Once kids come along, many parents put going out for coffee in the too-hard basket.
But it needn’t be that way.
Perth’s cafe scene has evolved considerably over the past few years, with some great venues for coffee and food springing up.
But what about those that cater for children?
A play-pen with a few working toys and come colouring books can go a long way when mum and dad are keen to get caffeinated and have a conversation that doesn’t involve raising their voice.
Thankfully, plenty of venues are taking heed. Here are some of those getting it right.
The Shore Cafe has a wonderfully picturesque setting. The food is sublime and the cafe is open from 8am daily. A climbing net and a large grass area out front (remember a ball!) keeps it simple and can keep junior amused while mum and dad soak up the exquisitely laid-back vibes.
This place is coffee nirvana for parents – with Five Senses the java of choice – while for the kids a giant Connect 4 (and other goodies), ping-pong table and – in summer – a small-scale sprinkler playground to keep them cool and happy.
This French-inspired cafe boasts a quaint little cubby house for the children to enjoy while parents get stuck into some of the best sweets around. The scones are divine, and the carrot cake is a must have.
In true Freo style, Ootong and Lincoln is a brilliantly rambling cafe with plenty of cool and quirky features. They’re open from 6.30am – super convenient if you’ve got a kid who’s a ridiculously early riser. Their food options are eclectic and delicious (smoked salmon beetroot and haloumi rosti!), and they’ve got a dedicated indoor play area for the littlies.
Kill two birds with one stone at the attached laundrette – bring a load of washing to dry while the kids can enjoy themselves in an enclosed play corner, featuring a stack of toys and a TV playing children’s faves. Another early riser, you can be sipping on your long mac from 6am onwards.
Sweet Remedy takes kids’ entertainment to a new level – with the ability to let them decorate their own cupcakes. Out the back, there’s a real-life bunny rabbit, a chalkboard, cubby and other goodies. For parents, the coffee is brilliant and the cupcakes are out of this world.