I think nearly every nursery that I have been to has a kid friendly cafe attached to it, and the Flower Power in Warriewood has a delightful one called the Sanctuary Cafe. This hidden gem of a cafe, is located within the grounds of the pretty nursery and offers excellent Campos coffee, delicious food, brilliant service and an enclosed playground to keep the kidlets safe and occupied!
As soon as we arrived at Flower Power and parked the family planner in their spacious car park, the boys (with their CSI vision turned on) spotted the playground. So as we walked into the cafe the boys scampered off and let themselves into the fully fenced playground while we took a seat in the al fresco seating area. From our table (and also from quite a few of the outside tables in the cafe) we had a reasonable view of the boys. And if we couldn't see them, we most certainly could hear them.
The Sanctuary Cafe has a shabby chic feel to it. Being in a nursery there are loads of plants all around, including pots of herbs and gorgeous bougainvilleas that are growing through the trellis and recycled timber shutters that are overhead. I should mention here that pram access into the cafe is very easy and there is a reasonable amount of space to park your pram next to your table - they also have high chairs available. Toilet facilities can be found at the end of the cafe and the excellent accessible loo has a baby change table in it - which is brilliant, but seems to be oh so rare nowadays.
There is also indoor seating at the Sanctuary Cafe, which would be perfect if the weather is a bit foul. However I think if you have kids, you need to be outside because they will no doubt want to be hanging in the playground instead of hanging with their folks.
I didn't spy a kids menu but that doesn't really matter as there are quite a few options on the breakfast and lunch menus that I believe most kidlets would enjoy. For example the pancakes. These perfectly cooked little beauties can come plain with maple syrup (8.90); or with nutella & caramelised bananas (12.50); or with ricotta & berries (12.50). The boys shared the plain pancakes and the serve is ample enough to feed two kids. And at lunch time there are ham, cheese & tomato sandwiches as well as ham & cheese croissants available.
The breakfast menu covers all of the standard cafe dishes perfectly and has a definite fresh health element to it. Take for example our Australian organic granola that was served with yoghurt and orange, and then topped with organic chocolate buckinis (they are activated buckweat, cocoa, dried coconut, goji berry). Now it's the first time I have eaten anything that has been "activated" and the buckinis were really good! Supposedly its good for you in that it increases the level of nutrients and helps aid digestion, but lets just say I'm neither a nutritionist, nor a dietician.
At lunch time two salads feature on the menu, either a Thai or Mediterranean version and then you can add your protein of choice - smoked salmon, grilled prawns, smoked duck breast, grilled chicken or avocado. If you need something more substantial there are also a couple of burgers, fish & chips, quiche of the day available.
Now after your visit to the Sanctuary Cafe if you and the kidlets need to burn off the calories that you just absorbed, I thoroughly recommend that you go for a walk around the nearby Warriewood Wetlands. I found out about this lovely walk after reading about it on Hello Sydney Kids. On your walk you wander along both bush-like settings and boardwalks. It is an easy and flat walk, so it is ideal for all members of the family and you can even take the pram. Along your walk you will discover loads of different birds and it should take you between 30 - 60 minutes depending on how fast you all trot. As I have little gallopers, we did it in half an hour, with a few forced stops to check out the local water hens and bush turkeys. There is even another fully fenced play ground for the kids to muck around in at the start/end of the walk!
The Warriewood Wetlands are about a 5 minute drive from the Sanctuary Cafe. I recommend that you park in Katoa Close near the Katoa Reserve playground. And that way you can start and finish the walk in the one spot.....happy trotting!
20 Macpherson St, Warriewood NSW
Open 7 days 8am - 4.30pm