Lilo Cafe

Basic Info:

Name: Lilo Cafe
Address: 1/725 Esplanade Mornington
Phone: 03 5975 0165
Opening Hours:
Open Tuesday to Sunday - 8am - 4pm

Little Eats ‘soundbite review’:

Lilo Café is positioned in a unique spot in Mornington opposite Fishermans Beach. Away from the crowds, this café has become a destination in itself. Children are well catered for with a fun menu and activities to keep them entertained. Adults will enjoy the relaxed vibe and the quirky green décor.

Highchair: Yes
Change table: Yes
Pram access: Yes
Separate kids menu: Yes
Normal menu suitable for kids: Yes
Friendly staff: Yes
Play area for kids: No - although the beach is very closes
Activities provided for kids (eg: crayons): Yes - coloured pencils, paper, books and magna doodle's
Vibe/atmosphere: Upbeat atmosphere, lots of families, casual, beachy, fun
Prices: Standard
Other: Cute vintage women's and kids clothes for sale out the back.

Little Eats detailed review:

Before going out for morning tea, my 4-year old daughter decided to put some eyeshadow on. However, instead of neatly decorating her eyelids she plastered eyeshadow all over her eyebrows. And so we took her out like this, with her great big pink mono-brow.

It didn’t matter, as anything goes at Lilo Café, a place that will feed you visual inspiration, as well as fine food. An eclectic mix of 50s and 60s green vintage objects adorn the walls, sourced from op shops, antique centres and garage sales from around the Mornington Peninsula. My daughter particularly liked the large green rocking horse above the drinks fridge and the play-size green washing line on the cake display. I suspect that she would have loved to have played with them. However, she was able to play with the Magna Doodle and draw pictures with the bucket of pencils and green paper on offer. There was also a pile of books available for kids to enjoy. There are lots of Ikea highchairs for young ones and plenty of tables to sit at, both inside and outside.

My daughter enjoyed a small-size chocolate milkshake (served in a green cup of course) and a nicely proportioned blueberry pancake, served with a side of maple syrup and icecream ($7). We had an old-school chocolate lamington. There was a mix-up with our coffee orders, but when they did arrive they were high quality. We discovered that even the cutlery is quirky, being real silver vintage treasures.

Also on offer on the special kids menu is Eggy bread – Kids French toast ($7) and 4 minute boiled egg with happy face and buttered toast soldiers ($6). For lunch there is fish bites and chips, grilled chicken and chips or simple pasta with butter and cheese (all $8) and kids treats include mango lick, choc top ice cream ($4) or yo-yo ($2).

I indulged in some retail therapy on the way to the toilet. Outside the women’s loos is a clothes rack full of pre-loved and vintage clothes (for children and adults). Kid’s t-shirt $2 or long sleeve top $5, women’s vintage dress $30. Also, make sure you check out the Lilo sign created out of green hair rollers on the toilet wall.

After your experience at Lilo you can enjoy a play at the beach. Across the road is a path with direct access to Fishermans Beach.

This guest review was written for Little Eats by local Mornington Peninsula Mamma to two, Rowena. She is the founder of that unearths and reviews unique children's party venues around Melbourne.