I received an email from a lovely read a couple of weeks ago advising me of a new cafe that had opened up in Newington. She thought the Lemon Tree Cafe was such a gem and she wanted to share it with other Mums in the community. And I totally agree with her - I have visited the cafe twice in the last couple of weeks and it most definitely a lovely child friendly cafe.
Lemon Tree Cafe is located in the Newington Village Marketplace, if you're not from this part of Sydney, it is near Sydney Olympic Park. There is a large car park servicing the village and by chance on our first visit we parked directly outside the Lemon Tree Cafe. It was a very wet day and when we arrived at the cafe for brunch, it was quite empty. The interior of the cafe is on the smallish side and at first I was a bit bewildered as to why my lovely informant thought the cafe was so child friendly. After I had a coffee and some caffeine had kick started my brain, I realised that there was a large outdoor area behind the cafe. I took a peek through the back door and there I saw a spacious court yard complete with toys and lemon trees! But alas on a rainy day you cannot sit out there as it is exposed to the elements.
Luckily the boys had not seen the toys so they were none the wiser and just sat and ate their toasted ham and cheese sandwich. The Lemon Tree Cafe has a small kids menu for $8 a meal. The three items include a ham and cheese toastie with a side of chips, grilled chicken or nuggets with salad and chips as well as pasta with your choice of 3 sauces. Luckily I only ordered one toastie for the boys to share, as it was huge. The adults menu is very reasonably priced - I ordered corn fritters with bacon and roast tomato for $10! This meal normally sets you back at least $16 in other cafes around Sydney. The corn fritters were not your typical round discs but instead they were more like croquettes - it doesn't really matter what they looked like because they tasted delicious. Mr Munch's eggs benny was also excellent value for $12.00.
The coffee was good, very good and it came with a wee piece of chocolate brownie - I so love these little touches in cafes. Anyway because the coffee was so good and because I wanted to check out the outdoor area, I found myself there again in two days time when the sun was shining. This time it was only me and my youngest road testing the Lemon Tree Cafe.
When we arrived we placed our morning tea order at the front counter and then headed straight out the back to the courtyard area. I found a lovely spot right next to a lemon tree and my babe headed straight over to the toys and brought his favourites to the table to play with. This courtyard is the sort of place you could sit in for ages and soak up the winter sun. It is also very fragrant, besides the lemon trees there are pots and pots of herbs and lavender everywhere. You will also find a water station out here with fresh fruit in the water dispenser - once again the little touches.
Our morning tea was delivered promptly. A sweet little babycino complete with the wee bit of brownie and tiny marshmallows came for my boy and it is absolutely FREE, coffee for me and a slice of decadent chocolate cake to share. We spent ages enjoying our morning tea and it was oh so quiet the whole time, only one other table was occupied. I'm thinking this would be an awesome place for Mother's group to meet up - the food and coffee is so good and so reasonably priced and the outdoor is reasonably secure so your little ones can't really scamper off.
Now if your kidlets do indeed need to scamper for a bit, after you have finished at the Lemon Tree Cafe there is an excellent playground not too far away. The Pierre de Coubertin Park is within very easy walking distance. Beside having lots of space to run around you will also find climbing equipment, swings, whirly gigs and one very cool bike rack! Just in case you didn't know, Pierre is considered the father of the modern day Olympics as he founded the International Olympic Committee.
So there you have it, yet another fabulously child friendly cafe in Sydney and a very big THANK YOU to Leyla for letting me and therefore all of the Little Munch community know about the Lemon Tree Cafe x
Shop 2 Avenue of Europe, Newington NSW
02 8283 0092
Open 7 days for breakfast & lunch