Mums love a cafe! A babycino or kids milkshake and a piece of toast can keep little ones busy for a 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!

The Local Trade – Kellyville

90 Wrights Road Kellyville.

The Local Trade is literally located right next to a revamped, shaded and fenced playground!


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.


Frankie’s Food Factory – Glenhaven

609 Old Northern Road Glenhaven.

Frankie’s Food Factory is the cafe within Flower Power at Glenhaven that’s breathed fresh life into the space. The food is good (again, on the more expensive side) and there’s a fully fenced playground for kids to play in. The cafe overlooks a pond with fish and ducks and when you’re finished your meal you can head up to Flower Power, the impressive nursery.


Sunny Side – West Pennant Hills

Coonara Avenue Shopping Centre, West Pennant Hills

This cafe only opened in 2022 and they have included a little play area in their outdoor courtyard. It is fully fenced and contains a cubby house and small play kitchen. There are even cute little tables next to it for kids to enjoy. We had a good coffee here and the menu looks great. Well worth checking out.


The Centre Dural

1 Pellitt Lane Dural

This is a multi purpose venue, with Inflatable World on certain days, indoor sports comps & holiday clinics, youth groups and more. They have a cafe on site and a large seating area both indoors and outdoors, as well as the below play equipement for little ones. It’s a great spot for a mother’s group to meet as it’s spacious and therefore pram friendly, has parking, no steps and good clean bathrooms.


Glenorie Bakery – Glenorie

4/930 Old Northern Road, Glenorie.

Threre’s a sweet little cubby for kids out in the courtyard of Glenorie Bakery – a very pleasant spot to spend an hour over a coffee or pastry or both!


Stockland Baulkham Hills

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

The play area at Stockland Baulkham Hills is located between two cafes – Little Rock Cafe which has been a favourite with Hills District Mums for years and Charlie Lovett. Both are located so close there’s no need to get a takeaway, you can supervise your kids from your table!

Stanhope Village Shopping Centre

2 Sentry Drive Stanhope Gardens

We love a shopping centre, cafe and play equipment combination and Stanhope Village has two 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 it’s a win win for everyone.

The second play area is fully enclosed, has a farmyard theme and is located outside, just near 18 Grams and Michel’s Patisserie.

North Rocks Shopping Centre

318 North Rocks Road North Rocks

Pronto North Rocks is one of our favourite cafes. In fact we get a coffee from here weekly. This cafe understands what it’s like to be a mum – they really look after you! We can’t count the number of times we’ve 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!

There is also a new playground outside the centre near where a new cafe is due to open in December. Let’s cross fingers that it’s a good one as the playground is bigger and outdoors and the courtyard is a lovely place to sit and have a coffee whilst supervising your kids.

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.

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

The Grounds Keeper Cafe – Blacktown

49 Richmond Road Blacktown

This cafe is 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 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 a 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.

Frankie’s Food Factory at Flower Power Milperra

479 Henry Lawson Drive, Milperra

This is another nursery, cafe and playground combination and if you like Glenhaven, you’ll love this one too.

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