Playground and coffee dates have never (ever ever) looked better.
Like a good cup of Joe with a side serve of adventure, history, role play and epic playground all in one stop? The kids are going to lose their minds over this place, and you are going to love the ample parking, the entertainment factor (um hello tram driving role play), the room to run around, toilets on precinct and the proximity just meters from one of Adelaide’s best new (ish) playgrounds. Throw in a really lovely family who run the show here and you have an entire low cost half day outing sorted.
You know who else is going to love it? Grandparents and history lovers. The old tram is beautiful, it’s a true privilege to have her available to the public and it’s paramount that she is respected by all who step foot on her.
We have continued to call past this top spot over the last couple of years for the consistently good coffee and obviously to ‘sell’ tram tickets, play inspectors and sit in the money seat seat and ‘drive’ the old red rattler.
Who remembers the old boat that was here in years gone by? Bye bye high and dry old Buffalo, hello on fleek coffee/snack vendor. Same spot.
The kiosk opened in late November 2020 by the talented family also behind local venues West Beach Patisserie & Eatery at the Big4 West Beach Parks and Oceanique at Adelaide Sailing Club. Fair to say these guys sure seem to know a thing or two about quality hospitality offerings.
What will you find here? Currently grinding and brewing beans from local roaster Presstwood Coffee. We’re here for it, it is very good. Some traditional milkshakes and thickshakes, smoothies, juices and a nice little selection of sweet and savory items like toasted sambos and croissants, along with cakes, muffins make up the small but adequate food selection. There is also an ice cream freezer.
There is no shortage of seating (and broken shade) from the large surrounding trees. Tables are plentiful both alongside the restored historic tram and on the west of the kiosk. You can choose to sit on the tram itself (capacity restrictions apply) and kids will be delighted to sit up on the drivers seat at either end of the tram car. In winter this makes a nice shelter while still feeling like you are getting a fresh air and outdoor experience.
About the Tram: AKA Adelaide’s Red Rattler sits proudly on this site. Dating back to the late 1920’s the first tram ran between Glenelg and Victoria Square. Our Tram network was more extensive back in those days and in the 1930’s Adelaide had some 311 trams making up the fleet. This tram carried 64 people seated, and more standing.
Get this – my kids were blown away – this tram has a sliding door dividing the tram cart into two sections. Why? Sign of the times, back in the 1930’s men and women rode separately.
The Tram Side Kiosk is a short 100m stroll to the brilliant and popular new Wigley Reserve Playground, including toilets and BBQ Facilities. At the time of writing this little biz is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7am.
Verdict, it’s a 10/10 from the Kids in Adelaide team and a genius venture in our eyes.
Worth mentioning. there is water nearby that is only partially fenced, so do keep an eye on the little explorers with turbo charged legs.
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