We love having the option to add to a hot drink, milkshake or lunch when we visit a playground. And surprisingly now know of over 150 food/ play combos in the greater Parramatta area! With so many, we have divided them up into where the playground and play areas are located. This article focuses on open/ unfenced playgrounds at outdoor parks within a 20km radius of Parramatta CBD.

Lake Parramatta Reserve North Parramatta
Babycino at Lake Parramatta Cafe

These open playgrounds are usually best suited for young kids. Most have more than one food option within easy walking distance. Though not all are cafes, some are take away food places. A downside of open playgrounds if you have little ones or more than one child, is that they aren’t obviously fenced. A number of them on this list are however set well back from the road. See our list of fenced playgrounds with cafes nearby if you want the extra peace of mind.

Sotto on Ryde Cafe Ryde Park
View of playground at Ryde Park from Sotto on Ryde Cafe

Our list below has over 45 open park playgrounds with cafes nearby! The list is presented in order of distance from Parramatta CBD, with a photo, short description and link to a full playground review. And to make it easier to decide which one to go to, we have mapped the playgrounds and cafes. Please let us know if we have missed one and we will happily add it.

1Paperbark Playground, Parramatta Park (350m)

Address: Parramatta Park, near George St Gatehouse | Nearest Cafe: 50m to Georgie Boy by Circa | Summary: Medium playground, best suited to 2-6yrs, water pump, nature based play elements, restricted parking, toilets | ParraParents Review |

2Jubilee Park | Parramatta (1.1kms)

Address: 7A Parkes Street, Parramatta | Nearest Cafe: 60m to Macchina on Wentworth, 150m to Lil Miss Collins, 170m to Circa | Summary: Medium playground, best suited to 2-6yrs, water pump, nature based play elements, maze, restricted street parking, no toilets | ParraParents Review |

3Parramatta River Foreshore Park | Parramatta (1.3kms)

Address: Elizabeth Street, Parramatta | Nearest Cafe: 300m to River Cafe, 400m to Bay Vista Dessert Bar, 280m to Port Bar | Summary: medium playground, best suited to 4yrs+, bubbler, toilets nearby, path to ride on, sand pit, water pump, along Parramatta River, street parking | ParraParents Review |

4Rosella Park | Harris Park (1.5kms)

Pentagon swing at Rosella Park

Address: Wigram Street, Harris Park | Nearest Cafe: 150m to Sweetland Patisserie | Small playground, best suited to 2-8yrs, path to ride on, bbqs, toilets, street parking | ParraParents Review |

5Lake Parramatta Reserve | North Parramatta (3.1kms)

Address: 28 Bourke Street, North Parramatta | Nearest Cafe: 100m to Lake Parramatta Cafe | Medium playground, best suited to 2-6yrs, bbqs, swimming in summer, paddle boats to hire, bushwalks, path to ride on, toilets, bubbler, some natural shade, on-site parking | ParraParents Review |

6The Granville Centre | Granville (3.2kms)

Address: 1 Enid Ave, Granville | Walking Distance to Cafe: 200m to a host of cafes and yummy charcoal chicken places on South Street | Summary: Medium playground, best suited for kids 2-8yrs, in front of The Granville Centre (pool, library and community centre), sports courts nearby, on-site parking, near Granville train station |

7Fred Robertson Reserve | Oatlands (3.5kms)

Address: Bells Road, Oatlands | Nearest Cafe: 20m to The Bells Road Social cafe | Summary: small playground, best suited for 2-6yrs, softfall ground, scooter/ bike track, bush setting, bushwalk, some natural shade, picnic tables, street parking, accessible by bus and train. | ParraParents Review |

8Winjoy Reserve | Rydalmere/ Dundas (3.6kms)

Address: 1A Calder Rd, Rydalmere | Nearest Cafe: 50m to Dundas shops with three take away places and a bakery | Summary: small playground, best suited to 1-6yrs, train theme, bubbler, picnic table, near Dundas train station, no toilets | ParraParents Review |

9Arthur Phillip Park | Northmead (3.7kms)

Address: 62A Redbank Rd, Northmead | Nearest Cafe: 300m to Pancakes on the Rocks | Small playground, best suited to 3-8yrs, partially fenced, path to ride on, bbqs, picnic shelters, toilets, street parking, little natural shade | ParraParents Review |

10Merrylands Memorial Park | Merrylands (3.8kms)

Address: Windsor Road, Merrylands | Nearest Cafe: 100m to a host of cafes in Stockland Merrylands | Summary: Small to medium playground, best suited to 2-6yrs, street parking | ParraParents Review |

11John Carver Reserve | Rydalmere (4.1kms)

Address: 400a Victoria Rd, Rydalmere | 25m to Caleidoscope Cafe | Small playground, best suited to 2-6yrs, opposite Aldi, off street parking, grassed area, some natural shade | ParraParents Review |

12Rydalmere Park | Rydalmere (4.7kms)

Address: 43 Park Road, Rydalmere | 50m to FC Social, 200m to Cherrybeans Coffee Roasters Rydalmere, 250m to Caleidoscope Cafe | Medium playground, best suited to 2-6yrs, partially fenced, little natural shade, street parking, path to ride on, no toilets | ParraParents Review |

13Williams Reserve | Dundas (4.8kms)

Address: Dora Crescent, Dundas | 170m to Big Tree House Cafe | Medium playground, best suited to 3-8yrs, no toilets, street parking, path to ride on, some natural shade | ParraParents Review |

14Hannibal Macarthur Park | Rydalmere (4.9kms)

Address: 6A Burbang Cres, Rydalmere | 160m to Cherrybeans Coffee Roasters Rydalmere, 350m to FC Social, 350m to Caleidoscope Cafe | Small playground, best suited to 3-7yrs, little natural shade, street parking, path to ride on, no toilets | ParraParents Review |

15Sturt Park | Telopea (5.1kms)

Sturt Park, Telopea

Address: Sturt Street (near Evans Road), Telopea | 160m to Valley Bakery and a few take away food places at the Telopea shops | Small to medium playground, best to kids 3-8yrs, some natural shade, softfall ground, set back from road, skate ramps and bowl, grassed area, basketball court, toilets, bbqs, picnic tables | ParraParents Review |

16Winston Hills Lions Park | Winston Hills (5.2kms)

Address: 22 Churchill Dr, Winston Hills | 150m to Bagel Bakery Cafe at Chisholm Centre and other take away places | Medium playground with two play areas – one for toddlers and the other for kids 3-8yrs, some natural shade, path to ride on, creek, toilets, bbqs, street parking, bark and soft fall ground | ParraParents Review |

17Elizabeth Macarthur Park | Telopea (5.3kms)

Address: 21a Telopea Street, Telopea | Nearest Cafe: 150m to Courtyard Dining & Espresso Cafe | Summary: small playground, best suited to 3-8yrs, some natural shade, bushwalk, picnic table, no toilets | ParraParents Review |

18Sorlie Avenue Reserve | Northmead (5.4kms)

Address: Corner of Ventura Road and Sorlie Avenue, Northmead | Nearest Cafe: 10m to Cafe on Ventura | Summary: small playground, best suited to 1-5yrs, seating, some natural shade, toilets at the cafe, seating | ParraParents Review |

19John Berger Reserve | Winston Hills (5.6kms)

Address: 43 Orchard Ave, Winston Hills | 350m to Bagel Bakery Cafe at Chisholm Centre and other take away places | Small playground, best suited to kids 0-4yrs, some natural shade, path to ride on, picnic table, bubbler, street parking, synthetic grass, grassed area | ParraParents Review |

20Greenleaf Park | Constitution Hill (5.9kms)

Address: 165 Bulli Rd, Constitution Hill | Nearest Cafe: 50m to Watch Your Fingers Patisserie | Small playground, best suited to 1-5yrs, library next door, toilets nearby, picnic table, grassed area, on-site parking, no shade | ParraParents Review |

21Thomas Wemyss Park [CLOSED – to be upgraded] | Ermington (6.4kms)

Address: 12 Bartlett St, Ermington | 20m to Charlie’s Takeaway | Medium playground, best suited 2-8yrs, synthetic grass, little shade, street parking, basketball court | ParraParents Review |

22Dundas Park | Dundas Valley (6.5kms)

Address: Corner of Quarry Road and Yates Ave, Dundas Valley | 180m to Daisy’s by the Park and Vulcano Pizzeria and 250m to Vikings Sports Club with a good indoor play area | Two medium playgrounds – the dry play area is best suited to 2-7yrs and the water play area for all ages, shaded, picnic tables, bbqs, toilets 150m walk away, sportsfield, path to ride on, street parking | ParraParents Review |

23Halvorsen Park | Ermington (6.7kms)

Address: Zanana St, Ermington | 25m to Cafe W | Medium playground, best suited to 1-8yrs, some shade, grassed area, path to ride on, street parking | ParraParents Review |

24Silverwater Park | Silverwater (7kms)

Address: 2 Clyde Street, Silverwater | 70m to Dooleys Waterview | Small playground, best suited 2-6yrs, rubber ground, little shade, on-site parking, toilets, along Parramatta River, BBQs, grassed area | ParraParents Review |

25Naying Drive Park | Pemulwuy (8.1kms)

Shaded playground at Naying Drive Park

Address: Naying Drive, Pemulwuy | 300m to  Pemulwuy Marketplace | Two playgrounds, best suited to 2-10yrs, half size basketball court, picnic shelters, bbqs, path to ride on, creek, man-made lake, ducks | ParraParents Review |

26Pierre de Coubertin Park | Newington (7.8kms)

Address: Newington Blvd, Newington | 300m to Coffee Cartel Newington | Medium playground, best suited to kids 2-8yrs, some shade, softfall ground, street parking, next to Newington Marketplace, dog off the leash area | ParraParents Review |

27Blaxland Riverside Park | Sydney Olympic Park (8.5kms)

Address: Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park Armory Wharf Cafe | Large playground, best suited to 4yrs+, very little shade, water playground, bbqs, grassed area, picnic shelters, on-site parking, toilets, bubblers | ParraParents Review |

28Boronia Park | Epping (9.2kms)

Address: 37 Bridge Street, Epping | 300m to a range of food options near Epping station (sadly Cafe Topiary burnt down in 2020) | Medium to large playground, best suited for kids 0-10yrs, shaded, synthetic grass, bbqs, picnic shelters, toilets, exercise equipment, purpose built scooter/ bike track, sportsfield, street parking or at Coles carpark | ParraParents Review |

Address: Avonlea Drive, Carlingford | 400m to Rossi’s Fresh Grocer (that serves coffee) and other take away shops l Medium playground, Granny Smith theme, best suited to kids 2-8yrs, softfall ground, little natural shade, path to ride on, exercise equipment, bushwalks sheltered picnic tables, grassed area | ParraParents Review |

30Anzac Park | West Ryde (9.5kms)

Address: Corner of Anzac Ave and Wattle Street, West Ryde | 170m to Element Six (with books and a few kids toys), and 200m to Lebanese Loaf and Cafe 35 | Small to medium playground, best suited to kids 2-7yrs, shaded, toilets, bark ground | ParraParents Review |

31Bressington Park | Homebush (9.6kms)

Address: Underwood Road, Homebush | 50m to a range of cafes and food outlets in DFO Homebush | Small playground, best suited to kids 4-10yrs, shaded, toilets, sportsfield | ParraParents Review |

32Bicentennial Park | Sydney Olympic Park (9.8kms)

Village Green playground

Address: 8 Australia Ave, Sydney Olympic Park | 150m to WaterView Cafe from Village Green playground | Two large playgrounds – Village Green and Concord West, best suited to kids 0-14yrs, lake with ducks, water foundations, tower to climb, bushwalks, purpose built scooter/ bike track, cycleways, on-site parking, toilets, bbqs, picnic shelters | ParraParents Review |

33Mason Park | Homebush (9.9kms)

Address: Underwood Road, Homebush | 200m to a range of cafes and food outlets in DFO Homebush | Small playground, best suited to kids 2-8yrs, shaded, toilets, sportsfield | ParraParents Review |

34Pembroke Street Park | Epping (10.5kms)

35Anderson Park | Ryde (10.7kms)

Address: Corner Belmore Street and Rothsay Avenue, Ryde | 30m to Cedrus Ryde and 180m to Butcher and the Farmer Cafe | Medium playground, best suited to under 5s, softfall, shade cloths, bbqs, toilets, picnic shelters, along the Parramatta River | ParraParents Review |

36Ryde Park | Ryde (11kms)

Address: 30 Argyle Ave, Ryde | 5m to Sotto on Ryde | Medium playground, best suited for kids 1-8yrs, some natural shading, softfall, basketball court, bike/ scooter track, grassed area, gardens, toilets, street parking | ParraParents Review |

37Peg Paterson Park | Rhodes (12.3kms)

Address: Corner of Mary and Margaret Streets, Rhodes | Nearest Cafe: 400m to Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre and the host of cafes located there | Summary: small playground, best suited for 2-7yrs, shaded, has swings, climbing fort, rockers, monkey bars and slides.

38Edward Bennett Oval | Cherrybrook (12.5kms)

High rope tower

Address: 48 Edward Bennett Dr, Cherrybrook | 150m to West Pennant Hills Sports Club (with a play area) | Medium playground, best suited to kids 2-10yrs, toilets, sportsfield | ParraParents Review |

39Phoenix Park | Rhodes (12.8kms)

Address: 40 Walker Street, Rhodes | 20m to Top Choice Seafood (Chinese) Restaurant,  150m to Bare Witness, 140m to Left of Field Cafe Rhodes | Medium playground, best suited to kids 0-8yrs, softfall, shade only in the afternoon, bbqs, picnic tables, grassed area, iconic artwork, path to ride on, toilets | ParraParents Review |

40Tuckwell Park | Macquarie Park (15.4kms)

Address: Fontenoy Road, Macquarie Park | 130m to Dragonfly Cafe in Eden Gardens, which also has a fenced play area | Medium playground, best suited to kids 2-8yrs, softfall, some shade, toilets, bubbler, street parking, grassed area | ParraParents Review |

41Cabarita Park | Cabarita (15.5kms)

Pentagon swing at Cabarita Park playground

Address: Cabarita Road, Cabarita | 200m to Sanders Kiosk | Medium to large playground, best suited to kids 2-10yrs, sand ground, shaded, toilets, bbqs, picnic shelters, path to ride on, beach, swimming centre, on-site metered parking, ferry wharf, grassed area, plus smaller older fenced playground | ParraParents Review |

42Francis Park | Blacktown Showground (15.5kms)

Address: Corner Richmond and Balmoral Roads, Blacktown | 5m to Grounds Keeper Cafe | Large playground, best suited for kids 1-12yrs, softfall, water playground, water pump, shaded, on-site parking, bbqs, picnic shelters, toilets, grassed area, community garden, ducks, walk to Blacktown train station | ParraParents Review |

43Fairwater Park | Blacktown (15.7kms)

Address: Putters Circuit, Blacktown | Nearest Cafe: 100m to Two By Four Cafe | Summary: small playground, best suited to 2-6yrs, sand pit, scooter/ bike track, nature based play, water pump, street parking, toilet at the Fairwater Sales and Display Centre | ParraParents Review |

44Mungerie Park | Rouse Hill (17.4kms)

Mungerie playground next to The Local Shed Cafe

Address: 16 Bellcast Road, Rouse Hill | 10m to the Local Shed | Small playground, best suited to 2-7yrs, water pump, sand pit, serpent theme, toilets nearby, street parking | Little Munch Review |

45Battersea Park | Abbotsford (17.6kms)

Address: battersea Street, Abbotsford | 270m to Sydney Rowing Club | Medium playground, best suited to 3-8yrs, views over Parramatta River, picnic tables, BBQs, toilets on-site parking, boat ramp | ParraParents Review |

46Salton Reserve | Drummoyne

Address:  | 50m to Drummoyne Sailing Club, 150m to Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet with cafes | Small playground, best suited to 3-8yrs, views over Parramatta River, sand, beach area |

47Nurragingy Reserve | Doonside (18.6kms)

Address: Knox Road, DoonsideLakeside Kiosk is within the park | Large park with three playgrounds, best suited to 1-12yrs, gorgeous waterfall and Chinese garden, water play area, picnic shelters, Bbqs, bushwalk tracks, lake with ducks | Hello Sydney Kids Review |

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