Monday, July 26, 2010

Gov's Rules!

Gov's Espresso
2457 Gold Coast Highway
Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast
T:  5667 1098

Rating out of 5:  4.5 child friendly forks

Clean highchairs available? Yes
Pram access? Yes.
Kids' menu? Not specifically, but plenty on the menu for kids.
Play area? Yes - great outdoor play area for the kids which is being extended as we speak.
Activities at the table? No
Room for kids to move around? Yes, outside only.  Indoor tables are a bit more "adult" like.
Child friendly atmosphere? Yes
Prices? Very reasonable.

I loved this place!  It is a real hidden treasure.  Just a few blocks from the beautiful and exclusive beaches of Mermaid on the Gold Coast, is this fantastic and interesting coffee shop.  It is in an old house and each of the rooms are set up like a house - lounge room, dining etc and are full of retro and eclectic pieces.  Mike and I took the kids in there as we had heard it was a good place to take children, and I must admit I was sceptical at first....

From the front it looks like an old junk shop.  Then as we walked in I realised it was full of these interesting antiques and retro knick-knacks.  I was seriously questioning what we were doing there at that point with 4 littlies and 8 eager hands wanting to touch everything.  The barista signalled to us that we might want to head through to the back, so we did.  What a treasure in the backyard....

A big open area with random tables and seating, and in the corner was an old style boat perched on top of a sandpit.  There were beach toys and Tonka trucks strewn across the lawn and an antique looking bed perfect for kids to chill out and read stories.

We ordered coffee and brekky and the kids played.  It was lovely and relaxing.  I can highly recommend the bircher museli and the coffee was great!!  The only issue we had was that the littlies did not want to leave, especially once a Mothers Group arrived and there were so many kids to play with.

The staff were fabulously friendly, and the waitress chatted to us about the extension underway with a whole new play area.  So we will have to get back there to check it out soon.

There is also a back entrance from the side street through the side fence gate.  This makes pram access really easy.

I would highly recommend Gov's Espresso!!  It is both interesting and relaxing and with the extension of the cafe and play area it will be a brilliant place to go with a family.  It would be perfect for a mid-week Mothers Group or Sunday family time.  Loved it!!

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