The words “coffee shop” and “child-friendly” usually don’t sit very well with me. It may be due to cramped spaces between tables, no jungle gyms and a high likelihood of the coffee shop being situated right on a busy street. Whatever it is, taking the kids to a coffee shop in town leaves me in a cold sweat. There is one exception though: Cookie Works.
Cookie Works doesn’t only serve coffee… but also COOKIES and friendly service, with a dash of creativity in the air. The interior is fun and different types of funky seating, including low wooden benches with plastic grass “seats” and even a foam mattress, all make good seating for small bodies. Customers can sit down and doodle on pieces of paper to put down their own “cookie quote” of the day which the staff then uploads to Facebook and Twitter. More than creating small Picasso masterpieces on paper customers can also create their own cookies. Simply choose a basic mixture (with the selection being between plain, chocolate and healthy) to start with and then add any “mix-ins” you’d like. Decadent mix-ins to throw into your cookie mix include almonds, mini-astro’s, orange bits, peanuts, marshmallows, cranberries etc. Your freshly designed cookies are then placed on an oven plate and loaded into the Cookie Works oven right behind the counter so that you can keep an eye on your cookies happily baking away while you sip on some Bean There coffee.
For R10 you can buy a freshly baked cookie off the shelf or for R59 for 5 cookies / R99 for 10 cookies you (or your kids) can create cookies by adding mix-ins of your choice (Prices as in September 2014).
Why the kids will love Cookie Works?
- Creating your own designer cookies is fun for children of all ages!
- Kids can grab a colour-in book (filled with awesome cookie caricatures), a bucket of crayons and colour away.
- The staff is very friendly and up to the challenge of helping kids create their own cookie chef d’oeuvre.
- Funky, low seating options for children.
Update: November 2015 – Cookie Works, Stellenbosch, is no longer in town but has moved to the Cookie Factory in Brackenfell.