I get a massive buzz when I revisit a cafe after publishing a review to discover significant improvements to the cafe's overall "kid-friendliness" appeal, knowing that Little Munch has hopefully contributed to helping the Cafe build its reputation as a great place to eat with kids.
Little Munch first visited One Six Nine Cafe in Randwick in early 2013, so it's been a long time between coffees. This cafe was kid friendly back then, but now it is seriously kid friendly! On our first visit we had to sit inside as it was a really wet day and the boys busied themselves with colouring in provided by the cafe. On our recent visit however, the sun was shining, so we headed out the back of the cafe to the spacious courtyard. This is the best place to sit with kidlets who can't sit still. On your way out into the courtyard you will walk though a cute little kids toy area and my little mate adopted two dinosaurs from here, who stayed with us for our entire meal (breakfast).
The courtyard has loads of space for prams and can accommodate groups of people at each table - it would be a great place to hang out with a mother's group on a nice warm day. You can make a booking, so if there is a big number of you, perhaps ring ahead before you turn up just in case other mums and bubs have the same idea. Just inside from the outdoor area is a toilet which has both a baby change table and a toddler step for the wash basin - woo hoo! There are also high chairs available if you need them for your little ones.
Now if you have a pram you can enter through the front door of the cafe, but if the place is full or has some congestion with the non breeding take away coffee crowd, this could pose a problem for you. But don't worry as there is a back entrance into the cafe just around the corner in Bell Lane (off Belmore Rd) - it's right next to the Vision PT gym. This entrance takes you straight into the courtyard. Your closest parking is in either the Royal Randwick Shopping Centre's car park or in a small council operated car park on Silver St.
If you decide to sit outside, there is a little sign on the table that asks you pop into the front counter and place your order during the winter months. However at all other times the friendly staff come out and take your order. The staff are gorgeous young things who interacted really well with the boys the whole of our breakfast. Our orders came out really quickly from the kitchen which is always a bonus when dining with younger humans.
They now have an excellent little kids menu at One Six Nine Cafe, and it is so reasonably priced. 1 slice of toast with your kidlet's favourite spread is $2 or with sliced avocado it is $3; googy egg on toast (poached or scrambled) is $5; smoked salmony toast with avo is $5; a baba breakfast trifle is also $5! At lunch time there are home made sausage rolls, cheese toasties, a mini chicken wrap as well as beefy chipolatas & chippies on the menu for children and once again they are all reasonably priced. If your babe has a gluten intolerance, just let the staff know as they can can prepare most items gluten free. Another big woo hoo from me is that all of the kids cutlery and plates are plastic!
Babycinos (which used to be free and I still presume are free with any coffee purchase), kid size milkshakes, smoothies and juices are all available, and I love that they come in a disposable cup, without having to ask for it. Adults are just as well catered for in the refreshments stakes - their brew of Toby's Estate Coffee is exceptional and they also stock a decent range of Toby's Estate Teas too. Freshly squeezed juiced, ice cold frappes and smoothies are all on offer if you prefer a cooler drink.
On the adults menu at breakfast time you are spoilt for choice. Whether you prefer something light like fruit salad with muesli & yoghurt, or a full on eggs benny, there will be something to satisfy your growling belly. Coeliacs and vegetarians are also well catered for. My goats cheese and basil omelette was huge and delish and came with yummy grainy sourdough. Mr Munch's eggs & bacon was obviously delicious too, as he woofed it down before I could snap a shot of it. And just to let you know the most expensive item on the menu is $17 - there's none of those pesky $20+ breakfast items that are appearing on too many cafe menus these days (especially in my local 'hood). If you are stopping by One Six Nine Cafe at lunch time, they have an excellent range of salads, sandwiches and more substantial bites available and once again the lunch time menu is also reasonably priced.
After your sojourn at One Six Nine, you can grab a takeaway and head across the road to Alison Park. There is loads of space for kids to run around and chase the mating pigeons, as well as a very decent fully fenced playground for them to exhaust themselves in and quite a few park benches for you park yourselves on!
169 Alison Rd, Randwick NSW
02 9398 2007
Mon - Sat: 7am - 4pm
Sun: 8am - 3pm