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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
Enjoy a (pretend) babycino at Bulimba Memorial Park
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. :)
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!