Grocery shopping with children can be an absolute nightmare - I don't think I've met a parent yet who enjoys the experience! Hence why it is imperative that every shopping centre has a decent cafe - and that cafe needs to be smack bang next to a playground. We all need to be properly caffeinated or dosed up on sugar to handle the shopping experience. Luckily for the parents of Kellyville in North West Sydney, the weekly grocery run has just become a wee bit easier, thanks to one seriously fine cafe that has just opened up. This cafe not only serves brilliant coffee and food, but is also about as close as you can get to a fully enclosed playground! Parents, let me introduce you to The Local Trade.
The Local Trade is located on the outside of the newly renovated Kellyville Plaza. It is right next to the top car park and there are parents with pram car spots literally right at the entrance to the cafe (so make sure you keep an eye on wandering toddlers). From this car park you can also walk straight into where the Coles supermarket is. The Local Trade has both indoor and outdoor seating. If you are dining with kids, you need to sit outside, as it is right next to the playground. During winter there is heating available out here and this area also receives beautiful morning sun to keep you nice and toasty.
The playground is brand spanking new and is probably most suited for kids under the age of 8 years. The ground is nice and spongy and there are some park benches in here for parents to sit on. It is also protected from the sun by a large shade sail. Once you have deposited your kids in the playground, take a seat at one of the tables and the staff will come out and serve you - luckily it's table service so you don't have to leave your kidlets alone whilst you go inside and order. The interior of The Local Trade is simple but stylish, and it is easy to access with your pram, but there isn't a huge amount of room to park them near your table, so either pop your little one in one of the high chairs provided or try to sit outside where there is loads more space.
At The Local Trade, kidlets have their very own well priced menu and it includes items suitable both for breakfast and lunch. At the start of the day, little ones can enjoy eggs and soldiers; bacon & egg sliders; or pikelets & maple syrup - all of which cost $8.00. At lunch time a cheesy burger & fries, crispy chicken & fries, as well as fish & chips feature and they all cost $9.00. Kids milkshakes cost $4.00 and babycinos $2.00 (and from what I've seen it's a fairly standard babycino).
The boys shared a serve of the pikelets for breakfast - 3 big fat ones, and they were a wee bit excited to have some ice cream at breakfast time, as this dish is accompanied by a scoop of it. To further increase their calcium intake for the day, they also had milkshakes which come is a large melamine cups and the milk that they use at The Local Trade is seriously creamy, which results in the shakes being absolutely divine. They also have a shake of day for adults which look very naughty indeed!
The adults menu has quite a Middle Eastern feel to it. The breakfast menu is simply delicious. You all need to try the soy & linseed toast with avocado, sumac tomatoes, fetta and poached eggs ($16). Besides looking picture perfect, this dish is huge and the best way to start the day! The omelette is also a good choice - it comes with mushrooms, fetta & avocado ($17). If this isn't carnivore enough for you, then perhaps try the mixed plate - crispy pancetta or sucuk (spicy sausage), eggs your way, avocado, hash, fetta, corn, tomato & sourdough ($19). Lovers of a sweet breakfast should try the yummy sounding wholemeal rhubarb pancakes with candied nuts & maple syrup ($15).
At lunch time you can fill your bellies with some awesome sounding salads or with a steak baguette with salsa verde, onion jam, manchego, wild rocket & fries ($17); a wagyu beef burger; fish of the day or braised lamb with seasonal vegies & pearl barley ($21). I suggest that you also keep room for a sweet treat afterwards. They are made by local talent called The Cake Couple. Their sublime little treats include nutella donuts, petite lemon and ferrero rocher chocolate tarts, eclairs and the list goes on and on (a little hint - don't wear your skinny jeans, perhaps don a pair of stretchy pants instead in case you indulge a bit too much).
And last but not least - let's talk about the coffee! It's excellent. It's Tobys Estate. It's perfectly made. Need I say more? You have the choice between the Woolloomooloo blend ($3.70) or Toby's Estate Single Origin coffee ($4). So even if you don't have the time to sit down at The Local Trade for a quick bite to eat, make sure you grab a takeaway before you head off to work or on your shopping expedition/school run/play date etc etc. This coffee beats the brews from all of the other joints in the plaza hands down, and the best bit is, if you grab yourself a coffee card, your 10th one is free!
So my dear parents, do you dread the weekly grocery shop with kidlets in tow? Do you refuel in the shopping centre's cafe or do you just head straight to Liquorland!!
Kellyville Shopping Village
90 Wrights Rd, Kellyville NSW
Mon - Wed: 7am - 5.30pm
Thu: 7am - 9pm; Fri: 7am - 5.30pm
Sat: 8am - 5pm; Sun: 8am - 4pm