Tips on where to eat with children in Sydney
Sydney’s food scene and cafe culture are renowned all over the world – and there’s no reason why kids can’t enjoy it either!
In fact, from play cafes to themed restaurants, a fair number of Sydney eateries are specifically geared towards children. And even those which aren’t will usually be very child-friendly – on the whole, diners in Sydney are very comfortable and accommodating to children, and changing tables, high chairs, pram parking, toy boxes, and babycinos are par for the course across Sydney’s cafe scene.
A few favourite inner-city spots for family-friendly cafes:
The Rocks – head to the Tea Cosy for fresh scones and afternoon tea, or baby sliders and awesome ocean views at Ribs and Burgers, just up the road on George Street.
Darling Harbour – Yots, right outside the National Maritime Museum, has a diverse kids menu and a giant outdoor Connect 4 board to keep kids entertained, while Danieli Cafe lets you pick up a treat or take a seat without leaving the kids playground in Darling Quarter.
Surrey Hills – if you and the kids want to experience the lovable cat cafe trend, then Catmosphere on Foveaux Street will not disappoint – not only cat-shaped cookies and cuddle-able kittens (called “catstronauts”, in line with the cafes space theme), but even cat yoga and an in-store cat cinema.
Some of Sydney’s more refined restaurants are not quite as child-friendly as the cafes. However, that’s not to say there aren’t hundreds of excellent restaurants that are great to take children.
Here are some of Sydney’s top restaurants that double as being child-friendly:
The elegant, historic Cafe Sydney – which has a location and views, from Customs House in Circular Quay, of which practically every other restaurant in Sydney is jealous – offers high class dining and child-focused services in equal measure. They have one of the best children’s menus in town (a far cry from your standard deep-fried fare), provide colouring-in paper and pens, and unlike other fine dining restaurants they take dinner bookings from as early as 5pm.
For foodies visiting Sydney with children in tow, it’s well worth it to take a trip to the fantastic, family-friendly Acre Eatery in Camperdown. Here, kids can be introduced to the value of their ethical farm-to-table food principles, while also having a good run around in the garden and terrace area outside. Parents can easily keep an eye on the kids while also enjoying one of the very best restaurants in Sydney’s inner west.
- For many kids and adults alike, nothing beats a day at the beach – and The Newport is a bar and restaurant that means you can enjoy that while also enjoying a fantastic meal. The Newport is one of the northern beaches’ most iconic venues, with great food, quality drinks from the fully-licensed cocktail bar, and a gorgeous setting on the shores of Pittwater, surrounded by gardens and plenty of space where kids can play badminton, ping pong, or even Scrabble on a giant magnetic board (this isn’t restricted to kids, of course).