Since the cafe scene in Marbella is spread out along the coast, we end up going to the same ones over and over again and forget that hidden away in some of the areas west of Marbella and Puerto Banus are several places great for a mid-morning al fresco coffee – alone, with a toddler or with other tot-toting mums. Here are a few of my favorite places to do just that:
Laguna Village has two cafes – the Spanish Star Cafe near Flamant and the new-ish Terra Sana Express on the Purobeach side. Both have outdoor seating, serve coffees and light breakfasts and are ideal for a quick mid-morning snack before going to the beach for the kids to run around. (*Best for coffee mornings with other mums)
Another place that is right beside the beach in Costalita is the Villa Padierna Raquet Club where there are half a dozen Padel courts, two tennis courts and a nice little restaurant which serves sandwiches and grilled food. Best of all for those with children is a play area and a mini football pitch within the racquet club surrounded by gardens with lots of shady areas to park the stroller. Open daily from 10 to 6 during the winter and 10 till late in the summer. (*Best for a quiet chat with a friend while the kids run around)
Just by the Mercadona in Bel-Air is the Viveros del Valle garden center where there is a Child’s Play wooden play set with a climbing wall, swings and a slide right beside a little cafe so you can have a coffee while the children have fun next door. (*Best for a quick break)
All places I’ve listed have free parking, easy access and are open daily.