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.
- Eat n Chill Wholefood Cafe, Naremburn
- Deli in the Park, East Lindfield
- The Incinerator, Willoughby
- Albion Lane Cafe, Mosman
- Mowbray Eatery, Lane Cove
- Botanica Garden Cafe, Waverton
- The Tasting Deck @ Forestway Fresh, Terrey Hills
- The Vogue Cafe, Macquarie Park
- The Dragonfly Cafe, Eden Gardens
- Babyccino, Lindfield
Eat n Chill Wholefood Cafe, Naremburn
Eat n Chill is a whole foods cafe that serves fresh, organic 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. In fact, if your kids have allergies, this is the place to go with gluten free, dairy free and sugar free options available.
They have a family-friendly environment, so you can take a moment to enjoy their (really good!) coffee sitting on the back verandah while watching the kids play on the grass and inside the cubby house. It’s like a giant backyard where your kids can roam free while you catch up with friends.
- Address: 272-274 Willoughby Road, Naremburn
- Phone: (02) 8021 6291
2. Deli in the Park, East Lindfield
A hidden local gem in East Lindfield, you will be able to get into the community spirit at this local hub. Their wholesome food is not only delicious, but they claim to serve the best coffee north of the bridge (I have to admit, it is pretty good!). There is also a butcher next door, who is often cooking up a storm for you to taste test – yes please! And if you have a dog, they are more than welcome, with most of the seating outdoors.
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. It has plenty of space for prams, and kids can hop down and have a play while you enjoy your coffee. As far as child-friendly cafes go, this one is a winner.
They are open for breakfast & lunch, and have a gourmet menu with a focus on seasonal produce. Each dish is a masterpiece (perfect for that Instagram opportunity), adorned with bright colours and edible flowers to make it pop.
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 for a play!
- 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, which is all about quality and freshness. Enjoy great coffee, freshly baked cakes, muffins and slices, and many more homemade delights at this child-friendly cafe.
The outdoor seating takes up prime position here and is especially popular with families and dog owners. There is plenty of space for prams and 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
If child friendly is what you are after, then it is hard to go past Mowbray Eatery. 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 and a bite to eat. From their deck, you have full view of the playground, giving you time to relax while the kids have fun. All the food is made fresh and they have plenty of delicious menu options.
It is also right next door to Chatswood West Library which hosts ‘Storytime for Preschoolers’ each Thursday from 10.30am during term time. Otherwise, head to Mindaire Park in Lane Cove for an incredible inclusive playground.
- Address: 1 Felton Ave, Lane Cove West
- Phone: (02) 9427 8083
6. Botanica Garden Cafe, Waverton
Botanica Garden Cafe is a relaxing child-friendly oasis in busy Waverton. Happiness and love emanates from the fantastic space which offers something for everyone. It is an eclectic mix of reclaimed vintage furniture, funky wall murals, water fountains and garden animals. No matter where you look, there is something to catch your eye and your attention.
Kids will enjoy the fenced play area on the terrace, making it one of the best child-friendly cafes, with plenty of nooks and crannies for them to explore while you relax back with some seriously good coffee. The vibe is certainly laid back 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 child-friendly cafe located in the Forestway Fresh grocery store just off Mona Vale Road, 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!
They have an extensive breakfast, lunch and dessert menu with some fabulous kids options. The deck overlooks a sunny playground, which is fenced off from the car park so you can relax while you watch the kids play.
- Address: 2 Myoora Road, Terrey Hills
- Phone: (02) 9486 3340
8. The Vogue Cafe, Macquarie Park
This hidden gem at the back of Macquarie shopping centre is home to hanging plants, bright decor and candy-topped milkshakes (in both adults and kids sizes).
If you head to the car park exit between Country Road & Trenery on Level 2, this quirky cafe provides a great break from shopping or a perfect location for a playdate. They have a fenced play area for younger kids filled with toys to keep them entertained while you enjoy your coffee.
And don’t worry, there are plenty of healthy options on the menu to balance out the delicious sweet treats. Afterwards, head to the free play area near Target, or for more fun, Chipmunks Play Centre is at the top!
- Address: Macquarie Centre, 109 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park
- Phone: (02) 9887 2570
9. The Dragonfly Cafe, Eden Gardens
The Dragonfly Cafe in Eden Gardens has both indoor and outdoor seating options that are very pram and kid-friendly. Immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery while you feast on a collection of specialised cakes and their delicious breakfast and lunch options, incorporating seasonal produce.
If it’s just a coffee you are after, take it to go and wander down into the fenced play area nearby so the kids can run around while you sit back and enjoy some peace and quiet. You can even take a walk around the gardens with the kids in tow. On the way out, you won’t want to miss the nursery – your visit could ignite the green thumb in you.
- Address: 307 Lane Cove Rd, Macquarie Park NSW 2113
- Phone: (02) 9491 9900
10. Babyccino, Lindfield
Opened just two short years ago, it’s easy to see why this place 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!
The food is good – really good – with plenty of fresh choices, including Acai bowls that are too pretty not to photograph, and DIY iced coffees that add a bit of fun to your visit.
- Address: 317 Pacific Highway, Lindfield NSW 2070
- Phone: (02) 9416 6237