La Perouse is about as far east as you can go in this beautiful city of ours and it is a great place to explore with the kids. There is a museum, historical buildings, beautiful beaches (Frenchmans Bay is the best, the other beach, Little Coowong may have a few nudie rudies showing their bits and bobs off!) great walks, lovely views over Botany Bay and Lapa (as it's known to the locals) is also home to the Mission Impossible Bare Island. If you're not an Eastern suburbs local, to get to La Perouse, you basically drive to the very end of Anzac Parade. Once there, park the car, get out and use your legs to do the exploring.
After your explore of the environs of La Perouse you will need refreshments and the best place to get these are at the very child friendly Driftwood on the bay. You have the option of sitting inside or out at Driftwood. Outside has more room for your prams and great views but inside is where the toys are at. When you walk in the door turn left and in the far back corner near the drinks fridge you will find a bucket of toys and a table of kids books - just look for all of the kids art on the wall. We were lucky enough to snag a table down near here so our boys spent their entire meal road testing every single flippin toy in the box!
When you sit down you will see the large blackboard menu on the wall. Driftwood is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and you order and pay at the counter. They serve a decent Allpress coffee and the standard babycino. There are some seriously yummy looking baked treats that are made in-house on the front counter and they have some tasty sounding daily specials. The day we were at Driftwood you could have buttermilk pancakes with either berries or nutella for ten bucks! Some other items on the brekkie menu include omelettes, eggs benny, slow cooked boston beans and the 2036 big breakfast with absolutely everything for $22.00.
We dined at lunch time and the modern Italian/Australian menu covered all of our favourites for seaside dining. Fish and chips, fish burgers, pesto prawn pasta, calamari risotto and spaghetti marinara to name but a few. Prices range from $12 for a burger up to about $25 for seafood pasta. They don't have a kids menu but they are more than happy to do "half" a meal for kids. We just ordered our boys fish and chips and they shared it easily. The fish and awesome chips as well as our burgers were delicious and were very generously sized. Just be aware that you order your fries as a side ($3.50) - they don't come with your burger.
The fit out of Driftwood is quite industrial, think concrete, exposed light bulbs and subway tiling. There are large nutella bottles hanging from the ceiling - I wonder if they know there is a worldwide shortage looming, they potentially have a little gold mine on their roof! Just to let you know when the inside of the cafe is full it could be a bit tricky to manoeuvre your pram around as I noticed on the day we dined, a few parents struggling, so maybe leave the pram in the car (there are high chairs) or take a seat outside.
When we were at Driftwood it was seriously busy, but the coffee and meals were pumped out quickly. Service was brisk but attentive, the boys were given a big farewell as we left by the friendly the owner - you can tell they like their littlest customers at Driftwood. That was also obvious with the number of families (big and small) dining.
So next time you are in Lapa Little Munchers go for a little explore, avoid the nudie rudie beach and refresh yourself at Driftwood on the bay, it makes for such a nice morning or afternoon outing x
1/1599 Anzac Parade, La Perouse NSW
Open tue - sun: 7.30am - 9.30pm