In an attempt to find all of Sydney's most kid friendly cafes smack bang next to playgrounds, it would be remiss of us not to include the fabulous Blends & Brothers in Rouse Hill.....because look how awesome the playground right next to them is!!
The playground is called The Backyard and you will find it (and obviously Blends & Brothers) in the Rouse Hill Town Centre - an open plan shopping centre in North West Sydney. This playground is suitable for kids aged 9yrs and younger (in my opinion) and it is reasonably secure. So if you have kids who are older like mine, you can happily sit in Blends & Brothers and let the kids play. However climbers can definitely get out of the playground, so don't take you eyes off your little monkeys for too long.
If you are leaving your kids in the playground, then the best place to sit at Blends & Brothers is somewhere in the outdoor seating area - a couple of indoor tables do also have window views over the playground as well. The cafe is pram friendly and there are also high chairs available. You do have to order and pay at the front counter for your meal, and then the staff will bring your food to you, but you still have a decent view over your table whilst ordering. If you need to use the parents room, it's a short walk away - just on the other side of the Oliver Brown Cafe that is also a neighbour of the playground.
We like to visit Blends & Brothers for a spot of afternoon tea after school pick up. The cafe and playground are reasonably quiet during this time of day. Mid morning however these two places are packed! So my advice is to arrive early or go after the lunch time rush. You will always find loads of parents and kidlets in the cafe, so even though it is quite a funky/hispter type of joint, the uber cool dudes that work there, are always welcoming of fambams.
The coffee (Pablo & Rustys) is top notch as is the food at Blends & Brothers. Firstly we'll talk about the kiddies. Their babycinos are free with every coffee purchase! And they are served in a take away cup and come with a marshmallow on top. The kids menu is very reasonably priced. There's toast with spreads, a ham & cheese toastie, eggs on toast, avo on toast, and a mini hot diggity dog available with nothing costing over $6.00. And they have the sweetest little cupcakes for an afternoon treat.
For those of us with bigger bellies, the menu is simple but just done really, really well. At breakfast time there is the tasty avo smash, bacon & egg rolls, muesli, eggs benny etc and most meals will set you back $10 - $15. At lunch time some healthy salads are whipped up in the kitchen alongside some rather decadent looking burgers and sandwiches. For an afternoon treat I love their hot chockies made on skim milk as they still come with real chocolate on top. And their caramel and macadamia crumble slice that I sampled on our last visit was just a wee bit sublime.
Now Blends & Brothers is not only a cafe, but it is also a super cool barber shop too! You can have your kids hair cut for $20 and I do believe you also receive a discounted coffee with each haircut. The retro style barber is a favourite amongst Sydney's footy set, with the likes of Izzy Folau often popping in to have their locks lopped.
p.s. if you have a seriously bad sense of direction like I do, it is quite easy to get lost in RHTC. So always follow the signs for Coles and you will eventually come across the Blends & Brothers as well as the Backyard playground!
Between Outback Jacks & The Backyard in RHTC
Open 7 days from 7.30am