I love the power of social media. It's how I keep my finger on the pulse of Sydney's child friendly cafe scene. It's how I find out about the new little suburban gems that open their doors up. And it's exactly how I found about the Little Sparrow in Old Toongabbie.
The Little Sparrow is such a sweet little cafe. The really friendly owners greet you as soon as you walk in. Mrs Sparrow broke her hand or arm in the first week of business - how's that for beginner's luck! Despite this, she is ever so cheery and still manages to bake some of the café's sweet treats! Mr Sparrow mans the coffee machine and he produces a very decent Segafredo brew.
When you arrive, say hello, take a menu, check out the front cake cabinet and then take a seat. Once you have decided what you want you go up and order and pay at the counter. The interior of the Little Sparrow is very quaint - cute vintage pictures, pretty fresh flowers, and little birdies are everywhere. A visit to the Little Sparrow is like going to visit your stylish bestie's house for morning tea, it's welcoming and homely.
The Little Sparrow really is the perfect cafe for coffee and a treat. Delicious looking muffins, biscuits, scones, tarts and brownies are in plentiful supply and all cost under $5.00. They also have breakfast and lunch items such as savoury muffins, bacon and egg tarts, sandwiches, meat pies, soup and quiches. The fare is simple yet comforting.
Whilst there isn't a dedicated kids menu there are plenty of options for your kiddliwinks to eat. Perfect for afternoon tea after school would be the cookies and milk for $5.00. Milk comes is an old fashioned small milk bottle and the kids can choose two cookies from the cookie jars on the front counter. Old fashioned milkshakes are also served in the same cute glass milk bottles. My little man had a cupcake and babycino for his morning tea when we visited and happily ate them whilst he explored the kids toys.
There is a small table and chairs down the back of the cafe which is perfect to entertain your little ones. In the shelves of the table you will find colouring pencils, toys and games - I enjoyed a very one sided game of Peppa Pig snap with my 4 yr old little man during our morning tea. There is also a packet of baby wipes - perfect if you've forgotten yours or if you are a germ nerd and want to give the toys a quick wipe down before your babes use them.
The Little Sparrow is open from a sparrow's fluff during the week at 7.00am and from 8.00am on Saturday - very family friendly indeed. You will also find high chairs, and fairly easy access for your pram. There is plenty of street parking outside the cafe.
The Little Sparrow has been open for less than a month and the cafe is providing a lovely little spot for the caffeine deprived locals to meet. I look forward to going back to the Little Sparrow to see how it evolves and to support yet another small family run business x
9-11 Picasso Crescent Old Toongabbie
Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm
Sat: 8am - 2pm