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The Bank Bazaar

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Address:
290 Windsor Street
Richmond NSW 2753
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Tel : +61 2 4588 6951
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License: BYO only (unlicensed)
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This beautiful old bank has been restored beyond its former beauty. An elegant cafe sits within the spectacular antiques shop. Amidst the chaise lounges, candelabras and jewellery you can enjoy home-made cakes, gourmet pies and smooth coffee.

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Located in the historical town of Richmond, around 1 hours drive north west from the Sydney CBD

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While some restaurants and cafés try to create personality with a colour scheme or some interesting décor, The Bank Bazaar had its character built into it back in 1880. The grandeur building that stands proudly in the small country town of Richmond was for most of its life a bank with a cement-encased vault, trap doors and a bomb-proof safe. 100 years on it had become dilapidated and worn down. The towering jacaranda tree that once showered the garden in a blanket of violet petals stopped blossoming and cracks began to spread through the ceiling. When the NAB Bank moved out in 2008, Megan and Rod Storie bought the old building and restored it beyond its original beauty.

The bottom floor where the bank tellers had been was gutted to turn into an antiques shop and café. Dramatic medieval bronze lanterns were hung from the tall ceilings and the huge space became embellished with antiques and artworks from around the world. The jacaranda tree began to flower again and curious locals came to enjoy coffee amidst the treasure trove of beautiful things.

Amidst the chaise lounges, sculptures and candelabras, diners relax at the elegant café. Its gold cake cabinet displays home-made cakes, gourmet pies and golden biscuits. Couples chat over a glass of wine, local mothers read under the shade of the now-blooming jacaranda tree and children play in the garden.

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The Bank Bazaar - User Reviews

Janette:

A visit to The Bank Bazaar is a delightful experence.Not only is the food well presented and value for money,the surroundings are charming.The only problem I have is I tend to spend money on the antiques each time I visit.I intend to visit again before Christmas 10/12/12review  10/12/2012

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Victoria:

The food was fairly good, ambiance fabulous however the service was less than spectacular. We waited over 20 minutes to receive two coffees and cake. The staff seemed uninterested and it wasn't particularly busy, either. Fabulous shop but probably won't return unless it is relatively quiet.review  23/02/2012

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Just Jon:

Richmond is a lovely old town, but absolutely shines now that Bank Bazaar has opened its doors. This wonderful cafe and enticing shop with its mixture of antiques and advante guard artwork and trinkets is just the place to while away a couple of hours , sipping coffee and indulging in sinful cakes all the while trying to decide what treasure to take home. Absolutley engaging and a credit to the owners forthought and dedication in bringing this old building back to be part of the community!!!!review  07/02/2012

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Val:

Feels like your in france, not Richmond!!! Wonderful atmosphere,1st class coffee and cakes.I really enjoy sitting outside under the trees relaxing.The star of the show is DIGBY the gorgeous dog who visits for a chat while you sip your coffee. The Hawkesbury area has long needed a place like this.review  15/12/2011

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Louise:

Character, coffee and charm - all in one elegant and engaging "package". The antiques and pieces from bygone times captivate the imagination, while the cakes, pies and quiches demand a second - and third visit. As if these two attractions were not enough, the secret garden with its fountain and towering jacaranda are just the perfect place to meet friends, sip and chat. Even a short visit transports the visitor to another time - where the pace is slower and the world much friendlier. A "must visit" location.review  19/10/2011

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Mareen:

This establishment is just so quaint and beautiful!!! You can sip on a latte while being surrounded by glorious antiques and collectables is truly charming and creates a lovely ambiance. The food is fresh and delicious and the coffees are arguably the best on offer in the Hawkesbury.review  23/07/2011

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Edwina:

The Bank Bazaar is my new favourite cafe in Richmond. I love dining amidst the antiques, statues and artworks, or in the leafy teagarden outside. It’s lovely to chat with the local Richmond staff who know everyone by first name and never rush you out – it is a lovely place to sit and enjoy a good book with a piece of cake. The carrot and walnut cake is a personal favourite and it is such a relief to finally find good coffee in the area to enjoy it with! I'm there so much - it feels just like home!review  20/07/2011

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vicki andrew:

The Bank Bazaar has become our favourite cafe from the moment we walked in. The first time we felt comfortable and have enjoyed every visit since. To us having a coffee with someone special is a great treat and the Bank Bazzaar is indeed a treat to us. Thankyou Megan & Roxy vicki & nigelreview  17/06/2011

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darren:

Fabulous, I have always admired this building and to finally see it presented as it is, is a delight. Great coffee and treats in a welcoming atmosphere. The best the Hawkesbury has to offer!!!review  11/06/2011

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Jenny:

Delicious coffee, beautiful atmosphere and absolutely delectable cakes! Highly recommend the carrot cake, it is the best carrot cake I have ever eaten and is home made! Recommend to everyone!!! It is definitely the most suave and sophisticated restaurant in the Hawkesbury with very attentive and well mannered staff.review  30/05/2011

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