The Hard Rock Cafe, Darling Harbour – Sydney’s Best Cafes For Kids + Teens

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Well, where else would you take a teenager to celebrate a 16th birthday?

Teen16 is a mad heavy metal fan, not to mention a mad burger, chips and soft drink fan, so his passion for the Hard Rock Cafe is totally understandable.

We had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe on his birthday, then he went on to see KISS in concert. And guess what?   Gene Simmonds was at the Hard Rock whilst we were there, so Teen16 and his pals got to see their hero close up and without makeup.


Views of Darling Harbour from Hard Rock Cafe

The Hard Rock Cafe is on the top floor of the Harbourside Centre, with great views over the rest of Darling Harbour.


Hard Rock Cafe

Level 2, Harbourside Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000,

Mon-Fri 12noon – late
Sat-Sun 11.30am – late


Mon-Sun 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (ground floor)
Mon – Sun 12noon – late (Level 1 in cafe)

Phone: + 61 2 9280 0077
Fax: + 61 2 9281 5296


You can find the food menus on the website, but no prices are give. Mains are $20 – 30ish.


Activities for younger kids are always a bonus.


All the teenagers had ribs, and ate the lot up.


Sensible mother has the Haystack Chicken Salad, and even kept the dressing on the side. Such restraint.


Must say that it’s a bit horrifying to pay about $15 for what is essentially a fruity slushie. But at least these two shared one. And this sort of meal out is a very rare treat in our family.

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But this is what we really came for. I think I enjoy checking out the memorabilia as much as the teens do.


We’ve been to the Hard Rock Cafe at the Gold Coast and it was almost exactly the same. You know what you’re getting at the Hard Rock, American grub in huge portions, and a great big list of cocktails, mocktails and other drinks.  I can totally see why the teenagers love it. It’s not cheap, but it’s actually not wildly expensive for what you get (except that slushie!)

Why no photos of the teenagers? Well, they thought it would be lame to be up on mum’s blog. Quite right lads.

And, being cyber savvy, they let me know that if I used their photos without their permission then I’d be a cyber bully.

Good on you for knowing your digital rights.

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Posted on: May 13, 2013


  • Reply May 13, 2013

    Desire Empire

    Looks like a great place. I went to the HRC when it was in East Sydney. There used to be very long ques when it first opened there. Happy birthday to your big boy and what a thrill to see Gene without makeup.
    Have a great week.

    • Reply May 13, 2013


      Thanks Carolyn, he was totally delighted, what a bonus for him and his pal. He’s only 16 and he’s been to more rock concerts than I have, I reckon.

  • Gene was there?! That’s amazing… but I guess he wouldn’t let you take photos of him either… not without the make up 😉

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