In April last year, 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.
"It's brought great energy to the area," says Tait Crespin, co-owner of Upsy Daisy, a new cafe just across the road from the reserve. Crespin knows the local market well – he also partly owns Mr Brightside, just down the road.
Upsy Daisy has a strong family-friendly vibe to complement its new neighbour. Playtime can be tiring for little and big kids alike, and Crespin sees the cafe as 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.
“We’re trying to deliver wholesome food that you can eat in or easily take away, suitable for all ages,” Crespin says.
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.
1062 Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly