On a corner location, in the old Girdwood’s Hygenic Library (apparently an old lending library that fumigated books between borrowings ), on a quiet Flemington backstreet opposite the Newmarket train station sits this little gem of cafe, Pepper. Cute name too.
The vintage tables and chairs on the footpath were packed full with hip and groovy Rayban clad childless twenty-somethings as well as happy pram-pushing families out for brekkie. Inside was just as busy, with staff who looked as if they could have stepped straight from the pages of Frankie magazine buzzing about serving Sunday eggs and coffees.
We moseyed on through the cafe, past the orange painted chairs, the busy coffee machine and the mini etch-a-sketch’s cleverly used as signs for the muffin flavours and for tips, and made our way to the cosy back room. Complete with original floorboards and fireplace, windows opening on to the side street letting in fresh air and sunshine, and quirky art for sale, it had a very relaxed vibe, and we quite happily settled in to the banquettes relaxed and ready for coffees and eats.
One little one tucked up in a highchair happily drawing away (well, more like eating the coloured pencils) and another little one grooving away to the Adele tunes in front of the fireplace, her “stage”, Di Bella coffees and babycino’s all round and French toast with bacon and maple, house made muesli, stewed fruit and yoghurt and a kids ham and cheese sourdough toastie on the way. Life was good.
As well as the toasties, little ones can also munch on mini sausage rolls, or “The Little Champ” a toad in the hole with bacon and a sausage, smiley face cookies and other treats from the front counter and kids sized fresh juices and milkshakes served in coloured plastic tumblers.
A change table is located upstairs, and the upstairs room can also be booked for functions or mothers groups catch-ups.
The shop next door, Wild Jam, is also worth popping into after Pepper, you’ll find gorgeous homewares, accessories, hand made cards, clothes, toys and bits ‘n pieces for the little ones.
Pepper has the same owners as Oliver’s Garden cafe at Queen’s Park in Moonee Ponds, another fun, family friendly spot worth a visit and a play.