In Ireland even babies drink tea. I’ve seen several young mothers give their toddlers milk with tea in a baby bottle and am told that this is common. Therefore, it is not surprising that many tea shops throughout the land offer a special drink for children called a Babychino. These scrumptious little drinks for kids consist of warm frothed milk with marshmallows and chocolate or cinnamon sprinkled on top, served in a small tea cup with saucer.

I love to take my daughter for a special treat on occasion. Though she is not yet two years old, she already knows how to give me that sweet smile and blue eyed irresistible look while asking, “babbychino mamma?” I’m a sucker for that look. Sometimes we dress up for a special mother-daughter date, while other times it is a nice treat after grocery shopping. Most of the time Babychino’s are free, but some places may charge you up to €1.30.

Babychino’s are a wonderful tradition in Ireland! So get out and take advantage of it!

A few of my favorite places to visit are:

In Portlaoise, County Laois:
– Rafter’s
– Chocolate Brown’s

Emo, County Laois:
– Emo Court Cafe

Castledermot, County Kildare:
– The Mad Hatter


Heather Cammack
I came to live in Ireland several years ago following the love of my life…an Irish man. Now I’m happily married and the mother three. We live in the country with a view of an ancient castle ruins out our back windows and each day I am grateful to be alive, to be loved, to be here.