River: Peats Bite

This is a super special hideaway with a fine dining restaurant right on the river. There’s a pool and plenty of space for children to run around. The lunch is a set menu of six courses, there’s a good kids menu too. You can stay at Peats Bite too. Excellent for very special occasions.

Peats Bite

Sunny Corner, Hawkesbury River, NSW

Phone: 02 9985 9040

Read a full post on Peats Bite here with beaut photos too.

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The pool at Peats Bite

Balmoral, Palm Beach + Shelly Beach: The Boathouse

The three Boathouse restaurants are very similar in style, menus and in the gorgeousness of their locations.

The Boathouse Balmoral is right beside the netted baths area and the enclosed playground. The Boathouse Palm Beach is on the beach at Pittwater, close to the seaplane jetty.  The Boathouse Shelly Beach has stunning views over Manly and is on a most family-friendly beach.

Lunches, but not dinners

Check out the general Boathouse website here.

Read our review of Balmoral in full and see more photos here.

Check out or review of the Boathouse Palm Beach here.

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The Balmoral Boathouse really is lovely, but try to avoid peak weekend times

Hope that one of these lovely spots fits the bill for your family.

Please do share your own favourite kid-friendly restaurants in the comments below.


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