When people think of cool, funky cafes, they think of places like Surry Hills, Glebe and other inner city destinations. Well, what happens when Parramatta becomes another city (a slightly smaller one)? The surrounding suburbs within the council region start becoming pretty hip. This is very true for Rydalmere. Oh, how I envy those who live in walking distance to the lovely cafes that this suburb has to offer.
We decided to take our family to the Big Tree House Cafe. Once your GPS states that “your destination will be to your left”, you may be confused. It is a suburban street full of houses. Among these houses is a cute little storefront with seating out the front. I’ve been to this cafe before when my eldest was just a baby and knew there was fantastic seating out the back around a large tree. We went on a scorching hot day and there was no way I was going to sit anywhere without AC.
We were lucky to find an empty table inside. This place was PACKED! Clearly this isn’t a little secret. The interior has the usual hipster charm that impresses me. Great pendant lights and a nice mural on the wall.
I ordered scrambled eggs with toast and a strawberry milkshake. He ordered bacon and eggs and a coffee and the girls got a kid-sized chocolate milkshake (which seems to be the usual treat when we try new cafes) and some cheese toast. He said the bacon and eggs roll was pretty great. The Campos coffee always goes down well with him so points for that.
I couldn’t finish my eggs. It felt like there must have been at least 6 in there. Truth be told, I had my milkshake first and was very full from that. Rookie mistake. Despite not being able to finish the food, it was quite tasty. The milkshake was spot on. I tried the chocolate milkshake that my girls received. I found it was very rich, maybe a bit too rich.
Williams Reserve is only a few minutes walk from the cafe and has a medium sized playground suitable for approximately ages 3-8 years old. If you aren’t from the area and want to do more things locally, Rydalmere Bunnings is close by as is Jaycar and Aldi.
All in all, it is a very nice cafe that caters to children in terms of their menu. There isn’t an actual play area but it is a nice cafe to visit with the family. Plus there is a lovely little courtyard at the back where you can dine at, with room and plants for kids to explore.
Finding Big Tree House Cafe
Big Tree House Cafe is on Calder Road, near Park Road and not too far from Kissing Point and Victoria Road. There is street parking and you can easily tell when the cafe is busy as it is hard to find a spot.
Address: 88 Calder Rd, Rydalmere NSW 2116