As a mum of only boys (or as I was recently referred to as a MOOB), having a semi-relaxing coffee in a café or a bite to eat with my boys without something being broken or a tantrum being thrown is a rarity.
That said, I am not prepared to go without my coffee, or food for that fact, so finding a kid friendly café or restaurant with heaps of space so I can get my caffeine and food fix is a pre-requisite for most of our outings.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery has hit the nail on the head and has gone out if its ways to make families feel more than welcome.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
It’s obvious that the brains behind this have or have had young kids. They have added simple touches to make it an enjoyable experience for all, including:
Colouring for kids
- Undercover heated outdoor area
- Kids’ tables and stools
- Colouring corner with a choice of colouring pages
- Buckets of pencils
- Kids’ menu
- Buckets of balls and cricket bats for the kids to play with around the grounds
- Free run of the orchard
- Kid size toilet
- Viewing window looking into the fully functioning chocolate kitchen
- Not to mention, the three free large ‘help yourself’ bowls of chocolate!
Free chocolate samples
I often find that I am able to take in the breathtaking views of the Yarra Valley while I enjoy my coffee and even indulge in a bite to eat while the rugrats let off steam around the grounds. Utter bliss!
Lots to choose from on the menu
Finish off your visit with a browse round the shop. It's hard to walk out empty handed. Eat your heart of Willy Wonka!
The gift shop
The café serves breakfast and lunch, as well as a large choice of home-made ice cream flavours that will get any sweet tooth excited.
The biggest chocolate bar this 6 year old has ever seen
For kids that want to channel their inner Willy Wonka, why not book them in to a 45-minute ‘parent free zone’ junior chocolatier class. Also a great gift idea for kids aged 6-12 years. Class details found HERE
The chocolate kitchen
For something completely different, check out their Rocky Road Festival 1-31 May. This unique festival will see the classic Rocky Road treat get makeover with 31 different flavours. More details HERE
Where: Yarra Valley Choclaterie & Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Road (Cnr Melba Highway), Yarra Glen