I was compiling a list of Little Munch's favourite cafes in the Hornsby Shire recently, when I realised that I had a couple of glaring omissions - one of them being The Local Collective Cafe in Galston. This cool new cafe had opened its doors earlier in 2016, and we hadn't been out to give it the Little Munch once over. Well that has now been rectified, and because it is just a wee bit fabulous, we have Little Munched it on more than one occasion.
You'll find The Local Collective on the outside of the Galston Shopping Village. There is loads of parking available in the underground carpark of the centre. When you walk up to the cafe, the first thing you (actually your kidlets) will notice, is the big blackboard on the outside wall of the cafe. This is perfect to keep older kids occupied whilst you enjoy your coffee indoors. However if you have small little munchers in your life, than you may need to order take aways and enjoy the sun on the grassy square whilst your kids scribble away.
The interior of the Local Collective is Scandanavian cool - simple yet sophisticated. There are tables of various sizes so it's perfect for a gossip and a coffee with a girlfriend, or a full on family brunch. Access into The Local Collective is easy with a pram and there is a decent amount of space to park it next to your table. Or there are also high chairs to put your babes in as well. Before you get too comfortable, grab some colouring in from the shelves along the side of the cafe to keep your kids occupied. Then check out the menu before you head up to order and pay at the front counter.
Our little people have their very own little menu at the Local Collective, and we highly recommend the sweet looking milkshake ($4) that comes with Persian fairy floss on top! And to fill their bellies, little ones can indulge in a Bacon & Egg Roll ($8.50), Ham & Cheese Toastie on sourdough ($7.50), Nutella on Pita Bread ($6.50), or a Cheeseburger & Fries ($10.50). And if you have children who always want to make life a wee bit difficult and want to order a cheeseburger without cheese, that can be done too (my darling little pains in the you know where, eat cheese but only if it ain't melted!).
Parents will be relieved to know that the cafe serves an excellent brew of Campos coffee, and if you are a serious caffeine addict like I am, you will love their new extra large cups that have 3 shots in them!! Tea drinkers can sip on a selection of T2 teas, and shake lovers can slurp on Oreo or Honeycomb shakes that are served with the Persian fairy floss too.
For the most perfect mid morning coffee treat you must try out the Local Collective's Banana Loaf ($10.50). It is made inhouse and is far superior to the mass produced stuff that is served up in normal cafes (apologies Bob & Pete). And the kitchen takes it to a whole new level of deliciousness, by serving it with housemade ricotta, honey and walnuts - with a little blossom on top.
During the luncheon session you can't go wrong with the Calamari ($15.50) which is dusted with chilli salt and served with a lime aioli and salad. If you prefer something more substantial then the Wagyu Burger ($17.50) will do the trick, as will the Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with pita bread, pomengranate, fried egg & labneh. And health nuts will go crazy over the Nourishment Board ($17.50) - ancients grains, maple raosted pumpkin, avocado, spinach, sauerkraut, soft egg & sprouts. The all day menu isn't huge, but it does cover all of the food groups nicely.
Galston is one of Sydney's most outlying suburbs, and I love that such a cool urban cafe has swung open its doors on the edge of the city sprawl. And I love it even more that they are so family friendly. So thank you to the Local Collective, and we look forward to seeing you again soon x
What's your favourite cafe in the Hornsby Shire, Little Munchers?
346 Galston Rd, Galston NSW
02 9653 1461
Mon - Fri: 6am - 4pm
Sat: 7am - 3pm
Sun: 8am - 3pm