In April 2017 the Glen Eira City Council opened Booran Reserve, a slick, new $10.8 million park occupying a former water-catchment site. There’s a forested area, a flying fox, climbing ropes and in-ground trampolines, as well as an outdoor gallery space.
Upsy Daisy, which opened in April 2018, is just across the road. It has a family-friendly vibe to complement its neighbour. Playtime can be tiring for little and big kids alike, and the cafe is a spot to post up before or after a playground session with the kids.
You’ll spot Upsy Daisy easily – it’s a white corner building with a mural of balloons on its facade painted by Melbourne-based street artist Marcos Diaz. Inside the playfulness continues, with both the design and the food. Sibling Architecture’s largely teal and green fit-out pays homage to the cafe’s nearby parkland and playground equipment.
Upsy Bowls contain a base of brown rice, which can be topped with either tofu, poached chicken or falafel.
There’s also a number of loaded-toast options: the Yum Yum comes with pumpkin smash, poached chicken, spinach and honey-mustard dressing. That’s Delicious is topped with smoked salmon, feta, togarashi and beetroot.
Acai smoothie bowls and sandwiches are also on offer. If you’re after something lighter, there are freshly made juices and smoothies, as well as frozen yoghurt at the front.
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