Top 10 child-friendly cafes on the North Shore

Want to know where to find the best local child-friendly cafes on the North Shore? We’ve searched the suburbs to bring the best babycinos, brunches, snacks and even sugar-free foods to satisfy you – and your little ones.

1. Sprout Wholefood Cafe, Naremburn

Sprout is a whole foods cafe that serves fresh and delicious meals from locally sourced produce. The children’s menu is breath of fresh air with a focus on unprocessed and sugar free foods. They have a family-friendly environment where parents can take a moment to enjoy their coffee sitting on the back verandah while they watch the kids play on the grass. They recently had to pull down their cubby house but staff informed me they are due to get a new one over summer – don’t forget to pack a ball to keep the kids entertained!

  • Address: 272-274 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
  • Phone: (02) 8094 8101

2. Deli in the Park, East Lindfield

A hidden local gem in East Lindfield with wholesome food and who claim to serve the best coffee north of the bridge! There is plenty of parking and it is located at the end of the small row of shops, just across from a great fenced playground. Sit and enjoy a coffee whilst watching the little ones play at the park – bliss!

  • Address: 15 Hughes Place, East Lindfield
  • Phone: (02) 9415 6556

3. The Incinerator, Willoughby

The old Incinerator Art Space in Willoughby has been transformed into a trendy cafe with outdoor seating under shady gumtrees. They are open for breakfast & lunch and have a gourmet menu with a focus on seasonal produce, the current lunch menu is inspired by mediterranean cuisine. The vibe is relaxed and friendly with easy pram access, both indoor and outdoor seating and Hallstrom Park is just next door.

  • Address: 2 Small Street, Willoughby
  • Phone: (02) 8188 2220

4. Albion Lane Cafe, Mosman

Tucked away in a gorgeous lane way in Mosman is Albion Lane Cafe. The outdoor seating takes up prime position here and is especially popular with families and dog owners. They have have plenty of space for prams and offer a great variety of toys and activities for little ones with an equally impressive kids menu.

  • Address: Shop 2, 643/645 Military Rd (via Albion Lane), Mosman
  • Phone: (02) 9969 7226

5. Mowbray Eatery, Lane Cove

From the modern and open plan design to the enclosed playground and gourmet food – this place has it all! On a nice day, you can sit on the outdoor deck and watch the little ones play in the fenced playground (while you enjoy a coffee)! It is also right next door to Chatswood West Library which hosts ‘Storytime for Preschoolers’ each Thursday from 10.30am during term time.

  • Address: Corner Mowbray Road And Felton Ave, Lane Cove North
  • Phone: (02) 9427 8083

6. Botanica Garden Cafe, Waverton

Botanica Garden Cafe is a relaxing oasis in busy Waverton. Happiness and love emanates from the fantastic space which offers something for everyone. Little ones especially love the fenced play area on the terrace. It is an eclectic mix of reclaimed vintage furniture, funky wall murals, water fountains and garden animals. The vibe is certainly relaxed and the staff go out of their way to make you feel at home.

  • Address: 61a Bay Road, Waverton
  • Phone: 0449 821 909

7. The Tasting Deck @ Forestway Fresh, Terrey Hills

The Tasting Deck is a cafe located in the Forestway Fresh grocery store just off Mona Vale Road. They have an extensive breakfast, lunch and dessert menu with some solid kids options. The deck overlooks a sunny playground and is fenced off from the car park so you can relax while you watch the kids play. I combined our last visit with my weekly fruit and veg shop – the promise of a playground and milkshakes post shopping worked a treat for the kids!

  • Address: 2 Myoora Road, Terrey Hills
  • Phone: (02) 9486 3340

8. Cafe Patina, Wahroonga

Cafe Patina is located opposite the Wahroonga Park playground and is a great spot to grab a coffee or bite to eat when planning a park visit. The menu is focused on wholesome cooking featuring organic local produce when possible and includes many gluten free options.

  • Address:  64 Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga
  • Phone:  (02) 9489 0980

9. The Vogue Cafe, Macquarie Park

As a regular Macquarie Centre shopper, I can’t believe I have only just discovered this cafe! Hiding toward the car park exit between Country Road & Trenery on Level 2 is a quirky cafe that provides a great break from shopping or a perfect location for a playdate. Famous for their freakshakes (which also come in kids sizes) and have recently launched a new menu with lots of healthy options. They have a fenced play area for younger kids fully equipped with toys and I often see mothers groups meeting for lunch.

  • Address: Macquarie Centre, 109 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park
  • Phone: (02) 9887 2570

10. The Grounds Keeper Cafe, Ryde

Located inside Ryde Park (next door to Top Ryde shopping centre) is a busy local cafe with a relaxed family friendly vibe. The cafe is open every day (except Tuesday) for breakfast and lunch and they have a ‘little grounds keeper’ menu for kiddies. They do takeaway as well if you want to eat in the park and it’s right next door to the playground. Read the NSM Review of Ryde Park. 

  • Address: Ryde Park, 30 Argyle Avenue, Ryde
  • Phone: (02) 9808 4696

Have you taken your children to any of the above cafes? Or do you know of any other cafes that deserve to be on this list? 

Emma lives in Lane Cove with her husband and two daughters aged 2 and 5 years old. She and her daughters are constantly on a hunt for Sydney's best baby chino and love exploring art galleries and museums on their days together. Emma works part-time as a photographer, loves going for early morning walks and practices daily self care in the form of her (hot) cup of tea every morning.

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