Where to take the family on Military Road-Spit Road

Discover the family-friendly cafés, restaurants and attractions along Military Road-Spit Road strip
Chaos Café
Photograph: James Manning Chaos Café
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It can be tough trying to find things to do as a family. There are only so many times you can go to Luna Park or Taronga Zoo, and your bank balance will hardly thank you for visiting them either. If you find yourself on the Lower North Shore with a couple of rug rats in tow, head straight to Military Road-Spit Road for a day filled with family-friendly cafés, shops, activities and restaurants.

Grab dinner afterwards at one of the top Asian restaurants in the area.

 

Where to take the family on Military Road-Spit Road

Le Spit Cyclery
Photograph: James Manning
Sport and fitness, Cycling

Le Spit Cyclery

icon-location-pin Mosman

If you’re serious about cycling Le Spit Cyclery has the gear you need. The bicycle store stocks eight different brands of bike including premium racing brands Cervelo, Focus and Bianchi, as well as bike components, clothing and footwear, bike accessories and helmets. They even do services for under $100.

Chaos Café
Photograph: James Manning
Restaurants, Cafés

Chaos Café

icon-location-pin Neutral Bay

Away from the bustle of Military Road, Chaos Café is a favourite for families. With lots of seating, space for prams and a well rounded menu of café classics, it’s no surprise that Chaos is heaving on weekends. Sit outside on a good day and enjoy the relative serenity of Grosvenor Lane while eating a Chaos big breakfast (there’s a vegetarian version as well) and sipping a Toby’s Estate coffee. 

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Hayden Orpheum Cinema
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Film

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

icon-location-pin Cremorne

Without doubt the grandest cinema in Sydney, Cremorne’s Art Deco picture palace is a stunning step back in time. Built in 1935 by George Kenworthy, the top theatrical architect of the period, today’s version is even glitzier than the original thanks to a $2.5-million restoration some years back by owner and local TV celeb Mike Walsh.  The Orpheum regularly hosts kid-friendly events like Frozen sing-a-longs, mums, dads and bubs sessions, and Disney film screenings. 

Carlo and Elise
Photograph: James Manning
Health and beauty, Hairdressers

Carlo & Elise

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This smart little salon specialises in children’s hair. Inside, your scissor-phobic tyke can choose from a little red airplane, yellow taxi or pink jalopy to sit in while the stylists work their magic. There's even a flatscreen in front of each chair that broadcasts the Wiggles on high rotation. 

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Crumbs Café
Photograph: James Manning
Restaurants, Cafés

Crumbs Café

icon-location-pin Cremorne

On the corner of Minsky’s Hotel you’ll find Crumbs Café, a dinky little place with a vaguely Parisien atmosphere. Retro photographs and art line the walls and a stack of vintage children’s books are on hand to keep little ones distracted. In the afternoons the café is bathed in sunlight making it an ideal place for a coffee and warm Belgian waffle – sit at the window bar for optimum basking.   

Boronia Tea Room
Photograph: James Manning
Restaurants

Boronia Tea Room

icon-location-pin Mosman

This grand old historic Mosman mansion opens its doors to those looking for a spot of high tea, and they do it suitably well. Bring the kids along for a Little Ladies high tea featuring child-friendly favourites like ham and cheese finger sandwiches, fairy bread and mini pancakes. $30 per person for three-to-12 year children. 

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Sopranos Pizza
Photograph: James Manning
Restaurants, Italian

Sopranos Pizza

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Every neighbourhood needs a good, no-frills pizza shop. Somewhere that you can get eight slices of tomato and cheese perfection with fresh, simple toppings. If you’re in Spit Junction you can get your dose of pizza heaven from Sopranos.

Restaurants

Maisy's Café

icon-location-pin Neutral Bay

At Maisy's, brekky is 24/7 (go for the mega breakfast with eggs, bacon, tomato, sausage, hash browns, mushroom, baked beans, tomato and toast) which means that your chances of finding a meal for a picky eater are much, much higher. 

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