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The Plantation House Cafe – West Burleigh

A favourite with locals, the Plantation House Cafe is located in a heritage-listed building on Tallebudgera Creek Road in West Burleigh. It oozes character and has mouth-watering homemade goodies and a cabinet of fresh food you’ll want to inhale immediately!

Will my children be welcome?

With open arms, in fact when we visited four new mums and their babies were outside enjoying coffee at the front of the cafe. You won’t get any disapproving looks here, and inside there’s also a special area for kids to play away from the busy thoroughfare of foot traffic.

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What is the atmosphere like?

This character cafe is a hive of activity and because it’s heritage-listed, the Plantation House Cafe offers old-school charm. In addition to this, there’s a flurry of unusual light fittings, ornamental displays, shelves of books and other knick-knacks dotted about the place.

What is particularly novel is the pantry feature wall; it almost feels like what a corner store might have been like 200 years ago. It serves as a an exceptional point of difference and is visually pleasing for those of us who like order.

Does it cater for those with specific dietary needs?

The short answer is yes, the long answer is there are options for vegans as well as foods that are gluten free and dairy free. However, there aren’t many options that are both gluten AND dairy free.

Regardless, you’ll be drooling over the cabinet food and daily specials board. You can order breakfast all day and the lunch menu is varied and has burgers including a vegetarian option, salmon, squid and salads.

Fresh juices that can pick you up, calm you down or quench your thirst are made to order and you can even create your own. There’s milkshakes for the kids, great coffee, decadent fondue desserts as well as eggs, pancakes, fritters – you name it, this cafe probably serves it.

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Anything else I should know about the Plantation House Cafe?

Well, not only does the Plantation House Cafe serve a large selection of fancy teas, coffee and fizzy drinks; this cafe just happens to be licensed and offers BYO. It’s also open on Sundays which is a rare thing for a cafe tucked away out of sight and away from foot traffic.

Oh and good luck trying to leave without buying some fresh local produce or jars of handmade preserves from the counter on the way out. Or maybe you could indulge in a delicious protein ball for a tasty afternoon treat.

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The essentials:

  • Open from 6.30am to 2.30pm from Monday to Saturday
  • Public holidays and Sundays open from 7am to 2pm
  • Vegan meals, gluten-free fare
  • Dairy-free options
  • Kid’s area at rear of cafe
  • Outdoor tables have room for a stroller
  • Friendly staff and a funky atmosphere
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How do I get there?

The quickest way is off the M1 highway, take exit 89 and take Tsipra Drive until you come to Tallebudgera Creek Road. Turn right on this road and within a few hundred metres the cafe. You can’t miss it but it’s 1/43 Tallebudgera Square.

It’s likely you’ll get a park out front or across the road from the cafe. There is also a small kid’s playground across opposite the cafe so you can give the kids a run around before or after your visit.

You’ll find more details on The Plantation House Cafe’s Facebook page or call 5520 0583.

Looking for another child-friendly cafe on the Gold Coast. Check out Cafe Tahbella and if you are keen on getting the kids up and moving check out rock climbing at Burleigh.

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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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