Auction Rooms Cafe is an amazing space, housed in the old WB & Ellis auction rooms, and has been re-furbed by Six Degrees architects. Any hospitality venue or project they have been involved in, seems to turn to gold. This is the kind of cafe that I would have fallen in love with prior to becoming a parent too, as it is uber-cool with fantastic food and superb coffee, but I am even more enamoured now as it is so family friendly. It was simply packed with parents, prams, baby capsules and kids when we were there.
It is very spacious with plenty of room for prams and easy access through a separate door and ramp, they have highchairs (only 2 though, so first in best dressed), there is a changing table in the large disabled loo, complete with cute Mexican-esque mobile hanging above which is a really nice little touch that you don’t often see, and they even provide pencil cases and drawing pads for the kids. And of course there are baby-cino’s, hot chocolates and sweet little treats like cupcakes and gingerbread monkey’s.
The service was excellent. Welcoming to the little ones, as well as friendly and efficient, despite the fact that the place was pumping and was super packed. So packed in fact that by the time we left, there were literally people waiting out on the street lined up for a table. So try and get their early on weekends.
The food is of an excellent standard and quality, the eggs are all free-range and the bread is from Dench. There is no special kids menu, but there are plenty of options on the menu that would be suitable or could be slightly altered for little ones palates.
Auction Rooms is also open for lunch every day, and for dinner three nights a week. It also seems like a cool place to pop in for an afternoon beer or wine with a group of friends.