Well hello St Malo Bakery, weren't you a pleasant child friendly surprise!
Willoughby Road in Crows Nest is a foodies delight. Cafe after restaurant after bakery are all dotted along this busy little part of Sydney. On weekends they are packed with families all enjoying the buzzy village feel. Each eatery has their own dedicated pavement seating area that has been lovingly landscaped. We were in the area on a cold Sunday afternoon and craving something sweet. St Malo Bakery immediately caught our eye - the French bistro chairs and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, as well as some delectable looking sweets treats, had us all smitten.
As we had arrived a little before closing time the pastry cabinet wasn't as full as it would have been in the morning but there were still quite a few delights for us to choose from. We placed our order at the counter and then had to decide where to sit. I wandered down the back where I could see an enclosed courtyard type of area. Probably due to the fact that we were there close to closing time, this area was all packed up, which is such a shame as there was a toy area for kids to play in! This area also overlooks the actual bakery which would be an awesome place to sit and perv at the bakers doing their thing.
There is other seating down here between the front counter and the courtyard, but I decided against parking my derrière on a seat as I was given the evil eye by two mature ladies clutching at their pearls - no doubt because I had the little bulls in tow. So I decided not to interrupt their afternoon tea and herded my babes out to the pavement where we sat Parisian style.
As we sat and waited for our morsels, it struck me how many people in Crows Nest have kids and dogs. Clearly it is the thing to do in this part of Sydney to take an afternoon stroll with your children and fur child - all so very Parisian if I do say so. I think for a brief moment I was daydreaming that I was in some little lane way cafe in Paris nibbling on a brioche, but sadly was transported back to Sydney with a BANG very quickly, as I heard a bloke say "yeah mate, will meet ewes at the Crowie real soon like" as he flip flopped past in his havianas on a freezing cold winter's day. (The Crowie is the Crow's Nest Hotel and just in case any of you Mummas are a wee bit single, they have cougar nights now and then - and I know this because my friend google told me).
Any way I did indeed have a brioche to nibble on - a passionfruit and peach one to be exact. It was perfect in every way possible. As were the salted caramel and chocolate tart, chocolate brownie and double chocolate and cherry muffin! The only complaint I received from my children was that there was yukky green stuff on top of their treats (pistachios crumbs). Mon Dieu! How dare a baker place anything that remotely resembles green vegetables on top of my children's tarts....
St Malo serves more than these divine morsels - they have both a breakfast and lunch menu. There isn't a children's menu but you won't have any difficulty finding something for your kiddliwinks to munch on (eg toast, ham and cheese croissants, bacon and cheese scrolls, sandwiches etc). Good luck however getting them to eat something other than one of the sweet treats from the front glass cabinet, which is exactly at their eye level!
Now for you dear parents, if you prefer something a bit more substantial then why not try one of St Malo's quiches, frittatas, salads or sourdough sandwiches. They also have daily specials that sound oh so tempting. At breakfast time they serve all sorts of delicious toppings atop their famous sourdough as well as pancakes, breakfast trifles and most other usual breakfasting options.
To accompany our afternoon tea we had perfectly brewed flat whites. The creamy coffee hit the spot and as for the little bulls, they were too busy flicking off the green bits from the top of their sweet treats to notice that we hadn't bought them a drink. Anyway, they only needed table water in the end, to wash down their super rich afternoon tea.
It was such a lovely surprise to find how child friendly St Malo Bakery was - they even have a baby change table in their loo. There were high chairs as well and plenty of room to manoeuvre and park a pram. If you don't live in the area and have to drive instead of stroll to St Malo, the best place to park is in a side street and walk up, as Willoughby Rd is quite busy, even on a Sunday afternoon.
As we bid St Malo Bakey a fond adieu, we continued our stroll down Willoughby Road taking note of all of the other kid friendly cafes, so I dare say we will back to give them the Little Munch stamp of approval......I just need to borrow a fur child from somewhere x
83 Willoughby Rd
Crows Nest NSW 2065
02 9906 6256
7 days 7.00am - 3.30pm