Name a better combo than a ripping playground and a strong cup of coffee? There is none. Sitting back with a quality coffee while the kids play at a fabulous playground, allowing you a moment to close your eyes and just recharge, is one of parenting’s great pleasures (That and getting kicked in the ribs at 3am by a restless toddler….isn’t that just so fun!)

With that in mind coffee lovers, we have scoured our epic playground archive and found the spots with the best coffee nearby. So scroll down and choose your fave for your next playground visit. If we have missed your fave, let us know!

Wigley Reserve / Tram Side Kiosk

WEST

A ripping playground that is a must visit for a trip to the Bay, this spectacular looking playground overlooks the marina, with plenty of space to run and climb around on some epic equipment. Tramside Kiosk is our go-to for any coffee trip down the bay, located a stones throw from the playground it just goes together perfectly we reckon!

All the playground info here
Find all the Tramside Kiosk details here

Bonython Park / Cafe Bonython

CITY

Is this the best coffee/playground combo in Adelaide? It would have to be close. The beautiful and uber popular Bonython Park playground has been a staple for years, with recent upgrades making this one of the best play spaces around. Sounds pretty good on its own right? But with the newly opened Cafe Bonython right smack bang in the middle, this just makes it one of those destination playgrounds you travel far and wide for. Fabulous coffee, meals and service…one of hte best.

Find all the playground info here
Cafe Bonython is simply sensational. Read all about it here

Steamroller Playground / Essence Cafe

HILLS

A trip to Stirling is not complete without a visit to the famous Steamroller Playground, with the nearby Essence Cafe the perfect spot for that caffeine hit. The playground is fully fenced, perfect for the little crew, and its an ideal space to take in the hills serenity while the kids play. Beautiful in Autumn with the changing colours we must say!

All the info on this Adelaide Hills icon playground here
And the fabulous Essence Cafe will sort you out here

James Coke Park / So close to the Parade

EAST

Talk about being spoilt for coffee options! James Coke Playground is about 9 metres from the Parade and an almost unlimited supply of options to get your coffee fix. Plenty of parking, shade and fencing, this is an ideal rest stop for your under 8s to run around while you take 5. Probably wouldn’t hurt to hit the shops after as well…because why not!

Check out all the info on this Norwood staple here

Old Noarlunga Market Square / Long Shot

SOUTH

We are spoilt for choice in the deep south, with gorgeous towns hosting picturesque playgrounds and nearby coffee options. Market Square playground at Old Noarlunga is a local fave, always packed with families hosting parties on the spacious lush lawns overlooking the Onkaparinga river. We love Long Shot Coffee, across the road from the playground, to compliment your day out here. Don’t forget to pack all the balls and enjoy chasing the kids on the lawns. It is a real beauty!

All the playground info here

Twelftree Reserve / Fix Coffee

NORTH

A beautiful playground for the little crew, nestled amongst gorgeous grounds at College Park and on the banks of the Torrens river, we love combining our visits here with a trip to Fix (Specialty Coffee) across the road. Don’t forget to pack the basketball to use the small court and pop down for a walk along the Torrens after. A really lovely place to visit with the little tackers.

Check out more on the playground here

Dunstan Adventure Playground / Coffee Institute

EAST

Famous for its ‘huge slide from yester-year’, we only recently went back for a return visit at this eastern suburbs favourite, and it is still a fabulous spot. A short walk will find you at the Coffee Institute, which is definitely worth a go as you sit and watch the kids hurl themselves down the old bum-burner metal slide from your childhood.

All the playground info here

Semaphore Foreshore / Steam Train Kiosk

WEST

Semaphore foreshore is one of the premiere beach destinations in Adelaide, and the playground is just as good! There is so much to see, do and explore around this playground with the family, but for a coffee hit we always hit up the kiosk right next door (also for ice creams…because it would be rude not too). If you aren’t a local this is well worth a day trip to explore with the kids.

All the info on this epic playground here

Kingston Park Coastal Reserve / Oceans Food Truck

SOUTH

We would go so far as to say that this spot is metropolitan Adelaide’s best hidden beach access AND there’s a playground AND there’s an excellent permanent food truck. 

Read more about the playground here
And find out what’s on the menu at Ocean’s here

Apex Park / Joan’s Pantry

HILLS

Just behind Blackwood, over the train line and around the bend is the famous combo of Joan’s Pantry and Apex Park Playground. A Hawthorndene favourite for years, the playground is a fully fenced beauty, with lots of equipment, a bike track, tennis courts and BMX jumps nearby. Joan’s Pantry is famous in these parts and you won’t find too many times where it isn’t busy with the hustle and bustle of locals and travellers stopping by. Definitely one of the top coffee/playground combos!

All the playground info you need is here

Glenside Playground / Commissary

EAST

This brand spanking new playground, tucked in the Cedarwoods development at Glenside, is hard to miss isn’t it! With striking bright colours and a giant climbing tower with tube slide, this is an older kids paradise. Our fave coffee spot here is the delightful Commissary, in the old Queen Victoria Hospital building just up the road. A famlily favourite place to eat, we highly recommend this combo!

All the playground details here
Commissary is a fabulous coffee and lunch option…find out more here

Heron Playground / Boat Shed

SOUTH

Hows the serenity of this sensational playground, which overlooks some of the best coastline in the state. Located at the start of the Hallett Cove Boardwalk and next to the very popular Boatshed Cafe, this is one of our fave summer playgrounds. Don’t forget to leave time for a walk along the rocks for a spot of crabbing too!

All the playground info here

Burnside Adventure Playground / Rustic Fig Cafe

EAST

This place is simply sensational. So much to see and explore, with one of the best double flying foxes around, the playground is a ripper. The perfect place to let the kids run around (there is a nearby creek so keep an eye on the smaller crowd) while you sit down to a cuppa….we love the Rustic Fig, located a street over, for your coffee option.

If you haven’t heard of this playground before, it is well worth checking out and planning a day trip.

Check out the info from our visit to this playground here

Willunga Rose Garden / Tealiscious Cakes

SOUTH

Willunga is one of the most beautiful towns in our deep south, famous for its huge hill that causes all sorts of grief to the Tour Down Under crowd, as well as being home to a range of fab coffee spots. The Willunga Rose Garden nature playground opened a couple of years ago and is a beautiful play space that fits right in with the Willunga vibe. Our coffee pick is Tealiscious Cakes, right across the road from the playground (and you have our permission to pick up one or 9 of their cakes too!), which is the perfect coffee partner at this one.

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Civic Park Playground / Pickled Duck

NORTH

This is easily one of the best playgrounds around and a coffee at Pickled Duck is just what you need. Ideal for all ages, with so much for all the kids to do (and parents too if you want to get amongst it), you will find Pickled Duck across the road and we just love the coffee here. Make sure you hit them up when you visit this epic playground up at Modbury.

So much more to find out about this playground…check it out here

Bridgewater Playground / The Little Cog

HILLS

If you haven’t been to this stunning playground, lock in a date. It is sensational. With the addition of The Little Cog cafe, a gorgeous coffee shop with an open fire in an old stone building overlooking the playground, this space is just perfect for a playdate. Right next to the Bridgewater Inn, when the river is raging in winter and the kids can hop across on the stone bridge, is there aything more serene? We think not.

All the info on this beautiful playground here

St Clair / Rec Centre Kiosk

WEST

Wow. Thats a phrase your kids will be shouting as you finish a visit to this newly developed precinct out the western suburbs. The rec centre cafe right next to the playground is a really good option here, not to mention the toilets and other facilities inside. The playgroud is epic, but this really is a hub of sporting and other activities that is well worth a look for not only an epic playground, but kids sport too.

All the info on this epic playground here

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