Family Life

31Most parents discover fairly early on that if they want to meet in a cafe with friends and have any hope of conversation (one that spans more than 10 seconds), then a distraction for the children in the form of a book/toy is imperative. It allows at least some semblance of communication between the adults whilst in the company of young children — where you can form a full sentence… in one go!!

Many cafes in Melbourne answer this need, providing crayons and butcher paper to occupy the kids. And that certainly helps! But Family Life Home & Café in Grattan Street, Prahran goes one step further. Not only is it a divine Balinese inspired space, incorporating a cafe and boutique, but it has a gorgeous imaginative play area for the children.

So… whilst you leisurely sip your cappuccino on a comfy couch, chat to friends, read the newspaper (without being interrupted every. single. sentence) and shop for hand-made toys, eco homewares, exotic recycled furniture and some great kidswear — the children are happily playing nearby in the enchanted forest or putting on a show in the gazebo! Happiness all around!

If you are visiting, be sure to check out the kidswear. Not only do they carry some great Aussie designers like Mill&Mia, Sudo and Jellyfish but they also carry a more obscure Balinese designer called Paul Ropp. His distinctive and vibrant pieces are truly amazing!

Family Life will also throw a fantastic kids birthday party, with every little detail taken care of!

- Sara

4 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Dina | February 1, 2010 | Reply

Looks like a dream come true! What a beautiful place.

2. baroquebabies | February 1, 2010 | Reply

Sounds lovely! Wish I could visit!

3. Mo | February 2, 2010 | Reply

so jealous – just what London needs!

4. katie beaton | February 2, 2010 | Reply

heavenly!

i was saying to my husband the other day they should open a bar like that which I thought was a brilliant idea until he pointed out to me that was encouraging drinking whilst looking after young children…probably bad I hadn’t thought of that oops.

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