This is one quirky cafe, with one quirky name and one gorgeously quirky owner. It's a cafe that is perhaps more suited for those of you with well behaved little diners, or older kids who don't need space to run around.
The Elephant Boy Cafe is located on the main street of beautiful Bowral. It's a great pit stop for when you are travelling through to Canberra. Being on the main street means that during peak periods it may be a wee bit difficult to nab a car spot in front of the cafe. However there is a decent amount of parking in the back streets, and you can just stroll up. Now if you have a pram I suggest that you leave it in the car. There isn't much space between the tables at the Elephant Boy Cafe - so perhaps put your babe in a baby carrier to make life easier for yourself. I also didn't spy any high chairs in the cafe (they may be hidden out the back), and if you need to use the bathroom there are facilities available, but they don't contain a baby change table.
When you first walk into the cafe you will more than likely be greeted by the owner. This gorgeous diva looks as though she belongs in another era, and as you take in the surrounds of the Elephant Boy Cafe you will actually feel as though you have stepped into another era. A time when life was a bit more genteel, perhaps like it was in the Far East during colonial times. There are book shelves full of old books (that you can read whilst enjoying your meal), as well as ornaments and other bric a brac. Each table number is attached to a book too, to continue the bookish, library theme.
We visited on a Saturday morning for breakfast. Once we were seated, our lovely hostess immediately returned with children's books for the boys to read - and they were totally age appropriate and totally up their alley - perhaps she was a librarian in a former life? Anyway the boys sat happily reading whilst we waited for our hot drinks to appear. Now if you have restless souls in your tribe who perhaps don't like reading, make sure you bring along some sort of other activity for them to do - as I'm sure you would be mortified if your darling little muncher created a bit of havoc with all the knick knacks that are around.
As it was such a chilly morning in the Highlands, we ordered hot chocolates for the boys. They had a choice between your standard hot chockie, or the more delicious bowl of warm milk that comes with a spoon of hard chocolate which you melt in yourself. They chose the latter (of course) and when it arrived they were thrilled to see bugs bunny drawn on top of their milk (we visited on the Easter Long Weekend). This hot chocolate was truly divine and decadent, and more suited for older kids as it comes in a bowl - chubby little fingers won't be able to reach all the way around the sides.
And our coffees came with one very handsome elephant drawn on top too - the coffee art is certainly on point at the Elephant Boy Cafe. The coffee not only looked good but it tasted good as well. Nice and strong, just the way we like it - the perfect caffeine fix for when you are travelling.
Onto the food. There isn't a specific menu for little people, but that doesn't matter as there are quite a few options available for them to eat. Our dudes just had Vegemite toast for breakfast, whilst also picking at the bacon and eggs that we had ordered. Kidlets would also enjoy scrambled eggs, banana bread and the like at breakfast time, and at lunch time there are sandwiches which would easily fill little bellies. The lunch time menu also has delicious sounding curries, as well as burgers, fish cakes, pies and other comfort food on it. The prices aren't cheap, but you are in Bowral after all. And if you are in the mood for cake make sure you check out the delicious looking array home baked treats available on the front counter.
The Elephant Boy Cafe is not going to be suitable for all families, that's for sure. However if you like a more refined type of cafe with fabulous old fashioned service, and you have offspring who are able to sit still for a wee while, then we definitely recommend that you check out this gorgeous little spot next time you are in the Southern Highlands x
329 -331 Bong Bong Rd, Bowral
Mon - Thu: 8am - 5pm
Fri - Sun: 8am - 5.30pm