Thereís nothing like a lovely hot cup of coffee on a winterís day in Perth, especially when you get to sit down and enjoy it while your baby is sleeping. Thereís also nothing like finding a cafť with a kidsí play corner to keep them busy while you enjoy said cup of coffee.
Itís rare that I donít have my three year old with me when Iím out hunting for child-friendly cafes, as she is the one who benefits the most by such discoveries. I benefit too as I get coffee, but her getting to play with toys that arenít hers is always a highlight.
I recently visited Orchard Espresso in Roleystone with my almost one-year-old. She managed to stay asleep for most of our visit and was largely oblivious to the play area. Taking advantage of my sleeping baby, I ordered a cappuccino and a piece of coconut and raspberry bread with a homemade lemon curd and took a seat. There are highchairs available and plenty of space to manoeuvre a pram.
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On the day we visited the play corner was a little bit of a mess, but seriously, what play area isnít? There is a large chalkboard WITH CHALK Ė yes, Iím finding that this seems to be a rarity and that BYO chalk seems to be the norm.
There are puzzles and baby toys, plus a little table and chairs so sit at, plus other little bits and bobs. There are a couple of items on the menu for the kids, plus a range of ready-made muffins, breads and cakes. You will also find things like eggs, salads and burgers.
My cappuccino arrived in no time but there was a slight wait on the coconut and raspberry bread. Believe me, it was worth the wait for the delicious lemon curd alone. The bread and the lemon curd were a perfect pairing and it certainly didnít last long on the plate.
My little girl decided to wake up as I was finishing the last of the bread. If you are seeking a fantastic coffee spot to take the kids to or meet up with friends, check out Orchard Espresso.