Port Macquarie is jam packed full of great cafes but there is a delightful little stand out for me, which is to be found way out of the centre of town in the neighbourhood of Lighthouse Beach. Inside Out Espresso Bar is a cafe and homewares store located in the Lighthouse Beach shops. And the kidlets are welcome with open arms.
When we first walked into the cafe during a busy lunch hour, I was worried about how the boys would go with all of the lovely knick knacks that were around the place for sale (they have a habit of picking up everything they see). But luckily there is a tee pee in the middle of the shop full of toys that kids can sit in and play for as long as they want, or until it is time for them to eat. There isn't much space for prams inside the cafe, so I suggest you pop your bambino in a high chair if they are old enough, or sit on one of the outside tables where there is a bit more space.
With the kids occupied you can enjoy one of Inside Out's fantastic coffees. They use a blend from a local roaster - Holy Goat. You will find these beans used in many cafes through out the Mid North Coast and they make a damn fine brew. Freshly squeezed juices are another feature of the cafe and they also make drinks in kids sizes if you ask them nicely.
The menu is simple and perfectly formed at Inside Out. Whilst there isn't a specific kids menu, I'm sure you will find something for your little darlings to eat. Sandwiches feature on the menu at lunch time, and we ordered our babes a ham sandwich as well as a ham & cheese sandwich. There are some delicious toasted sandwich combinations available for adults and they all come with a beautiful fresh side salad - and hurrah, the dressing comes on the side.
If the kids are still happily occupied in the tee pee, make sure you have a browse around the shop. There are some gorgeous eclectic pieces to be found. From jewellery to clothing and homeware items, I'm sure you will end up treating yourself - everyone needs a memento from a holiday don't they?
Do you holiday in Port Macquarie Little Munchers? If so what is your favourite cafe?
46 Watonga St, Lighthouse Beach
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Mon - Sun: 8am - 4pm