I love seeing my little girl’s face light up when I take her to the playground. She smiles in the same way that I do when I realise this playground has a café, and that means a coffee. It’s a win-win. But where do you find these magical playgrounds? Here is a list of coffee shops and cafes with playgrounds south of Perth.
South Perth Foreshore The Boatshed – Coode Street, South Perth
Website: boatshedrestaurant.com Mister Walker – Mends Street Jetty, South Perth
Website: mrwalker.com.au The South Perth Foreshore has two child-friendly eateries – The Boatshed at the Coode Street Jetty and Mister Walker at the Mends Street Jetty. The Boatshed has a cute little wooden cubby house play area within the restaurant grounds. Mister Walker has an indoor dining area and a takeaway kiosk, and the playground is just a few feet away.
South Perth Foreshore
Heathcote Reserve, Applecross 58 Duncraig Road, Applecross
Blue Water Grill website: bwgsteakhouse.com.au Heathcote Reserve is the home of Perth’s most impressive pirate ship playground. Coffee lovers can enjoy takeaways from the Blue Water Grill Kiosk, which is a stones throw away from the toddler’s play area.
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Point Walter, Bicton Honour Avenue, Bicton
Walter’s River Café website: waltersrivercafe.com.au Point Walter has two playgrounds to choose from, although one playground is a bit of a hike (up a big hill, I should add) from the coffee spot, Walter’s River Café, which is dine in or takeaway.
Point Walter has two playgrounds.
Zephyr Café, East Fremantle 61 Riverside Road, East Fremantle
Ph. 9438 2800
Zephyr Café in East Fremantle is conveniently located about 50 metres from a great little playground. The café itself is in a lovely spot on the East Fremantle water front.
Zephyr Café, East Fremantle.
Bell Park, Rockingham Foreshore Rockingham Beach Road, Rockingham
Bell Park is unlike any other park I’ve encountered, because it has heaps of playgrounds for the kids to choose from. Don’t like the slide? Walk about 20 metres and there’s a different playground to play on. Bell Park is located close to a number of cafes, so there’s no shortage of coffee options.
Bell Park in Rockingham is close to a number of cafes.
Lo Quay Café, Riverton Corner of Fern and Bridge Road, Wilson
Website: loquay.com.au The Riverton Bridge Kiosk has been revamped and renamed the Lo Quay Café. It has an undercover, shaded playground in the outdoor area and there are is indoor dining and a takeaway kiosk. You can enjoy gorgeous views of the river while sipping on a brew.
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Canning River Café, Wilson Cnr of Kent Street and Queens Park Road, Wilson
Website: canningrivercafe.com The Canning River Café is not only child-friendly, but also dog friendly too, just in case you love to take your pooch along for coffee. The playground is a short walk from the café. Read on here for a detailed review.
South Beach Ocean Road, South Fremantle
South Beach Café website: southbeachcafe.com.au The Pickled Fig ph. 9431 7333
South Beach is another area that has two different cafes to choose from – there’s the South Beach café, a laid-back beachy style affair, or the Pickled Fig, a casual dining café, both of which offer coffee and food. There is a cool little pirate ship playground for the kids to run around on.
The Surfing Lizard Espresso Bar, Coogee Poore Grove, Munster
Pirate ship playgrounds are all the rage in Coogee. The Surfing Lizard Espresso Bar has a wooden playground within a short walk of the café, so you can take your coffee and sit in the undercover picnic shelters next to the playground. You can read a detailed review of the Surfing Lizard here.
Coogee Beach Powell Road, Coogee
Coogee Beach Café Ph. 9434 9466
The Coogee Beach Café has an indoor dining area and a takeaway kiosk – perfect for grabbing a coffee and watching over the kids as they tackle the or run around in the wide open spaces of the park.
Carriage Café, Fremantle The Esplanade, Fremantle
Ph. 9335 3645
This small, open-air café is located in the lovely Esplanade Park in Fremantle, and the playground is within metres of the café.
Interested in finding other restaurants or cafes with great play areas for kids? Read our comprehensive list here.