Friday, 29 July 2011

The Little Marionette, Annandale

I ventured over to Annandale this week to try The Little Marionette - both a cafe and a local coffee roaster. In a corner location, just a block back from Parramatta Road, on the lovely and wide Trafalgar St - this was one very busy little cafe.

It has a great vibe, and plenty of different places to sit - at the window seat was my pick (and it was a gorgeous day so the big windows were open and almost hot in the sun), but if you wanted a cosy spot there's the club chairs in the adjoining room (behind the 'secret swinging bookcase' door which sits ajar - fun).

This is a really friendly and relaxed place with great coffee and some fabulous pastries from Black Star Pastry - if you're passing by - drop in!

The Little Marionette
18 Trafalgar St

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Delmain Providore, Balmain

A late after school outing to the waterlogged park with my son and the dog - we needed a quick followup for afternoon coffee. 

We had the car, so headed down into Balmain and stopped into this little cafe-deli-fruit&veg shop on Darling St. Choosing to sit outside at the quirky long table with little stools . . . and watch the passers-by whilst we had a quick snack - a coffee, a hot chocolate, and a fresh (white chocolate & berry) muffin - perfect for a rainy and cold winter afternoon.

You'll find it right down in the heart of Balmain:

Delmain Providore
306 Darling St

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

About Life Cafe, Rozelle

It's been in Rozelle for ages, in fact About Life started out in the shopfront opposite (now RedRoomDVD) - with lots of food & goodies packed into a tiny and bursting place. Happily, when it moved across the road, it just meant more space, and more goodies - and the cafe could serve more food and accommodate more people.

It's got room to move inside - with stools at window benches for individuals to perch, small tables & big tables - and even more room outside (undercover and with heaters). The indoor space is very light and airy - and all the windows open up in summer. It might only look onto a busy part of Darling St, but people watching is sometimes just as good as a view.

I stopped in for a morning coffee (rich & smooth) and some yummy carrot cake - and picked up some fruit & veg whilst I was there - so all in all, a successful outing.

About Life 
Natural Marketplace
Cafe & Express
605 Darling St
(large purple building)

Saturday, 16 July 2011

BlackWattle Cafe, Glebe

A cloudy but fine Saturday afternoon had my family and I (including the dog) head out on a bike ride. This time we thought to ride over to Blackwattle Bay, Glebe which has some on-road riding, but then it's mostly around the bay on paths and parkways.

On our journey - we stopped in at BlackWattle Cafe, perfectly situated with surrounding lawn and views of the bay, the CBD and the Anzac Bridge. It was established last year - in the lovely Bellevue Cottage building after much restoration. Having seen the empty shell there for some years, it's great to have it now used.

Parking the bikes - we took a table outside and enjoyed our coffee (which they source from the local roaster The Little Marrionette), cake and a break from our ride. The coffee is quite perfect, and I take a sip before I take a photo!

There was a baby shower celebration just starting when we arrived, so the indoor part of the cafe was closed - but that just meant the cafe was serving coffee & cakes beyond it's normal 4pm so suited us just fine. I had a peek inside - which retains the charm and patina of it's history, so might have to go back for a breaky or lunch sometime.

The main walking/running/cycling path is below the slight hill - so it's a peaceful stop with just the views and other patrons as company. Dog friendly too - with tall posts away from the tables to tie up your 4-legged friend, and water dish for refreshment.

Out for a ride or a walk? or visiting the area - here are the details. Hope you make it.

BlackWattle Cafe
55 Leichhardt St, Glebe
(on the walkway/cycleway that runs around Blackwattle Bay)