Coffee and play combo: The Parkhouse
Just when we thought the North West couldn't get any better, The Parkhouse Cafe and Whenuapai Settlement Playground have become the latest go-to for parents looking for a great food and play combo.
Where? 1 Ripeka Lane, Whenuapai, North West Auckland
Tucked away in the new Whenuapai development is family eatery The Parkhouse, and situated on the doorstep of the fantastic Whenuapai Settlement adventure playground with astroturf and a giant slide, this is sure to become your new favourite brunch excursion.
The Parkhouse takes shape in an ivory villa with a Moroccan tiled twist and wicker-basket lights suspended over large tables perfect for socialising over a spiced Aztec hot chocolate.
Fan food favourites include the “build your own salad”, which you can customise from a quinoa or roast cauliflower base and add from a range of delights including salmon to halloumi – and we can’t get enough of the mushrooms with a little chilli kick!
The older kids will adore the French Toast topped with whipped mascarpone and freeze-dried berries, while the younger children can have their pick from the cafe’s healthy kids’ menu.
If those delights don't tempt you, in a few weeks’ time, they will be debuting their new pizza oven from Thursday to Sunday – and who doesn’t love pizza!
With the playground right next door for the kids to burn off some energy, and the easy relaxed atmosphere of this eatery, we’re definitely planning our next weekend brunch catch-up at The Parkhouse.
By Kersti Ward