Play Cafe Review

Meerkat Play Cafe, Dun Laoghaire


4 Overall
3.3 Users (3 votes)
Overall Experience

We arrive at the car park of the Meerkat Play Cafe at 2.50pm on a very rainy afternoon. It means we have just over an hour of playtime left, and what a shame as we could have easily spent half a day here. Next time, to fit more playtime in, we are coming for breakfast (and having their buttermilk pancakes).

Meerkat is a lovely neighborhood play café for young children (0-5 years old) that is run by its owners Antish and Gosia. The owners are extremely pleasant and eager to please which makes for a very welcoming atmosphere. Inside it is divided into a café area, which serves barista style coffee and fantastic fresh food, and a play area.

The play area is not large but has a great selection of wooden toys, multi-colored building blocks and of course a toddler’s favorite, a mock kitchen. Nanny Village especially loved the large wooden car and the rocking caterpillar. The ball pit was also a huge success. There is no time limit so should you come first thing in the morning, you are welcome to spend all day playing.

Meerkat does a fantastic job at engaging parents in the little one’s play- bin bags are scattered around the play floor so adults can sit, relax and play comfortably with their babies. The only concern would be keeping older children (3 years plus) entertained. If your child is the type who has loads of energy to burn and loves to run around exploring this may not be the perfect place for you. If however, he or she is happy with a more relaxed atmosphere and may be a story time then we can’t recommend this place enough.

An afternoon at the Meerkat Play Café feels like a visit to your aunt’s house, who just happens to have a huge amount of toys, great coffee and every now and again a cousin whose name escapes you comes running pass. If you are a local this is a must.

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As a stay at home Mum this has been such a wonderful salvation for both myself and my 2 year old daughter. She has yet to go to creche and we both found other in door play grounds a little overwhelming. She needed a soft introduction to other kids where I could see her and she me. This was just perfect. It is small but very much to her enjoyment and comfort level. I could not get over the warm welcome, care and sincerity I felt upon entering my first time from Gosia. However, to my great surprise not only was the herbal tea and coffee perfect, the food was just so fresh and utterly YUMMY. There is food for kids too but the fact that they took such great care in the adult menu really astounded me. A lot of the produce Antish from Cavistons and you can tell he take great pride in what he cooks and prepares. I can relax there and actually enjoy watching my daughter play while sipping my peppermint tea and munch away on a chicken salad, sitting down for once!
January 27, 2016, 8:37 pm
Great place for a Birthday party
We recently held our daughter's 4th Birthday party at Meerkat. I can't recommend it highly enough. A fantastic way to have a special day with your little one. Lots of healthy food, followed by treats for the little ones & good coffee & scones for the not so little. A lovely flow to a couple of hours. The smalls had a great time in the play area. Yes, it's not huge, but enough space for 10-16 kids to have a fun time and no collateral damage to your home. Well done Gosia & Antish
September 25, 2015, 9:38 pm
very friendly
Very friendly and enjoyable 646
September 22, 2015, 6:41 pm
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