For one of the most unique and popular dining options in Sydney you need to check out The Grounds of Alexandria. It isn’t just a quirky cafe, it is truly an experience.
With The Cafe indoors, the outdoor ‘Potting Shed’, a petting zoo, florist, organic gardens, and speciality cheese and meats stores, The Grounds are a destination to be experienced during your time in Sydney.
When to visit
The weekends are the best but also the busiest time to visit The Grounds, when the whole place really comes to life.
The Grounds are absolutely bustling on the weekends, with families bringing their kids down to the petting zoos and foodie bloggers coming to experience the outstanding brunch options. It’s also a great place to spot some Australian and even international celebrities!
Choose a sunny day to head down to The Grounds, as everything is pretty much open air and outside and it’s much nicer to visit on a warm sunny day.
Features of The Grounds
There are so many different little corners, nooks and crannies to explore at The Grounds. It’s definitely not a place to just stop in for breakfast and then quickly run off. You will probably need a whole morning to check out everything there is to see.
The Grounds Markets
On the weekends you can find a unique market at The Grounds, offering everything from cold drinks and ice creams to nutella donuts and toffee apples.
The markets are open every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3:30pm. Get there early to avoid the crowds!
The main cafe is a bustling hub of people, with waiters and waitresses moving around super fast, serving dishes that look like they have been created purely for Instagram.
If you’re hungry it’s a good idea to put your name down at the door as soon as your arrive as there’s often a bit of a wait, especially on the weekend! Use your waiting time to explore more of The Grounds!
The cafe is open from 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 7:30am to 4pm on the weekends, with the kitchen closing at 3pm each day.
The Potting Shed
This open air bar is such a cute place with more of a casual vibe and is perfect to meet up with friends for drinks or a cup of coffee. Offering locally harvested produce, craft beers, great tasting wines and unique cocktails, there’s a truly unique menu here.
Open at 11:30am during the week and 11am on the weekends, The Potting Shed is generally open all day with the kitchen closing at 9pm each day and 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
The garden itself is beautiful. So many different kinds of plants, trees and flowers, all designed in a perfect layout where you can actually find a small pocket all to yourself! The garden also has it’s own bar where you can grab a drink outside if you’re not planning to have an actual meal here.
You can also find The Ground’s petting zoo in the garden, which is home to the resident pig Harry Trotter and some of his farm yard friends.
Depending on when you visit, you can also grab a quick wood-fire pizza or a plate of BBQ in the garden, offering a more casual dining experience! Check out The Ground’s website HERE for more information on what the gardens offers.
Getting to The Grounds of Alexandria
By car – The Grounds of Alexandria are a little bit out of the main centre of Sydney. Definitely figure out your route on Google Maps before you hop into the car.
There is parking on site at The Grounds, but it is a very small car park. Make sure you’re visiting early in the morning if you’re planning to try and park on site. Enter via 2 Huntley Street if you want to park on site.
Alternatively, catching a cab or an uber is a great option for getting down to The Grounds as it takes away all the parking anxiety!
By train – catch any train to Green Square Station and exit onto Bourke Road. From here it’s about a 1 kilometre walk to The Grounds, or about a 10 minute walk.
Choose a sunny day to visit and explore the grounds and follow the yellow balloons to check out their market place as well. For more information check out their website to learn all about The Grounds and what’s going on there.
The Grounds of Alexandria || Building 7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria