THE GROUNDS OF ALEXANDRIA
Sydney, NSW

Holistic cafes are popping up everywhere around Sydney but The Grounds of Alexandria are the crème de la crème of this new trend. They roast their own beans, the ingredients on the menu are sourced from their own organic kitchen garden and the cafe is encased in a rustic, industrial and heritage-listed warehouse in Sydney's west. It's the quintessential neighbourhood hangout with its lush olive trees, roaming chickens and huge bread oven.
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Opening Times
 MTWTFSS
Breakfast
Lunch
Address:
Shop 7a
2 Huntley Street
Suburb:
Alexandria
Contact:
Tel: +61 2 9699 2225
Cuisine:
Cafe, Light meals available
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
License:
Unlicensed
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You wouldn't notice this place if it wasn't for the crowd of people standing in the driveway. Tucked away in a backstreet in Alexandria, between warehouses and large industrial buildings, The Grounds of Alexandria is the latest in a stream of concept cafes to open in Sydney.

The owners behind this ambitious new venture include hospitality names; Jack Hanna, the former world latte art champion, Ramzey Choker, food importer and hospitality icon and the team from Jack & The Bean coffee wholesalers.

The Grounds hasn't been done on the cheap. Interior designers, The Artistry, who list Beach Haus, Darling Island and The Oaks on their portfolio, have created a space which retains the charm of the industrial building while adding a modern and chic edge. Rustic exposed brick walls, high wood ceilings and moss green trimmings, combined with subtle globe lighting and retro-coloured coffee cups creates a dynamic space that is functional yet also beautiful. In the back area of the cafe, just near the open kitchen, coffee roasters are hidden behind floor-to-ceiling windows, giving diners a glimpse into how their lattes have been made. The educational focus of The Grounds is clear, especially with the addition of a "research facility", dedicated to experimenting with blends and roasting processes. Blackboard crash-course diagrams about how to roast coffee line the walls while a rare La Marzocco espresso machine sits proudly, in all its lime green glory, pumping out takeaways.

If you happen to arrive at peak hour, simply grab a sweet treat and a takeaway coffee and perch in the garden, where edible herbs and trimmed hedges grow in healthy abundance. Once you manage to snag a table, the menu is in keeping with the wholesome and natural approach of the entire cafe, focusing on rustic and homemade dishes such as breakfast quinoa, house baked muesli and innovative sandwiches and salads. The slow-roasted pull-pork sandwich is a must but if you are after something lighter, any dish that includes a slice of their artisan bread (it has a bakery too), will be a highlight.
Anna Lisle
Breakfast
Cheap & Cheerful
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Families with children
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2 Huntley Street,
Shop 7a
Alexandria NSW 2015
CHEF RECOMMENDATIONS
Thomas Heinrich on 27/09/2014
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Karyn - 21/10/2013
Went there yesterday, what a fantastic place to go and visit. We went there for luch and found the place awesome, best coffee I have ever had!!! Food was yum, staff friendly and very helpful...the whole place was such a fantastic experience. Can't wait to go back!!:0)
Cafe queen - 16/07/2013
Decisions decisions - the choice stumped me - I'm fussy & basically a vego but still couldn't make a call - had the Turkish eggs - yum - also the truffle scrambled eggs- yum - coffee fabulous! - my all time favourite cafe - will be back!
rumtytum - 2/07/2012
We went to this place with great anticipation but left with no interest in ever going back. Three of us had poached eggs and every egg was rock hard. The bacon had little flavour and poor texture and the roasted tomatoes tasted of nothing much apart from vinegar. Our black tea was too strong to drink and the requested extra hot water was warm, not hot. The waiter assured us that nobody else minded their poached eggs being hard-boiled. Could that be true? And if it is, what does it say about other people's comments?
Thomas Joe - 15/04/2012
Wow, what a great atmosphere and ambience. Arrived for lunch and was greeted with a smile and waited in the 'grounds'with a take away coffee while my table was prepared- approximately 20 minutes. Once seated had the burger and 2 macchiatos- both were exceptional. Will be returning very soon.
Linda - 8/04/2012
Yes, very unique and tasty. I will have birthday party here in June.
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