The Inner West Mums take their cafe culture very seriously. So who better to ask for cafe recommendations than the group itself? Here’s our list of the top ten Inner West cafes (in alphabetical order), as voted by the Inner West Mums!
Located at 371b Darling Street, right next to a bus stop, Contessa is a casual dining cafe/restaurant which brings a slice of New York City cool to the streets of Balmain. Contessa is child friendly with five high chairs available. Popular with kids is the Frogiccino. They also serve The Grounds Coffee, with gluten-free options and always something mouth watering to eat. Open Monday to Friday 7 am–3.30 pm and Saturday and Sunday 8 am–3.30 pm. Menu available here and check out their website.
The Cove, on 378 Great North Road, Abbotsford, brews Campos coffee; you can smell it upon entry. The cafe offers loads of space for mothers’ groups and a list of delightful edibles such as sourdough bread and pastries baked fresh daily. Open from Monday to Friday 7 am–2 pm and Saturday and Sunday 8 am–3 pm. They are super kid friendly with pram and wheelchair access, baby change table, high chairs, kids’ toys, books and pencils and paper. There’s also free wi-fi and car parking – entry is on Blackwall Point Road. Check out the menu here.
On 109 Smith Street, Summer Hill, there sits a corner shop serving Toby’s Estate coffee and all-day breakfast. There is free street parking on Smith Street and in the surrounding streets. Envy Deli Cafe has loads of high chairs available, as well as two large toy boxes and books to keep the kids entertained and free wi-fi. There are plenty of scrumptious GF items on the breakfast and lunch menu as well as homemade GF cakes, with a kids’ breakfast and lunch option. Envy is open Monday to Saturday 6 am–5 pm and Sunday 6.30 am–5 pm. Envy Deli Cafe accommodates catering and functions. Menu available here.
Situated on Queen Street, Ashfield, this is another corner cafe with great offerings, including salads, burgers and cakes. With street parking available, vegan options and high chairs for the little ones, Excelsior Jones is family friendly and has received warm reviews. Open Monday to Friday 7.30 am–3 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am–3 pm. Check out their website.
Serving Campos coffee at 260 Darling Street, Balmain is Kafeine. This is a friendly, popular cafe with the locals and the kids. There are gluten-free selections and a must is the crunchy French toast. You can choose to sit inside along the mirrored wall or outside watching the passers-by. There is parking availability along Darling Street and around Gladstone Park with free council wi-fi which is easily accessible. Open Monday to Friday 6.30 am to 4 pm and Saturday to Sunday 7 am to 4 pm. Here is their menu.
The Little Cup and Saucer, located at 52 Northcote Street, Canterbury, is the perfect spot to catch up with your mothers’ group for breakfast or lunch. It’s kid friendly and has lots of room for prams and high chairs. The chefs use fresh produce from local suppliers or directly from the farm gate. GF options are available and they are happy to accommodate dietary requirements. Delicious house-made cakes, sweets and treats are on offer too. Open Tuesday to Friday 7 am–4 pm and Saturday and Sunday 7 am–3 pm. Plenty of street parking and the staff are very accommodating. Check out the reviews here.
Conveniently located opposite Enmore Park, at 68 Victoria Road, Marrickville, Petty Cash Cafe has all home-made offerings. They make lots of GF and vegan food; in fact, their specials are almost always vegan and GF. They brew Bills Beans, roasted in Orange, and you can smell it for miles. The kitchen opens at 7.30 am and closes at 3 pm, with the cafe closing at 3.30 pm. There is usually heaps of parking (no meters either), free wi-fi, high chairs and they will supply a blanket if you wish to sit at Enmore Park. Check out the reviews here.
The Pig & Pastry is a winner of five awards from the Fine Food Show 2018. It’s located at 1 Station Street, Petersham, directly opposite Petersham Oval. With offerings of freshly made breads, pastries, donuts, brioche, cakes and ice-cream, there are also GF options. The menu changes regularly, depending on what is available at the markets each week. You can enjoy a coffee, tea, good old-fashioned malt milkshake or freshly squeezed juice. Serving healthy breakfasts and hearty lunches, The Pig & Pastry is open Monday to Friday 7 am to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4 pm. NB: The cafe is closed on Tuesdays. Website and menu available here.
At 291 Annandale Road, Annandale, an original corner store, now known as Revolver Cafe since 2009, is the locals’ favourite, and you’re always welcomed like one too. The Revolver Cafe fare includes free-range and organic produce, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. The Ultimate Cheeseburger is a winner. Revolver Cafe does daily specials for lunch. The cake menu is inviting and the orange and almond cake (GF) is a must to try with your Morgans coffee brew. There is free angled street parking nearby, high chairs for the bubs and outdoor seating. Open Monday to Sunday 8 am–4 pm. Kitchen closes at 3.30 pm. Stalk the menu here.
The beautiful morning sunshine filters natural light through the Sideways Deli Cafe at 37 Constitution Road, Dulwich Hill. Open 7 am – 5 pm every day with free street parking. Sideways Deli Cafe has free wi-fi and everything is baked on site. GF options are included and will cater to your dietary requirements. The cafe has an extensive all-day breakfast and lunch menu, is suitable for mothers groups with prams and has a kids’ menu, high chairs galore, a toy box and a book nook. It is located very close to three different parks, and it’s only 50-metre walk from Arlington light rail station. Here is the menu.
and the winners from the cafe voters are:
The Little Cup and Saucer – winner of 2 Big Joe’s breakfast’s & 2 regular coffee’s Suzanne Trimmer
Kafeine Balmain – winner of $40 voucher Renee Wilson
The Cove Dining Co – winner of $50 voucher Rebecca Woodcock
Sideways Deli Café – winner of $40 voucher Brenda Schofield
Petty Cash Café – 2 winners of $45 each Nikki Shah & Verity Gill and 4 winners of $4.50 coffee vouchers are Rebecca Armstrong, Olivia Jimena, Maria Kotsiaris and Monika Tanaka
Contessa Balmain – winner of $50 voucher Helen Bowden
Revolver – winner of a Breakfast, or Lunch for 2 people to the value of $50 Jacqueline Riley
The Pig & pastry – winners of 2 Coffee & Babychino vouchers each Maya Bennett and Jemma McGir
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