Blacksmith Cafe in Highgate is very popular with families, and it's not hard to see why.
Food is fresh, fast and tasty, and with great coffees and babycinos in takeaway espresso cups. Babycinos are $2 each, but the proceeds go to Princess Margaret Hospital.
Coffee and Babycino
We ordered the Breakfast Board for $23 which had so much food we probably could have just shared that. Roasted tomato, avocado, mushrooms, spinach, streaky bacon, pork & fennel sausages and eggs any way.
And I couldn't resist the Beer Burger, served with soft egg, chilli jam, pickled beetroot, swiss cheese, cos lettuce, tomato and onion rings on a brioche bun. Plus a cute little basket of beer battered chips that my daughter hoovered up (note to self: don't order chips when she is around if I want any).
There is a kids menu with options from $6 for a cheese toast, $7 for Pancakes or scrambled eggs, $9 for a chicken dinosaur and chips, or $10 for fish and chips.
They have a fantastic open space at the back with a sandpit and chalk wall, with lots of tables so that parents can keep an eye on the little ones.
Sandpit and Chalk Wall
There is also a separate playroom complete with toy kitchen, chalk walls, and even more toys.
Of course, my daughter preferred to wander around with the outdoor broom sweeping the sand back into the sandpit. I blame my clean-freak husband for her OCD cleaning tendencies.
Highchairs are plentiful, and there was a spacious toilet with changetable for nappy changes.
We didn't book, but it is very popular, so you may want to. If you don't want to hang out with lots of children and babies, request a table inside.
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