Bissys Cafe in Orange is what I would call a community cafe. To me this is a good old fashioned cafe, a cafe where locals come to receive honest food that isn't too fancy - there's no quinoa, acai bowls or fancy pants cold dripped syphon coffee on the menu here.
A Little Munch reader recommended that I visit Bissys Cafe because it was seriously kid friendly, so when we visited Orange it was on the top of my list to check out. I decided that we would try out Bissys for breakfast on a public holiday, as not many of the other cafes in town were open, and also because Bissys opens from the very family friendly hour of 7am.
Bissys Cafe is located a little bit away from the main drag of Orange in an area of town called Warrendine. There is plenty of parking on the street, so I can't imagine that you would ever have a problem scoring a spot. You can sit inside or out at Bissys and as it was winter, we obviously chose and inside possie. If you have a pram, an outdoor table would be the best option as there isn't a lot of room to manoeuvre the pram inside the cafe. There are high chairs available if your babe is old enough to sit in one.
When we walked into Bissys we were the only diners (probably because we are the only people that get up at a sparrow's fluff on a public holiday), so we sat ourselves down and took in the quirky surrounds. Every inch of the walls has been painted inside Bissys, some with interesting murals and there's lots of knick knacks around the place, so make sure you keep an eye on wandering little fingers. After a while we spotted the menus sitting on a shelf opposite us and that's when we realised that you had to order and pay at the counter down the back of the cafe.
As I was reading through the menu I was quite surprised to find the price of coffee to be quite "citified". A small coffee costs $4.00! A babycino costs $3.00! Although I should say that the coffee was excellent and their babycino was very cute - but when you also have to pay a public holiday surcharge, there's not much coin left in your pocket. The breakfast menu ranges in price from $6.00 for toast up to $20.00 for a big breaky and the lunch menu ranges in price from $6.50 for a simple sandwich up to $17.50 for a steak sandwich.
Kids have their very own menu at Bissys, however the breakfast options didn't really tickle the fancy of the boys, so they opted to share the pancakes off the main menu. The kitchen staff thoughtfully split the dish so that the boys received their very own pancake with all the trimmings - cream, maple syrup and strawberries! This eliminated any chance of turf war over how much pancake each child inhaled! I think the Lunch box is an awesome choice if you dine in the middler of the day and I love that kids can have a choice between healthy and having apiece of fruit in the box or being a wee bit naughty and having a sweet treat.
Mr Munch and I chose the same option for our breakfast - the omelette with baby spinach, tomato, mushroom, bacon & cheese ($15.50). It came as a large open omelette with thick slice toast. I don't know if it because I have been following a low fat diet of late, but I did find this dish to be a tad on the oily side. Anyway some other options on the breakfast menu are fried butter mushrooms on toast ($10.20); eggs royal - poached eggs on Turkish toast, topped with smoked salmon & hollandaise ($19); and the Aussie breaky - bacon, eggs, 2 sausages, baked beans, 2 hash browns & toast! They all sound like big hearty country meals.
During our visit I was trying to work out why this cafe had been recommend to me as being so very child friendly. Sure a few of the Little Munch Boxes had been ticked - like high chairs & a kids menu, but the basic toilet facilities didn't contain a baby change table and I couldn't see any activities for kids to do. After we finished our meal we wandered outside and that's when I understood what my reader was on about, because we discovered Fipa's World.
Fipa's World is a sensory garden full of edible plants and creatures that will no doubt delight your kidlets. They may even meet Fipa if they are lucky - he's a big green frog! So on a sunny day I would suggest that it is best to sit outside so that you kidlets can explore this lovely space. They even have gymbaroo classes here in a building behind the brightly coloured fence - so yep Bissy Cafe is definitely kid friendly!
If your kids need to run around for a while, there is a park right opposite Bissys that has lots of green grass, areas where kids can ride their skate boards as well as play on some playground equipment.
88 Warrendine St, Orange NSW
02 6369 0666
Open 7 days
Mon - Fri: 7am - 4pm
Sat: 7am - 2pm; Sun: 8am - 2pm
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