So we walk through the double doors of Miss Marmalade and hubby quietly whispers to me “What’s so kid-friendly about this?”. It looks like a pretty hip and trendy cafe at first sight, with spunky staff and an awesome fit-out – and as it should be, we are in Brunswick the cool cafe Mecca after all. But take a closer look and you will see the tell-tale signs of a cafe that welcomes little ones with open arms.
Wander through the groovy front room, exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors, past the communal table, old black & white tram sign poster on the wall (very chic at the mo)… and the signs will start to appear. Jars of gingerbread men and brightly iced smiley face cookies in glass jars on the counter, a message written on the blackboard wall about where to park prams and a long corridor which leads to one very cool back room just made for kids.
This space would be so great for mother’s group meetings or brunch catch-ups with other families. It’s spacious, with room for prams, there’s a couple of highchairs and the piece de resistance, a dedicated play corner for little ones. Complete with Persian rug on the floor, a big box of toys, little table and stools, blackboard and chalk, books and old favourite games including Pictionary and Scrabble, this is one kid-friendly space!
On top of that there are other little thoughtful touches that add to the family friendly appeal… highchairs that have actually been wiped down and are clean (such a small thing but so much appreciated!), a changing table in the spacious loo and even complimentary baby wipes and nappies in case of emergency. Yes, of course the owners are parents!
The only thing missing is a dedicated kid’s menu, but hey we’re not all into nuggets and chips anyway! There are plenty of options that would be suitable for tiny tastebuds too including ricotta hotcakes, sweet corn fritters, banana bread, La Madre fruit toast, Red Hill Muesli and of course eggs, sourdough and sides. And they make a mean babycino, thats a bargain at only 50 cents and perfect with a home baked treat.
We had a really yummy breakfast here (a big breakfast and a veggie breakfast and fruit toast for our little one), and although the back room lacks the same ambience as the cool cafe vibe that the front has, we still had a great time. Was also nice to be able to fully relax and enjoy our meals whilst our toddler made good use of the box of toys. She was particularly delighted with the little Tombliboo she found… a perfect little friend for her Upsy Daisy who of course came with us to brunch, as she always does.
Also need to give a shout-out to the coffee. As I have been constantly pregnant then breast-feeding then pregnant again and breast-feeding again for the last 2 1/2 years straight, I have been on the de-caff’s. And I must say that there are some pretty bad de-caff coffee’s out there… however the Five Senses latte I had at Miss Marmalade was simply superb. Nuff said.
Oh and one more thing that makes me love this cafe even more. They have Aesop hand wash in the loos! Oh, how I love Aesop. (If you have read some of our other reviews including Auction Rooms & Innocent Bystander then you will start to see how much I am obsessed with this brand!). It’s also a nice little touch for a Mamma after she has just had to change yet another stinky nappy while her latte gets cold.
A fabulously family-friendly cafe! We loved it.