Mums love a cafe! A babycino or kids milkshake and a piece of toast can keep little ones busy for a little while but often they’re raring to go before you are. This is where cafes with play areas come in handy. Here are some in the Hills that can help you enjoy your coffee in relative peace!

Frankie’s – Glenhaven

609 Old Northern Road Glenhaven

The cafe within Flower Power Glenhaven is under new management and the space has undergone a transformation. The fit out is great and the fenced play area in the corner has had a BIG clean. The owners of the new cafe aren’t new to the restaurant game and you can tell, as the food is delicious and very reasonably priced … the kids’ milkshakes are really cute too. The cafe overlooks a pond with fish, ducks and now floating flamingos and when you’re finished your meal you can head up to Flower Power the impressive nursery.


The Local Trade – Kellyville

90 Wrights Road Kellyville

This place has been doing a roaring trade since it opened in 2015 and it’s not just because of their location, directly outside the kids play area at Kellyville Village. They have great food and coffee and of course those amazing mega milkshakes (usually during the school holidays)!


The Local Shed Cafe – Rouse Hill

19 Bellcast Road Rouse Hill

The Local Shed Cafe is located at historical Mungerie House Rouse Hill. The cafe itself has both indoor and outdoor dining options with plenty of space for prams and there’s a large grassed area out the front too, perfect for picnic blankets (yes they do takeaway coffee and food). If you have kids that still need to be supervised you won’t be able to actually sit in the cafe and watch them on the play equipment, but you could eat beforehand and wander across for a play or order takeaway coffee and food before heading the play area.


The Fig Coffee House – Kenthurst

1a Annangrove Road Kenthurst

While the venue itself isn’t new, its undergone a recent reincarnation, with a brand new kitchen team. The food is fresh, seasonal and flavoursome – we recently sampled the fig and coconut bircher muesli from the breakfast menu and it was fantastic. Great coffee, plenty of space for prams, a kids menu and an enclosed play area outside suitable for little ones make it a winner for mums. Plus, it’s set right next door to a nursery which you can explore later. This place spans the ages from little ones right through to grandmas.


Little Rock Cafe – Baulkham Hills

Stockland Baulkham Hills, 375-383 Windsor Rd, Baulkham Hills

Little Rock Cafe is a popular one with Hills District Mums because of its good coffee, good food and good service. And it’s right next door to the kids play area at Stockland Baulkham Hills, which gets a big tick from mums. When we asked Hills District Mums why they love this place, the answer was “Great prices, a decent kids’ menu, accommodating staff, yummy unpretentious food and cute play area”.


Stanhope Village Shopping Centre

2 Sentry Drive Stanhope Gardens

We love a shopping centre, cafe and play equipment combination and Stanhope Village has two of play areas. The play equipment in both locations is perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers as the equipment is soft – kind of cushioned, padded and squishy. In technical terms the ground is soft fall with latex covered foam-padded equipment. The first play area is located indoors just outside the Leaf Cafe and has an enchanted forest theme. Leaf Cafe does good coffee and food so win win for everyone.


The second play area is fully enclosed, has a farmyard theme and is located outside, just near Michel’s Patisserie and Caffe Cherry Beans.

Stanhope Village

Pronto Rocks Cafe – North Rocks

North Rock Shopping Centre, 318 North Rocks Road North Rocks

This is one of our favourite cafes. In fact we get a coffee from here weekly. And we will say, this cafe understands what it’s like to be a mum – they really look after you! We can’t count the number of times that we have ordered but then been dragged to the play area, only to have them hand deliver a takeaway coffee with a smile! They do good coffee, good food and have good options for kids including the little marshmallow and biscuit tea cups which are always a hit!


Oliver Brown Chocolate Cafe and Blends and Brothers – Rouse Hill Town Centre

Rouse Hill Town Centre, Windsor Road and White Hart Drive Rouse Hill

Nestled conveniently in between Oliver Brown and Blends and Brothers, ‘The Backyard’ play area at Rouse Hill Town Centre is great for age 2 and up to about 8 years of age. Fully fenced (although older kids could probably scale it) this is a great play area for kids to explore and climb.


Further afield

The Picnic Burwood Park – Burwood

Corner of Park Avenue and Burwood Road Burwood

This one is brand new! Nestled in Burwood Park The Picnic is a funky cafe which is constantly buzzing. Just up from the cafes is a fantastic fully fenced and shaded playground. Well worth a trip!


The Grounds Keeper Cafe – Blacktown

49 Richmond Road Blacktown

Again, another brand new cafe this time located right next door to a playground that has a water play element. You can find out more about this fabulous place in our detailed review here.


The Grounds Keeper Cafe – Ryde

30 Argyle Avenue Ryde

In the heart of Ryde Park this popular cafe is always busy. The playground is great for babies, toddlers and pre-school aged kids and there are good paths to ride or scoot around as well as a basketball court for a flat wide area.

Grounds Keeper Ryde

The Dragon Fly Cafe – Eden Gardens, North Ryde

307 Lane Cove Road, Macquarie Park.

This is another one where you can’t view the play area from the cafe but it’s worth a mention. Eden Gardens is predominately a nursery but it also has the Dragon Fly Cafe, a play area and gardens to explore as well as cute little shop.  It’s perfect for anyone looking for an all-in-one outing that includes coffee for mum and playing and exploring for kids.You can read more here.

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