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Child-friendly cafe on the northern Gold Coast – Cafe Tahbella

Cafe Tahbella – Oxenford

Tucked away in a small shopping village in Oxenford, this is one of the city’s most child-friendly cafes you’ll find. It’s located at 1 1/3 Cottonwood Place and is within walking distance of a supermarket and specialty shops.

What makes Cafe Tahbella so child-friendly?

This business was built with kids in mind and its motto is ‘food for families’. The atmosphere is friendly and casual and the cafe offers specially-designed seats to encourage breastfeeding mothers.

There is a TV and a gated kid’s area full of toys so little ones can play while parents have their coffee or sweet fix without fear of grabbing hands.

Child-friendly cafe on the northern Gold Coast – Tahbella in Oxenford

Is this a locally-owned business?

Yes, owners Rodney and Emma set up the business after finding the area lacking in a welcoming place that served homemade food for parents and their children.

They have two daughters themselves so know what it’s like to be parents and have provided an environment where children are embraced and celebrated.

In fact the business is named after the girls, using the first half of both of their names, now that’s something you don’t see every day!

What is the food like?

All the food is homemade from scratch onsite and for a small cafe; Tahbella offers a big range of vegetarian, gluten-free and paleo meals both from the menu and the cabinet.

Those delicious cacao balls won’t cost you $4.50 as they would at other places; they’re sold at Cafe Tahbella for about $2.

The coffee is strong and tasty, the kid’s milkshakes are served in sensible sizes at a reasonable price and Rodney cooks up dishes such as lemon meringue pie, acai bowls and an avocado and feta smash with fresh tomato salsa.

Breakfast is served from 7am and a paleo and kid-sized breakfast is also on offer.

The menu includes little bites, kid’s meals, and there’s a $10 lunch menu with a variety of foods on offer including wraps, Turkish breads, burgers, salads, frittatas and sandwiches.

Child-friendly cafe on the northern Gold Coast – Tahbella in Oxenford

How is the atmosphere?

It doesn’t matter if your children are cracking it, at Cafe Tahbella kids are welcomed and celebrated not just tolerated. In such a friendly environment it doesn’t take long for little ones to calm down and enjoy playing with new toys and friends.

Cafe-goers are also served a dose of inspiration with their meal, as there are canvases hanging on the walls with all manner of thoughtful phrases and sayings.

Could Tahbella get any better?

Well yes it could! Every Tuesday two names are written on a blackboard out front and if your name is on it you get your coffee for free – for the win!

Oh and kids eat free with every paying adult every Sunday! Run, don’t walk.

Child-friendly cafe on the northern Gold Coast – Tahbella in Oxenford

The essentials

  • Open from 7am to 4pm
  • Street parking and car parking at shopping village nearby
  • Gluten-free meals
  • Paleo meals
  • Kid’s gated play area
  • Special breastfeeding couches

Where is this AMAZING cafe located?

Take either exit 57 or 60 off the M1, and the cafe is located on the Oxenford side next to Woollies on cottonwood place about four minutes from MovieWorld.

Child-friendly cafe on the northern Gold Coast – Tahbella in Oxenford

Rodney and Emma are passionate about serving great food for families and producing a good atmosphere.

You’ll find more details on Cafe Tahbella’s Facebook page or call  5529 9586.

Looking for another child-friendly cafe on the Gold Coast. Check out Plantation House Cafe

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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