The Balmoral Boathouse Cafe: Sydney’s Most Child-Friendly Cafes {Updated}

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Quick, quick, hurry up. If we pack up now we can be there in 30 minutes!

This cafe is in a lovely location, right by the beautiful Baths. There are scrumptious views over the beach and the harbour, I love watching all the bobbing boats.

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With new owners and a magnificent makeover, Balmoral Boathouse, by the Boatshed,  is now bigger and better than ever.

It’s come a long way from the kiosk we used to frequent when we first arrived in Sydney with kids over 15 years ago!

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Balmoral Boathouse Cafe

By the Baths, 2 The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach 2088

Phone: 9974 5440

Check out the website here.

Open: Seven days a week – check website

Alongside the baby and toddler-friendly Baths area of Balmoral Beach, right beside the water, is this terrific cafe.

Food can be taken away as well as eaten in the cafe, very handy for mums and dads of littlies.  You need to order food from the counter and then it is brought to you.

Drinks, snacks and full breakfasts and lunches are served. And don’t forget the ice blocks.

The cafe is fully licensed.

A large deck overlooks the baths, it can be very crowded at times and strollers can be a problem.  Although the cafe can be a very hectic place on warm summer days, but the staff remain swift and cheery under pressure.

Toilets/Baby change:  There are toilets in the changing room, shower and toilet block at the baths.

Highchairs: Yes

Children’s menu: Yes

Mum’s report: When the children are a bit older you can watch them play on the beach from the cafe—luxury.

Extra: The excellent playground is close, its rubber softfall making it good for crawlers. All the joys and pleasures of Balmoral Beach.  The Cafe is part of the actual Boatshed and you can rent various water craft from there, see the website.

Map reference: Gregory’s 317 E7, Sydway 258 J19, UBD 217 E7

Parking: There are meter parking spaces all along the Esplanade and also a pay carpark at the southern end of the beach, beside the oval

Nearest ferry: Balmoral Wharf, summer service only

Bus stop nearby: Yes

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I’ve had a few wonderful times sitting on this cafe deck, mind you, not with the kids.  When the kids come too, we only get takeaway as I can’t pry them off the beach or out of the playground.

Which is just the way it should be.

 Have you enjoyed the views from this lovely cafe?

Or shall I meet you there in 30 minutes?

C’mon, pack the cossies, lets go!

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11 Comments

  • Reply August 22, 2012

    Kylie

    It looks fabulous, if only I lived just a little bit closer – it’s a fair trek from Adelaide! I love finding a good child-friendly cafe, there are more and more these days, but still many that are just so not great at catering for kids.

  • Reply August 22, 2012

    Trish

    Ive been to Balmoral but not that Cafe – it looks fabulous.

  • Reply August 22, 2012

    Naomi

    A very beautiful view. I’ve never been there but plan to go after seeing this post :)

  • Reply August 29, 2013

    Morag Smith

    Heh Soshi

    I have been to Balmoral Beach café – but about 15 years ago!! It was when I came to visit you, I used to drop of kid no.1 at his nursery and then head to the café for a smoothie and latte. My first introduction to both of those drinks. I’ll go again. xx

    • Reply August 29, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Smoothie AND latte… those days are behind us now Mo, the old metabolism is slowing down.

      Will ye no come back again???

  • Reply August 29, 2013

    Grace

    I really, really, REALLY need to explore the Northern Beaches a little more! This boathouse looks fabulous! I’ll let Mr Surfer know and see if we can make a family day trip out of it.
    Like the fact that there’s an excellent playground nearby!

  • Reply August 30, 2013

    stephanie

    We haven’t been to this cafe as yet, I don’t think it was open the last time we were down at Balmoral. Actually be down that way next week, will have to check it out. Thanks!

  • Reply August 31, 2013

    Sonia Life Love Hiccups

    Although I am a local at the Palmie one – I have yet to go to Balmoral Boat House yet. It looks divine and I really must pull my finger out pronto! xx

    • Reply August 31, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Hi Sonia, you know I haven’t been to the one at Palm Beach for about 10 years – outrageous!! Must get up there, and I’ve only been to Armchair Collective, the other in the trio, once… must improve cafe hit rate this summer.

  • Reply September 2, 2013

    Hotly Spiced

    I love it there but it can get very crowded and with the ordering system, you can never be sure how far back you are in the queue. But, in terms of a location, what could be better! xx

  • Reply September 19, 2013

    Mellisa Turner

    I love to sit there and enjoy its view. Its very fascinating to go there especially with kids as they enjoy a lot.

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