sunday at the grounds

You wouldn’t know it’s autumn with the summer weather Sydney’s been having! Today was the perfect Sunday morning to wander The Grounds.

The Grounds cafe (without the 5000 people that are usually in attendance!)
The Grounds cafe (without the 5000 people that are usually in attendance!)

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In the mostly-industrial suburb of Alexandria, The Grounds is an awesome purpose built functional cafe-slash-garden. There are chickens, randomly placed raised garden beds of herbs and other edible plants and more waitstaff than you could possibly imagine. They roast their own coffee, bake their own bread & make their own pastries. The smell of freshly sugared jam & caramel filled donuts are almost too much to bare!
Plus there’s Kevin Bacon’s House which is where the little pig Kevin lives!

It opens at 8am and the queue starts immediately. When we arrive at 10am it’s a 40 minute wait for table service, so we get take-away coffee, fruit salad and bacon & eggs brioche instead. We wander the grounds and this is what we saw:IMG_20130324_113949 kitchen garden
lemonade & fruit stand
bacon & egg brioche cart

IMG_20130324_114128 gardens, chicken coop & Kevin Bacon this cutest little pig sleeping in the sun
(Harley even pokes his head through the fence to say hello to Kevin Bacon but since he doesn’t smell like bacon he doesn’t know what to do!)

IMG_20130324_113131 really really really good coffee

IMG_20130324_124330fruit salad, yoghurt & toasted muesli

IMG_20130324_113542 Harley being cute and fluffy

20130324124541876 the basil plants are insane!!!
and check out that little wooden kid’s play house!

IMG_20130324_113313 the fresh flower cart

The food is OK but it’s the space that is amazing.
You could drop a geodesic dome over The Grounds and quite happily survive the Zombie Apocalypse or a nuclear war here. Go for coolness but stay for the coffee….seven bean house roasted blend which is seriously good.

The Grounds | 7A, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria
boo for no bookings

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11 thoughts on “sunday at the grounds

    1. I loved your post on The Grounds!!! I have been there and eaten inside twice before and the food is okay but I really think Im so overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the building, decor & table accessories that it dwarfs the actual food! Like the jam jar mugs….to die for!!! I went there during my lunch break today for a coffee & lemon/passionfruit tart!!!!

  1. Envy! Am desperate to go here but I don’t do queues. Boo for no bookings indeed. May try to convince the Hungry Dad to take me on a school day 🙂 What were the prices like?

  2. Love this place! I’ve only been the once for work but stayed for as long as I possibly could and had a good look around. I really am not a fan of places you can’t book! I do read a lot of tweets from restaurants complaining about people who haven’t turned up. But I think there should just be a universal 10 minute rule. You aren’t there, you lose your place.

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