Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Wooden Table

Corner of Gordon Road and Bush Road, Mosgiel

Opening Hours
Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:00pm
Saturday 7:00am-2:00pm


Free carpark at the rear of the building.
Two level seated area, however kids playroom is accessed via a steep stair case.

Cabinet food with GF options
Kids playroom upstairs
Gift wear
Gift boxes
Catering available on request

Coffee - Small $4 Regular $4.5 Large $5
Hot chocolate - Small $4 Regular $4.5 Large $5
Teas - $3.5
Fluffy - FREE
Milk alternatives - Soy and Coconut - 50c additional charge

The wooden table is located in that BIG blue building on the corner of Gordon and Bush Roads Mosgiel. The cool thing about this business is that it was started by two mums who had a vision and dream.

The main cafe area has various yummy cabinet food, savoury and sweet, with a menu which changes daily (this can be viewed on their Facebook and website) and is seasonal.

The Wooden Table also offers local giftware and house made preserves as well as Hearth - artisan bakery breads which are available for sale on Fridays and Saturdays. 
If you are in need of some catering this can also be arranged on request.

Located upstairs is a kids playroom which is great for keeping the kids entertained while the mum's sit on the relaxing seats and drink their coffees and chat without too much fuss!

The sun was streaming in on a lovely sunny Mosgiel day when we visited so we took advantage of the window seating.
There are two seperate rooms upstairs however if you have any escape artists the doors to these rooms can be closed to prevent anyone making a bolt to the stair case.

There is a chalk wall which was a big hit along with a toy box stacked with toys and a teepee. Toilet facilities are also located on both levels of the cafe. 

Next time you're in the area be sure to check this place out or put it on the list for your next playdate/coffee catch up! Well worth the trip.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Governor's Cafe

438 George St, Dunedin

Opening Hours
Open everyday from 7.00am-4.00pm
Kitchen closes at 3.00pm


Governor's Cafe is located on George St opposite Knox Church. There is paid parking outside the cafe and in nearby streets.

Highchairs available on request.
Kids playroom upstairs.
Upstairs dining room that can hired and used for conferences.
Change table in toilets with baby wipes.
Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan meal options.

Coffee -Regular $4 Large $4.50
Hot chocolate - Regular $4 Large $4.50
Fluffy - FREE
Milk alternatives -   Soy, Almond and Coconut - 50c additional charge


Governor's Cafe is a cozy little cafe on George St in the student end of town that has been around since 1977 and has always been popular among the students. However don't let that put you off taking the kids. They have a kids playroom upstairs which is awesome and they have the coolest Fluffies that are FREE! This cafe is the perfect location for catching up with friends with kids. They serve Orb coffee and their yummy food is made to order and they happily cater for any dietary requirements. Most menu food is also available in kid's sizes.

We met up with Benji and Tilly's mate Alba one afternoon for a coffee and catch up with her mum and little brother. The three toddlers had such a great time playing in the playroom that we lost track of time and stayed past closing time! 

One of us had a pushchair with us at the cafe. There wasn't much room for storing it in the cafe but the staff were more than happy to have it sitting under the stairs while we enjoyed our coffee upstairs. Something to keep in mind for future visits if wanting to take prams.

The staff were very friendly and accomodating during our visit and made us feel welcome. Upstairs next to the playroom they have a change table located in the toilet that is even equipped with baby wipes! 

This cafe definitely ticks all the boxes for a child friendly cafe. We have already been back since with some other friends and will be frequent visitors here!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Nova Restaurant and Cafe

29, The Octagon, Dunedin

Opening Hours
Monday-Friday 7am-Late
Saturday & Sunday 8.30am-Late


Nova Restaurant and Cafe is located in the Octagon next to the Art Gallery. There are stairs leading down to the cafe, but the cafe can be accessed with a pushchair through the Art Gallery entrance. When the cafe is busy there won't be much space available for a pushchair.

Clip on highchairs available

Coffee - $4 
Hot chocolate - $4
Fluffy - $2
Milk alternatives - $0.50 extra for Soy 
Little Allpress fluffy takeaway with straw.

Nearby Activities
Next to the Dunedin Art Gallery 
Next to the movies
Within walking distance from the library

We met up for coffee with the kids at Nova Restaurant and Cafe one morning. The kids did not want to keep still so we opted to get our coffees and fluffies in takeaway cups and took the kids across to the playroom at the Art Gallery next door. 

The staff at Nova were very friendly and accomodating.
Allpress Coffee and a large selection of yummy teas on offer. They have cabinet food as well as a day menu and evening menu.

The playroom at the Art Gallery is a great location to take the toddlers. The kids loved running around, there was plenty of activities on offer for them-they can draw, play with toys, make the most of the leggo wall and chalk board or simply sit on the bean bags and read. It was enough to distract them for a bit while we drank our coffees and chatted!

Nova is also definitely worth the visit for a wine and a delicious donut on a date night or girls night.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Cafe LOL

Store 12, Wall St Mall, Dunedin Central

Opening Hours
Monday-Friday 8:30am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:30am-5pm


Cafe LOL is located in the Wall St Mall.The cafe is easily accessible with a pushchair and has plenty of space for the kids in the atrium next to the cafe. There are a couple of stairs leading down to the atrium but it is manageable with a pushchair.

Number of free standing highchairs available
Change room/table available in the Wall St mall toilets which are located just across from cafe LOL
Gluten Free options
Breastfeeding friendly cafe

Coffee - $4.5 
Hot chocolate - $5
Fluffy - $2
Milk alternatives - $1 extra for Soy, Coconut or Almond 

Nearby Activities
Walking distance from the Public library
Located centrally in town

Cafe LOL ticks all the boxes for a child friendly cafe in the centre of town. The cafe has plenty of space with the atrium located next to the cafe with tables available which makes for a perfect location for catching up in small or large groups. Toys/seats are in the atrium for keeping the kids entertained and plenty of space for them to run around.
A relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and the friendly staff are always accommodating and have been more than happy to heat up food bought from home for the smaller children. A breastfeeding friendly cafe.

L'Affare coffee and yummy food on offer with both cabinet and menu options. Gluten free options available. This cafe is definitely worth visiting next time you have a group of people with kids or need a caffeine hit inbetween shops. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Provisions of Arrowtown

65 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown

Opening hours
Monday - Sunday 8am - 5pm
Kitchen open 8:30am - 3pm

Free street parking
Accessible with pushchair via ramp, however limited inside room.
Inside + Outside seating options.

Kids menu
High chairs
Toy box
Fenced courtyard
Cabinet and daily blackboard menu options
Vegetarian options
Fully licenced 


Coffee - $4.20
Hot chocolate - $4.70
Fluffy - FREE
Milk alternative - 50c extra Soy, $1 extra Almond 
Smoothies - $7.50
Iced coffee/chocolate - $7:50

Near by activities
Arrowtown river - walking/bike tracks
Arrowtown town centre/shops
Historic Chinese settlement  
Lake district museum
Gold panning


Provisions of Arrowtown opened in 2010 inside of a restored historic cottage, dating back to the 1870’s Arrowtown goldrush era. This cute cottage coupled with gorgeous garden courtyard, gives a private and relaxed dining atmosphere.

Provisions of Arrowtown has a sister café also set in a restored historic building, The Boatshed café & bistro on the waterfront at the Frankton Marina, which Coffee Mum has previously reviewed - 

Provisions of Arrowtown prides itself in creating fresh modern food and offers both a daily blackboard menu as well as fast and easy cabinet food. A perfect location for a cosy catch up over coffee and sticky buns or a casual long lunch in the garden under the fruit trees. This cafe is child friendly and staff were more than happy to help with high chairs, fluffies and entertainment during our visit. Provisions of Arrowtown café food is all made on site along with fresh baked breads, bagels and pastries which are also baked daily. The kids menu is well priced and can be adapted if needed. 
- Chicken nibbles $7.50
- Ham and Cheese toastie $8.80
- Hot dog in a bun $5.80
- Kids pancakes $8.50

We enjoyed our outside brunch, gazing at all the beautiful autumn leaves on the hills surrounding the cafe. If you find yourself in Arrowtown definitely visit Provisions of Arrowtown - we will be back :) 

Loving her free fluffy
Yummy buckwheat pancakes

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


538A Great King Street

Opening hours
Monday-Friday 7.00am-4.00pm

Carpark and off street parking
Accessible with pushchair, seating on lower level 
Steep stairs leading up to upper level with more seating

No high chair
No change table
Pram accessable to lower level


Coffee - $4
Hot chocolate -$4.50
Fluffy -$2
Cold brew - $5
Milk alternative - 50c extra Soy, Almond, Coconut

Near by activities
Otago Museum
Botanical Gardens 

Woodhaugh Gardens

Oaken is a relatively new cafe that is located in North Dunedin on Great King St. You have no doubt driven past it. Located next to a motel, there is off street parking available outside the cafe as well as parking in nearby streets. 

Seating is available downstairs with both indoor and outdoor options. The staff were more than happy to let us leave the pushchair downstairs while we opted to have our coffees upstairs. As you climb the steep stairs (little ones will need a hand) you are greeted with wall to wall windows creating  a very pleasant outlook. It was a sunny Dunedin day when we visited, with the sunshine streaming in with the view looking over the University and surrounding areas. 

Oaken uses fresh ingredients and produce and has a menu as well as cabinet food on offer that is vegan friendly.

No highchairs or a change table were available. However the friendly staff and nice atmosphere and a GIANT Teddy made it a pleasant coffee experience with the kiddies.

As well as being child friendly, Oaken is also dog friendly.
This cafe is definitely worth checking out!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

KiKi Beware Boutique Cafe

344 George Street

Opening hours
Monday - Saturday 9am - 8pm
Sunday - 10:30am - 6pm


Limited paid street parking.
Car park building close by.
Small table, bar and curb side seating options.
Single level cafe - accessible with pushchair however limited room inside cafe.

No high chair
No change room

Coffee - $4.50
Hot chocolate - $4.80
Fluffy - $2 
Novelty Iced Coffee - $6.50
Milk alternative - Soy

Near by activities 
George street boutique shops. 
Meridian Mall
Wall Street Mall

If you find yourself on George Street enjoying some well earned me time window shopping or for those lucky ones an actual shopping spree! Why not pop into this pocket sized modern boutique cafe for a treat. 
Featuring  a long bar,  retro stools, small table arrangements and curb side seating layout, it offers a variety of tasty milkshakes, novelty Mexican iced coffees ,your favourite hot beverages,  home-made soda, local wine, and tap beer. 
They are renown for their fried chicken, poutine, salmon bagel, fresh-baked treats or a Vietnamese BBQ Pork Baguette (a favourite with locals). 
KiKi Beware have all your cravings covered. 

As this gorgeously decorated little cafe is on the small side I would save this cafe for adult only moments and as they are open late most evenings you and the hubby could easily enjoy a date night or even a catch up wine with your fellow mums! 

We definitely will be visiting again Xx

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Civic Cafe

Plaza Suite 7/50 The Octagon, Dunedin

Opening hours
Monday-Friday 7.30pm-4pm
Saturday 10.00am-3pm

Accessible with pushchair
Paid parking in surrounding areas

High Chairs
Magazines for both adults and children
Kids menu
Cabinet food and a menu

Coffee- Small $4.00 Medium $4.50 Large $5.00 
Hot chocolate -Small $4.00 Medium $4.50 Large $5.00 
Fluffy -$1.00

Near by activities
Dunedin Public Library
The Octagon


The Civic cafe is located across from the Public Library and next to the DCC. The Civic cafe is the perfect coffee stop when visiting the public library. We popped by one Friday morning before heading to Story Time with the kiddies to give them some morning tea and a quick coffee break for ourselves. Now the kiddies are 18 months and full of energy our cafe experiences are much shorter ;)

The cafe has plenty of space for pushchairs and is easily accessible. It has basic food with typical tearoom type cabinet food- pies, sandwiches as well as a menu. However, the food is reasonably priced. Their coffee is the locally roasted primo blend Capo. 

Patrons typically consist of local businesses and the elderly but the cafe certainly caters for children and families. It may not be the most glamorous cafe but the friendly staff make for an easy enjoyable experience if you're in the area or visiting the library.