I knew we had hit the jackpot with this café when I was handed the menu and the first page featured not food, nor drinks, but craft items. The craft menu includes a palette of six paint colours, brushes and a table top easel, access to anything on their craft and construction table or three different colours of playdough and a box of moulding tools.
The second thing I loved about this café was the piece of white paper that was promptly given to my daughter, as if by magic, by one of the friendly staff members. My daughter delved into the textas, pencils and scissors that were on the table and began creating her masterpiece, while I was able to enjoy my coffee.
Other visitors’ artworks hang from the ceiling and the floor is lined with magazine pages – so there is plenty of inspiration around for little ones. The clientele was a mix of parents and children, as well as carefree hip young locals, enjoying coffee, craft and a chat with friends.
My daughter had a homemade sausage roll, cut into bite-sized portions and served with homemade tomato sauce and I had a delicious organic lean beef burger made with brown rice and polenta and served on a Dench Ciabatta roll with salad and homemade tomato salsa.
With our food finished and enjoyed, we were now free to start creating. Our craft equipment was delivered to our table and the waitress explained that we should trace the shape of the badge onto some paper and then decorate it. She pointed us in the direction of the craft and construction table that is laden with all types of materials, such as feathers, sequins, tiny pastas, wool and felt. We took some glitter and glue and then helped ourselves to the mound of magazines and vintage books that is available for cutting up. We found a great 1960s children’s book about a young girl named Mary who wanted to learn how to cook. It had gorgeous illustrations of wide-eyed children, with rosy cheeks and thick locks of hair. After reading the book together, we chose one of the beautiful illustrations for the badge.
My daughter enjoyed decorating the picture with glitter as much as she enjoyed her chocolate milkshake and after she was done the owner of the café, Tegan, pressed the badge for us. Not only did we come away with our stomachs highly satisfied, but we also had an arty memento from our lovely afternoon together.