The day is long gone when you’d have to travel into a city centre to get your hands on good coffee and a delicious feed. Here are six cafes around Parramatta’s neighbourhoods that might just become your new local for a brew and some brunch.
Bells Road Social – Oatlands
Opening in 2017, the Bells Road Social has a clean, industrial-chic feel fitted with hanging indoor plants, a wall mounted with wooden chopping boards, and for seating, copper bar stools and leather benches. The premises are stylish to say the least, and the food not only fits the décor with flair, but is delicious too. The ethos of the café is community minded, with locally-sourced produce a key priority including coffee beans sourced from Morgan’s handcrafted coffee, a roaster based in Emu Plains.
Breakfast at Bells Road Social is available until 12.00pm, so perfect for late starters on a lazy Sunday. For lunch, try one of the many the hearty options like the lamb and haloumi open rye, piled high with beetroot slaw and a yoghurt dressing. Bells Road also cater to dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan diets where possible (and will substitute chips on the kid’s menu for vegie sticks for the health conscious).
1 Bells Road, Oatlands; Open 7.00am to 3.00pm Tuesday to Friday, 8.00am to 3.00pm weekends, closed on Mondays.
The Container - Dundas Valley
Overlooking Dundas Park is The Container, a sprawling industrial style café specialising in incredible pastries, smooth coffee and all of the breakfast and lunch options you could desire. Also boasting a second premises in North Parramatta, The Container is member of the Responsible Cafes movement (bring a reusable cup and get a discount!). The cafe serves Allpress coffee and an all-day breakfast and lunch menu that, in their own words “starts and ends when you want it to”.
Try the burgers served with perfectly crispy chips, a famous Huskie pie, a healthy salad or if you’re after decadence, a stack of pancakes served with your choice of bacon and maple syrup, berries and vanilla mascarpone or Nutella and ice cream. A range of gourmet treats like dried pastas, pickles and granolas are also available for purchase.
Shop 3, 28-36 Yates Ave Dundas Valley, open 6.00am to 4.00pm Monday - Friday, 7.00am to 4.00pm Saturday, 7.00am to 3.00pm Sunday.
The Aviary Coffee House - Wentworth Point
A recent addition to the newly developed suburb of Wentworth Point, The Aviary Coffee House brings with it a friendly feel, refined design and a range of aesthetically pleasing and scrumptious brunches and lunches to boot. The second café from the owners of Bay Espresso in Brighton-le-Sands in the eastern suburbs of Sydney is located in the Pierside Shopping Centre, conveniently located opposite the Sydney Olympic Park ferry wharf.
The main feature of the café’s décor is a large concrete bench, filled with touches of gold in the fittings throughout. Coffee served is Gabriel blend in stylish green cups and food is healthy and fresh, with granolas, Buddha bowls, poke bowls and acai and chia bowls just a glimpse of the delicious options on offer.
1 Burroway Point, Wentworth Point, Open 6.00am to 4.00pm Monday - Sunday.
Kongfucius - Westmead
Blink and you’ll miss this charming café in the heart of Westmead, but you won’t want to miss their excellent coffee, diverse range of food and artisan goods. Located on Hawkesbury Road and a favourite haunt for off-duty hospital staff stopping by on their way to work, as well as locals and passers-by alike, Kongfucius brings kitsch to Westmead.
Decorated with a quirky range of knick-knacks including old oil cans, mismatched chairs, vintage prints, record players and signs, the coffee here is served strong and rich, with reliable Campos brew served in their signature cups. If it’s food you’re after, try a full English breakfast, a fried crab burger or perhaps even the signature duck noodle soup. Also for sale at various times of the year are a range of locally hand-crafted artisan goods.
163-171 Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead, Open 6.30am – 4-30pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 2.30pm Saturday, closed on Sunday.
Big Tree House Gourmet Café - Rydalmere
The mint green shopfront of Big Tree House Gourmet Café has been at home on Calder Street in Rydalmere since 2014. Serving Campos coffee, the space has mint green accents throughout and pendant light bulbs hanging from the roof making the space feel cosy and welcoming.
The corn fritters are legendary (get them with a side of bacon or smoked salmon), and ricotta pancakes with caramelised banana and honey cinnamon butter will leave your mouth watering. If you’re after a morning drink that isn’t a coffee, try twist a virgin grape mojito or rockmelon and ginger spritzer or a selection of T2 teas. Takeaway coffee drinkers, don’t forget your reusable cup for a double stamp on your coffee card!
88 Calder Road, Rydalmere; Open 8.00am to 4.00pm Wednesday - Monday (Closed Tuesdays).
Café Topiary - Epping
Parents or carers in particular will love Café Topiary, a family-owned cafe in Epping with an outdoor terrace overlooking Rawson Street, a short walk from Boronia Park. Soak up the sun as you enjoy an all-day breakfast from the menu, like the Topiary Breakfast Trifle with layered yoghurt and muesli, with honey, nuts and fresh fruit or the Sourdough Special, a twist on a traditional open sandwich with the inclusion of pumpkin and camembert.
If play time at the park is a little more exhausting than planned, in the afternoons Café Topiary is also a licensed bar serving a range of Belgravia wines and beers to enjoy with the purchase of food.
68 Rawson Street Epping; Open 7.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 3.00pm Saturday and Sunday.