I love Bowral!
I love the posh shops, the posh people and most especially the posh cafes!
However my two little boys aren't good in the posh shops, and most definitely not in posh cafes and as for those posh people, one always gets the impression that they prefer children to be seen rather than heard! So dear parents if your kids don't do posh well either, then forget the main street and head around the corner to The Red Tree Cafe in Station St, where they are not afraid of families!
The Redtree Cafe is in a cute renovated blue house that has a large modern structure attached to its backside. When you arrive you should find a car park quite easily on the street in front of the cafe. You access the cafe via a side door, and if you have a pram it may be easier to go through the back gates into the garden seating area where there is the most space for prams and families (you will be traversing a pebble driveway however).
Out the back of the cafe there is a kitchen garden, loads of seating and also the toilet (which doesn't contain a baby change table). This is most definitely the best space to sit with kids but on the day of our last visit it was raining so we had to find a table inside. The interior is a mix of modem and eclectic with a few home décor pieces scattered about that are all for sale. The whole space is open plan so you can watch all of the staff in action.
There is a basket of toys and books as well as some colouring located in the back corner of the cafe to occupy bore children. The boys spent their breakfast trying to find Wally in a Where's Wally book and also made a feeble attempt at some colouring of the cute retro colouring books.
The menu at the Redtree Cafe is definitely on the expensive side (eg. a croissant & jam is $10 & a big brekkie is $24.00), but you are in Bowral after all! It is also a wee bit limited when it comes to children's meals however our boys happily munched away on a croissant each for their breakfast. They do serve eggs cooked your way on toast ($14.50), so perhaps kidlets could share one of these dishes. The lunch time menu has toasted sourdough sandwiches on it so just ask one of the friendly waitresses if they could perhaps custom make them for your kidlets.
I sampled the Redtree Granola for breakfast when we dined. The small pot of granola was lovely and I especially enjoyed the slices of fresh mango on top - maybe it's because I'm a glutton but I did think there should have been a tad more granola in the bowl. Breakfast was washed down with a skim flat white. Coffees come with sweeties on the side, which were obviously immediately gobbled up by the kidlets. The coffee was a bit too milky for my liking, so if you prefer a strong brew, make sure you ask for a double shot.
Bowral is only 1.5 hrs from Sydney so it is an easy day trip and also a great spot to stop en route to Canberra. If your kidlets need a good run around before you hit the car again, there is a decent playground in Glebe Park which is adjacent to the Donald Bradman Museum - a 5min drive from the cafe x
52 Station St Bowral NSW
02 4862 5417
Open 7 days 7am - 4pm