As I'm sure you can all appreciate, at some cafes children are tolerated, and at others they are welcome with open arms. In my experience that basically comes down to the owners, and the quality of the staff of the cafe. Some cafes I believe see children as a necessary evil, and others see them as guests who deserve to be treated with respect, just like their parents. Take for example the owners of the brand new Two Tales Cafe in Alexandria. This gorgeous couple have gone out of their way to ensure that their cafe is completely child friendly, and that kids aren't just tolerated, but totally embraced!
You will find Two Tales Cafe directly opposite Alexandria Park (and a park is always a bonus). There is a reasonable amount of street parking available around the cafe, and it is very easy to get your pram in and out of the cafe (use the ramp on the side of the cafe), as well as park it next to your table. The cafe is completely kitted out for families - there is a kids corner with books and toys, there is an excellent bathroom with a baby change table, toddler step, potty training seat, baby wipes, nappy bags, baby powder and the list goes on! There are high chairs, there is a very cute babycino and there is a brilliant kids menu!
To start the day little munchers can eat toast, or a ham & cheese toastie; cheese on toast; egg & soldiers or beans on toast. Or an endless bowl of cereal! I've never seen this on menu before in Sydney - such a simple concept, but oh so perfect for our little people. On a table at the front of the cafe there are two cannisters of cereal - a healthy one and a not so healthy one (you can guess which one my boys went for). You can go back and fill up your bowl as often as you like! Milk is delivered to the table in a small milk bottle and you can ask for more if it runs out. You are given a plastic bowl for the cereal and there is also plastic cutlery available for little people to eat their meal with - and the water cups too, are unbreakable (kind of)!
To drink our little people can have a very cute babycino ($1), or a fresh apple/orange juice, a chocolate milk, or a hot chocolate ($3.50) which are all served in cute little milk bottles. So yes the kids are most definitely well catered for!
But are we? And the answer to that is a big fat hell yeah! Let's start with the most important meal of the day shall we. The coffee. The beans are by The Little Marionette, who some would say are the best in Sydney, and I'm inclined to agree, as the coffee we had at Two Tales was nothing short of brilliant - that of course also has to do with the brilliant barista.
Now on to the second most important meal of the day - breakfast. The Avo Smash is pure delish, and I love the addition of the chives and pumpkin seeds. Not only is it visually appealing, but it's also a taste sensation. Like wise the Eggs on Toast (scrambled) with a side of bacon was cooked pefectly, and the Sonoma toast was an ideal base. There are also your typical cafe favourites like Waffles, Shakshuka and a Bacon & Egg Roll on the menu. And the menu is outstanding value considering its inner city location.
So what would you like to eat for lunch? Well you could have a Beef Brisket Burger or a Quinoa & Buckwheat Green Bowl with a Poached Egg, if you want to be a tad healthier. There is an all day brunch menu, and on weekends that is extended to the breakfast menu as well. There's even a doggy treat available for your fur baby - a homemade bacon biscuit.
As we mentioned before Alexandria Park is directly across the road from Two Tales. If you want you can borrow a picnic blanket from the cafe and take your food and coffee, for a picnic in the park. The playground is hard to see from the cafe, but if you walk all the way around the sporting oval you will find it. There are actually two playgrounds in the park, and both are fully enclosed. One is in need of some TLC, but there's enough equipment to keep the kids occupied for a wee while - and if they get bored just make them do laps of the oval!
So what are you waiting for? Get yourself and your tribe organised, and head down to Two Tales ASAP. Once the word is out about how darn kid friendly this joint is, it will be hard to keep the hordes away.
Shop 1/11-15 Power St, Alexandria
Mon - Fri: 6.30am - 3.30pm
Sat - Sun: 7am - 3.30pm