Well we've hit the jackpot with the discovery of Tama Cafe in Glamarama! This cafe is located in a park smack bang on the beach in Tamarama and make sure you pack the sunscreen and hats because it will be very difficult to drag your kidlets away from here, and probably yourself as well.
Tamarama is known as the beach were glamorous people go to sun bake as it is not overrun with tourists like it's neighbours Bondi & Coogee are. It's a small perfectly formed beach that doesn't actually have great swimming conditions for kids, but it does have beautiful clean sand that is perfect for digging in or playing some beach cricket on or even having a game of volleyball. And the boys and girls in "yellow and red" are there patrolling the beach just in case. Tamarama is also mid way along the stunning Bondi to Coogee Walk, so if you decide to do the walk with your kidlets, the Tama Cafe is a perfect pit stop to refuel the body.
The Tama Cafe is sheltered by a rock face on the southern side of Tamarama Beach. All of the seating is outside, so obviously this is a fine weather cafe. Market umbrellas provide some protection from the sun and if you've been a bit forgetful you can always purchase a hat from the stand outside the cafe. You order and pay at the counter, take a number and grab a seat with the best view. There is plenty of room for prams and if you need toilets for your yourself or your kidlets they are housed in the same building as they cafe but up the other end. There is a family/disabled loo that has a baby change table and shower in it.
We ordered our meals and coffee with the spunky South American server who had a wee bit of trouble understanding my Australian drawl which was quite amusing. He ended up calling in an interpreter who I believe may have been the owner and our order was processed successfully. We were told to help ourselves to table water around the corner and take a seat and our coffees and meals arrived with ten minutes. The service was friendly and efficient and the lovely waitress who bought out our food made a huge fuss over the boys.
Now whilst you are enjoying your brew your kidlets can do a couple of things, they can play on the beach and try and steal the volleyballers balls, they can play on the grass in front of the cafe (the playground is a bit too far away to play safely by themselves up there) or they can put on a performance on the rock ledge behind the seating area of the cafe, just like our boys did. Your kids will love scrambling up here and strutting their stuff!
The menu is quite healthy at the Tama Cafe. This is not your typical seaside kiosk that serves up fish and chips, just fresh and delicious sandwiches, salads and burgers. Whilst there isn't a specific kids menu we found quite a few options that the boys could eat, like a toasted double smoked ham and provolone cheese sandwiches, banana bread, toasted fruit bread, turkey and cranberry sandwiches etc. There are also loads of jars of cookies on the front counter as well as Emma & Tom's health bars, pythons, ice creams, packets of chips, smoothies, milkshakes and freshly squeezed juices for your little ones to indulge in.
For lunch we had the double smoked ham and salad sandwich with pickles served on soy and linseed bread ($10.50) as well as the Tama Chicken Burger ($12.50). The chicken breast in the burger had been marinated in lemon and garlic and came with roasted capsicum, rocket, tomato and a lime mayo, which was a very tasty combination. Some other menu items at lunch time are a smoked salmon bagel, a haloumi salad or tomato and basil bruschetta. The breakfast menu is simple and includes bacon and egg rolls, BLATS, granola and toasts. Make sure you order one of their coffees as they are expertly brewed.
After lunch we road tested the playground. The shaded area is set well back from the beach and has quite a few picnic shelters close by which are very popular for birthday parties. I suggest you grab a take away coffee from the Tama cafe and sit enjoy the view from one of the benches around the playground whilst your kidlets do their thing. After a couple of long lazy hours at Glamarama we headed back to the car totally relaxed and in love with this beautiful spot. In regards to parking, it's all on the street level, except for two disabled spots down near the beach. We didn't have a problem scoring a spot in the street but during the peak of summer you may have to find a side street to park in.
To me the best child friendly cafe is one where I can sit and enjoy my brew and meal in peace without my kidlets annoying me because they are bored, hungry or thirsty. And that is exactly what happened when we dined at the Tama Cafe. The boys hoovered down their lunch and then they were off prancing around on the rock ledge and seeing if they could dig through the sand to China. Mr Munch and I sat back and relaxed, taking in the beautiful surrounds of Glamarama and after knowing Mr Munch for 10 years I've only just discovered that he enjoys watching a game of beach volleyball - I wonder why!?
So tell me Little Munchers where is your favourite beachside cafe?
Pacific Drive, Tamarama NSW 2026
Open 7 days: 9am - 5.30pm