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.