The Museum of Contemporary Art is a Sydney icon and commands a prominent position with harbour views at The Rocks. Free entry every day and a kids art program means it is a great option for a family day out. If you are after a family meal ‘with a view’ that is reasonably priced too, then the MCA Cafe is the place for you. It is also a great dining venue to bring friendly and family visiting Sydney. It definitely offers that ‘wow factor’.
The MCA aims to encourage children of all ages to enjoy the museum and they offer interactive programs and SKETCH journals. You can check out their website for events run weekly for toddlers and children. If you visit outside these times, children 5+ can enjoy their limited edition SKETCH journal. For a gold coin donation on Level 2, young artists can connect with many of their exhibitions through drawings. This is a really fun activity!
The MCA Cafe and Sculpture Terrace is located on Level 4 and offers space with spectacular harbour views. They don’t take reservations however the terrace provides some room to move whilst waiting for a table. Kids meals are $10 for fish and chips; a cheeseburger; or spaghetti with meatballs. We went for the kid’s Health Lunch Box which came with a half chicken sandwich; vegetables and dips; a pear and a juice for $12. Its perfect for active little ones as they can have some there and then take away the rest.
The cafe menu has a sophisticated restaurant feel and they are also licensed. If you are after brunch, they offer ‘early bird’ options such as Brickfields artisan pastries ($6); banana bread ($6); and Kurobuta Ham and egg toasted ($10). For lunch, choose from share plates, ‘tuckshop’ favourites, salads, meat primes. The avocado and lime bruschetta with shaved haloumi ($14) was light, delicious and refreshing. It went down perfectly with a Little Marionette soy piccolo.
The MCA Cafe and Sculpture terrace really does have it all. The perfect location for a relaxing lunch with harbour views and a bit of culture thrown in too.