Life with kids in Sydney City
The Tea Cosy is a little gem in the heart of The Rocks! Both kids and adults will love this cute, quaint, cosy cafe. It’s home to possibly the cutest babyccino and the best scones in Sydney. If you struggle with where to eat with kids in The Rocks, next time you're in town, stop in and relax in their secluded courtyard. I just didn't want to leave!
Located on George Street in the historic Rocks district, it’s a perfect place to stop if you are at Circular Quay, The Opera House, The Rocks Markets, The Museum of Contemporary Art or just adventuring around. The cafe is an Irish-Australian family-run business and in the front of this heritage listed terrace is a Irish Design Shop selling Irish food, souvenirs, Scottish kilts and the like.
Inside the building, past the stairs lined with every colour and design of knitted tea cosies you can imagine, is the cafe. There is indoor seating as well as a outdoor seating in the secluded, enclosed and shaded courtyard. Gorgeous knitted tea cosies are dotted everywhere and Irish country road signs and on old range are part of the decor. There are also tables and chairs out the front on George Street if you are interested in people watching.
Upstairs is THE quirkiest bathroom and 2 traditional rooms; Nanna's Nook and Pop's Place, perfect for a high tea for a group. The upstairs with the traditional furniture and framed cross stitching on the walls reminded me of my own home in Ireland. I think this is a great venue for a baby shower or a birthday get together. It feels so homely and the staff are so friendly and can’t do enough for you.
Given that I am primarily a coffee drinker, I was so surprised how much I loved my tea loose leaf tea. It had a gorgeous Green Tea with Strawberry which came in a little teapot with a rainbow knitted tea cosy. In my book the freshly baked scones are the best I’ve tasted in Sydney and you have lots of choices of jams. I had a fruit scone with a pear and vanilla jam and double cream. It took all my willpower not to eat the remainder of the jam directly from it’s pretty little dish.
Last but not least, I put this cafe in pole position for the prettiest babycchino in Sydney! Their babyccino's comes in a pretty china cup and saucer with hundreds and thousands and marshmallows. CUTE!!!
Their menu is small but has something for everyone.
Their Devonshire Tea (scone baskets) is $14 and gluten free scones are available when booked in advance. There are Ribon Sandwiches for four choices - $9.5 and The Ploughmans Lunch - $15 ;
Kids Devonshire Tea - ;$7 per child (under 10) ;One scone served with strawberry jam and cream, served with an adorable babyccino!
They have a different menu for high tea upstairs and you can find this on their website.
It's a 5 min walk from Circular Quay
SYDNEY EXPLORER BUS: Stop 25, The RocksFERRY: Circular Quay Terminal, 5 min walkTRAIN: Circular Quay StationBUS: The 393 ,436, 372, 504 run frequently to Circular QuayCAR: Wilson Car Park Stations at 155 George Street and 35 Pitt Street.
For more places to visit and eat out check out our 'Visiting The Rocks with Kids' Guide click here!