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HOT: The Farm Cafe, Abbotsford

HOT: The Farm Cafe, Abbotsford

The Farm Cafe is a charming cafe adjoining Collingwood Children’s Farm which serves wholesome food to lots of happy families and farm-goers.

The Farm Cafe, Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

The wooden tables and rickety little stools lend a rustic feel to the cafe, in keeping with its situation in sight of the vegetable patches and chicken coops.

The Farm Cafe, Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

The seating is in nooks and crannies and at all different levels, making it a fun place to explore for little ones who are sick of the high chair – though there are plenty of high chairs if you need one. There’s a handy wheelchair/pram ramp to the takeaway area and plenty of room to park a pram.

The Farm Cafe, Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

The cafe can be very busy on the weekends, particularly during the Farmers Markets which are held every second Saturday 8-1pm. They don’t take bookings but if there’s a wait for a table they give you a pager and you can walk around until a table is ready!

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The menu at The Farm Cafe pays homage to its locality and surroundings – a bit of the country for city folk – with a focus on local, seasonal and fresh produce. A lot of the menu is healthy, including my super salad with quinoa, peas, lettuce, currants, toasted almonds and cauliflower hommus ($16.50).

The Farm Cafe, Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Items on the kids menu include poached eggs, toast, sausage rolls, sandwiches ($4-$5.50). A recent innovation is the kids lunch box ($7.50) with a cheese sandwich, fresh fruit and house baked treat. My kids LOVE getting their food served in boxes and it offers good value considering the sandwiches are $5.50. I just wish that they’d used grainy Dench sourdough bread instead of nutrition-free sliced white loaf.

The Farm Cafe, Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

When you can watch a cow get milked a few steps away from the cafe it only seems right that you should order a milkshake. The milk they use is thick and creamy, lending a indulgent frothiness to the drink. I think it’s one of the best milkshakes for kids in Melbourne!

Rather than ordering milkshakes from the kids’ menu ($3.70) I highly recommend getting an adult-sized milkshake ($5.70) and several straws for sharing. An adult’s milkshake comes in a steel cup, keeping the contents properly cold (the kids size comes in a plastic cup) and though it costs 1.5x the price of the kid’s size I think you get triple the quantity!

The Farm Cafe, Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford (3)

You can request any leftovers to be poured into take away coffee cup, perfect for sipping as you tour the farm.

The Farm Cafe is a showcase for wholesome, delicious food and the charming sunny setting is a great way to recharge after a trip to Collingwood Children’s Farm or the monthly Farmer’s Market.

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HOT Tips:

  • pram-friendly;
  • high chairs;
  • change table within Collingwood Children’s Farm;
  • kids menu;
  • standard menu suitable for kids;
  • Entrance is from the Capital City trail bike/walking path – you do not need to pay to enter Collingwood Children’s Farm to go to the cafe;
  • They don’t take bookings. However, if there’s a wait for a table, they give you a pager and you can walk around until a table is ready;
  • Particularly busy when the Farmers Markets at Collingwood Children’s Farm are on (every second Saturday of the month); and
  • paid parking at car park next to Collingwood Children’s Farm and across from Abbotsford Convent.

Joyce Watts

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

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; 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.

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