I'm a writer living in Forster-Tuncurry. I love the outdoors, coffee and finding fun things to do with my husband, sons and crazy dog. I also blog at lastboardingcallforgate77.com & https://theancientmumma.wordpress.com
Published October 7th 2015
At the far end of King Street, opposite the iconic smoke stacks of Sydney Park, Little Tastes Cafe is a rare gem for parents in the hipster haven of King Street.
It is a quirky, child friendly cafe with welcoming staff, good coffee and food at budget friendly prices.
Little Tastes is my local cafe. Each morning I stop there for coffee while out walking our dog. Juggling a pram and dog make it impossible to get a coffee at most places on King Street. I either end up blocking walkways and doorways or obstruct others. The logistics of carrying a hot coffee (without spilling it), holding a toddler and untying a dog is a test for even the most patient person.
Little Tastes however have a convenient take away window to order from. So like me, if your hands are full, or if you are a commuter on your way to St Peters train station, it makes for a perfect pit stop to refuel.
Image Courtesy of Little Tastes Cafe - Little Tastes Take Away Window with Christian the Barista
All the team are friendly, Christian the (Columbian) Barista always has a smile and makes a great coffee (Di Pacci Signature Blend for those in the know). Mike the Chef creates filling and delicious meals and each day he bakes decadent muffins which are almost impossible to resist.
Image Courtesy of Little Tastes Cafe - Little Tastes Muffins
Image Courtesy of Little Tastes Cafe - Little Tastes Burgers
If you have more time, Little Tastes is a great spot for breakfast or lunch. If you have your four legged friend with you, you can sit in the shade under the peppercorn tree, people watch and enjoy your meal.
For those that have little ones, the kid's room is a great place for them to play and make new friends while you tuck in.
I stopped at Little Tastes with my toddler on the Tuesday after the long weekend. It was 35 degrees outside, yet the cafe was cool inside. My little guy loved the trucks, dinosaurs, piano and drums. It was very relaxing to sit and enjoy my iced mocha while watching him play. At the table next to me were a family having breakfast and we chatted while our kids played together.
James and Kirsty who are behind the kid concept cafe have two children themselves. They know how hard it is to find cafes for a meal or coffee with active kids. They saw a gap in the market and have created a space where you can relax and let your kids be kids.
James is a bundle of enthusiasm and positive energy and you can tell that he loves the cafe and what the space can offer to families and the community. James is committed to giving back wherever he can and has donated catering to charities such as the Autism Community Network.
He is now directing his energy into evolving the kid's activity program at the cafe. Currently they do art on Saturdays for the littlies, where kids can paint in the courtyard. The cafe also hosts private parties, with a popular theme being the "Master Chef" party.
He hopes to continue to offer a school holiday activity program at the cafe. During the last break, Little Tastes had kid's art, craft, cookie and ice cream making sessions. He wants to continue to serve great food and create a fun filled hub for families which keeps the littlies occupied and give the grownups a little bit of peace. School Holiday Programs can be found on their Little Taste's Facebook Page.
Image Courtesy of Little Tastes Cafe - Cafe interior and Master Chef Party
If you do not like children (or dogs), then Little Tastes might not be for you. However if you want good coffee, tasty food and a friendly welcome, head to the sound end of King Street. You will find a great place to sit, eat, create and relax.