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Tulips Cafe

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published June 3rd 2015
Pialligo cafe with peacocks, pies and new playground

'Tulips Cafe' is a family friendly café inside "Bliss" plant nursery in Pialligo, only 7km from Canberra's CBD (near Canberra airport).

In such a relaxing location in the midst of tinkling water features, flowering plants and the occasional peacock wandering around, this café is a lovely location for breakfast, lunch or just coffee and cake.

Tulips Cafe Pialligo family friendly cafe
Tulips Cafe - family friendly with plenty of high chairs.


There are a number of seating options to choose from - there is outside seating in the front courtyard and deck for those who wish to enjoy their coffee in peace, inside seating by the warm fireplace for wintery days, and there is outside seating in the back courtyard by the playground for families with kids.

Tulips cafe Pialligo
Front seating area and deck.


Tulips cafe Pialligo Canberra
Back courtyard next to playground with outside heaters in Winter.


The café makes everything on site - check out the sausage rolls, pies quiches and cakes they have in their display cabinet when you pay. The Kids Menu has a number of good choices that should satisfy your young ones. Breakfast prices range from a Bacon and Egg roll for $9 and up to $20 for a Big Breakfast, with several other options in between. With a selection of Light Snacks on the menu and the Lunch Menu ranging from the $11.50 Melts to the $18 Beer Battered Flathead, it is a popular place location for Canberran couples, friends and families.

For our family, we enjoy the simplicity of their delicious coffee and cake selection, while our daughter Miss Three has a play in the shady playground.

Tulips cafe Pialligo
New bouncy bee toy which two children can play on together.


In the last year the fully enclosed playground area has had a few changes. The first time we went there the playground had two slippery dips and bouncy horses, then it changed to one slippery dip and a cubby house. A couple of weeks ago I drove past the café and there were tradesmen working on something new in the play area. This was the only excuse that we needed to go back and check out the mystery new playground addition - and enjoy morning tea at the same time.

We were not disappointed, the play area is still a hit!

Tulips cafe play area, pialligo
New bouncy flooring and kids outdoor toys.


Tulips cafe play area, pialligo
Funky cubby house to play in.


On a previous occasion we have been there on a Tuesday or Thursday when "Kidtastic Crafts" were set up in the back courtyard, for their craft classes for $8 per child. In such a handy location to the city, it is a great idea to run craft classes there for the kids, but it is also a pleasant spot for the Mums to meet other Mums and feel social while out with their young ones, … while fitting in a sneaky coffee.

So if you are after a pleasant location which is cool in Summer outside under the trees, and warm in Winter by the fireplace or under the outside heaters, then this little café is a worth a look. If you stay there long enough you may get a visit from resident peacock that wanders through the nurseries and apple orchard across the road.

There is something for everybody in Pialligo, so enjoy some of Canberra's most peaceful and relaxing café spots - right next to the airport!
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Why? A great spot for a coffee, cake and for the kids to play.
When: Monday to Friday 7am - 3:30pm. Weekends 7am - 4pm.
Phone: 02 6249 6118
Where: 8 Beltana road, Pialligo
Cost: Menu at assorted prices
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