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HOT: Craft And Caffeine, 16 A Herbert Ave, Hoppers Crossing

HOT: Craft and Caffeine, 16 A Herbert Ave, Hoppers Crossing

Craft and Caffeine is a tucked away shop in suburban Hoppers Crossing that offers exactly what it says – crafty activities for the kids and caffeine for the tired adults!

craft and caffeine

The space is set up with kids in mind and it’s a relaxing location for a cold or rainy day adventure.

craft and caffeine

The room filled with a range of art materials, with a structured activity on offer (it was making Father’s Day cards on our visit) as well as free play. You can choose from painting, pasting and playdough.

craft and caffeine

The craft is free or you can contribute to the cost of the materials with a gold coin donation.

craft and caffeine

There’s also a reading corner with books and toys and every Thursday and Friday at 10:30am there’s free story time.

craft and caffeine

The gift shop area at the back sells craft made by local craftswomen – check out the cute tea cosies!

craft and caffeine

The food menu is basic but very reasonably priced. The sweet treats are from a nearby bakery and a local home baker. The babycinos are free!

craft and caffeine

Baby 2.0 plays quietly and happily while I enjoyed a hot drink and then we both do some more craft together.

craft and caffeine

When the weather’s warmer you can take a picnic blanket and sit in the outdoor grass area and let the kids play with hoops, toys and pavement chalk. 

craft and caffeine

Craft and Caffeine  is particularly busy in the mornings (especially the free morning story times) and school holidays. They also offer party bookings on weekend at a very reasonable price. While the food is not that exciting it’s a quiet, relaxing place to hang out, particularly with young kids on a weekday afternoon.

For more crafty or messy play visit The Messy Shed, Crafternoon and Craftercise.

HOT Tips:

  • Pram access;
  • High chairs;
  • Change table;
  • Standard menu suitable for kids;
  • Toys and craft materials;
  • Mums and Bubs happy hour each Wednesday 10am-12pm – coffee for $2; and
  • Free storytime on Thursdays and Fridays 10:30am.


Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. I have a 2 and half year old and a 5 month old. I felt great to be able to sit down and have a hot drink whilst it was still hot. The cafe is not huge but the way they have utilized the space means you can keep an eye on your kids without having to constantly chase after them, and there are no gated areas in the way.

  2. Hi,
    Do you do art classes for 7 and 9 years old children? If so, please how much does it cost and how many days you offer? Thank you.

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