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.
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.
Turanga Music is the perfect way to engage your kids in music, whether it be for the first time or as a booster to their instrumental learning for aural and music theory. Running every Saturday throughout September at Bull Creek Community Centre.