If you’re a foodie and a lover of good coffee like me, Sydney is a must-go-to destination. Seeing as I spent nearly a year eating my way around the city, it would be rude not to write a post documenting some of the best places I went to while I was there.
Hidden away in the industrial suburb of Alexandria, you’d never guess such a magical place existed behind a very plain brick exterior. There’s a mini farm (with some very comical-looking chickens roaming around), market stalls, a bakery, a bar, a cafe and a restaurant (the Potting Shed) all within a fairytale garden. It really is like stepping into another world.
Depending on what kind of food you fancy, there’s something here for everyone. There’s a good balance between healthy and very indulgent dishes – all seasonally inspired and made from fresh local produce. It’s clear the chefs pride themselves on their ability to put together simple ingredients, creating innovative and vibrant dishes, and carefully presenting each one like a piece of artwork.
In The Cafe you can enjoy a hearty breakfast with Serrano ham, chorizo, poached eggs, roast pumpkin and avocado on sourdough (mmmm), a warm bowl of quinoa and spelt porridge, or a range of baguettes, burgers and ‘healthy bowls’ for lunch. If you’re looking for something fancier, The Potting Shed serves sharing platters, steak, fish and veggie dishes as well as mouth watering puds.
Alternatively, in the Garden is a food van which has a more casual vibe; here you can grab a takeaway, sit yourself on a bench and watch the world go by.
Certainly one to make a day trip of, The Boathouse at Palm Beach is the spot to have lunch after a walk by the sea. Situated right on the beach overlooking the water, this place is idyllic. Consequently, it gets pretty packed, so I would recommend booking a table in advance if you want to avoid queuing for hours.
A warning: it’s not that cheap, but with the view and the delicious food they serve, it’s definitely worth paying a bit extra.
The fresh fish dishes are understandably the most popular here; impressive seafood platters and big bowls of cod and chips (putting the chippy up my road in England to shame) were being served all around us. However, if seafood isn’t your thing, there are also meat dishes, vegetable burgers and filling salads.
The blue and white minimalistic decor in the restaurant is modern and bright, offsetting the beautiful colours of the flowers and food. The hearty and comforting food, plus the negative ions from being by the sea, means you’ll leave here with a happy belly and a radiant smile.
So I may be biased, seeing as The Farm was where I worked for most of my time in Sydney, but I wouldn’t have stayed there for as long as I did if I didn’t think the cafe had something great to offer.
Among the most popular dishes were: avo on toast with poached eggs (an Aussie classic), pumpkin dukkah toast, pesto zoodles and a nourish bowl made up of salmon, quinoa and veggies. The acai/ matcha bowls and smoothies were also a big hit on the hotter days, as well as little jars of chia puddings and superfood shots to give your immune system a boost.
The cafe also had a bulk food section where you could fill up on all sorts of goodies; from nuts, seeds and dried fruit to protein powders, spices and loose leaf teas.
If sweet is your thing, warm banana bread or the sweet potato brownies were always a favourite with customers (and staff!), as well as the raw salted caramel slices and rocky road bars, made from all natural ingredients.
On my last day of work here, I met Aussie health blogger Sarah’s Day; we chatted about all things food and fitness related, and she gave me tips on starting up my own little site. It was the perfect end to my time here in Sydney, leaving me feeling inspired and full of ideas to write about.