Nestled amongst the leafy streets and heritage-style houses in Mount Hawthorn is the lovely Dejaxo Artisan Bakery & Cafe. It is open 7.00am to 5.00pm seven days a week.
On entering the front doors on the sunny morning we visited, both my daughter and I were greeted warmly by the staff behind the counter. While we perused the delicious looking baked goods on display, one of the ladies came out to say hello to my daughter, asking if it was ok for her to have a candy cane. My daughter was absolutely delighted!
After ordering, we headed to the rear of the cafe where there is a bright clean alfresco area. This is great for the little ones. The area is fenced and gated, keeping children away from the busy road outside, and has a grassed section to run and play on in the middle. There are two tables set out under cover of the verandah, as well as a selection of comfy cushions to sit on near the edge of the grassed section. Leading from the gate is a ramp for pram and wheelchair access which leads into the cafe.
In this outside area, we found two plastic baskets of books and toys to play with, most of which were suitable for babies through to preschoolers. Miss 2.5 had a ball drawing colourful lines and rainbows with chalk on the chalkboard wall at the back of the undercover area.
Pencils and colouring-in sheets are available, too. Cleverly, Dejaxo has included their kids menu options on the bottom: egg on toast, chicken tenderloins, and ham and cheese brioche roll, each costing $6.50.
Since it was morning tea time, Miss 2.5 opted to have a funny face cookie, while I had a latte and a Lamington filled with jam and cream. The latte was very good, very smooth, while the Lamington was fluffy, light and fresh. I thought the prices here very reasonable with our order costing around $9.
Inside the cafe is cool and relaxing with soft lighting. Large windows line the outside wall, letting in more light softened by the shady trees. The smells of the kitchen and baked goods are amazing, a feast for the senses. There are a selection of tables, close to the front of the cafe, near the bakery and closer to the alfresco area.
We noted there is another outdoor dining section set aside outside the front doors on Anzac Road. This was not in use on the day we visited, but perhaps the owners plan to expand dining out here also.
Overall we enjoyed our visit to Dejaxo Artisan Bakery & Cafe. My daughter had fun playing, and I enjoyed my coffee and cake in a relaxed environment. We found it family friendly, and hope to visit again soon.
Dejaxo Artisan Bakery & Cafe is located on the corner of Coogee Street and Anzac Road, Mount Hawthorn.
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