While we all love the charm of the Inner West and the thrill of finding that next hipster corner cafe (the more obscure the better!), there is a certain art to dining out with a little one in tow. Especially if they come with their own President-of-the-US-limo-esque vehicle (aka pram).
Here is a shout out to the humble Inner West pub!
Pub lunches might be a godsend for mums who want to meet with other mums who are also hauling equally space-consuming equipment. There is plenty of space, they are generally empty in the unsociable weekday lunch hours and they often boast at least a change table in the bathrooms.
The Cat and Fiddle in Rozelle is newly renovated, has a ramp (pram and wheelchair accessible) and completely fitted out parents room.
Flour Drum, Newtown Although slightly dinky and narrow, this cafe does have enough space to accommodate even the largest and fanciest of prams, and staff who are all too willing to be helpful! High chairs are available for those who need it and there is a veritable menagerie at the back with bunnies and budgies for your little one's viewing pleasure.
Tramsheds seems to be a Mecca for mums and mums to be. On my visit there, a large proportion fo the patronage appeared to be hauling a stroller of some description. I am also reliably told the Tramsheds parents room is incredibly swish, although did not have a chance to check it out myself. Garcon is the only cafe and extremely popular, and although is huge - there can be limited seating. However, they do takeaway and there is a nearby park with seats and shade and a playground if your little ones are so inclined.
Tips and practicalities: Parking is incredibly easy and free for the first 2 hours
The Old Rosebud, Rozelle formerly Rozelle Espresso)
The Old Rosebud, formerly Rozelle Espresso and formerly The Rosebud (the original), is famed as the child-friendly cafe to go to in the Inner West. Light, airy and boasting plenty of space (a commodity in this neighbourhood) and baby-changing facilities, it is a favourite for mothers groups and families alike.
The Bay Run
On any given day of the week, you will see a myriad of prams along the Bay Run. This is a sealed and mostly flat 7km route that stretches past Callan Park, Leichardt Oval and King George Park. It is a perfect option for those who want to get out and get some sun, fresh air and exercise.
There are several establishments along the route for refreshments (Cafe Lobby and Haberfield Rowers Club Kiosk and Restaurant to name a few) and park benches at reasonably frequent intervals for some rest as needed. Playgrounds also dot their way along the route if in need of recreation breaks.
And what about your favourite pram-friendly haunts? Let me know in the comments!
Informative article. I'm past the pram era, but with pram friendly cafes you are not the only pram pusher there so you won't get all the stares if your little one vocally objects to being there. It's amazing that most prams you see these days cost more than my first car.