Gosh I miss inner city life. Don't get me wrong I love living in the burbs now that we have bred (life would be chaos without a big backyard to keep the boys entertained) but there is something about inner city cafes and streets that are little less sober than those out in suburbia. It's cafes like the fab Three Williams in Redfern that I really miss the most. It is cool. It is trendy. It is pure hipsterville. And guess what? It is family friendly!
Three Williams Cafe is housed in a huge industrial type of space in Elizabeth St (just down the road from Redfern Park which has a playground in case you need it). There isn't much signage out teh front of teh cafe, so don't hoon along too quickly when you are looking for it, as it is easy to miss. There is 2P parking available on the street and when we visited on a Sunday morning there were quite a few spaces available. When you enter the cafe you will see a huge ramp running down the side - that's for you guys with prams and mobility issues. It's also the space where little diners run up and down annoying their weary parents too!
Three Williams has loads of seating available and it's fairly easy to park your pram next to your table (especially if you are sensible enough to dine early in the day when inner city hipsters are still asleep). The biggest draw card to Three Williams for inner city breeders is its big chalkboard down the back of the cafe. This is called Willy's Corner and the boys kept wandering back and forth between eating, drawing all sorts of strange looking men with jazz hands. As you can see below, I don't have any burgeoning little Picassos in my household to worry about!
With the boys completely occupied we tucked into some of Three Williams brilliant coffee and tasty tucker. The breakfast menu has both standard and not so standard items on it. So you could order poached eggs on toast like we did, or go for something more interesting like house smoked gravlax salmon with pickled beetroot, horseradish cream and soft boiled egg. At lunch time Three Williams are famous for their narnies - they have basically taken the humble sarnie to a whole new level by using naan bread instead of normal bread and stuffing it full of gorgeous sounding fillings. Posh salads, a burger, fish and a few other items are also on the lunch menu to tempt you - whether you are a carni or herbi vore, you should be happy.
Now there isn't a kids menu but there are quite a few things available for little people to munch on. The boys chose a berry muffin and custard donut from a tray full of freshly baked goods that sits on top of the counter. But kids could also have toast and spreads, french toast, scrambled eggs and more, depending on how developed their little taste buds are.
The toilet facilities at Three Williams are superior. You will find them down behind the kitchen and yes you can drive your pram down there and right into the loo as there is heaps of room in it for the whole brood. There is a baby change table, quality hand wash and it is just smells really nice. Just be careful your little monkeys don't pull over the decorative branch! Oh and lastly there is a massive stack of high chairs to accommodate little hipster bottoms in too (not in the loo but you will find them outside the loo near Willy's corner).
Just before we sign off I should tell you that the staff are true hospitality professionals. These guys know how to run a cafe and know how to welcome guests from all walks of life. Three William's reckon that they exist for the urban dweller and for the hungover, and also for the lazy dad. And this lazy mumma says hallelujah to that x
613a Elizabeth St, Redfern NSW
Open 7 days 7am - 4pm