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Published January 23rd 2018
Chilled Community Hub Cafe
Situated on the edge of Ithaca Creek, Beans on the Green is a western suburbs, community hub café with loads of personality. Having opened in 2012 on the edge of Ithaca Creek, Beans on the Green is a favourite among neighbours and residents of Bardon. The café sits among family homes, beside the Bardon Bowls Club and is a short 6km drive from the CBD.
How will I know I have arrived at Beans on the Green? Beans on the Green runs out of a simple tin shed and can be easily spotted as soon as you wander down Bowman Parade and drive into the Bardon Bowls Club complex. The grassy green and lime painted exterior is pretty hard to miss. Finding a parking spot is just as easy with a dedicated, concrete car park.
The café is not polished and slick but has a cool, relaxed indie vibe. Several vintage pieces including a Singer sewing machine and children's toy car remind us of the past.
Beans on the Green has outside seating only – some shaded by the roof the shed which features overhead fans and potted ferns on a hot day.
Synthetic grass and outdoor umbrellas (where pup and I chose to rest) provides further places to sit and is a favoured by mums with kids and mum with fur babies. So, everyone is happy. In fact there were a lot of mums, kids and neighbours during my visit.
The café offers a large selection of kids toys (some ridable) to explore and keep the little one occupied. Being on a single level, there are no steps to navigate, which makes access easy.
The menu, like the venue is fairly simple and relaxed. Toasted sandwiches, biscuits, sunshine ice blocks, frappes, coffees, juices, and salads are part of the selection. My chai latte ($4.50) arrived quickly and was slick and smooth. A loyalty program is on offer with one free coffee after purchasing 8. Beans on the Green serves up Establishment coffee.
The Standout Original, hand-painted murals covers the side of the café wall and are a standout feature for me. With lots of colour, and lots of fun they finish off a comfortable coffee visit to Bardon.