I recently enjoyed an oat milk cappuccino at Rafter & Rose in Ipswich’s Top of Town Precinct. This gorgeous family-run cafe initially caught my eye with its cascading foliage and antique charm.
Upon arrival, a rainforest-like alleyway led me through the side entrance. I was then swiftly greeted by the cafe staff. Inside was a counter full of delicately decorated pastries, cakes and slices. They had gluten- and dairy-free options, which is hard to come by with freshly-baked goods.
The cafe’s interior was just as pretty as its dessert display. Tall, vintage-style cabinets lined the cafe walls, stacked with curious trinkets and home-style goods. You can sit inside amongst the enchanting collection or outside in the refreshing greenery. I chose to sit in the laneway surrounded by plants. I also ordered a coffee and breakfast burger, which to my delight, were very tasty.
Food at child-friendly cafe Rafter & Rose
There is a magical vibe to this child-friendly cafe. The family has put their heart and soul into curating its beautiful atmosphere. The menu features delicious, wholefood-based goodness. It’s also allergen friendly, with lots of options and plant-based dishes. As a mum of a toddler, I was pleased to see so many healthy, yummy foods I could feed my one-year-old. I was also impressed by their use of organic eggs and locally sourced produce. And did I mention their beautifully plated dishes? I tried the Jimmy Holden breakfast burger. It had a sweet potato rosti, caramelised onion, an organic egg, and yummy aioli in an activated charcoal bun. My coffee served in a large green mug, was just as lovely. The glorious atmosphere also helped.
This child-friendly cafe provides a beautiful mum-date spot. Though I was enjoying some rare alone time, I did notice a young family inside and plenty of high chairs. However, there were lots of precious trinkets on display, so opting for the outdoor jungle might be better for toddlers. Plus, the leafy laneway gives the kiddies lots to admire. Outdoor seating means mums with prams can have a bit more space. More importantly, its calming foliage helps them stay at peace.
Anyone looking for a unique brunching experience will love this child-friendly cafe in Ipswich. It has lots of exciting decor and plenty of attractions nearby to make a day of it. Plus, they have freshly brewed, single-origin coffee, thank god! I highly recommend checking out this rare Ipswich treasure.
By Annie Mayer-Rayment
Annie has been researching and writing her whole life. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Macquarie University in 2019. In 2022 she received a master’s degree from the University of Sydney. That same year, Annie joined the university of motherhood, welcoming her first baby in April.
Throughout her studies Annie has explored a range of topics across the arts and sciences. Her focus has been on cultural heritage and anthropology. In 2019 she received the Halder Chowdhury Prize for her research on Indigenous Rock Art in the Sydney Basin. However, no task has proved as challenging as raising a little human.
Annie now enjoys exploring all things baby and postpartum, and writing informative pieces for her fellow mums.