In an attempt to review ALL of Sydney, that is checking out kid friendly cafes in every single suburb, I have been clocking up some serious tolls and kilometres in my poor old Hyundai. I mean one minute we are in Quakers Hill and the next we are in Queens Park. And don't worry Queenscliff - you're are on my radar too! The wonderful thing is all of these suburbs actually have some awesome child friendly cafes and the best in Queens Park is undoubtedly the Queens Park Shed.
The Queens Park Shed ticks every single kid friendly box and then some. Firstly it is located right next to a huge enclosed playground and also on the edge of Queens Park, so there is loads of space for kidlets to run wild. There is seating outside so you can sit and watch your little wildlife have loads of fun whilst you enjoy your perfectly brewed Toby's Estate coffee or tea. Whether you choose to sit inside or out there is plenty of space and easy access for prams. They have a very tasty kids menu; they have high chairs; they do a lovely little babycino; they have great loo facilites that include a baby change table (actually once upon a time the whole building used to be a loo); and they have colouring in available for kidlets as well! Phew that's a lot of ticks! Actually I forgot about the parking - it's available on the street, we scored a spot out the front very easily on a Sunday morning at 8am but I do believe if weekend sport is on at Queens Park then you may need to venture further up the road or into a side street.
We decided to sit inside when we visited. The interior is quite industrial, lots of hard surfaces and exposed walls. There is a communal table in the central part of the dining area and then almost booth like seating in the nooks and crannies of the building. The kitchen is open so you can peek in to see what is being created by the chefs on duty. You order and pay at the counter and the friendly staff bring your food to your table and even though this is one busy cafe, we received our meals very quickly.
The boys busied themselves with the colouring in whilst they waited for their pain au chocolates and babycinos to arrive. The babycino costs a dollar and it was totally disposable - nothing can get broken. With loads of chocolate dust, a marshmallow and pure froth, this little baby was devoured in record time. As for that buttery pain au chocolate it too was devoured quickly as I think any of the baked goodies at the Queens Park Shed would be. There is a kids menu for lunch and dinner and at breakfast time kids have plenty of choices available from the main menu especially from the bakery counter. The lunch menu ranges in price from $7 - $15. At the cheaper end of the menu is a toastie and at the more expensive end is the very healthy sounding lunch box which has a bbq chicken & avocado or ham & cheese sandwich, salad, organic smoothie & a treat! The dinner menu is $13 and includes sliders, meatballs & spaghetti or flathead and chips. And just to let you know, kidlets dine free on Thursday nights and dinner is served from the very family friendly hour of 5pm!
Everything on the breakfast menu at the shed sounds divine. A few examples to tempt your taste buds are avocado toast with free range poached eggs, vine ripened tomato, goat’s cheese ($17); shed big breakfast: poached eggs, sourdough toast, bacon, avocado, roasted tomato, sauté spinach, cultured butter ($22); and my choice the very delicious bircher muesli: bio dynamic yoghurt, apple, poached pear & Centennial Park honey ($13). The only complaint came from Mr Munch in regards to the food. His eggs benedict (for 20 bucks) sans the hollandaise (his choice) wasn't up to scratch apparently. I think the salmon was the issue, it wasn't quite as fresh as it could have been - perhaps it just needed the hollandaise after all?
At lunch time you can have gourmet sandwiches, burgers, a ploughman's lunch or some seriously healthy sounding salads with the menu ranging from $10 - $20. The reasonably priced dinner menu has both share plates and individual meals. Examples are the vietnamese style pork sliders, fresh herbs, crunchy vegetable, mayo, house made sweet chilli jam ($18) to start and the pork ragu pappardelle, tarragon, lemon, rocket, parmesan ($22) as a main.
I'm amazed we got through breakfast without the boys disappearing into the playground, they were obviously too occupied colouring in and eating for once! Once we did make our way into the great outdoors, the boys loved the huge sandpit inside the playground, because it has every boy's favourite - the sand digger. There are also lots of logs to balance on and there are two playgrounds as well - a big one for big kids and a little one for little ones. I suggest that you grab a take away and score one of those stripey outdoors chairs pictured up the top, as it is very difficult to drag children away from this cool playground!
I think the Queens Park Shed would have to be the best child friendly cafe in the eastern suburbs of Sydney - am I correct locals?
So now that I can tick off Quakers Hill & Queens Park, I would love inside knowledge on what is the best kid friendly cafe in Queenscliff - anyone know?
31 Darley Rd, Queens Park NSW
02 9380 9350
Open 7 days: Mon - Wed 7am - 4pm; Thu - Sat 7am - late;
Sun/Pub Hols 7am - 5.30pm