A quick weekday lunch in Balmain brought us to Cafe Berlin. It’s the suburb’s oldest and longest-running cafe, having opened in 1984. We were attracted by the pretty display of food at the front counter, including the huge quiches which I ordered quickly after we were seated. Cafe Berlin is known in the neighborhood for its home-style cooking and sweets, made daily by owner Heidi Schmidt and her mum, Jan.
We ordered a vegetarian quiche and a side of fries, a steak sandwich, a croissant and a babyccino. The babyccino came in a takeaway cup with a marshmallow stuck on the straw — much to Miss E’s amusement and entertainment. My quiche was giant, and really delicious, the fries perfectly cooked, and salad fresh with a touch of dressing. Alec’s sandwich was juicy and well-cooked, and E’s croissant was flaky and quickly devoured.
Our meals all arrived pretty quickly, and the staff were very friendly. It was a quick in-and-out meal for us as we were on the go, and I really appreciated that everything ran smoothly and quickly to fit in with our plans.
Last Bite: A casual lunch or breakfast in Balmain. Kids welcome!
Stroller storage: Minimal – bring a travel stroller or sit at a table outside.
Easy access: Yes.
Change tables: No.
Kids’ menu: No.
249 Darling St,
Phone: (02) 9810 2336
Hours: Daily, 6am-6pm