Treat the kids in Subi
With the long summer school holidays looming, why not treat the kids to a foodie feast in Subiaco?
San Churro Chocolateria
1 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Occupying a prime position at the start of Rokeby Road, dropping into San Churro’s is on most pre-teen’s list of awesome things to do. The opportunity to Instagram you and your mates tucking into colourful sundaes, piles of churros and chocolate and sundaes is pretty irresistible, it’s true. Try the new summer Loopy Sundaes – the Flamingo option looks particularly OTT with its white and milk chocolate ice cream, pink candy pop, flamingo sprinkles, floss and an extravagant Flamingo Churro Loop. Their snack packs are fun too – pick up a Chocolate Crackle Snack Pack to keep the kids refueled on the go. It’s hard to go past the famous churros as a Spanish-inspired breakfast, or if you’re keen to cool down after some summer fun, try one of the icy drinks made with premium couverture chocolate.
Corner Roberts and Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Sometimes it’s best to just go with the flow and let the kids fill their boots with burgers and chips. However, in the case of Jus Burgers, you can be reassured that these isn’t your average fast food. The Kids Pack ($10) includes a Jean Pierre Sancho brioche bun with either a Swan Valley free range chicken breast or Stirling Ranges’ beef patty, cheese and sauce, chips or salad, plus a soft drink or water. There are some cool sides too – how about haloumi chips with mint and coriander aioli or sweet potato wedges, milk shakes and kombucha.
8 Subiaco Square Road, Subiaco
There’s plenty of room for pushchairs if you sit outside and it’s pet-friendly too if you’d like to bring your fur baby along with your actual human baby. There’s a range of cakes and bakes, toasties and a short menu for the under 12s which includes pancakes served with ice cream and maple syrup, burgers and fish and chips. A great spot to refuel and watch the world go by without worrying too much about the odd chip or two falling on the floor.
151 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
They may serve ‘artisanal gelato and creative desserts’ but Whisk Creamery is also something of a kid magnet, not least because it has a big blackboard wall positively crying out to be scribbled on by little (and large) artists. The ice cream combos on offer are really only limited by your imagination so if you fancy creating the ultimate cronut or gelato tub filled to the brim with as many flavours as possible, go for it. If you fall in love with a particular flavor combo, then you can take your own tub to recreate that Whisk Creamery magic at home. There are kaleidoscopic gourmet milkshakes, fish-shaped wafer-filled Taiyaki desserts, Croinut sandwiches and good old fashioned wafers. It’s probably best to assume you’ll need to plan a return visit, just to be sure you and the kids have tried everything.
The Cat Café
147 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
With a bit of forward planning, you could arrange for your cat-loving kids to spend some quality time with the resident felines at The Cat Café. Sessions are an hour-long and while you enjoy a coffee and slice of cake, the kids can get to know the dozen or so cats who roam in a free range manner around the café, in their cubbies and ceiling-high towers. It’s a great way to introduce children to gently interacting with cats if there are no kitties at your home. They can even help groom the very accommodating cats and if you’d loved your visit, why not contribute to the cats’ upkeep by buying some of the cute cat gifts on your way out?
Be Free Organics & Picnic at Mueller Park
9d/531 Hay St, Subiaco
Why not plan an eco-friendly picnic with the kids, stocking up on some delicious treats from Be Free Organics before heading to Mueller Park for a play in its lovely playground? Husband-and-wife owners Caillan and Alessia will be more than happy to talk you through some of the ready meal options as well as a grab and go menu – all made with 100% organic ingredients. Or you could grab some dips, put together a DIY cheese platter with bread and keep it super simple. They sell reusable cups and jars too so you can sew in a little lesson about saving the planet while you feast on some seriously good food.
4/50 Subiaco Square Road, Subiaco
If you’ve got a kid who likes something from south of the border, Zambrero has a selection of Mexican-inspired dishes to suit adventurous palates. In a variety of sizes, you can fill up on nachos with various meat and protein options, hard and soft tacos as well as burritos and quesadillas. They’ve got vegan and veggie options too, while their meat is slow-cooked to make it ultra-tender and tasty. We can’t think of anything nicer than nipping in to choose your favourite taste of Mexico, packing a colourful picnic blanket and feasting as if it’s a fiesta in a nearby park.
The Jaffle Shack
95 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Perfect for little hands, a jaffle seems to be the ideal lunch package. The Jaffle Shack’s Subiaco branch does a brisk trade in clever combos like vegemite and mozzarella cheese (oh so gooey), Spag Melt (spaghetti, homemade sauce, mozzarella and pesto) and Mexican (with chilli, mozzarella served in flatbread with a side of sour cream to dunk those tasty morsels). If you’re there for something sweet, choose from a range of waffles (including bacon and maple with vanilla ice-cream which ticks those sweet/salty boxes) or Fatboi Brownies which make the perfect accompaniment to an ice-cream sundae. If the idea of a red velvet Oreo cheesecake brownie served with a strawberry delight sundae doesn’t float your boat, then I’m afraid we can’t be friends.
1982 Food + Coffee
Shop 3/1 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Bring the kids along to this friendly spot for a simple lunch of fish and chips or a chicken burger served on a mini brioche bun. There’s kid’s pasta too – penne with corn, bacon, parmesan cheese and garlic as well as nuggets and chips. If you’re in the mood to start the day off right with breakfast together, their French Toast is a kids’ dream. You could share a portion and watch their eyes light up as they tuck into brioche bread with cinnamon, custard, Nutella, berry sauce and vanilla ice cream. The 1982 crew also churn out delicious thick milkshakes as well as smoothies for kids with a penchant for something a little more adventurous. How about the Pink Dragon - a smoothie packed with all the good stuff like dragon fruit, lychees, passionfruit and coconut milk. They’re also brilliant baristas so if you’re little one has a growing passion for coffee, they’ll happily make a baby chino or two.