Prickly Pear Cafe, Yokine

 

Prickly Pear Cafe is a new vegetarian cafe located in Yokine. It features affordable meals and treats, and is adjacent to a great new kids playground.

This cafe offers vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and kosher options. Food is made fresh on-site daily. Meal options include vegetarian falafel with fresh veggies, sushi, shawarma, homemade muffins and more.

Image credit: Prickly Pear Cafe

Image credit: Prickly Pear Cafe

We stopped for a visit after school recently and found Prickly Pear Cafe to be a popular spot with local families. Lots of families from local schools dropped by for a play or a coffee whilst we were there.

We’ve visited twice, and both times it was unfortunately too late to grab some hot food that day (my bad!). So on our last I grabbed a takeaway latte and Miss 5 opted for a hot chocolate. Miss was tempted by one of the beautiful muffins, but then changed her mind. The latte came hot and a strong blend. Our visit was on a windy day, and this really warmed me up. The hot chocolate was chocolatey and very good. A warm treat for a cool day.

Just inside the door of the cafe, there is a bookshelf with chalk and colouring materials for kids. Children are welcome to create artwork with the chalk in the concrete paths outside. The shelf also operates as a little library. For a gold coin donation, you can drop off a book and borrow a new one.

While I didn’t manage to get a photo of the inside of the cafe, the atmosphere is warm and cozy. The cafe is small inside with a few wooden tables with chairs and handcrafted artwork on the wall. We also found a couple of highchairs available here.

More tables and chairs are assembled under the large verandah outside. There’s plenty of space to park a pram, and it’s a handy spot to be able to sit and watch your children as they play.

The Harry Gunzberg Playground, adjacent to the cafe, is part of the Maccabean Oval. This includes a great climbing frame kids from preschool to older primary age will enjoy. The play structure includes two different types of monkey bars and a balancing beam. Two different ladders lead up to a higher level.

From the top level, there is a slide and a fireman pole down into the sandpit base. There is also a steering wheel and a telescope for imaginative play.

Close to the door of the cafe is a toddler swing and a regular swing. Adjacent to this  in the sand is a spring rocker built for two. Perfect for younger children.

A beautiful mural of a bird grabs the eye. It spreads the length of the cafe wall, and ties the fun of the play area to the cafe.

Two things I love as a parent about this playground is there are shade sails and there is lots of seating. Wooden benches are located at either end of the playground.

Beyond the playground, there is a huge oval. Plenty of space to run around with the kids or the family dog.

Overall this is a great family-friendly vegetarian cafe. A fabulous spot to meet up with friends or grandparents. Lots of parking is available in front of the playground, including a number of disabled spots.

 

Prickly Pear Cafe, Yokine

Located at 61 Woodrow Avenue, Yokine, at Maccabean Oval.

Prickly Pear Cafe is open:

Wednesday 9am to 4pm

Thursday 9am to 4pm, then 5pm to 8pm

Saturday 8am to 1pm.

Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Hours may vary in school holidays and over holiday periods. Check the Prickly Pear Facebook page or Instagram for updates before visiting during these periods.

 

About Holly Clark

Holly Clark is currently a stay at home mum of one, a self-confessed coffee addict and a baker of sweet treats. She studied Professional Writing and Editing, and occasionally writes on her recipe blog, Lucky Star's Kitchen

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