Want to know the local dining options where you can take the family for a great meal while the kids can let off steam in a nearby play area? We’re a big fan of restaurants, cafes and pubs with playgrounds on the North Shore that have been designed with families in mind! There’s lots of options, so start your dining adventures today!
Use the quicklinks below to skip through the restaurants, cafes and pubs playgrounds on the North Shore near you. With the Covid-19 situation, please check the websites of the restaurant to check whether their play area is currently open.
Bars & Pubs with play areas
- Magpies Waitara
- Hotel Pennant Hills
- Belrose Hotel
- Terrey Hills Tavern
- Harbord Diggers, Freshwater
- The Collaroy
- Pittwater RSL, Mona Vale
- The Newport
- North Ryde RSL
- The Ranch, North Ryde
- Glenorie RSL
- Castle Hill RSL
Restaurants & cafes with play areas
- Babyccino, Lindfield
- Vogue Cafe, Macquarie Centre
- Piemonte Cafe Restaurant, Terrey Hills
- The Vines, Terrey Hills
- The Tasting Deck, Terrey Hills
- The Vintage Pantry Secret Garden, Galston
North Shore Pubs with Playgrounds
Magpies Waitara (formally Asquith Leagues Club) features a great indoor play area, ideal for toddlers and pre-schoolers. There’s a huge selection of meals, as well as great coffee. It’s located right opposite Waitara station, so very handy for those wanting to travel by public transport. Read the NSM review of Magpies Waitara.
- Address: 11 – 37 Alexandria Parade, Waitara
- Magpies website
Hotel Pennant Hills
The fabulous Hotel Pennant Hills features an indoor soft playground, which is split in two with a toddler area (ages 2-4) and kids room (5-10yrs old). They often have a bouncy castle and other kids entertainment on weekends too! Read the NSM review.
- Address: 352 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills
- Hotel Pennant Hills website
Northern Beaches Pubs with Playgrounds
This is honestly one of the pubs with playgrounds on the North Shore. The Belrose Hotel has the largest indoor soft-play playground in Australia. It’s split with a toddler room (under 4) and a kids room (4 – 10 years old), and is a ‘must try’ for any North Shore family. It’s a great venue to meet with other mums during the week (lots of room for prams), and always bustling at the weekend. Be sure to book a table!
- Address: 5 Hews Parade, Belrose
- Belrose Hotel website
Terrey Hills Tavern
Terrey Hills Tavern was beautifully renovated throughout several years ago. In early 2015, they also upgraded the kid’s play area to include an indoor climbing frame, cars, soft play and TV screens – all safe (and quiet) behind a large glass wall. Parents can sit on one side and watch the kids. You can’t hear the screams through the glass, which has its plusses and minuses!
- Address: 2 Aumuna Road, Terrey Hills
- Terrey Hills Tavern website
Harbord Diggers, Freshwater
There is a great indoor space for kids to climb and roam, along with plenty of tables and space outdoors if the weather allows. It is all overlooking Curl Curl Beach and makes it a great area for kids and adults alike.
- Address: 66-78 Evans Street, Freshwater
- Harbord Diggers website
The Collaroy is seaside dining destination on Sydney’s beautiful northern beaches. Pop in for a coffee and a healthy green bowl downstairs, while the kids explore the play area. Or enjoy an afternoon drink on the outdoor terrace, where you can take in sweeping northerly views across the peninsula. When it comes to food, there is plenty to choose from – whether it’s a slice from Vinnie’s Pizza, local seafood, vibrant salads and meats or a a selection of delicious snacks to enjoy with wine in hand.
- Address: 1064 Pittwater Road, Collaroy
- The Collaroy website
Pittwater RSL, Mona Vale
Potter’s Cafe is situated on our indoor terrace, bright and airy, the perfect place to relax with a great coffee and family-friendly food- see the cabinet for snacks and cakes of the day. Green, lush and full of natural light, Potter’s is a great place to relax with a burger and leave the kids to play in the indoor playground.
- Address: 82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale
- Pittwater RSL website
The Newport’s waterfront location and stunning Pittwater views, have made it a northern beaches go-to for decades. With an alfresco marketplace feel, you can choose your own adventure within a variety of food outlets and experiential areas; each with their own style and personality. Their large Gymnasium provides the perfect entertainment for the kids with giant-sized games such as Jenga and connect four, ping-pong, magnetic scrabble, a bowling alley and more. Make sure to drop in on the weekends for activities ranging from face painting to live reptile demonstrations.
They also have fun mid-week activities for parents and kids too! Read Rochelle’s review of the Mother’s Group program.
- Address: 2 Kalinya Street, Newport
- The Newport RSL website
Northern Suburbs Pubs with Playgrounds
North Ryde RSL
Kids will just love this place, it’s one of the best pubs with playgrounds on the North Shore. With a huge jungle gym, arcade machines and mini bowling, everyone will have a blast! The Tribal Zone is supervised by trained staff, so you can relax and enjoy the other facilities while leaving your kids to play in capable hands. The perfect way to relax while the kids have fun.
- Address: Corner Pittwater and Magdala Roads, North Ryde
- North Ryde website
The Ranch, North Ryde
The family-friendly Ranch Hotel features a fabulous outdoor kids play area, as well as an indoor arcade room. Kids will be entertained for hours, leaving you in peace to enjoy a meal! Find out what to expect at The Ranch by reading Emma’s review.
- Address: Corner Epping & Herring Roads, North Ryde
- The Ranch website
Hills District Pubs with Playgrounds
Drive through stunning countryside on your way to Glenorie RSL. Yes, it’s a little bit beyond the North Shore, but it’s one of our favourite pubs with play areas. It not only features a huge outdoor playground, there’s also a huge lawn for kids to run around on too. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy some alfresco dining in the shaded outdoor area and listen to live music at the weekends.
- Address: 3 Post Office Road, Glenorie
- Glenorie RSL website
Castle Hill RSL
The play area at the Castle Hill RSL is definitely worth the drive! There’s a huge children’s play area in the outdoor courtyard, which is sure to keep the kids entertained. It’s honestly huge, so make sure your child is feeling confident before they go climbing, as it wouldn’t be a fun place to have to go in after them! There’s so much space inside as well, making this the perfect location for a Mothers’ Group catch up.
- Address: 77 Castle Street, Castle Hill
- Castle Hill RSL website
North Shore Cafes & Restaurants with playgrounds
This place opened just two years ago, and has become such a popular spot for families on the North Shore. As the name suggests, Babyccino is geared towards kids with a play area set up in the corner where they can run free. Even better, you can also host birthday parties here!
- Address: 317 Pacific Highway, Lindfield
- Babyccino website
The Vogue Cafe
You might be visiting for a crazy shake or the try their amazing food options, so you’ll be pleased to know they now have a small fenced play area for little kids! Find a table next door so you can relax with your meal while the kids play happily. Winning!
- Address: Level 3, Macquarie Shopping Centre
- Vogue Cafe Facebook page
Northern Beaches Cafes & Restaurants with playgrounds
Piemonte Cafe Restaurant, Terrey Hills
This amazing cafe and restaurant has been a part of the local Terrey Hills community for over 20 years, offering our unique blend of quality food, great service and relaxed country atmosphere. It features an enclosed playground, so parents can relax with a nice meal and glass of wine, whilst keeping an eye on the kids.
- Address: Hills Flower Markets, 287 Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills
- Piemont Cafe website
The Vines, Terrey Hills
The Vines Cafe at Flower Power nursery offers fresh and tasty breakfast and lunch options plus a range of light bites, kids meals, sweet treats and delicious beverages, you’ll find something for every tummy grumble while the kids enjoy the adjacent playground. Lots of beautiful homewares to browse through in the shop after too!
- Address: Flower Power, 277 Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills
- The Vines website
The Tasting Deck, Terrey Hills
The Tasting Deck at Forestway Fresh is a child-friendly cafe where you can enjoy a taste of the fresh food from the premium store. You can follow up a delicious meal with a fresh fruit and veg stock up, and turn your cafe trip into a grocery shop all in one – the promise of a playground and milkshakes post shopping works a treat for the kids!
- Address: Forestway Fresh, 2 Myoora Road, Terrey Hills
- Tasting Deck website
Hills District Cafes & Restaurants with playgrounds
he Vintage Pantry Secret Garden, Galston
The Vintage Pantry took over from Greenshades in 2017 and is a great spot to grab a bite with the kids. There is a large outdoor playground to keep the kids entertained. In the corner under the shade of some huge leafy trees, and in full view of all tables there is a large, well laid out set of play equipment with three slippery dips and soft fall.
- Address: 353 Galston Road, Galston
- Vintage Pantry website