Stanley Street Cafe, St IvesĀ 

The best sandwhich have eaten in so long I don’t even remember what I thought was better before I ate this šŸ™‚ pulled lamb with hollumi and crisp sweet potato on sourdough. Wow wow wow.

The address is 15 Stanley Street St Ives but the entrance is through the carpark situated on Stanley Lane.  To get to the parking I would rather put Stanley Lane into your GPS. Just be careful entering Stanley Lane as it is very narrow. 

What the map below doesn’t show is that you can get through to Stanley Lane by entering the YMCA parking lot off Porters Lane. Driving through that carpark will take you into Stanley Lane. Another note on the map – that McDonalds is not the fast food chain it is a pharmacy. 

 
The vibe is not really child friendly, as you’ll see from the pictures and you have to be careful with the tables with their sharp metal edges. However, the menu did have kids food, there are babychinos and I did spot some high chairs. Also in favour of kids, the staff and other patrons were quite chilled when I visited with my daughter, even when she played peekaboo in between the chairs.

  
I dropped in for a coffee and stayed for lunch because the Pulled Lamb Sandwhich special on the chalkboard looked too good to miss. I’m so glad I tried it but now I need more, I’m definitely going to have to go back and go back soon! The AllPress Coffee is also good. Check out some pics of the cafe and their food on their Facebook page here. Below are two (not-so-great) pictures of the menu. As I go back I’ll update with what we eat. 

   
 

Stanley Street Cafe is open 7 days a week from 6:30am, until 4pm Monday to Friday and 3pm on the weekends. 

The only downsides are that the outside area is right in the parking area and I’m not sure that there are bathrooms close by but I’ll also check on this next time we visit. 

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Ironbark Woodfire Pizza Restuarant and Cafe, Manly

We were stuck in Manly around dinner time and knew if the kids didn’t eat soon we’d have some serious problems. I did some googling and found Ironbark Pizza Restuarant and Cafe where kids eat free if you order before 6:30pm. 

The address for your GPS is 208 Pittwater Road, Manly, 2095. There is on street parking, we got parking along Rolfe Street as we were coming from the East Esplanade. 

  

Ironbark Pizza Restuarant and Cafe is open from 5pm every day of the week. Bookings can be made online by clicking here. They also offer take away and delivery to some suburbs. 

The decor yells Italian Pizzeria, the red checkered table clothes, waxed covered candles and wooden tables. You can sit outside (it was covered up when we visited in Autumn) or sit inside alongside the warm pizza oven. 

   
    
 

As soon as we arrived we were shown a table and offered a high chair or booster seat and our pick of colouring-in sheets. Of course we chose Batman, Lightening McQueen and Sophia The First. The service was super quick and we were able to eat, colour and pay all before the kids got too worn out. You can tell that it’s loved amongst the locals because of how quickly it gets full of families around 6pm. 

Naturally, the good choices are pizza but there are pastas and some other options. My husband had the pizza which he said was good and I had the ravioli which was good. You can access the menu here. We paid $64 for an adult pizza, adult pasta, Cole, decaf cuppachino, kids juice and kid’s icecream. The kids’ meals would have cost about $15 each but were free because we ordered within the time frame. The kids had the smiley face pizza (which was loved) and the chicken and chips (also devoured). 

One thing I loved about the place was the hostess, she was absolutely divine with the kids and completely attentive to us and them without being overbearing. 

  

The Boatshed Cafe and Bar, NarrabeenĀ 

I have never walked into a restuarant with kids and felt so welcome. From the manager (maybe the owner) to the wait staff everyone smiled and greeted the kids. The atmosphere coupled with the view and the space means we will definitely return.  

The address I found on the web was 11 Narrabeen Street, NSW 2101 and this took us to a rather random spot right next to where we wanted to be though, thankfully.  Look out for the entrance to the parking for Limani (because it’s in the same building) it’ll be on your left (if you’re facing the water). 
There are two options for seating – either inside and upstairs (there is a lift at the back of the building on the left hand side of the stairs) or outside in front overlooking the water (the views are great from either). 

  
The restuarant is open for breakfast and lunch, menus are all online for you to check out beforehand and bookings can be made online on the website, just click here but we wandered up on a Sunday morning at 10am and while we couldn’t get a table outside we found one inside with no trouble. 

As soon as the waitress arrived we were presented with colouring-in sheets and crayons (a Spider-Man sheet for the boy and a frozen sheet for the girl). These kept the kids seriously entertained until the food arrived. As is becoming standard my husband had the egg and bacon roll which he said was ‘traditional’ and ‘good’, I had the pancakes which were okay as did our little boy. The coffee was awesome as was the babychino. 

  

The menu is good but the sweets on sale look better and I think I’ll give this a try rather next time. maybe we’ll go for tea next time.  There are bathrooms but not fantastic.  On the plus side, the service was very quick and thorough, the location is great, there is plenty of parking and the kids are well looked after. 

 
Even if  you don’t stay for a sit down meal, you can always grab a take-away coffee or smoothie. 

After breakfast we were able to head out for a walk along the lake which made for a perfect end to a great morning. 
 

Belaroma Coffee Centre, Manly ValeĀ 

We stumbled upon Belaroma Coffee Centre completely by accident and boy are we glad we did. The outside gives a glimpse to the wonderland inside – a wonderland of good coffee complimented by good food. 

Situated at 75 Kenneth Road Manly Vale / Balgowlah (Apple maps refers to it as Balgowlah but the website says Manly Vale) it is just off Condamine road. If you know Manly Vale and know where the Coles and Woolworths are you’ll be able to find this place easily. 

However, the entrance is on Roseberry Street, driving East down Kenneth you’ll want to turn right onto Roseberry and the cafe will be on your right and the parking entrance just after the cafe. 

  

There is street parking but also parking behind the coffee shop which seems sufficient as we arrived during the breakfast / brunch rush and still got a parking. 

You know it’s going to be a goody when you walk into the outside area and it’s smart / neat and smells amazing. The inside is even better, I just loved the decor and could spend hours in the place reading and drinking coffee. 

  
The menu caters for breakfasts and lunches as the cafe is only open until 3:30 and the kitchen closing at 2:30. 

There is a specific section of the menu dedicated to kids and the baby chino on offer is huge! (On the kids note: The space is big enough to get a pram into and there was a ramp for pram or wheelchair access and there are baby chairs.)

It’s another one of those order and pay at the counter type of place but there is some type of service and the service was good. The kitchen was very busy though and we had to wait some time before our food arrived (the kids and dad had to go for two walks while waiting for food).

I had the French toast which was beautifully presented and a massive portion. The flavors were awesome but just a bit too sweet. You can see from the picture below that the littlest loved the French toast too. It was so so so pretty! 

  
Husband had the egg roll which he loved and the kids had… you guessed it, a croissant. The croissant comes with jam but it is a superb croissant, I’ve had hundreds of croissant left overs and this was one of the best if not the best I have ever had. 

  
The back of the menu is dedicated to coffee and I’m not sure I completely understood it but it looks cool šŸ™‚ Being completely dedicated to coffee,  you can also pick up some of Belaroma’s famous coffee to take home or some cool coffee cups. 

Monday to Friday the Coffee Center is open from 6:30am and on weekends from 7:00am. It’s great for a quick cup of coffee and a muffin alone or an autumn / winter brunch.

I know it’s a funny way to end but I just wanted you to know that there are on-site toilets, always important when dealing with a young potty-trainee šŸ™‚ 

 

Pablo & Rusty, The Plaza in Lane Cove

Took the family down to Lane Cove to meet a friend and check out the Village that everyone raves about and it was lovely lovely. The Village just comes alive on a Saturday morning, with families everywhere. What a cool place to be on an Autumn morning with the family.

Spoilt for choice there are loads of places to eat, have a coffee or grab some freshly baked rolls. We settled on Pablo & Rusty due to its location and reputation of delivering good coffee and food. This is one of several locations in Sydney.

You can find Pablo & Rusty at The Plaza, 13 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove, the pin in the picture below is where you’ll find them. I would aim to park in the big council parking on Rosenthal Avenue – coming east down Burns Bay Road you’ll turn left into Rosenthal and then you will see the car park on your right. My educated šŸ™‚

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Pablo & Rusty is close to the green patch in the Village, the astro turf covered by a shade cloth which allows kids to have a bit of a run and sitting outside you can watch them while you have a coffee and a bite to eat. There isn’t anything that is specifically catered to for children nor do they really provide for children but they don’t need to, i just made sure I had some back up food for the littlest in case she decided today was the day she would not eat big girl food.

It very chilled, the type of place you order at the counter and take a number back to your table. We sat on high chairs around upturned oil barrels (my three year old thought it was awesome). My kids love croissants – which you will know if you follow me on twitter or Facebook – so that’s what we and it was really good. Dad had a bacon and egg roll which he hasn’t stopped raving about so I reckon that was good too.

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Today in the Village was extra special because there was music – a band, a freaking band! My kids love music and a bit of a dance so this was just too much fun to handle. A place to kick a ball, croissants and then music to dance to. Needless to say they were asleep by the time they hit their car seats.

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Pablo & Rustys Lane Cove is open every day until 4pm: from 7am during the week and on Saturdays and 8am on Sundays.

The pictures I’ve taken of the Village aren’t great – my apologies I will do better next time šŸ™‚