Booktalk Cafe

Basic Info:

Name: Booktalk Cafe
Address: 91 Swan St, Richmond
Phone: 9428 1977
Website: NA
Opening Hours:
Daily: 8.30am - 5pm

Little Eats ‘soundbite review’:

Perfect for bookworms, bargain hunters and cafe lovers alike. A lovely local cafe come bookshop with good food, friendly staff, a nice relaxed vibe and a special menu for the little ones.

Highchair: No
Change table: No
Pram access: Yes
Separate kids menu: Yes
Normal menu suitable for kids: Yes
Friendly staff: Yes
Play area for kids: No
Activities provided for kids (eg: crayons): No, but you could buy them a bargain book instead.
Vibe/atmosphere: Local, friendly, relaxed
Prices: Standard
Other: Also a new and pre-loved bookstore.

Little Eats detailed review:

Coffee, books, magazines and newspapers. These are a few of my favourite things! Therefore when stopping in at Booktalk for a cuppa, a treat or a quick bite, it can also be dangerous for my wallet. However as they are mainly a pre-loved bookstore, the prices are very affordable.

As well as the second-hand books, they also have a small selection of new books, and a couple of tables of sale items which always seems to have a wide selection of kid’s books at heavily discounted prices. Today I bought my little one a hardback copy of “Mog’s Christmas” by Judith Kerr, who also wrote one of my childhood favourites “The tiger who came to tea”, for only $4.99. Bargain!

There are no highchairs or change tables, however the staff are super kid-friendly and chatty and are used to having lots of Mums with kids and prams in tow as customers. There is ample room to get the pram in the door and up to the tables, and there is a cosy nook at the back with comfy vintage couches and a box of kiddies box next to it... a popular spot to settle in with your little ones for a story and a snack.

The menu which was created by one of the staff members includes sweet little hand drawn pictures of children that regularly visit the cafe. How cute. I bet they just love seeing themselves in the menu. There is a special dedicated page in the menu titled “For the little ones”, which offers fresh fruit salad, eggs on toast with optional bacon, toastie soldiers with vegemite, jam, peanut butter or grilled cheese. And to drink there are small sized kids’s hot chocolates and milkshakes. And last but not least at the bottom of the kids menu, lurks an old favourite, killer pythons! So there is something to tempt all the tiny diners. The baby-cino's come complete with chocolate sprinkles and a marshmallow for only 50c. Another bargain!

The food here for big kids is good too - big breakfasts and yummy fresh sandwiches, salads as well as some hot dishes, and of course lots of nice cakes and treats including muffins, biscuits, slices and yummy little goodies the little ones will love including chocolate crackles.

So settle in for a while, have a nice spot of lunch or a sweet treat, a good cup of coffee, a flick through the complimentary mags and papers, read your little one a book and then take your time browsing through the shelves for a pre-loved bargain to take home.

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