Where: 45 Moreland St Footscray
When: Tues-Sun 8am-6pm
Contact: (03) 9689 3244
Parents of young children will delight in this café nestled in a surprisingly green pocket in Footscray. With a huge green lawn littered with toys of all kinds (including the occasional ride-on) Happy River Café offers a peaceful home-away-from-home vibe with a simple brunch menu and a few mainly Asian-inspired wraps and sandwiches.
Today I visited for a coffee and felt privileged to enjoy a sunny Melbourne day on one of the outdoor mats under a tree. That’s right, table service extends out onto the mats, which are dotted by coloured astro-turf-covered cubes sporting their own “table number”. There is regular old-fashioned seating outdoors too, shaded by umbrellas. For those who prefer to be out of the elements there are a few inside tables to choose from also. It is unfortunate however that smoking is allowed in the courtyard in what is predominantly a children’s area.
Waiters are attentive and quick to take your order, with the kitchen responding just as promptly. My latte was perfectly put together and had good flavour. Those who like it strong should specify.
For a spot of greenery and a relaxed vibe in the inner city, Happy River Café is one to visit.