A lovely reader gave me the tip off about the Coffee Embassy in Northmead after she and her Mother's Group went there one morning - and it certainly is a perfect little spot for Mother's Groups to meet. I popped in with the little bulls on a Wednesday morning and the place was virtually empty except for one other table - and it shouldn't be because this is one child friendly cafe!
So why is it so child friendly? Well they serve fairy bread for a start - that will get most kiddliwinks excited and if that doesn't, how about nutella on toast with sprinkles or even nutella on banana bread??? There is also the fact they have blackboards for the kids to go crazy on with their chalk drawings and as the owners are parents themselves, they welcome kids with open arms!
The Coffee Embassy is located down a laneway, off a busy road (Kleins Rd) in a strip of shops at Northmead (it's almost like going to a laneway cafe in Melbourne). The cafe is actually in the bottom of a block of apartments - imagine waking up to the aroma of freshly made coffee every morning! Brightly painted fence pickets and long a row of bench seating with funky cafe chairs, beckon you in from the street. There is easy access for prams and plenty of space to park them.
Coffee Embassy is a bit like a hole in the wall cafe, except that they have loads of seating. Once you have taken your seat and scanned the menu you order up at the counter with the very friendly staff. The menu is small but it covers all bases perfectly for breakfast, morning tea and lunch. All the food is very reasonably priced and they do some excellent specials such as coffee with either a muffin, raisin toast or banana bread for $7.00. I believe that the "famous" Northmead Bacon & Egg Roll for 8 bucks is awesome - I'll have to take the bacon & egg roll connoisseur (Mr Right) with me next time for his verdict. All of the items on the kids corner menu are under $4.50.
The little bulls and I were at the Coffee Embassy for morning tea. Sadly the little bulls have declared that they are big boys now and therefore don't drink babycinos any more! I can report that the babycinos are $2.00 each, how fabulous they are I obviously cannot say but I can report that my coffee was perfect! My cappuccino was big, luscious and had the right punch of caffeine. It was complimented by a lovely slice of carrot cake (just love how it was served on a trendy board).
The little bulls had pop top juices and freshly made choc chips cookies (50c) and they were very happy little chaps indeed - as was their Mumma as their morning tea cost $3.00 each!
A few other little things to note - there is a big stack of magazines for parents to flick through whilst their kids are drawing; there is a loo but no baby change table, they are open 7 days and if your kiddliwinks still need some occupying after your visit to the Coffee Embassy, a hop, skip and jump across the road you will find a very decent little park complete with scooter/bike path.
Now if for some reason you cannot stop in at the Coffee Embassy next time you are in the area, the Coffee Embassy also have a coffee van on Windsor Road - so you can do drive thru coffee! Look out for the signs on the road - it is located in the car park of the Northmead Bowling Club.
Finding places like the Coffee Embassy reminds me why I started my little blog in the first place - I wanted to unearth hidden child friendly gems within our suburbs for us all to enjoy.
So dear Parents I think you should all convince your Mother's Groups, Father's Groups or whatever other groups you belong to, to head on down to the Coffee Embassy and support a small business and a gorgeous young family (look how spunky Mum and Dad are in the photo above!) x
33/1-3 Kleins Rd
02 9613 3634