Picture this. You’ve been up most of the night with a teething baby and at 5 am, your 4-year-old decides it’s time to play. You feel so exhausted you wonder if it’s possible to fall asleep standing (the answer is no, FYI).
Cue a caffeine fix, because everything is just a bit (or a tonne) better with a great cup of coffee. The kids in tow will love High Street Cafe so much, that meeting up with friends for a chinwag, will be a piece of cake. Sit back and relax – it’s the perfect pick-me-up!
Finding a cafe that does more than just tolerate mini customers but actively embraces them too, is such a breath of fresh air. This cosy cafe, while nicely decorated and extremely inviting, is located next to a long patch of green grass making the alfresco area the ideal spot for kids to play and run amok, albeit a little chilly in winter. The drawcard though, the one that makes kids want to return time and time again, is the variety of toys, blocks, books and outdoor games, including Quoits, Connect 4, and Checkers that the friendly staff set up outside. The outside area is at the end of a car park, adjacent to the Mary MacKillop College. During the day, it’s a very quiet space with minimal car movement. Closest to the car park, you’ll find tables and chairs set up, and then the 40-50 metres of large open space is opposite a dead-end road. Enough room for a game of “Chasey” or “What’s the Time Mr. Wolf.”
Along with great coffee from local roaster Altura Coffee, grumbling tummies are well catered for with a designated children’s menu offering some great snack options. Forget nuggets and chips or anything deep fried, this menu boasts childhood classics like fairy bread and toy soldiers with scrambled egg. Mums and dads will be pretty impressed with the seasonal menu also, from the all day breakfast options to Pork and Apple Sliders, there’s ample to choose from and every single dish sounds delicious. The Hot Roast Beef roll is a must – the basting and gravy is next level (trust me!). If you’re a sweet tooth, the selection of cakes, tarts and slices are mouth-wateringly appealing and you’ll be forgiven for letting temptation get the better of you. If you work close by, fancy something on the run or your toddler throws an epic tantrum before you even get a chance to sit down, take-away is available.
If you manage to get down there on a Saturday morning, you can enjoy live music from 11 am – 1 pm. Coffee just got a whole lot more entertaining and if I had to hazard a guess, I’d say the community atmosphere, connection and smiles are what adds to the vibe. Not only is this hidden gem kid-friendly, but we love that it’s also dog and bicycle-friendly too.
It’s hard not to fall in love with High Street Cafe!