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20+ pram friendly cafes for the coffee snob

Laura Peppas

Let’s face it: when you’re a parent, caffeine is a necessity.

But once you’ve got a little one in tow, the cafe experience becomes a little less effortless.

Suddenly, there’s so many more things to consider than if you’re going to order a medium or large size cup: is the pram going to fit, or is it going to knock into ten annoyed patrons before we even sit down? Is there a change table in case of the dreaded poo explosion (which, when you’re in public the odds of this increases drastically)? Is there any parking if the café isn’t walking distance?

That doesn’t that doesn’t mean mums or dads should have to miss out on Canberra’s better quality brews or resort to the same old places every time they want to catch up.

Here are 20+ “coffee snob” approved, pram friendly options for your next caffeine fix…

Smaller catch ups

Belconnen

Little Oink, Cook

This cute little café at the Cook shops is the perfect child-friendly option for a coffee, and it even has a little play area for toddlers.

Change table: Yes | Parking: Usually easy to find | littleoink.com.au

Ricardo’s, Jamison

Sure, the coffee is good, but it also doesn’t hurt that Ricardo’s has some of the most delectable desserts in Canberra.

Change table: Yes, inside the Jamison Centre | Parking: Can get busy on weekends, but usually easy to find on weekdaysricardoscafe.com

Woden/Weston Creek

The Meating Room, Weston

Equal parts cafe, grill and bar, this nifty establishment is great if you’re hankering for a side of lunch with your coffee, and it even has a parent’s room.

Change table: Yes | Parking: Relatively easy to find on weekdays, can get busier on weekends | meatingroom.com.au

A Bite to Eat, Chifley

A favourite among southside mums, this cafe even has a little playground across the road for older kids.

Change table: Yes | Parking: Usually easy to find | abitetoeat.net.au

The Shed Cafe, Westfield Woden

Yummy food, good coffee, plenty of room and located just near Country Road – what more could you want?

Change table: Yes, inside the shopping centre | Parking: Available underground at Westfield Woden, with the first two hours free | theshedcafe.com.au/woden

Inner south

Bookplate Cafe, Parkes

A good play date is to visit Questacon’s play station then walk over to this recently renovated café/restaurant for a cuppa or a relaxed lunch.

Change table: Yes, on the lower ground level | Parking: Busy during the week, easier to find on weekends (depending on school holidays) | bookplate.com.au

National Portrait Gallery Café or National Gallery Café, Parkes

Both of these options are spacious and have parent rooms available (and if there’s an exhibit on that you want to see, it’s an added bonus!)

Change table: Yes | Parking: Dependent on events, but usually relatively easy to find | portrait.gov.au/content/cafe-and-shop and nga.gov.au/venuehire/food.cfm 

The Deck at Regatta Point, Parkes

The outdoor deck at this cafe is gorgeous if it’s a sunny day, with stunning views of Lake Burley Griffin.

Change table: Yes | Parking: Dependent on events etc, parking fees apply | thedeckatregattapoint.com.au

The Hyatt, Parkes

Though it may seem a bit fancy at first for a bub’s catch up, the Hyatt actually has oodles of room plus a great change table area. You can sit outside on the veranda and have a coffee or indulge in a cake or the afternoon high tea on Fridays (all you can eat, anyone?)

Change table: Yes | Parking: Usually easy to find weekdays or weekends | canberra.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Inner north and city  

Pollen at the National Botanic Gardens, Acton

If it’s good weather, the outdoor space at this cafe is a great option – just be sure to note that you need pram room when booking. It’s also perfect for a walk after in the gardens.

Change table: Yes | Parking: Ample on weekdays, busier on weekends – parking fees apply | pollencafe.com.au

A Baker courtyard or Monster at Hotel Hotel, NewActon

A Baker’s courtyard has plenty of room for prams and is the perfect location for a walk around the lake afterwards. During the winter, its neighbour Monster at Hotel Hotel is also a great option as it has a massive fireplace, good coffee and a change table, plus there are baby-friendly movie sessions available next door at Palace Electric Cinema!

Change table: Available across the road at Hotel Hotel | Parking: Available downstairs at Hotel Hotel, near the Capitol Tower building or street parking, can get busier during the week. Parking fees apply | abaker.com.au and monsterkitchen.com.au

Two before Ten, City

This café comes complete with a gorgeous little courtyard for soaking up that spring weather, plus barista Jack makes the best chai teas in Canberra (in my humble opinion!).

Change table: No, but there is a parent’s room nearby at Canberra Centre | Parking: Ample on weekends, limited on weekdays (city loop bus available) – parking fees apply | twobeforeten.com.au

Ivy and the Fox, Acton

Located on the grounds of the ANU, this charming cafe has a delicious menu and also has a fantastic outdoor area for the warmer months if the babies need some tummy time.

Change table: No | Parking: Available across the road, parking fees may apply | facebook.com/pg/Ivy.TheFox

Rodney’s cafe, Pialligo

Pialligo is always a great place to go if you’re craving something a bit different. This cafe is surrounded by beautiful gardens and has a handy playground for the older tots.

Change table: Yes | Parking: Relatively easy to find during the week, busier on weekends | rodneys.com.au/pages/The-Cafe.html

Tuggeranong

Five Senses, Tuggeranong

This is a great option for a coffee if you’re doing Giggle and Wiggle across the road at the Tuggeranong Library beforehand!

Change table: Yes, inside the shopping centre | Parking: Under the shopping centre or across the road. Underground is free for the first two hours | 5sensescafe.com

Brew Bar, Tuggeranong

Such is this spot’s popularity, there’s a second Brew Bar not too far away on Reed Street. 

Change table: Yes, inside the shopping centre | Parking: Under the shopping centre or across the road. Underground is free for the first two hours | facebook.com/BrewBar-Anketell-Street

Gungahlin

Frankies at Forde, Forde  

This little gem is the perfect coffee stop if you’ve got a pram in tow (just be sure to take your own cup if you’re taking away, or be prepared to buy a reusable one – these guys don’t do disposable).

Change table: Yes | Parking: Relatively easy to find on weekdays | frankiesatforde.com.au

Tinker Tailor, Casey

This cool café has local coffee snobs raving, for its delicious brews and pastries alike.

Change table: Yes, in the Casey Market Town centre | Parking: Good during the week, can get busier on weekends | caseymarkettown.com.au/tinker-tailor

Larger groups

This gets a bit tricky cafe-wise, but there are a few options:

The National Arboretum

National Museum of Australia

Snapper on the Lake, Yarralumla

Any of the clubs: some favourites include the Hellenic Club, Mawson Club or The Zest Café at Gungahlin Raiders Club 

Just FYI: our author is a new mum and lives in the city, so these are the cafes she has come across or heard about in the last few months. If you know any more pram friendly cafes across town, please let us know in the comments below!

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Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

  • Lauren Russell

    Supetto in Jerrabomberra is very kid/pram friendly too. It has a big dolls house for little ones to play with!

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