Eating Out with Kids

Sydney is a fantastic eating city that caters to all tastes and ages. You can find cuisine from all over the globe and at a price point that will suit your budget. Whether it’s a classic pub meal, delicious dumplings or fish and chips, your mini MasterChefs will have full bellies and happy hearts.

Family dining at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Cafe in The Rocks

Waterside dining

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia has a rooftop cafe with superb views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can also dine practically under the House's sails, while overlooking the bridge at Opera Kitchen.

A water view doesn't have to be expensive. Weekends are a great time to join the locals for fresh juices and healthy, hearty brunches at beachside cafes in Bronte and Coogee without breaking the bank. Work up an appetite on the Bondi to Coogee walk and then reward yourself with a tasty treat at the end.

Breakfast dish available on the menu at The Boat House, Palm Beach


In a nod to Sydney’s roots as a British colony, you'll find great pubs and many of them are family friendly. There are kids menus as well as dedicated play areas at places such as The Henson in Marrickville, Coogee Pavilion in Coogee and The Fiddler in Rouse Hill.

If you want to explore further afield, head over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and check out 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.

Family enjoying a game of Scrabble at The Newport, Newport

Asian food

Check out Chinatown for fantastic dumplings, Cantonese food and yum cha kids love picking from the trolleys at places like Marigold and Zilver. There’s also a buzzing street food market on Friday nights. As the area has grown, it has become known for more than just Chinese food and spawned little Korea town and and Thai town. Spice Alley in nearby Chippendale is an outdoor hawker-style dining precinct.

Young boy enjoying a visit to the Chinatown Night Markets during Chinese New Year

Markets & picnics

There are gourmet stalls, multicultural flavours and fantastic value on offer at casual weekend markets. Sydney loves a market so you're spoilt for choice, some of the most popular are at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, Paddington, Kings Cross, Balmain and Glebe.

Family enjoying a visit to the Carriageworks Farmers Markets, Eveleigh

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. For more top quality seafood, hop on a ferry to Watsons Bay and visit Doyles on the Beach. Kids can play in the nearby park or on the beach in front of the restaurant.

A family enjoys a picnic on the Nepean river, Penrith

Spread a blanket out at one the many tranquil parks around Sydney Harbour and enjoy a picnic. 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. Check out more top picnic spots here.