Eight More Great Sydney Cafes Beside Playgrounds

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One of the most popular posts on this blog is  Sydney’s Best Cafes Beside Playgrounds.

Now I knew there are many more good cafes near playgrounds so I commissioned this post from the lovely  Rebecca who writes an excellent blog Little Munch.  

Rebecca writes really detailed posts, with everything you need to know before you visit cafes with kids. But don’t pop over to visit her yet, read this post first (and there’s a link to her blog at the end of the post to.)

Take it away Rebecca….

I have a secret to tell you – I hate playgrounds! They are tedious and oh so very dull and don’t get me started about how many hours in the last 6 years I’ve lost pushing swings.

So I’ve been on a mission of late to find playgrounds that have cafes right next to them because if I can physically sit in a café whilst my babes are happily playing and not annoying me, then I’m one happy Mumma.

So my fellow parents do a little happy dance and jive your way into one of these awesome alphabetically suburb sorted cafes tomorrow:


Reflections Café – Blacktown

Reflections overlooks a beautifully designed 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.


Kellermans Café at Enmore Park

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.


The Tuckshop at Glenhaven

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!


Sapphires Café at Glenmore Park

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.


The Local Press Café at Lilyfield

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.


Melaleuca House – Mt Annan

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.


Pirrama Park Café –Pyrmont

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 Seana’s post on Pirrama Playground here.)


Meze Me Café – Rouse Hill

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.


Grounds Keeper Café – Ryde

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.



Thank you Rebecca! There are plenty there to keep us going!


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Ten Best Sydney Cafes Beside Playgrounds

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The Best Bushy, Natural Playgrounds in Sydney

How To Find Great Fenced Playgrounds

Best Fenced Playgrounds – North

Best Fenced Playgrounds – East


Do pop over to visit Rebecca at  Little Munch, it really is a fab blog about eating out with kids in Sydney. 

Rebecca is on Facebook at Little Munch here.

What’s your top family-friendly Sydney cafe tip for 2015?

Happy exploring!


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Posted on: November 1, 2015


  • Reply January 3, 2015

    Gourmet Getaways

    You are the certified best playground hunter, Seana! I’m sure you’ve helped a lot of mums within the areas. The cafes are a great find, too!

    Happy New Year!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

    • Reply January 4, 2015

      Seana Smith

      Do have a look at Little Munch, I love the detailed posts there. So many websites mention cafes etc but no-one has really visited and so they don’t have the details that families need, esp when they have really little kids, or twins or kids with additional needs. Happy New 2015 and here’s to a good year.

  • Reply January 4, 2015


    On Fridays during school terms, TAFE hospitality students run a cafe @ Kirribilli Neughbourhood Centre. The coffee and food is decent & ridiculously cheap, and the kids have their pick of toys & ride-ons from the shed.

    • Reply January 4, 2015

      Seana Smith

      Thanks so much for the heads up to this place. If you are ever there and can take some photos I would be thrilled to pop them up ont he blog with this info. Thank you v much and all the best for 2015.

  • I am the same, I’m not really a park person, but the kids love it, so we do it. Sometimes you just need a really good coffee, what great suggestions!

  • Reply January 7, 2015

    Rene - Together we roam

    Hello, I haven’t popped over to your site since the new redesign. I must say I love the theme 😉 YAY for simple mag. I love this colour by the way. Gorgeous.

    Just wanted to say what a great compilation of cafes. We’re heading to Sydney soon and this will come in handy.


    • Reply January 10, 2015

      Seana Smith

      Thanks Rene, I do like the new design though am not sure whether I shouldn’t still have the sidebar on the front page. Just letting it sink in for a few months. The colour is inspired by my kitchen which was inspired my my fave pyjamas… strange but true. I do love green.

  • Reply January 8, 2015


    Fab!! I would also add Gough Whitlam Park in Earlwood or is it Marrickville – a great little cafe, nice bike tracks and a great little play ground – well worth a visit!

    • Reply January 10, 2015

      Seana Smith

      We need to check that one out…. unless you’d like to do a guest post of course. It sounds great and good to get heads up on it. Thanks Shelley.

  • Reply January 17, 2015


    I LOVE the idea of sourcing playgrounds next to cafes. As long as I can see my children as they play I am more than happy to sit and drink hot chocolate. We frequent Darling Harbour a lot so we can feast on Guylian while they play. I also love St Peter’s, Sydney Park for the same reason. You’ve expanded my list! #teamwanderlust

  • Love your list, Seana! Such a good idea. I was thinking about doing a list of cafes near train stations, but other than our friend’s cafe ‘Goblin’ in Summer Hill, we had trouble finding good ones to recommend. Perhaps we’ll give it another go though – your grand efforts have inspired us! X

    • Reply January 18, 2015

      Seana Smith

      Do give it a go Jim, I think these lists are really handy.

      Stand by for another being posted tomorrow. It’s 11 Cafes Right On The Beach – On Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Hooray for coffees, breakfasts and lunches with glorious ocean views.

  • Reply January 18, 2015


    Thanks for the links to cafes all over Sydney – the Rouse Hill one has really caught my eye, both the cafe and play areas look really great!

  • Reply October 4, 2015

    Desire Empire

    I am loving your lists. Such a great archive for mums and dads

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