It was up to me to organise our Father's Day celebration this year. Normally I'd organise a pub lunch or somewhere that the blokes could get their chops around a big steak, but I decided to do something a bit different. I went all posh, and booked a High Tea at the stunning Hydro Majestic Hotel in the Blue Mountains.
My theory was that not many people would take their Dads for a High Tea on Fathers Day, so I thought the place would be quiet. But boy was I wrong - the Wintergarden at the Hydro Majestic was pumping full of Dads! The Wintergarden is the stunning room where you take High Tea, and apparently it is packed every weekend. So make sure you book a your High Tea in advance - and if you need a high chair, ask for one when you are making your booking. Or advise them that you will have a pram, so that they place you at a table near the door where it will be easier to manoeuver it.
However, if you do end up sitting near the door, you will miss out on the wonderful view. The Wintergarden has sweeping views over the Megalong Valley, which is what makes the Hydro Majestic so special - that and the gorgeous luxe furnishings.
I was worried how our lads would cope being in a posh joint - we don't do posh too often with them. But they were absolutely fine - because I made sure I took along loads of entertainment for them (tablets and activity books). This is not the sort of place where you can let your kids wander around, so make sure you take entertainment with you as well, as there's no point paying all of this money for a decadent high tea if you have to scoff it down quickly because your kids are causing grief to other diners.
Unlike some hotels, the Hydro Majestic produce a High Tea stand just for little people. The Children's High tea includes pikelets with jam and cream, assorted soldier sandwiches, and a selection of sweet treats. The pikelets were a big hit, as were the sweets (on this occasion they were macarons in the shape of a lady bug, petite honey joys, chocolate mousse and a caramel slice). What didn't go down so well were the soldier sandwiches, as quite a few of them had marmalade as a filling. And as my boys don't share the same love for marmalade as Paddington Bear does, they were left uneaten. I'm thinking honey or strawberry jam may have been a better option.
The Children's High Tea costs $35.00 and includes a tea or hot choclate. Just to let you know, we asked for a soft drink instead of the hot drink for the boys, and we were charged for it on top of the $35.00 price tag!
There are 4 different High Tea choices for adults (and they also can provide a gluten free option):
Our High Tea stand was both decadent and delicious. The scones were perfectly baked (although a tad more cream would have been appreciated), the sandwiches were fresh and very tasty, and the warm savoury items were full of flavour. The top layer was my favourite, as there were tiny lemon meringue tarts and choux pastries, a rich chocolate slice and the creamy chocolate mousse topped with fairy floss and cream was just heavenly.
After our High Tea experience, we had a wander around the grounds of the Hydro Majestic - the views are spectacular, and we also discovered a charming gift shop as well. The Boiler House Cafe is also on site, and it looks like a good place to take kids too for a casual lunch. If you are lucky enough to be staying at the Hydro Majestic, they do provide children's meals in the Wintergarden of an evening ($30.00 for 2 courses).
So tell me parents, do you do posh with the kids? If so, where do you go?
Great Western Highway, Medlowbath NSW
02 4782 6885
Mon - Fri: 11am - 3pm
Sat-Sun: 10.30am - 3pm
My maiden name is Daley, so when I discovered that a new cafe called Daleys Kitchen had swung open its doors in a place called Daleys Point on the Central Coast, it was a given that it had to be Little Munched, and quick smart!
You will find Daleys Kitchen on busy Empire Bay Drive. It is in the same complex as a child care centre, so your bug eyed little ones will probably notice the big coloured pencils that are scattered around the car park, as well as the playground that is attached to the child care centre (this is not available to play in).
There is loads of parking right outside of Daleys Kitchen, and pram access is very easy via the verandah. Whether you choose to sit inside or out, there will space to park your pram next to your table too. And if you need a high chair for the little people in your life, they are available inside, as is some colouring in to keep little hands occupied. The toilet facilites are located outside of the cafe - you just need to ask a member of staff for the key.
If you choose to sit out on the verandah at Daleys Kitchen, you will have views over the water (Brisbane Water) to St Huberts Island. On a sunny day this would be perfect, but if the weather is bleak it may be a better option to get nice and toasty inside.
You order and pay at the front counter at Daleys Kitchen. The staff are really friendly and helpful - it's good old fashioned service here, that's for sure. And they welcome kids with open arms too. Not only do they provide colouring in to keep them occupied, but they also serve up some delightful baked goodies specifically for little people (eg. those cute little tea cup biscuits), as well as providing a really good kids menu.
Items include toast with their favourite spread, freshky baked muffins, plain sandwiches as well as an awesome sounding kids Tasting Plate of the Day ($7.50). There could be anything from fresh fruit, to carrot and celery sticks, grilled chicken, ham or cheese on the plate. It comes with toast fingers and a little pot of dip. As we dined at breakfast time we didn't sample this plate, however the below photo from Daleys Kitchen FB page shows it in all its glory, along with one of their very cute babycinos!
They brew a very good flat white at Daleys Kitchen. I'm not sure what beans they use but the coffee was smooth, yet strong (just the way I like it). The coffee (or one of their organic loose leaf teas) would go perfectly with one of their home made sweet treats (crispy caramel slice, carrot cake, brownies and more) that line the cake cabinet.
It was a bit too early to gobble down a sweet treat when we dined, so instead we opted for the breakfast menu. You can fill your belly with everything from a traditional Country Breakfast to Zucchini Fritters served with smoked salmon. The good old bacon and eggs is a very generous serve, as was the mushrooms on toast. I'm going through a mushroom phase at the moment, so I had to order Daleys Kitchen's pan fired mushrooms which were tossed in garlic butter and served on soy and linseed sourdough toast with baby spinach. They were seriously good, and it's lucky the husband is quite partial to me, as I had a good dose of garlic breath for the rest of the day!
At lunch time, the menu covers your cafe basics - toasted sandwiches, beef burger, wraps, fish & chips, BLT, caesar salad etc. and the most expensive item is $18.00, so your hip pocket won't be damaged too much. And I'm presuming the portion sizes will be just as generous as they are at breakfast so the value for money is excellent.
Daleys Kitchen is a great spot to stop in for a bite to eat if you are visiting the southern part of the Central Coast, or if you travelling a bit further north. It's over an hours drive from Sydney (depending where you live) so drop on by for some good ol' Daley hospitality!
30 Empire Bay Dr, Daleys Point NSW
0478 617 599
Mon - Fri: 6am - 3pm
Sat: 7am - 3pm
Sun: 8am - 12pm
A simple kids menu that doubles as an activity sheet can be a game changer when dining out with kids. Most of the time I have a bag of tricks inside my tote to keep the boys occupied when we are out and about, but occasionally I forget to pack it like I did recently when we went off bush walking in the Blue Mountains (the tote was swapped for a backpack and the activity pack got left behind).
After our hike we stopped in at The Bunker in the lovely mountains village of Springwood for a spot of breakfast. The boys were pooped after their big walk and I realised as soon as we sat down that I forgot my busy bag for them, but I shouldn't have fretted because as soon as our backsides had hit our seats, an activity sheet was immediately in front of the boys complete with a cup of crayons! There are actually two different activity sheets - one has puzzles on it and the other has pieces of fruit on it that can be coloured in. And the kids activities at The Bunker don't stop there, as I've also seen on the Bunker's FB page that inside they have a Ipad station inside the cafe! We were sitting outside and there was no way I was going to let my electronic obsessed sons inside to check it out...especially after we had just had such a successful morning outdoors in Mother Nature.
With the boys happily occupied we ordered our coffee and food. They serve Morgans Coffee at The Bunker and golly gosh it makes a sublime brew. The beans are roasted just down the highway in Emu Plains and I wish that we would see more of it served in the city. The boys had kid size milkshakes ($4.50) that came in kid friendly disposable cups - they also offer kids size versions of smoothies, hot chocolates, lemonade, orange & apple juice too.
To be honest, we did wait quite a while for our meals to arrive (40mins +) which is not ideal when dining out with kids and why we normally have breakfast early on weekends and not in the peak time of 9am. If there are any first time parents reading this I thoroughly recommend that you dine out with kids at breakfast time bright and early! Firstly you are mostly guaranteed a table; the staff should be full of energy and not frazzled by a full cafe; the kitchen normally can pump out meals quickly; and lastly there shouldn't be too many of those diners around who perhaps don't like little humans.
Luckily when the food finally arrived it was delicious - the kid's fruit & yoghurt came in a big bowls and they could have easily shared one; and our breaky bruschetta ($15.50) with its mashed avo, tomato salsa, fetta, balsamic & a poached egg was an excellent size serve and perfect to fill our hungry bellies. The breakfast menu ranges in price from $5.50 - $19.50 and includes all of your cafe favourites. At lunch time you can have a steak sandwich, chicken snitty with slaw, lemon pepper squid, soup of the day, a chicken breast wrap, a BLAT, prawn pappardelle or a yummy sounding salad and once again the most expensive item is $19.50.
The Bunker is also open for dinner from 5.00pm so you can enjoy a nice early dinner there too. On the menu for kidlets is macaroni & cheese, sausage & vegies, fish & chips, or chicken & chips and all of these meals cost $11.00. The big peoples menu averages around $30.00 and they have really delicious sounding options for both herbivores and carnivores. They are also fully licensed so you can have a sneaky wine or two to help you get through the experience of dining out with kids during the witching hour!
There are quite a few car parks around Springwood as well as some street parking available. Access into The Bunker is really easy with your pram and if you are dining with friends who also have prams it may be wise to ring ahead and make a booking and let them know. They also have high chairs available and the toilets are located inside the cafe. And for something fun why don't you catch the train up! The Springwood station is just down the road from The Bunker.
After your meal, make sure you have a wander around the quaint village of Springwood. There are some lovely shops, a cute old church and a little enclosed playground is across the road and down a bit from The Bunker too. If you really want to tire out your kids you can take them on a bush walk - we did the Fairy Dell to Lawson's Lookout before breakfast and it was a great hour long family bushwalk suitable for kids 4 years plus - please note the walk is not pram friendly, however you could carry them on your back if you were feeling energetic!
Do you eat out early with your Little Munchers? Or do you brave the late morning brunch crowd?
150 Macquarie Rd, Springwood NSW
Mon - Tue: closed
Wed - Sun: 7am - late
So I'm just a wee bit envious of the residents of Glenbrook. This is my kind of place to live. The suburb is located in the lower Blue Mountains, it's full of gorgeous old homes with very pretty gardens, it has loads of lovely shops, an amazing kids playground, a cinema and most importantly some seriously fabulous cafes. We have already reviewed the very child friendly Cafe 2773, and it now has a neighbour called Vincent. And let me tell you dear readers he is very fine place to eat with your family.
My research tells me that Vincent is named after another of its neighbours - the St Vincent de Paul Op Shop! In between Vincent and Vinnies is Little Knick Knacks - a fabulous kids toy and clothing store. If you sit outside at Vincent, your kids can stare longingly in the window of Little Knick Knacks, working out what you may or may not buy them after you have finished your meal. If you have kids and or a pram, I definitely do recommend sitting outside as their is plenty of room to park your prams as well as space for kids to wander around. There is also a grassy area out the back where children can have a little trot and this is where you will find the toilet facilities. The outside area is also an ideal spot to meet up with your mothers group for a coffee and treat, as there are long trestle tables where you can all sit together.
I really like the set up of Vincent. Inside the cafe the tables are for smaller groups and the outside tables are for larger numbers of people. They also have a takeaway coffee window outside which eliminates those pesky lines of the takeaway crowd which get in the way of staff and sit down customers. And the queue for takeaway coffee can get long as the coffee at Vincent is brilliant! They use Genovese beans and their brews warm the cockles perfectly on a brisk Mountain morning.
We dined at Vincent at breakfast time on a weekend. Whilst there isn't a kids menu there are choices on the main menu that kidlets will love to eat such as the freshly baked pastries and home made banana bread. If you pop inside there is a table at the front of the cafe that will have all of that morning's freshly baked goodies on it. The boys chose a pain au chocolat and a raisin snail. They were both amazing (yes I had a little nibble of each). I've been to a few establishments of late where they serve up day old pastries/muffins to kids hoping that they will not notice, however these delights had most definitely been plucked straight out of the oven.
The husband went with the special of the day, and to be totally honest I've forgotten what it was called. There were two perfectly poached eggs, spicy chorizo rounds, crispy baby potatoes and fresh herbs served with a piece of crunchy toasted sourdough and real butter.
My Tunisian Eggs ($19) didn't photograph particularly well, but please do not let that put you off from ordering them! They were divine. The pretty blue and white china bowl was full of poached eggs, shakshukka, crumbly fetta and fresh herbs. This was served with toast and it is the perfect breakfast to warm up on a chilly Mountain's morning.
After your meal at Vincent you will have to pop into Little Knick Knacks for a squizz and of course if money is a bit tight you can also pop into Vinnies as well to see if they have any pre-loved toys that might satisfy your nagging kids. Not too far away is the pretty cool Glenbrook playground - make sure you grab yourself a takeaway from Vincent although as the kids will spend ages navigating all the equipment!
What's your favourite Blue Mountains suburb Little Munchers? Are they as fabulous as Glenbrook??
PS....I just saw on Vincent's FB page that all school kids can drop in for a $2.50 coffee after 3pm!
25 Ross St, Glenbrook NSW 2773
Mon - Sun 7.30am - 4.00pm
On big event days such as Father's Day, I sometimes think it is best to avoid eating out, as cafes, restaurants etc. normally put their prices up. They are also full to the brim with customers which can result in poor service if the venue is not organised. So it was with some trepidation that I booked breakfast on Father's Day at Sassafras Creek for our little family. Compounding my trepidation was the fact that new management had only recently taken over the cafe. I really shouldn't have been worried although, because we had the most wonderful experience at Sassafras Creek and I'm going to tell you all about it.
Our reservation was for 9am and we arrived bang on time. The only "wobbly" moment we had was when the happy young chap who greeted us couldn't find our reservation on his list, luckily I have owl like eyes and I spotted our reservation over his shoulder, purely by my mobile number, as the person who took my booking over the phone had written my name down incorrectly - I don't think he was going to let us in otherwise. With the wobble sorted out we were shown to our table right in the middle of the lovely dining room.
Sassafras Creek is not only a cafe, but also an exhibition space for local artists as well as a food and design store (more on that later). It has scenic views over the local area and you can even sit out on the deck and soak up the vista, which would be perfect on a warm day. On chilly days the best place is inside as there is open fire burning that makes everything toasty. The cafe is very pram friendly - no steps and there is enough room at your table to park it. The cafe has quite an upmarket feel to it and more often than not, these are the type of places that don't like kids, but there was none of that sort of pretentious attitude at Sassafras Creek.
As soon as we were seated, our drinks order was taken and they were delivered in record time. They serve the cutest babycino at Sassafras (and I do believe it is free!) - anything with sprinkles on it looks better in my opinion. For grown ups they serve a very decent brew of Vittoria coffee. If you are dining later in the day they are fully licensed so you can enjoy a sneaky glass of vino or two.
Sassafras Creek didn't put their prices up on Dad's day and they didn't offer a limited menu, as most other places seem to do - it was all systems go on their regular menu. At breakfast time they don't have a dedicated kids menu but you will find one if you go there for lunch. For breakfast we ordered the boys "Making Banana Pancakes" which came with caramel sauce and cream, and we just halved it. The dish came as 4 medium size pancakes so it was easy enough to divvy up between the two of them and the caramel sauce was decadently divine. There are other options such as toast, scrambled eggs, and freshly baked goodies that kidlets can easily eat if your babes aren't pancake eaters. If you are dining at lunch time there are two options for kids which are to be honest, on the expensive side - Cheese Burger & Chips ($14.90) and Chicken, Cheese & Avo sandwich ($13.50).
For breakfast the menu is reasonably priced for what you are served - the Chef's Breakfast ($19) was a big plate full of eggs, bacon, lamb & rosemary sausage, tomato, mushrooms and rosemary potatoes on toasted sourdough - the perfect Father's Day breakfast for any DAD! I went for the Farmer's Fried Breakfast ($13) which was a mixed herb omelette with fetta and crispy & spicy chorizo on top which came with some toasted sourdough as well. The food was delicious and thankfully served quickly as my boys were very restless throughout the meal.
There aren't any activities for kidlets at Sassafras and I deliberately didn't pack any colouring in as I wanted to attempt a family meal where we all chatted away happily........that was a wee bit naive of me as my boys are still too young to sit still for any length of time. So luckily service was so prompt as we only heard "I'm bored" only a handful of times before we could put the boys out of their misery and leave in search of a playground. Just in case you need one too, the closest playground is across the road and up a bit, in Memorial Park, just ask the staff to point in you in the right direction.
If you need to use the toilet facilities they are just at the entrance to the gorgeous inhouse Kurrajong Food Store. The loo is huge and can easily fit a pram in it but there isn't a baby change table. If you can ditch the kids and the other half make sure you to take a peek around the store as it is full of lovely gifts, books, cards, candles and all things fabulously foodie.
Sassafras Creek is the ideal spot for any special occasion, or if you just prefer a nice spot for a fancy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Kurrajong Village is delightfully quaint and about an hours drive from the centre of Sydney, so it makes for the perfect day trip. Go forth and enjoy Little Munchers x
83 Old Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Village NSW 2758
Mon - Thu: 9am - 4pm; Fri - Sun: 9am - 5pm;
dinner Fri & Sat from 6.00pm
There is a big trend in the Sydney cafe scene not to take reservations for tables. This really irks some people and to be honest, when you have the courage to dine out with children you want to be able to walk straight in to a cafe and sit down with your tribe - kids aren't good at hanging around. So I tend to avoid places that don't take reservations, especially at lunch time. However I threw that tendency out of the window last Sunday and rocked up to 2773 at Glenbrook in the Lower Blue Mountains. I had heard about how darn kid friendly this place was so I dragged my 3 boys along on a Sunday drive.
2773 is located in and old house in the gorgeous village of Glenbrook. It used to be MASH cafe which was a favourite pit stop of ours whenever we were heading over the mountains. I was saddened last year when MASH closed down but now I am so excited that it has been taken over and transformed into the fabulous 2773. The new owners have given the house a facelift, ironed out some wrinkles and have made the most of the large outdoor area - they even have an awesome outdoor pizza oven complete with a Heston Blumenthal lookalike chef!
We had arrived just before midday and we could see that the cafe was full to the brim and that there was a small queue. Determined to get a table I hunted down a young lass with a clipboard and gave her my name and said we needed a table for 4. Thinking we were going to be in for a long wait I went and ordered takeaway coffees for myself and the husband. Meanwhile the little bulls had scampered off down to the backyard as they had sniffed out some fun.
The little bulls had sniffed out some very cute mini pigs and fluffy white chooks. Daphne and Morris were the very sleepy pigs, and you can see the names of the chooks above in their hen house. The animals are secure in large enclosures and in between the enclosures is a vegie patch - all so very River Cottage. The livestock didn't hold the attention of the boys for very long and they then scampered off up into the cubby house (yep this place is very child friendly!). Meanwhile we stretched out in the sunshine and sipped our coffees whilst watching the queue for a table lengthen. Just to let you know there are blankets available and you can have a picnic on the front lawn if you don't want to wait for a table. On a sunny Sunday afternoon this would be perfect as some local musicians belt out some tunes right in front of Heston and his pizza oven.
As the queue was growing so was my concern as to how the clipboard lass would remember who we were. I needn't have worried as she was totally in control of the situation and just as the boys wandered out of the cubby house she came over to me and said "Rebecca your table is ready." I think we had waited a maximum of 15 minutes. We were shown to a table inside the house. A table outside would have been better so that the boys could have run around a bit, but I was happy that we could check out the cosy interior.
The interior of 2773 is dominated by a large mural depicting the Blue Mountains railway line. There also is an open fire so on a cold winters day it would be bliss sitting in here. Upon being seated our drinks orders were taken and we had a peek at the menus and in a flash our drinks appeared. Service was very switched on the whole time. The funky young staff were decked out in butcher's aprons and let me tell you they were working their little butts off last Sunday.
With the outside being so kid friendly it makes sense that 2773 offers some great kids meals. There are options for both breakfast and lunch. All kids meals are $10.00 except for the very reasonably priced grilled cheese on toast for $3.50 and hot cakes are $9. Kids milkshakes are $3.50; freshly squeezed kids juices are $4.50; babycinos $1.60 and soft drinks are $4.50.
We didn't order from the kids menu as the smell of the pizzas coming out of the outdoor oven when we arrived hooked us. We decided to order two pizzas and share. Our choices were seafood with broccolini ($19) and tomato with mozzarella, bocconcini and basil ($17). The pizzas were a decent size and fed the four of us easily - oh and they were very yum!
Ordering the pizzas turned out to be a wise decision. As I have mentioned 2773 was chockers and I noticed that people who had been seated before us waited quite a while for their meals from the kitchen. Our pizzas were served in a flash which is what you need when you are dining with 3 ravenous males. The meals that were coming out of the kitchen did look delicious so they would be worth the wait. Most meals were accompanied by a small deep fryer basket full of sweet potato chips - I'm thinking a couple of baskets of those accompanied by a glass of vino whilst lounging on a blanket on the front lawn, listening to a few tunes, would be the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon (if only we were locals!).
When you have finished your meal make sure you take a wander around the streets of Glenbrook. There are some lovely shops and the awesome Glenbrook Park (located on Park St) is a great place for kids to burn off some energy. There is a cute train for kids to pretend to drive, climbing equipment and some good ol' boring swings. There is plenty of seating for adults and loads of green space as well.
Now I know queueing for a table isn't everyone's cup of tea. So tell me dear parents - would you queue and if so how long for?
19 Ross St Glenbrook NSW 2773
Open 7 days from 7.30am
As we all know, the Blue Mountains were hit by some devastating bush fires at the end of last year. Not only did residents lose their homes and possessions but some also lost their livelihoods and without a livelihood how can they rebuild their lives? Even though the fires are distinguished, some residents' livelihoods are still being affected through the significant decline in tourists visiting the area. We all know what sort of tourist mecca the Blue Mountains is and it saddens me to think that visitors numbers have decreased so significantly, because I think there is nothing lovelier than spending a weekend in the Mountains.
So to do our little bit to help, we decided to spend last weekend up there. We booked a night's accommodation and we were on a mission to find the best child friendly cafes in the Blue Mountains. Our favourite find was the Gingerbread House in Katoomba. Located in a beautiful old church building, the Gingerbread House is both a shop and a cafe. It is owned by Josophan's Chocolates in nearby Leura, so you will find loads of their sinful chocolates available for sale.
There is an almost magical fairytale quality about the Gingerbread House. Just like Hansel and Gretel we were lured inside the Gingerbread House, luckily we didn't encounter any old witches, just lovely young staff and a couple of very handsome tin soldiers. There are still signs of the building's religious history - stunning stained glass windows dominate the interior, shedding a beautiful kaleidoscope of coloured light over the whole inside (sadly my photo doesn't do it justice).
Once inside, we were all like children in a lolly shop. The little bulls were oohing and ahhing over all of the candy, Mr Munch fell in love with the cake counter and me, well I just loved it all! The lolly shop is in the centre of the building, surrounding that are some long communal tables and chairs complete with fresh flowers, as well as some comfy spots for couples to sit at. It's basically a Christmas fairy land (they still have a Christmas tree up!) candy canes and Christmas decorations are everywhere. A mural is painted on the walls of the Hansel and Gretel fairytale and this theme continues to the loos where the lads loo is call Hansel and the ladettes is called Gretel.
Your children will be transfixed by the lolly shop and they will want to touch everything. Lollypops in every shade of the rainbow, old fashioned sweets, little bags of chocolate and gingerbread house kits adorn the shelves. In order to drag your kiddliwinks away from the lolly shop, advise them that there is a Gingerbread cubby house outside waiting for them. The fully enclosed exterior is a brilliant spot for families, lots of tables and chairs, plenty of space for little ones to run around and of course the cubby house complete with slide.
Once you have found your possie check out the menu and then go back inside to place your order. Service is very friendly and very quick, just as it should be when eating out with children. The Gingerbread House is the perfect spot for morning or afternoon tea. They do serve soup and sandwiches for lunch, but seriously their cakes, muffins, scones and cookies are out of this world and their coffee is damn fine so that is what you need to be ordering! We munched on ginger bread cookies in the shape of cars and hearts, peanut butter fudge cookies and the most decadent chocolate brownie I think that has ever passed Mr Right's lips. The cookies and brownie all cost less than $5.00 however if you're after a slice of cake such as Milk Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting served with Ice Cream then you will be paying about $11.00 for the addition to your waistline.
Our coffee was, as I mentioned before very fine indeed. The little bulls had organic apple juice poppers - we didn't let them know about the amazing sounding creaming soda spiders, malted milkshakes and ginger-beer floats that the Gingerbread House are also famous for. There is also an ice cream bar if your little ones would prefer something chilled.
Other child friendly factors include a decent number of high chairs, loads of space for prams and loads of parking next to the enclosed outdoor area. The only negative was an absence of a baby change table in the loo. Now be warned if you can get your children out of the Gingerbread House without purchasing a sweet treat then you are a better parent than I. My baby bull ended up with a gorgeous lolly pop which he proceeded to plaster all over himself and over everything in our car.
So dear parents may I suggest that you take a little explore up to the Mountains very soon. It is such an easy day trip, or make a real weekend of it and stay somewhere overnight (we stayed at the very family friendly Fairmont Resort). The residents of the Blue Mountains will thank you for it as will your kiddliwinks and I think even your inner kid will be very grateful as well, after you have visited the Gingerbread House in Katoomba x
Cnr Lurline & Waratah Sts
Katoomba NSW 2780
02 4784 2031
I have been wanting to visit Zokoko for quite a while as it is always written up in the Good Food Guides and Good Cafe Guides (it received 1 cup last year). But I've never been in the vicinity of Emu Heights until last weekend. We were on our way to pick up some birds (chickens not emus) at Luddenham, so we decided to swing on by - actually it was kinda out of the way but it's amazing what lengths one will go to for good coffee and even better chocolate.
There's not much really at Emu Heights (certainly no emus) and Zokoko is located in an industrial setting. I got quite a giggle when we pulled up in front of Zokoko and discovered that its neighbour was Contours (you know one of those lady only gyms)! So how's that for workout motivation - you do you half hour on the machines at Contours then drop in next door for a coffee....and a sweet morsel.....or is that just something that I would do?
Anyway Zokoko is seriously the home of expensive Goddess chocolate. It's that chocolate which makes you think twice about eating Cadbury ever again...but then you realise that your budget probably cannot sustain Goddess chocolate for too long. An 85g bar costs $10.00. Luckily their coffee and sweet bakes are affordable.
Zokoko's coffee comes in the loveliest of cups for adults and their babycinos ($1) are served in takeaway coffee cups.
There isn't a menu, this is just a place where you go for coffee & cake or coffee & chocolate - just what this Goddess needs, except she had her little bulls along for the explore and of course they need satiating!
These gorgeous little bears cost $3.50 and were divine! Luckily for me the chocolate was a little bit too rich for my boys so I got to finish them.
There is plenty of room for prams and they have a basket of very interesting kids books to keep your little ones occupied whilst you muster your inner Goddess. You can also watch the process of chocolate being created as the cafe also doubles as a factory (hence its industrial location).
Now here's a naughty thought - Contours always have a free 5 day trial (I know I attempted it once) so you could go and do a work out (for free) and then go and indulge (without guilt) your inner Goddess with some divine coffee and chocolate next door at Zokoko x
84 Old Bathurst Rd Emu Heights NSW 2750