I love a little neighbourhood gem! And East Ryde has a fabulous one called the Fox and Bird Cafe.
I found out about this fab little cafe after seeing a few snaps on instagram from @sweetandyummie, a chick who seems to know of every new cafe opening up in and around Sydney. I swang on by one day to check it out, and low and behold I found that not only was this cafe just so lovely, but it was also quite kid friendly!
Fox and Bird is located in the Sager Place shops in East Ryde and there is a decent amount of street parking available. Heatly Reserve is located in front of the shops and it contains a fully enclosed playground! Yay! Now if you sit on the table outside Fox and Bird, you have a good view of the playground, so if you have independent kids this is ideal. If you have little ones there is a park bench inside the playground, so you can grab takeaways from the cafe and have them in there. There is also a strip of green grass right in front of the cafe so kids can have a wee run around there - but the road is close by, so keep an eye on them.
The Fox and Bird is a smallish cafe that is prettily styled with loads of yellow tones and a semi recycled industrial feel to it. A large mural of the cafe's location features on the main wall of the cafe and on the other wall is the coffee counter/food prep area - and this is where you order and pay for your meal. There is one large communal table as well as a few smaller tables within the space. There are high chairs available and you could fit a pram in here, but it is not a large space, so don't invite all of your mothers group along to sit inside with their prams, as there definitely isn't enough room.
Kids are really well looked after in the sustenance department at Fox and Bird. Firstly, babycinos are free with any coffee purchase and they will make hot chocolates for kidlets warm and serve them in takeaway cups if you ask them nicely. Kid size milkshakes are also available for $4. Nearly everything on the menu kids will eat. From melted cheese fingers ($4) to ham & cheese croissants ($6) to fruit salad ($10) and banana bread ($5.50) - your babes won't go hungry here. There are also yummy biscuits and gingerbread men on the front counter that they can munch on for those times in between meals.
The menu at Fox and Bird is so reasonably priced! So many cafes I'm walking in to lately are charging north of $20.00 for breakfast and lunch. Yes I do understand that the price of EVERYTHING in Sydney at the moment is sky-rocketing, but it is refreshing that a neighbourhood gem is only charging $3 for raisin toast; and $8 for a bacon & egg roll; and $9 for eggs on toast. And thankfully their regular coffees are still under $4 - they are $3.50 in actual fact!
Just to let you now the weekend menu is different to the one they serve during the week. The weekday menu is fairly simple but on weekends they rock out some seriously yummy sounding brunch options - I'm thinking the Peggy Sager roll ($12) sounds like the perfect way to tackle the weekend head on - 2 poached eggs, sauteed spinach, mushrooms, aioli on Italian flat bread; or how about the sour cherry & almond loaf ($10) that comes with creamy ricotta, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of pistachios!
Oh and their coffee is simply sublime! The Fox and Bird use Locale coffee which is from south of the border and it is delicious - and I love their patriotic green and gold cups! Tea lovers will enjoy the range of T Bar loose leaf tea, and if you prefer a cool drink they make smoothies and milkshakes and stock Phoenix juices and sodas.
Now a neighbourhood gem will not survive if their staff aren't "neighbourly." We've been to the Fox and Bird a couple of times now, and each time we were treated as locals (which we aren't). The young staff are not only welcoming, but pump out the food and coffee quickly and always with a smile for both us and the boys. And that is why our little brood will no doubt visit the Fox and Bird again and again in the near future.
So Little Munchers do you have a fabulous little child friendly neighbourhood gem like the Fox and Bird, that I need to know about at??
Shop 2, 8 Sager Place, East Ryde
Mon - Sat: 7am - 2pm
Sun: 8am - 2pm