A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published November 16th 2012
Indulge in brekkie and birdwatching simultaneously
If you find yourself in Melbourne's south east and fancy a big breakfast, or a spot of afternoon tea, you might like to try out the very picturesque Nest Cafe. The Nest Cafe is located in the suburb of Waterways and besides the immediate locals, attracts those from the surrounding suburbs of Mordialloc, Chelsea, Aspendale Gardens and the like.
The Nest Cafe sits besides the lake in picturesque Waterways
Waterways is a lush looking community based around a large lake and wetlands area which is teaming with wildlife. Whilst you indulge in a cake (or two) you will most likely see the resident pair of black swans, some of the pelicans who live on one the back lakes, dozens of ducks and maybe even some of the enormous fish which call the lake home or the occasional ibis.
The Nest Cafe is open from 8am until 5pm every day and serves breakfast, snacks, lunch, a delicious variety of cakes, ice creams and drinks. The cafe overlooks the main lake and is open to the water on one side with indoor and outdoor seating. On a sunny day with the light shimmering on the water and the fountains jetting water vertically upwards, it's a truly lovely spot. The menu is fairly standard fare for small cafes and the service is good, although it can get crowded at weekends which means you might have to wait a bit longer. Pricewise, it's not cheap, but neither is it hideously expensive.
Work off your lunch with a walk around the lake afterwards
The milkshakes are a hit with my three year old – very generously sized! My personal favourite is the brekkie burger which if eaten at breakfast time could keep you going right up until your evening meal. It's crammed full of goodies like bacon, eggs and hash browns. There's a good selection of pies, focaccias and hot meals for lunch, and mini cheesecakes, slices and similar if you're not counting the calories.
A word of caution if you're eating out with the kids; they will probably want to explore the small beach type area which slopes down to the water and there is nothing to stop them from falling in so you do need to keep a close eye on any littlies. Once you've filled your tummy, you can work it off with a walk around the lake or if you're feeling super energetic, take along your canoe and have a splash with the ducks.