Eating Out with Kids
One of the joys of taking your family out to eat in Sydney is discovering a world of flavours. As a multicultural city, you’ll be able to find food from all corners of the globe and introduce your kids to cuisines that they’ll remember long after the meal is over.
Check out Chinatown for fantastic dumplings and Cantonese food. As the area has grown, it has become known for more than just Chinese food and spawned little Koreatown and Thai town, streets where you can find authentic Asian food.
Head further afield to Cabramatta or Marrickville for Vietnamese food. Join the line at Marrickville Pork Roll and see for yourself why people line up for its banh mi or catch the train to Western Sydney to slurp fresh sugar cane juice from one of the many stalls in Cabramatta.
In a nod to Sydney’s roots as a British colony, it’s no surprise the pubs here are great and many of them are family friendly. You’ll find kids menus as well as dedicated play areas such as The Henson in Marrickville, Coogee Pavilion in Coogee and The Fiddler in Rouse Hill.
Picnics are popular in the many tranquil parks around Sydney Harbour, one of the world's great natural harbours. Take a ferry to Shark Island for a picnic lunch with marvellous views of the harbour, or head to world-famous beaches at Bondi or Manly for fish and chips by the ocean.
If seafood is on the menu, take the light rail to the Sydney Fish Market, one of the world's biggest fish markets, for fresh seafood including cooked prawns. Picnic tables are available overlooking Blackwattle Bay. Hop on a ferry to Watsons Bay for fresh seafood at Doyles on the Wharf. Kids can play in the nearby park or on the beach in front of Doyles.
If you want to eat by the water but prefer to avoid the harbour, head over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and explore the Northern Beaches. There’s 30km of coastline that stretches from Manly to Palm Beach. The Newport, perched at the tip of the peninsula, makes the road trip worth it.
After exploring the Art Gallery of NSW, stop for a bite at one of the excellent museum and gallery cafes. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia has a rooftop cafe with superb views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Parents will be thrilled that many cafes, pubs and restaurants in Sydney have children's menus that offer great value. There are early bird deals in the evenings for families or kids-eat-free nights early in the week.
You can also find fantastic value at casual weekend markets. Sydney loves a market and some of the most popular are at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, Paddington, Potts Point, Balmain and Leichardt's Orange Grove.
Weekends are a great time to join the locals for fresh juices and hearty brunches at beachside cafes in Bronte and Coogee. Work up an appetite on the Bondi-to-Coogee walk and then reward yourself at the end.