The Fox and Bow Café is a funky little café, tucked away in Farrer shops in Woden. It is a nice surprise to stumble upon with talented graffiti on the outside wall, hopscotch painted on the ground, a basketball hoop for the kids to enjoy and cosy café inside with particularly tasty food. What a find.
The café has outside tables at the front and side, closest to the mural, if you wish to sit outside to catch the sun. The café itself is set high at the end of a row of shops so you can look down at the comings and goings below you as the carpark fills up just as fast as the café. It is a popular place for people to eat in, but also for takeaway coffees before work during the weekdays.
Inside is one of those funky cafes where you are just happy to sit and look around and take it all in. With exposed brick, tables with industrial legs, colourful chairs, interesting pendent lighting, huge mirror to reflect the light - it is a welcoming and interesting place to enjoy a coffee.
I visited with my daughter, who appreciated a doll house attached to the wall and the tiny figurines inside. She enjoyed it so much she only sat down to eat before she was up playing again. With highchairs, dollhouse and books, there is enough to keep the kids entertained inside before you even go outside to play afterwards.
We came for breakfast and it was refreshing to see so many healthy and interesting options on the menu. I chose the "HOT TOASTY NUTS" which was Pecan, Chia, Chai spiced porridge, toasted coconut, blueberries, banana and almond milk and topped with honey nuts for $13.90.
Sounds good, right? I wondered if could taste as good as it sounded, but when it came out, it was better. The flavours were beautiful, the porridge blend was divine and the warm banana and almond milk in the black cup was smooth and creamy. It was filling, healthy and perfect with a mug of coffee.
My daughters breakfast perhaps wasn't so healthy. Off the Kids Menu she enjoyed Waffles with chocolate sauce and ice cream ($9.90) which was quite a treat to have ice cream at breakfast time and she polished it off in record time.
The owners of this café have just opened another closer to the city in Acton called the Ivy and the Fox, which I imagine will be another success story.
The Fox and Bow Café is such a pleasant surprise hidden away in the backstreets of Woden. With such an interesting menu for the whole family, I can see why this busy café has a steady stream of customers but still feels chilled out.
Just like Goldilocks, I will be back for the porridge alone.