Sydney’s Best Cafes Beside Playgrounds

Cafes by playgrounds picmonkey 1Mums and dads, you NEED to know this information!

Is there anything better than a takeaway coffee in the playground?

Yes, actually there is.

Drinking a coffee in a cafe, with your bottom firmly on a seat, whilst your kids play in a playground within eyesight.

As your kids get bigger, this is feasible.

I know, things you thought would NEVER happen!

Here’s a list of my ten fave cafes which are right beside playgrounds.

You’ll find another list of Nine Great Sydney Cafes Beside Playgrounds on this post.

Just click on the name of the cafe to read all the details you need for a fun visit with the family.

Centennial 9 .JPG

Centennial Park Cafe

It’s divine, and it’s just up the hill from the playground.

Cars are nowhere close.  Lets the kids roll down the hill and run off to the playground whilst you enjoy the views and the green glories of the park.

 Rushcutters Bay Playground.JPG

Rushcutters Bay Kiosk

A lovely spot in a wide open park, and very close to this playground which is a terrific one for younger children.

And I see that I don’t have a photo of the cafe itself to load up… must go and take one.


Sydney Park Cafe, Newtown

Very funky cafe in a very modern playground, right inside the playground.  Hooray!

This is a lovely spot for children of all ages, even teenagers will find this playground fun…. and what parent or carer wouldn’t love the cafe?

20140807 Livvi's Place Five Dock_0079_1

Livvi’s Place Playground in Timbrell Park, Five Dock

Read all about this excellent playground with a brand new cafe here.

Carss Park Cafe family friendly

Carss Park Cafe and Grille

Slap bang beside the playground and with plenty of outdoor seating, this is a great spot if your children are old enough to play by themselves.

20140617 Eden Gardens_0024

The Dragonfly Cafe at Eden Gardens in Ryde

This lovely cafe is set in a terrific garden centre, well worth exploring with the family. There’s a children’s playground with great sculptures inside the garden centre, plus the excellent Edible Pavilion which kids love.

Waterview Cafe_1

Cafe At WatervieW , Sydney Olympic Park

OK, so this cafe isn’t right slap bang beside the playground, but it’s pretty damn close. The playground we’re talking about is the excellent one with bike track alongside at Bicentennial Park, full review here.

And OK, OK, you couldn’t really sit here and watch the kids in the playground. It’s too far away and – ahem – across a carpark.

But still, it’s a good one for a meal or snacks for before or after a playground Play.

 Best Sydney cafes beside playgrounds balmoral boat house

Balmoral Boat House

This cafe and takeaway is in a terrific position, beside the playground and by the netted baths area of Balmoral.  Can get crowded of course on a hot day.  All the info you need is here.

Flying Fox sign

Flying Fox Cafe, Mona Vale

This is a lovely cafe which revels in water views as well as playground views.

It is practically inside the huge, fenced playground, and serves its family clientele well.  All details here.

*   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *

You’ll Love These Posts

Nine More Great Sydney Cafes Beside Playgrounds

The 50 Best Playgrounds in Sydney

The Best Bushy, Natural Playgrounds in Sydney

How To Find Great Fenced Playgrounds

Best Fenced Playgrounds – North

Best Fenced Playgrounds – East

In the meantime, I would be so delighted to hear of other great cafes beside playgrounds.

Please do let me know your favourites.

Spread the word! Other families will love you for it.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Posted on: September 22, 2015


  • Reply November 26, 2011


    It’s weird, this post got 100 views yesterday but no comments… oh please do tell me about your fave cafes!!

    Yours entreatingly,
    Seana xx

    • Reply October 29, 2012


      “Little Marionette”, 2 Booth St, Balmain – next to Gladstone Park is a local favourite. Not just for kids. Grab a coffee and a rug from the basket and sit in the park.

      • Reply October 30, 2012


        Thank you David! Love some inside info from a local and I’ve added this to my list of places to visit. Must take some photos and load it up here. Thank you.

  • Reply November 27, 2011


    We discovered on etoday! The Newington Armory Wharf Cafe rightnext to the brand new Blaxland Parklands! THey even have BBQs there right by the river as well. But the Wharf cafe looked fabulous (Haven’t tried it yet)

    • Reply November 28, 2011


      Thank you so much Simone! I shall get over there during the school holidays and take some photos and have a coffee. If you get there and would like to let us know what you think, would be great!

      • Reply October 30, 2012


        Hey we did go and the food was good, it’s a kiosk and a proper sit-down cafe. Cool!

  • Reply November 27, 2011

    Kirralee Baker

    That Newtown one sounds amazing. Might have to organise a group trek across the bridge to explore it. Thank you Seana!

    • Reply November 28, 2011


      Well worth a trip in the school holidays, it’s quite an amazing playground.

  • Reply December 6, 2011


    This is my favourite topic at the moment as my 3 year old loves parks and cafes. So when we visit these type of places we are both happy.

    We like Ryde Park for a scoot, play and a nice cake and milkshake.

    Pirrama Park at Pyrmont is also nice with a modern cafe and outdoor seating with a view.

    Both parks are aimed more at the littlies.

    • Reply October 30, 2012


      We went to Pirrama and I’ve posted on it here, love that cafe, what a view over the water and city from that spot. Thank you!

  • Reply February 2, 2012


    There is a new Cafe called Meze Me that has opened up at Mungerie Playground on Bellcast Rd at Rouse Hill. They have yummy food and Toby’s Estate coffee ( my favourite!). The playground was apparently built by a team from Movieworld on the Gold Coast and has won design awards. The kids menu is $8.50 and includes a gelato ice cream. Not sure if they charge for baby chinos? We can walk there, yippee, and I am sure it will become a favourite in the Hills area.

    • Reply February 2, 2012


      Stand by! Heading over!!!

      Seriously, I’d love to visit, but in the meantime if you have any photos and didn’t mind me posting them for others to see here on the blog, I’d be over the moon.

      Thanks for visiting!

  • Reply March 6, 2012


    Saphires cafe at Glenmore park in Sydney’s west is great. Cafe right next to really good playground. Is fenced but they are missing a couple of gates in places so you still have to watch fairly closely to make sure kids don’t end up in the car park. Otherwise a fantastic spot for both kids and adults to enjoy

  • Reply September 25, 2013


    Sous le soileil in Roseville for those north of the bridge has a beautiful cafe with enclosed park right out front

    • Reply September 25, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Hello that us a lovely cafe isn’t it? I have never dared take my kids there, they’d probably be all right now though. The playground is a bit old, lets hope it is jazzed up one day. Thanks for adding in this one.

      • Reply March 11, 2014


        The Concourse at Chatswood has a big patch of grass where kids play and people relac and listen to music. Cafes all round.

        • Reply March 11, 2014

          Seana Smith

          Yes, good spot and good one to point out as there are good cafes for kids there and space to run around. Many thanks!

  • Reply November 26, 2014

    Desire Empire

    I have drunk so much coffee as my kids played in parks over the years. I can really recommend Flying Fox. It was new when my kids were tots and I almost have shares in that place we were there so often. I also cemenedt many a friendship on those park benches there.

  • […] it comes to family holidays.  Seana is also an expert of what to do in Sydney and her cafe and playground guides are often my first port of call when I’m trying to think of somewhere to take the […]

  • Reply July 2, 2015


    In the past few months I started working at the pinnacle of child-friendly cafes.. Being a mother of 1 & step mum of 2 I wish this had been created years earlier!
    Please don’t take me the wrong way because I’m not just bragging about my job but I want everyone to know about ‘Bubbabar’ because it is such an amazing space for families!
    This space has been created for lil’ ones especially & ticks so many boxes!
    I would have used every opportunity to go to Bubbabar when my kiddos were young & the reason I’m writing this is because every lil’ one should be able to play and enjoy in an environment like this. 🙂

    • Reply July 3, 2015

      Seana Smith

      I must get there Emily, have heard it’s great.

  • Reply January 7, 2016


    The Groundskeeper’s cafe in Ryde park overlooks the play area too. Great food!

  • Reply February 18, 2017


    The Picnic in Burwood. It’s right next to the fenced off children’s playground. Food is amazing and they even have picnic blankets and baskets if you want to take the good to go

    • Reply February 20, 2017

      Seana Smith

      Fantastic, I haven’t heard of it before – thank you!

Leave a Reply