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The Grounds of Alexandria.

Faux farms just got cute.


Somewhere just south of Surry Hills and a little east of Newtown, something is starting to happen. And that something goes by the name of Alexandria.

For years, sitting there in the cold shadows of the cool cats, Alexandria waited patiently for its time in the sunlight. And finally, that time has come.

The bakeries are stocking up on sourdough, the bikes riders are putting on their cute wooden clogs, and the baristas are flocking in from all corners of the globe.

In accordance, we've spent our weekends traipsing through the new haunts, clipboard in hand and nose pointed to the sky, so we could spoil you with our well-formed and respected opinion on where's deserving of your time.

It's taken a few months but the verdict is finally in. We've declared our favourite: The Grounds of Alexandria.

With its excellence affirmed by Time Out, Concrete Playground and The Sydney Morning Herald just to name a few, ours really was the final gold star this cafe mecca needed.

With well-tended gardens, chickens and a terracotta fountain, this is about as close to farm as you'll find on the skirts of the city, and it provides as much fun for the kidlets too.

We could go on and on and on about the taste of the gruyere cheese on the double smoked ham baguette, or the feel of the smooth crema on the coffee that originated in the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea and was roasted on site, or the site of the oven-roasted spatchcock meat as it falls off the bone.

But we'll just let you experience it all for yourself.


(Photo by Michael Wee, on The Interiors Addict.)

(This article was written by Samantha Chalker from Saving For Cuba.)

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