No old washing machines, tumble dryers or dirty knickers here. Just a slick and trendy cafe located on a quiet back street, opposite a train station in lovely, leafy green Armadale. Yep, you guessed it, as the name suggest, Coin Laundry cafe used to be a coin operated laundromat.
This cafe has a great vibe and is buzzy, hip and happening. The space is light, bright, clean and contemporary. It’s airy and spacious and the funky fit-out is all blonde wood, exposed brick walls, green tiles, communal tables and cool chairs.
It’s cool, it’s glam, it’s popular, it attracts a younger, hipper, childless crowd, and there is often a wait for a table on weekends. However, this cool cafe is also very welcoming to little ones, and is Mum-friendly too. It seems to be a popular spot for local Yummy Mummies after school drop offs, before school drop offs, after a walk to the park with bebe, pram and dog in tow or whenever really for a strong latte and sneaky slice of banana bread or a fresh, tasty salad for lunch and a glass of bubbles (thats mineral water of course).
The coffee here is excellent and for breastfeeding or pregnant Mums who are on the de-caff, it is ground to order and you can so tell the difference! Another thing is the eye-candy for Mama – the mostly male staff are all super good looking, friendly, cheeky, funny and up for a chat, a laugh and some serious eye-lash batting.
The food here is simple, fresh and oh so tasty and uses excellent quality produce including Noisette toast and free range eggs. There is no specific kids menu but with plenty of child-friendly options on the menu including croissants, bircher muesli, ricotta and sweet corn fritters, eggs on toast and even French toast soldiers there will be something to please the little ones tastebuds. And for Mummy and Daddy looking for a big Sunday brunch, you can’t go wrong with the Coin Laundry breakfast with poached eggs, smashed avocado, roma tomatoes, baby spinach and beetroot relish. There are lots of sweet treats too from cute iced cupcakes and mini cakes for the little ones, and decadent chocolate brownies for the big kids.
Plenty of space for prams both inside and out, helpful staff, highchairs, free babycinos, yummy gingerbread people (yes, there were both men and women), and the close proximity to the park and playground just up the road complete the kid-friendly package, and make this a winner with Armadale Mamma’s.
And if a spot of retail therapy is in order then just across the train tracks is the stylish Seed children’s boutique (so very Armadale!) and the fun and vibrant Market Import full of Mexican homewares, glassware, knick knacks and clothes & toys for kids, which has been around for years and has become a bit of a Melbourne institution. It is worth a look and a small purchase just for their famous wrapping!