The Grounds of Alexandria is a landmark known for being a coffee roaster, cafe, bar, eatery and kitchen garden, full of fresh produce and hands-on experiences.
Suitable for all ages, the grounds hosts a coffee research and testing facility, artisan bakery, open garden, fragrant herbs, fresh fruit, flowers and an animal farm.
The venue is beautiful. Great for the family with weekend markets and the little farm area. There are 3 different dining options: the cafe, the potting shed and the garden. I think the garden serves the cheapest and tastiest food, while the potting shed is more for a nice lunch/dinner and the cafe is open only during the day. I don't find their food particularly spectacular, it's just classic rustic Australian food. A bit hard to get to via public transport, but there is on site parking.
You know you've walked into magical fairy land when you walk into the Grounds and there's low hanging pot plants from the ceiling, there's glass huts with passion-fruit vines covering the top with seats inside.
And not only that that you get to see little Shetland ponies being led around at which point I thought I'd been dropped into Wonderland.
But fear not, coffee drinkers, for apparently there's a petting zoo for the wee ones. With a pet pig named Kevin Bacon. Bet he will taste extra nommy when it's due to be eating time!
YUMYUMYUM! Says the non-babe eater.
However the place is an oasis in a concrete jungle so go check it out. The coffee is ok, the food is yummy.
The atmosphere is amazing. Go check it out y'all.
I love going to the grounds on a lovely sunny day. We went on a Friday so we would avoid the intense rush of the weekend. There's no real way in to the cafe except to queue outside where they take your name and number. But at least you can take a tag and stroll around until they call you. We were lucky to be only two people which meant we were easy to seat. We went for the Belgian Waffles and French Toast which were so delicately plated and tasted amazing. We also got a bit of a sugar overload afterwards which the Grounds is great because you get to walk and explore the area post lunch. I like it as it has a lot to do and see in one place, making it a cool place to show non-sydneysiders or those who've only heard but not visited!