Will is an Adelaide-based freelance writer, Dad and fun scout who sees his hometown as a frontier to be explored and discovered. www.tailoredconcepts.com.au
Published June 4th 2019
A win win outing for the kids and parents alike
Some things in life are certain. Kids need play time and many parents need caffeine, or at least enjoy making a good coffee a part of their day. In our often full and fast-paced lives, combining the two is not always easy. We've all tried the relaxing outing to a café with young kids. Sometimes it's a success, but other times it's an unmitigated disaster leaving all with higher blood pressure for the experience.
So, if you dwell on the eastern side of the city or are just in the area, here are a few playgrounds in close wandering proximity to good café beverages. Grab a takeaway and capture a few moments of calm while the kids burn through their excess energy on the slippery dip. Or dine in using the promise of playground action afterwards as a bribe for civil behaviour.
1. Taylor Blend
Nestled into the fringe of the Adelaide foothills is Taylor Blend at 1/34 Hallett Road, Stonyfell. The staff here are always very welcoming and the café arguably has the fastest coffee production line in Adelaide. The speed certainly doesn't compromise the quality though, with high-end coffee blending a unique combination of pure Arabica beans, consistently being served up.
There's indoor as well as outdoor seating, with the outdoor patio area serving as a regular hang-out for the neighbourhood pooches and their owners. The café has an assortment of breaky and lunch options and is open every day except Tuesdays, 7am-4pm.
A few hundred metres down the road is the local fenced in playground, on the corner of Hallett and Statenborough Roads. There's an adjoining grassed playing area and a sitting bench for the big people.
If the kids are more up for kicking the ball around, there's an oval directly across the road from the café. If a short bushwalk is more your thing, across the side street next to Taylor Blend, there's easy access to the trails winding through Ferguson Conservation Park.
Perched at 27 Torrens Street, within the inner eastern suburb of College Park is Fix Specialty Coffee. Serving delicious Wide Open Road Coffee from Melbourne, this café also provides a small menu of yummy breakfast and lunch options including sourdough ciabattas and French pastries.
There's both indoor and outdoor seating, with furry family members welcome in the outdoor area. The café operates daily with hours varying depending on the day. Check out their Facebook page for specific business hours.
Directly adjacent to Fix is the playground at Twelftree Reserve, with adventure options for both the smaller and bigger kids. The Reserve also sports a large open grassed area, picnic tables, a basketball hoop and public BBQ facilities.
At the bustling suburban hub of Dulwich Village is White Picket Coffee House at 10 Stuart Road. Pouring their own quality blend roasted by D'Angelo Coffee in Thebarton, the café also serves up a wide range of food options including eggs benedict, pulled pork burgers and vegetarian ratatouille for the non-meat eaters.
The kids are covered with their own menu, along with a cubby house out the back. There's also a variety of juice and smoothie options. With both indoor and outdoor seating options, the venue's open every day, with hours differing on some days. Check out the website for the day you're visiting.
A few hundred metres up the road is a playground at Fergusson Square amidst a beautifully kept area of pristine gardens. Once again there's plenty of grassed area for play, as well as sitting benches for parents.
Yes, there is obviously the home brewed coffee thermos option, but some days that just doesn't cut the mustard or isn't practical. So, if you've got to get the tribe out from amidst the four walls and coffee's a must, give these spots a go.