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Published May 28th 2013
Have pram, will travel along Fitzroy's Brunswick Street
Being a parent shouldn't mean being chained to the house. The usual problem with going out, though apart from baby tantrums is how to squeeze a pram into a busy café. Luckily, some places do keep parents in mind.
If you're looking for a weekend break on Fitzroy's Brunswick Street, there are plenty of pram-friendly places you can go.
Joe's Garage, 366 Brunswick St Serving pasta, pizza and other standard Australian fare, Joe's may not be fancy but it's definitely kid-friendly. On the weekends, this roomy restaurant almost always has room for extras. Mid-week lunches are another good time to go, with a $12.90 lunch special.
Palookaville, 416 Brunswick St Even parents deserve a drink now and then. Not many bars have the atmosphere or room for a baby, but Palookaville's spacious layout can accommodate, particularly early in the evenings. The pub food on offer allows parents to add a touch of respectability to their drink with a nice burger or more adventurous offering.
Cider House, 386-388 Brunswick St Another bar big enough for both a baby and a drink. Cider House also offers an interesting range of pub food, with realistic, I-can-actually-finish-that portion sizes.
Black Cat, 252 Brunswick St The Black Cat is a Brunswick Street old-timer, trendy in the evenings but with room enough for unfashionable parents in the daytime. They've started serving some seriously tasty food at surprisingly low prices.
Backstreet Eating 152 Kerr St positioned just off Brunswick Street on Kerr, Backstreet is a great spot for better-than-average breakfast on the weekends and even a sneaky dinner out. Outside tables are great for those days when a fretful baby threatens.
Little Creatures Dining Hall, 222 Brunswick St I've mentioned Little Creatures before, but it's worth pointing it out again. For a barn dedicated to beer, Little Creatures is the ideal place for a pram. The kids corner is especially roomy and a great spot to meet up with other pram-encumbered friends.
Commercial Club Hotel, 344 Nicholson St Rounding out this list is an old-school Fitzroy pub. Commercial Club is a pub in the old style, with a neighbourly vibe. Family-friendly and with plenty of roomy spots for prams.
BONUS Although weekends are typically (and hellishly) busy on Brunswick Street, there are often plenty of seats during weekdays. A gorgeous little café off the street is Grace, 76 Rose Street, which serves home-baked treats and small plates, as well as possibly the best coffee currently on (near) Brunswick Street.