Previous toddler outing reviews I've given here tend to focus on parks that happen to have good coffee nearby. Fun for small one was the maxim. Now, the emphasis shifts somewhat: the Lilyfield nexus provides excellent coffee, an esoteric bookshop and a passable park.
The excellent coffee comes from DiVi - a consistently quick and tasty providore of all drinks, especially those with a caffeine edge. The babycinos come with a lid and straw, thereby giving small one little to no chance of crying over spilt milk. And me too. My macchiato is always pleasantly smooth and strong. Other customers drink a smoothie and babycino; they seem to agree on the goodness DiVi gives.
Across the way, the Feminist Bookshop holds an array of interesting titles, for adults and children alike. We spent time in the children's section last visit and were happy to find books that standard retail outlets don't stock. Books that are designed to help small ones deal with unusual or complex social situations, or to get a handle on their emotional world. Ambitious goals, perhaps, but worthy pursuits nevertheless.
As for the park, it has the mandatory couple of swings, a slide and a space for playing pretend shops. Compared to most parks, this paltry offering would not usually rate. However, perhaps because carers are bolstered by delicious victuals, this basic park does suffice. Happy parents equal happy kids. Usually.
On weekends, Orange Grove markets are a short stroll away and the Lilyfield nexus may provide a useful pit stop before entering that busy space. At other times, this quiet corner gives unexpected respite from busy days. Also, on Monday mornings at 10.30 am, Lisa from the Feminist Bookshop does book readings for small ones. It is a perfect story time for kids who might want to dip in and out of readings to clamber over the equipment. Like my small one who definitely likes to mix it up.