Child-friendly Cafes In The Southern Highlands

Local cafes that are set up to keep kids busy and you caffeinated!

 

Have you ever seen the Kitty Flanagan comedy skit about kids and cafes??

“I know kids don’t like coffee shops. Do you know how I know that? By the way they’re always crying and screaming!”

It’s funny, right? Until it happens to you!

That’s why having a list of local child-friendly cafes can come in handy. Catch up with your friends and manage more than half a cup of coffee before it goes cold at these local cafes set up to keep the kids busy (and you caffeinated!).

 

Raw and Wild, Bowral

Prams :: Space for prams indoors and outdoors. Easy flat access from the car park at the rear of the café.
Highchairs :: Yes.
Kids menu :: Yes.
Extras :: Special designated kids area is open weekdays from 9am-12noon. They also have colouring in sheets for the kids and they have full baby changing facilities. The large, outdoor courtyard is perfect for families (and doggo’s can come too!).
Mother’s Groups :: Welcome.

 

Raw & Wild Kid Area

 

Jumping Rock Café, Bundanoon

Prams :: The courtyard to the side of the café is easy to access from the street for prams and there is plenty of space to park.
Highchairs :: No
Kids menu :: Toasties and porridge are on the menu for little ones at Jumping Rock. Their treats cabinet is always full of delicious baked goods too – choccie croissants, muffins, cupcakes and more.
Mother’s Groups :: There are a couple of larger tables which are perfect for smaller Mum’s groups in the courtyard.

 

Jumping Rock Café

 

 

Shaggy Cow, Mittagong

Prams :: Pram-friendly with plenty of space outside too.
Highchairs :: Yes.
Kids menu :: Children’s breakfast and lunch menu.
Extras :: They provide individual children’s colouring in packs. 
Mother’s Groups :: Absolutely welcome but the booking needs to be under 10 people at the moment due to current COVID restrictions. 

 

Links House, Burradoo

Prams :: Lots of space for prams in the beautiful garden. Easy and flat access from the car park at the rear of the house to the back garden.
Highchairs :: Yes. 
Kids menu :: Yes and parents can order a light lunch in the café or there are home baked treats to choose from. Hot chocolates are popular with the kids too.
Extras :: There is bocce and giant Jenga in the garden to keep the kids busy. You can pop a blanket on the grass and get into picnic mode too.
Mother’s Groups :: Always welcome. Catch up by the fire in the Sitting Room or head outside for some fresh air.

 

Links House

 

The Whey Café, Robertson 

Prams :: Plenty of space in the cafe for prams. There's a couple of steps to get up and over at the entrance of the cafe, but still easy to access. 
Highchairs :: Yes
Kids menu :: No, but plenty of baked treats and ice cream! 
Extras :: The Dairy Store next door has over 100 flavour combinations of organic gelato – yum! And Bliss in a Box (just up the stairs from the Whey Café) sells a gorgeous range of old school lollies, handmade fudge, shortbread and more.
Mother’s Groups :: Always welcome.

 

Exeter General Store

Prams :: Lots of space in the garden area for prams, and there is flat access from the street.
Highchairs :: Yes.
Kids menu :: The seasonal menu changes regularly and the guys are happy to adapt the menu for kids. They also have plenty of baked treats and regularly whip up some awesome gingerbread men which are popular!
Extras :: Their secondhand book collection has kids books which you can buy onsite. Such a great way to keep the kids busy once they eat their gingerbread men!
Mother’s Groups :: Are welcome. There is a large table inside that can be booked and outside in the garden is a great space for Mum’s to catch up.

 

Exeter General Store

 

Courtyard Café, Berrima

Prams :: Yes, there is space, especially outside in the courtyard area.
Highchairs :: Yes.
Kids menu :: Try the Kids Farm Platter – yum!
Extras :: Can provide colouring in activities.
Mother’s Groups :: Absolutely welcome. The outdoor courtyard is perfect for this.

 

Moonacres Kitchen, Robertson

Prams :: Space for prams
Highchairs :: Yes
Kids menu :: Yes, different kids menu's for brekkie and lunch! And their huge selection of items baked fresh every day will keep everyone happy! 
Extras :: Heads up, the recently opened Moonacres School runs cooking classes for kids. 
Mother's Groups :: Yes, always welcome. 

 

The Mill Courtyard, Bowral

Prams :: Stacks of space in the courtyard area with level flooring.
Highchairs :: Not outdoors, but you can prop your little one up in a pram.
Kids menu :: There are plenty of awesome food vendors in The Mill with yummy treats for kids. Ms Pho Canteen, Veggie Nook and Bare Bites Bowls & Brew have plenty for the kids (and it’s super healthy!). And the kids will love the Sweet Retreat Gelato Bar (and so will you – we do!!).
Extras :: There is a mini golf area, giant Jenga, a rocking horse and a chalkboard in the courtyard. If all THAT doesn’t keep the kids busy, we don’t know what will!
Mother’s Groups :: Stacks of space and no bookings necessary.

 

The Mill Courtyard

 

 

Mittagong RSL

Prams :: Plenty of space for prams.
Highchairs :: Yes.
Kids menu :: Yes, and their woodfired pizzas are also popular with the little ones.
Extras :: The awesome kids playground, Habitat is closed due to COVID and bookings are essential in the Ironstone Bar & Dining area.
Mother’s Groups :: Yes, but bookings essential.

 

Hospital Shop Cafe, Bowral

Prams :: There isn't a huge amount of space for prams inside or out on the deck, but there is a fenced outdoor area with astro turf that is popular with Mother's Groups. 
Highchairs :: No. 
Kids menu :: No but have plenty of goodies and treats and do milkshakes. 
Extras :: The fenced outdoor area at the front is ideal for relaxing with the kids. They have books and Lego to keep little ones engaged too. 
Mother’s Groups :: Always welcome. 
 

The Mill Café, Bowral

Prams :: Plenty of space indoors.
Highchairs :: Yes.
Kids menu :: Yes.
Extras :: There is a kid-friendly section in the café. 
Mother’s Groups :: Definitely welcome but need to book at the moment.

 

The Mill Café

 

Coffee Culture Mittagong and Bowral

Prams :: Yes.
Highchairs :: Yes.
Kids menu :: Yes, choose from sangas, pancakes and more. Oh, and their milkshake game is strong.
Extras :: Colouring in activities available.
Mother’s Groups :: Are welcome.

 

The Vale Café, Moss Vale

Prams :: Space inside and outside for prams.
Highchairs :: Yes.
Kids menu :: While they don’t have a specific menu, their regular menu often has kid’s specials and they will happily adapt their food to suit kids - there is always something on the regular menu kids love.
Mother’s Groups :: Are welcome.

 

Glass Café, Mittagong

Prams :: Plenty of space inside and outside for prams in the large courtyard area out the back. 
Highchairs :: Yes.
Kids menu :: Yes, there is a kids menu and they will whip up special requests too. Their most loved items are the kids hotcakes and the cheese and vegemite toastie – yum! Milkshakes and fresh juice are also popular.
Mother’s Groups :: The outdoor area is perfect for Mother’s Groups and they are most welcome to sit inside on cooler days too.

 

Glass Cafe

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