Little Captain

A cool and cosy brunch spot for hip, local parents and little ones. You can eat in and enjoy the vibe, or grab some takeaway lattes and treats and head to the park and playground out the back.

Little Captain is one cool little cafe, and a very suitable spot to brunch or lunch with your little ones too.

It is cute and compact inside (sorry not much room for prams) and has a hip, fun and laid-back, casual kind of vibe. Out the back is a lovely spacious, sheltered courtyard, complete with pots of herbs, umbrellas and brightly coloured chairs, and was filled with lots of happy families just eating and chilling out together. Sounds super sweet doesn’t it? Well it gets better… the courtyard then opens out onto Hewison Park, and just a hop skip and a jump away, over the stepping stones, is the fenced in playground with swings, slides, see-saw and more.

We brunched at the cafe, basking in the sunshine in the courtyard, which was kind of torture for our little one who was just itching to go and run around in the park and play on the swings. Luckily Little Captain also provide toys and books for the wee ones and a fab little kids menu too, which was a very good distraction until playtime came.

The kid’s menu is a little bit different and kinda quirky too, just like the cafe, and offers much more inspired kiddie options than the norm. There’s mini bagels, a mini bacon and egg roll, fruit and yoghurt and good old grilled cheese and Vegemite toast. And for the budding iron-man (or woman) there’s Nutri Grain, and to sip, little bottles of OJ and chocolate milk and of course babycino’s.

If you are just stopping in for a coffee and something sweet, the treats include all kinds of cakes and baked goods displayed on the counter and in the glass cabinet (drool!!), and for the little ones there’s a little cup of ice-cream and choccie sauce, or a bag of mixed lollies for just $2… just the right price for one’s pocket money to be spent on.

And for us big kids, there is a super yummy menu too. There’s lots of breaky goodness in the form of free range eggs, sides and sourdough, as well as home made muesli and rhubarb, apple and berry crumble with Greek yoghurt. Yummo! Lunch is all about ciabatta rolls with multiple fillings, soup or salad of the day and home made sausage rolls, boreks, frittatas and pies.

After our brunch we ordered a second round of coffee’s, takeaway this time, and finally, to the delight of our toddler, headed across the stepping stones, through the gate and into her mecca… the playground. Where we joined the Converse clad, skinny jean wearing, mini me offspring of some seriously cool looking parents. While the kids ran and played, all the Mamma’s and the Pappa’s stood around, chatting and looking hip, while they sipped their takeaway coffee’s… from Little Captain of course.

Even though it doesn’t have highchairs, changing facilities or heaps of space for a convoy of prams, Little Captain is still a great choice for people with kids. Eat in and enjoy the cosy, relaxed vibe, or act like the locals, grab some takeaway coffees and treats, head to the park and follow suit.

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353 Inkerman Street Balaclava 3183 VIC AU
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