Finding places that really appeal to Jnr is hard. Not only is he a fussy eater, he is also totally obsessed with computer games. Him Indoors would also rather play on his PS4 than be dragged off to spas or to eat cake! In my teens I was a gamer, but my interest waned when motherhood took over. Working in the tech industry made me sympathetic to their cause though!
I was doing some research on places to eat in Durham when I stumbled up Dark Matter Cafe. The mention of Pokemon tournaments and comics meant I knew Jnr would be itching to visit. In fact he badgered me every day about our planned trip! The cafe is just outside the city centre, slightly off the beaten track but not impossible to find thanks to the abandoned bicycle pointing you in its direction.
We visited during half term, and it was a shame there weren’t events on through the day. They’re usually held on an evening instead. Jnr was disappointed by this as he had brought along his Pokemon cards specifically. There were cartoons on a tv and computer games to play on. They sell comics and games merchandise at the back of the store, and also have a table full of board games to choose from. If I was a cooler Mum I’d have played Catan with him!
The cafe was very busy because of the holiday. Their coffees are quirkily served in cartoon mugs and they have a wide range of milkshakes. Jnr chose his favourite – Oreo- which he loved. It was £3.20 and he liked it. More info can be found here. He ate a Meatball & Gravy Sub to eat, while I opted for the Incredible Hulk: two burger patties, topped with bacon, cheese, mushrooms and onions. The food isn’t going to win any awards, but the place is worth visiting for the quirk factor. Thankfully for bored Mums & Dads there’s free Wifi, and I sat writing while he entertained himself. The Star Wars reference for the password made me chuckle 🙂
I’ve promised we’ll return on a Thursday night so Jnr can participate in their Pokemon tournaments. Hopefully they’ll have some of the amazing cakes I saw on their Facebook page next time we visit. It’s a nerdy place, but Jnr feels like he fits in here. Just as long as he’s happy 🙂
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