It is so great (and rather refreshing) to see a number of cafes actually welcoming and embracing children in their respective areas. There was a "once upon a time" situation where many of Sydney's trendy and popular cafes cringed at the thought of children running around with their toys, colouring in pencils and stencils in tow; in tandem with mums and their prams wanting a decent feed and a caffeine hit rolled into one. Thank goodness Sydney has woken up and times have changed. These are the best child friend cafes in Sydney.
On the weekend you will see an abundance of mums and their prams, and young families enjoying the Rosebud and Rozelle village atmosphere. Fairly decent food at acceptable prices. Come the weekday, in the morning before the school kids in their blue uniforms head across the road to the nearest public school, they are enjoying breakfast with their parents, and also a kid friendly milkshake with their parents after school on any given weekday. On a Friday morning, my brother (while he was in Sydney before heading back home to central Asia where he currently lives) and I were warmly welcomed with our two young nieces in their school uniforms for breakfast one Friday morning. This establishment also has a beautiful mural of Rozelle Public School across the road. Nice one. They are also open for dinner, and did I even tell you that kids can eat for free after 6pm on a Thursday evening? Yes it's true, they can, and they do.
Inside or outside, eating out with kids is becoming so in vogue in Sydney right now
Even though Surry Hills isn't really a kid friendly area in Sydney, so before you start thinking "Justine are you out of your mind for even suggesting this establishment to take my kids out to?" - just please hear me out. Kids are most welcome at the Bourke Street Bakery, and despite the staff getting quite flustered with the queues and customer demands on the weekends, this establishment somehow comes across as kid friendly. An abundance of choice is on offer, yet seating can be a challenge. Your children will be delighted with the sweet, sugary delights on offer - treat them to a couple of yummy French and sweet chocolate treats.
3. Luxe Bakery Newtown
A popular locale for adults and children alike. Forget the lunchtime periods during the week. Why? Because so many different people come here on their work lunch break, and you are not far off King Street either. Kids feel welcomed, and the ambience is quite laid back and relaxing.
4. Le Pain Quotidien
Cafes in noisy shopping malls are not ideal, yet back on the sweets ,Le Pain Quotidien at Westfield's in Bondi Junction has that family-friendly atmosphere covered and down pat in a subtle kind of way. I can't put my finger around as to why, it just does. The difficulty is always in deciding on what to choose. It might feel like your in busy Paris with some of the most delicious pastries I have ever tasted.
Bon appetit to children and adults alike in Sydney.
Cafe society with children is a smart business decision by selected cafe operators
Fate Cafe, Marion Street Leichhardt has a courtyard and toys for kids to play and is the perfect place for families with small kids or mum's groups.
Bread & Circus and Don Campos on Fountain Street Alexandria are also very kid friendly. Lots of Inner Westies there with kids on scooters or in prams. Good outdoor area. Divine food and coffee.
Bitton Cafe on Copeland Street Alexandria is great for kids cos they have a kids room and kids menu but I reckon the food is over rated and over priced. There's also a playground just a cross the road.
I don't know about Bourke St Bakery in Surry Hills being any good because there is only seating outside and smaller kids are just going to run onto the road... well at least mine would have. The Bourke Street Bakery on Mitchell Street Alexandria is much better for taking kids for coffee/hot chocs and cake!
I'd like to recommend "Garnish" fine foods in Haberfield. 58 Dalhousie St. Seems to be family run, patiserie and cafe fare. Great courtyard out the back with sunshine, toys and small climbing frame. Inside there are toys and books. They are always friendly and accomodating. Have enjoyed good coffee, breakfast and lunch and the kids have had fun too. They also have gluten and lactose free products. Reasonably priced and cash only.
i work round the corner from Bourke Street Bakery agree bout the limited seating/parking in the area but absolutely love how child friendly & so much variety to choose from! Love their Olive/thyme loaf and also their very delish carrot cake with a twist!