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Five of the Best Babycino in Brisbane

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Published September 22nd 2012
Babycino - best invention ever or a load of hot froth?

I used to think babycinos were a ridiculous idea - a frivolous marketing gimmick dreamed up for yummy mummys. Then I had my own children and moved to Brisbane. I love the unique, independent coffee shops here and there's no better way to start my day than a walk out to one of the many fabulous cafes to enjoy a freshly ground coffee. Part of what makes it fun is that my nearly 3 year old loves going too to have her own mini version of my coffee and talk together about what's going on around us. We have quickly become babycino connoisseurs, discovering that, like the coffee in Brisbane, each babycino is a bit different. Here are five of the best we have found:

Brown Dog Cafe, Woolloongabba
The babycinos come in cute orange china cups and saucers and my daughter likes the cartoon graffitti on the walls. There are low tables and box stools on the pavement outside to watch the world go by.

Babycino brown dog cafe woolloongabba
Babycino at Brown Dog Cafe, Woolloongabba

Oxford Street Bakery Cafe, Bulimba
We loved the stripy china cups and saucers, with lots of chocolate sprinkles and a marshmallow. Best of all, there is an eye-popping selection of mini muffins and M&M covered cakes.

babycino oxford street bakery bulimba
babycino at Oxford Street Bakery, Bulimba

French Twist, Bulimba
The babycinos look just like a mini version of a grown up coffee with classic white china cups and saucers. Ours came with two marshmallows. The highlight though at French Twist is looking for the owl who can often be found sleeping above your heads on the ceiling fan. Love Street playground is also just around the corner.

babycino French Twist Bulimba
Babycino at French Twist

Poppy's Basket, South Bank
My daughter loved the mini corrugated cups at Poppy's Basket. There is an excellent selection of scones, croissants and other pastries at the counter. Best of all, this cafe is just across from the fantastic Southbank waterpark so after your coffee stop you can enjoy a day out at the inner city beach.

babycino Poppy's Basket South Bank
babycino at Poppy's Basket South Bank

Bulimba Memorial Park, Bulimba
This is my favourite place for a (make-believe) babycino. The little ones can grind up wood chips in the pretend espresso machine at the play cafe and serve to parents or new friends they make at the park and let their imaginations run wild. Best of all, these babycinos are free!

babycino Bulimba Memorial Park Playground
Enjoy a (pretend) babycino at Bulimba Memorial Park

Do you think babycinos are a great invention or a waste of money? Where are your top recommendations?
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Why? Enjoy watching the world go by with your little one
Where: Around Brisbane
Cost: Free - $2
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by plati (score: 0|8) 3345 days ago
Chouquette patisserie at New Farm - they made a 3D bunny face out of the the froth and choc topping.
by s.low (score: 1|19) 3362 days ago
Five Sugars, Woolloongabba antique precinct
by debra (score: 0|6) 3367 days ago
They are one of life's little pleasures. I will often get my little boy one when we go out to coffee. It keeps them happy & they think they are grown up like Mummy & Daddy. I told my partner to get him one recently when he got the car washed, he scoffed at me and an hour later I got a picture of Rylan enjoying his very own babycino. They are fun to watch if nothing else, and if you're worried about the sugar, then don't let them eat the marshmallow simple. :)
by meaga (score: 0|4) 3363 days ago
The 3D bunny is fantastic - thanks for sharing!
by Jane Street (score: 2|438) 3357 days ago
I would like one just for me!
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 3250 days ago
With 3 children under the age of 6 years, we try to find free babycinos and tend to haunt those cafes that will give us more fun for less money! Our children don't care if it is all froth and no marshmallow (although the 2 year old has been known to demand one!)

Generations Cafe in Sandgate does a lovely babycino for free and although the Black Lime Cafe in Brighton can be hit and miss with their babycino quality, they too are free. When all else fails we will haunt Gloria Jeans as we can be assured of a no cost babycino, we just can't be assured that the rest of our order will be out of the ordinary unfortunately, but is a good top gap while waiting for ballet to finish!
by Pippa van Wijk (score: 1|21) 3361 days ago
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