Our local writer, Ashling Kwok, has put together a list of top child-friendly North Shore cafes to make dining out with family and friends just a little easier.
Sous Le Soleil, Roseville Park/60A Clanville Rd, Roseville AND 175 Rosedale Road, St Ives. Ph: (02) 9880 8816 Roseville or (02) 9983 1188 St Ives
If you are looking for something a little more quaint, visit Sous Le Soleil at St Ives. Set in a heritage cottage built in 1888, this charming restaurant features wooden floors and beautiful hanging artworks. The menu is exquisite and contains a selection of dishes with a European influence that adults and children will enjoy.
Stain @ The Cove, corner Mowbray Rd and Felton Ave, Lane Cove. Ph: (02) 9427 8083
For the ultimate dining experience, take the family to Stain @ The Cove. This lovely cafe features a modern, open plan and an outdoor deck where you can laze the day away. Watch children play in the adjacent playground, while you enjoy fresh, gourmet food and the most delectable muffins on Sydney’s north shore.
Piemonte Cafe, 287 Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills. Ph: (02) 9486 3677
Situated in the beautiful Hills Flower Market, the Piemonte Cafe is ideal for parents with young children. This local favourite has an enclosed playground so parents can relax and enjoy the fine food and a wine on offer, while keeping an eye on their children. The balcony overlooks the surrounding gardens and creates a tranquil dining experience.
Deli in the Park, 13-15 Hughes Pl, East Lindfield. Ph: (02) 9415 6556
Nestled away in the back streets of East Lindfield, this hidden treasure is the perfect place to while away the hours. Relax and unwind in a fun and friendly atmosphere while the kids play safely in the fenced-off playground adjoining the cafe. The menu is extensive and the coffee is unbeatable.
Flying Fox Cafe, 2 Mona Vale Street, Mona Vale. Ph: (02) 9986 0980
Located in Winnererremy Bay, the Flying Fox Cafe has everything you need for a great day out. Catch up with friends as you dine on a selection of dishes and delectable treats. This waterfront park features bike tracks, picnic areas and a huge playground that will keep the kids amused for hours.
Burnt Orange, 1108/1109 Middle Head Road. Mosman, Ph: (02) 9969 1020
Housed in a historic sandstone manor overlooking Sydney Harbour, Burnt Orange combines a cafe and gift shop in one. The food is exemplary and the views spectacular. After lunch, take the kids for a stroll through the gift shop and check out the unique range of toys and homewares on offer.