Those who know me well may be a tad surprised by this post in praise of…Macca’s*. After all, aren’t the golden arches best known for – gulp – cheap junk food? And, while we’re on the subject, are a Big Mac and fries really food at all?20151016_115154I am a recent convert to the delights of Macca’s. Apart from a few random stops on the motorway, I really haven’t frequented the chain at all. But a few mummy friends assured me that it was a great place for kids. And – you know what – they were right. Our local Macca’s is a mere 20-minute drive away in Swansea. Air con keeps it blissfully cool at this time of year (a real plus in the Aussie climate), and it also incorporates a McCafé, catering to the national obsession with all things caffeine and cake. No need to head to Macca’s for a burger and fries, then, when you can get your coffee and sugar fix there instead.

On Friday, the girls and I unexpectedly had a day to ourselves. The mercury was set to soar, so I hit on the idea of Macca’s followed by a visit to the library next door. Ickle knew exactly where we were heading; the golden arches soar above the roundabout into Swansea, and the soft play area adjoining the outlet is also easily visible. Someone at Macca’s clearly knows how to attract the ickle generation.

First stop, McCafé where Ickle selected a strawberries & cream macaron, while I opted quelle surprise for a flat white, along with a scone to share. OK, so the macarons are not a patch on the Ladurée delicacies I dream of from my Paris days (sigh), the scone wouldn’t get a look in at a Devonshire cream tea (um, squirty cream for one), and the much-publicised barista-made coffee is passable at best.

But – hang on – let’s not be snobby here. This is Macca’s and I’ve spent less than $7, in return for which I get to sit in a beautifully cool space with my girls and watch the world go by. And then, they get to use some excellent play equipment outside, on soft fall (love that surface – way less dirt for Mivvy to munch on). Like I said, the mummies were right: Macca’s is great for kids, and it’s a pretty good spot for their mummies too.Macca's1*Australians love their diminutives, hence McDonald’s becomes Macca’s.

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5 thoughts on “Macca’s

  1. Laura

    Who would have thought. I only stop by on the freeway when the girls are sleeping in the car and I can get a sneaky cheeseburger… (Though I think Millie senses the slow down and speed bumps and wakes these days!) I’ll add Swansea Maccas to our list of things to do on a Hot day!

    1. Laura Post author

      Ha ha! I tried out a drive-thru for the first time a couple of weeks ago with a sleeping baby in the back. Coffee in the comfort of my car…or whatever their latest slogan is. I hadn’t got a clue how it all worked. Three separate windows before my flat white appeared. Super-speedy though!

  2. Alpine Dwellers

    Ickle and Mivvy, either the sums you are setting are getting tougher, or we are becoming a bit less clever . . .
    Macca’s, Maccy-Ds, MacDo . . . however we feel about McDonalds, it has its place! The ideal motorway stop, a Sunday when all is shut, or a day with Mummy while Baby Brother is at crèche! Mummy was proud of me on our latest visit, as with my Happy Meal I was allowed to choose toy or book, and – hand on heart – without any input from Mummy, I chose book!!! Love from Sascha and the Alpine Dwellers xxx

    1. Laura Post author

      Well done, Sascha. We are most impressed!

      We, on the other hand, tend to collect colourful plastic gimmicks on our visits to Macca’s, the latest being a minion. Quite a cool gimmick this time – it zips along the tiles by itself and amuses Ickle and Mivvy no end.

      Bises, Laura, Ickle and Mivvy xxx

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