I’ve dreamed of starting my own craft cafe for a very very long time. Multiple versions of the business plans were also created, but after so many years, nothing was solidified. When I chanced upon this kids friendly crafty cafe along Aliwal Street, I just had to go visit and check them out!
Last Saturday, after registering Ayra to her childcare for 2014, we drove to Aliwal Street in search for this new potential weekend hangout place, EatPlayLove Cafe. The cafe was easy to spot and we got a parking lot just right in front of the cafe entrance.
The cafe is just how I had dreamed about – cute, colorful and welcoming! I love every bits and corner of this place, it was love at first sight!
The cafe is spacious, very creatively decorated and filled with cute vintage stuff.
We love it even more when we see no pork in the menu! They have Thai infused dishes, the western choices, deserts and decent drink options. We were all famished and ordered a set meal each. $12 for salad, soup, main and a drink! It was value-for-money I dare say, there was a pretty big piece of fresh prawn, slice fish and mushrooms in the Tom Yum Soup. The mango salad was spicy and nice, and I love my Basil Chicken rice! The Olive fried rice is suitable for kids, at least Ayra managed to eat a few grains of it before she shuts her golden mouth. (We’re still trying to find the right food to encourage her to open her golden mouth to eat a decent meal!)
Ayra was asleep when we arrived at the cafe and woke up when we were almost done with our lunch. This girl has great time control doesn’t she! Her eyes and mouth opened wide when she saw the surrounding. She gave us her silly grin and nodded when I asked if she wanted to wear her shoes and get down to explore. We finished our meals and moved ourselves to the other side of the cafe where we started our crafting fun.
To start crafting, you’ll need to make payment at the cashier. It’s $5 per child for 2 hours of unlimited crafting fun. The parents around that day joined in the fun too assisting their kids with creative fun.
Ayra is still too young to know what was going on, but she had fun picking up materials for us and playing with bits and pieces of stuff from the table.
She likes these two red sock monkeys and was playing with them while I took photos of her in the vintage chair. The crafty mummy just had to buy a pack of socks and instructions to DIY one for her. Will share more about it when I get a chance to get onto this new project of mine.
My family totally enjoyed ourselves at EatPlayLove cafe and we sure see ourselves going back regularly for more food and crafting fun! Seeing so many indie cafe places closing down in the past few months, I hope they will stay open long enough for a birthday party when Ayra is ready for one with her friends. Parents reading this, bring your child to EatPlayLove Cafe for some fun and help spread the love for this family friendly place. Did I mention the ladies at the cafe are very friendly and nice too? It’s surely worth a visit and more!
– find them on Facebook
28 Aliwal Street #01-07
Aliwal Arts Centre