Babycino's in Sydney's inner west suburb of Hurlstone Park offers much more than the often limited fare for babies and toddlers usually seen on children's menus in cafes. Just to prove what I'm saying and to entice you into a visit, here is a sample of what they can offer your little one:
Cheesy beans on sourdough bread
Banana bread squares Yoghurt and muesli, porridge and banana and honey
Plus, of course, as the name suggests: babycinos are plentiful. So, what's actually in a cup? Well, it seems like it can vary from place to place, but the basic recipe is a small cup of frothed milk, with its temperature adjusted to be drunk safely by little ones. As you would expect (and hope), it doesn't contain caffeine and is topped with marshmallows, a chocolate flake, or sprinkles.
Alternatively, it can also be a small cup with chocolate at the bottom covered by warm milk topped off with more chocolate. The recipe at Babycino's is warm, frothy milk with a thin enticing layer of chocolate over it. This combination was just right for my little one to dip his fingers in and smear all over his face before slurping up the milk. And just to make it all the more tempting, on Tuesdays they have free babycinos with every dine-in coffee purchased. It's a perfect deal for both mum and babies.
As well as its delicious and reasonably priced menu and friendly atmosphere, the cafe has a colourful treasure chest full of toys, lots of highchairs and comfy couches that make breastfeeding easy. It also has an, 'interactive workstation', with colouring-in equipment. The floor is carpeted which makes it easier if you want to try and ignore your offspring while you enjoy your precious caffeine break.
The combination of food and welcoming atmosphere makes it a great and popular spot for a mothers group gathering when the weather isn't pleasant. It is also located next door to a playground which is perfect for a visit afterwards if your child still has some energy left over. And if your bubba won't let you stay so you can sit down and have your cuppa, they do takeaways too.
Admittedly, the decor is basic, but who cares when your baby can roam freely and safely while you have a cuppa, chat and tasty muffin?