Sydney, NSW

Nestled between the greenery of the Botanical Gardens, the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour and the historical Finger Wharf and Andrew "Boy" Charlton pool, the Poolside Cafe complements its setting with fresh all-day breakfasts and lunches during the day and becomes an exclusive function space at night.
Opening Times
The Domain
1C Mrs Macquarie’s Road
Sydney CBD
Tel: +61 2 8354 1044
Cafe, Modern Australian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Like a scene out of a 1950s Presley movie crossed with 21st century architecture, the Poolside Cafe at Andrew "Boy" Charlton sits above its shimmering, aquamarine namesake, blending nostalgia with first-rate class. The Andrew "Boy" Charlton pool which itself has a lofty history was the site of public swimming baths as early as 1788 and a popular swimming spot for the Eora Aboriginal community years before white settlement. Today its turquoise waters and colourful bathers provide a lively contrast against the darker, though no more dazzling, grey-blue ripples of Sydney Harbour and Woolloomooloo's heritage-listed Finger Wharf.

With such a vibrant setting, the Poolside Cafe at Andrew "Boy" Charlton has a perfect scene for play. Boasting an award-winning architectural design by Lippmann Associates, the cafe is an extension of its natural-yet-urban setting. An ultra-chic wooden terrace runs from airy indoor area through floor-to-ceiling windows to an alfresco terrace from which glass balustrades offer views of the pool. Red chairs, white tables, black umbrellas, weaved ottomans and striped deckchairs create an atmosphere ideal for morning and afternoon lounging. So it's just as well that this cafe is famed for its all-day breakfasts. Whether you opt for a vegan or vegetarian option or a heartier choice like the "poolside breakfast" (eggs, bacon, chorizo, mushrooms, roast tomato and sourdough toast), the meal will accompany the scenery. The same goes for lunch, which is made up of great salads like the blood orange, beetroot, pumpkin and watercress as well as more substantial dishes. But before you come for a taste, just keep in mind that the cafe is in-sync with pool operating times (and season) so check before you plan your brunch. You may also be interested to know that the relaxed cafe charm gives way to a dazzling, exclusive-hire, function spot at night.
Agnes Gajewska
Accessible by water taxi
Bar / Wine Bar
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
Outdoor Dining
Something Different
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Product launches
Suitable for Weddings
Waterfront Dining
This restaurant does not have any awards.
1C Mrs Macquarie’s Road,
The Domain
Sydney CBD NSW 2000
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