A Sunday in Parramatta

By Haylie Gordon

There’s no better cure for the Sunday blues than to get out and about in the sprawling and exciting city that’s literally on your doorstep. With nature and parks aplenty, a buzzing cafe and dining scene, and world-class shopping, Parramatta is bursting at the seams with activities to nourish your mind, body, and soul. Whether you grab a couple of friends, make it a date day, or ride solo, here’s your itinerary to enjoy a fulfilling Sunday in Parramatta.

9.00AM – Caffeine Hit

Nothing says good morning quite like a strong cup of coffee, and on Sundays, coffee is mandatory. Grab a coffee to go to get your energy levels up at Paper Plane Cafe (5/2 Horwood Place) – everyone’s favourite offbeat cafe-slash-eatery on Horwood Place serving robust Little Marionette blends. Or if you’re closer to Church Street, pop into La Roue Cafe (223 – 235 Church Street) for a fresh cup of Campos, a French crêpe and chitchat with the locals.


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10.00AM – Stretch it out at Yoga

‘Namaste at home’ isn’t going to cut it on a Sunday morning in Parramatta. Don your stretchy pants and head over to Soul Tree Yoga (10 Kleins Rd, Northmead) for some soul-searching and stretching. Yoga is the perfect antidote for a busy looming workweek. Your endorphins will thank you for it!

11.30AM – Brunch time!

The joyous mingling of breakfast and lunch is always a good idea on a Sunday, and luckily, the City is bursting with trendy eateries and cafes that pay homage to the midmorning tradition for you to grab a table (and maybe a second morning coffee!).

Circa Espresso (21 Wentworth Street) might seem small, but they manage to churn out the tastiest brunch menu around. Grab a table outside and soak up the midmorning sun as you tuck into French toast, poached eggs with crumbed eggplant, and granola with coconut yoghurt.


Circa Espresso

Circa Espresso

One of Parramatta’s chicest restaurants, The Coffee Emporium Parramatta (51 Phillip Street) knows how to put on a classy all-day breakfast spread with fresh produce, delicious coffee, and comfortable interiors. The menu is modern Australian and includes brekky favourites such as eggs benedict, as well as creative dishes such as steak and roast vegetable omelette.

At Social Hideout (2/20 Victoria Road) you can make the most of the gorgeous Sydney weather and brunch alfresco-style amid the vines. The quaint cafe on Victoria Road serve all-day breakfast as well as a selection of cold-pressed juices and mouth-watering smoothies. Try their chocolate and avocado smoothie to give your tastebuds a trip they’ll never forget.

12.30PM – Retail Therapy

Give your wallet a workout and head to Westfield Parramatta (159-175 Church Street) and peruse the 400-plus retail stores on offer. With some of Australia’s most stylish and exclusive labels under one roof, you’re sure to reach your retail therapy quota in one hit. 

Church Street is always buzzing with locals and visitors

1.30PM – Walk and Talk

Once you’ve had your fill of retail therapy, don’t miss an opportunity to soak up the vibrant culture and atmosphere of the Parramatta CBD along Church Street. Also known as ‘Eat Street’, Church Street is always buzzing with locals and visitors, eating, shopping and enjoying the contagious energy of Sydney’s central city. Stop off for a sweet treat at Gelato Messina (283 Church Street) to satiate your appetite until dinner

Gelato Messina

Gelato Messina

2.30PM – Escape into the Great Outdoors

The afternoon is the ideal time to soak up the magnificent natural surrounds of Parramatta. Lake Parramatta Reserve and Parramatta Park present two striking outdoor bushlands that are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Lake Parramatta Reserve is 73 hectares of picturesque natural reserve that hugs the impressive man-made reservoir just off Bourke Street in North Parramatta. The lake itself is the perfect spot to have a refreshing dip or nestle up beside for a relaxing picnic and maybe even an afternoon siesta.

For those who enjoy a touch of history with their outdoor exploration, head to Parramatta Park at the corner of Pitt Street and Macquarie Street. The sprawling World-Heritage Listed park is an impressive 85 hectares of parklands, gardens, architecture, and wildlife. History buffs can head to the iconic Old Government House, the Boer War Memorial, or the Dairy Precinct for an insight into Australia’s colonial past. Or if you’re feeling particularly lazy at this point, bring a picnic blanket and relax under the trees.

Lake Parramatta boat

Lake Parramatta boat. Image: Carla Dibbs

5.00PM – Enjoy a Tipple

After an eventful day, it’s time to reward yourself with a tipple. With striking views across Parramatta River and neighbouring parklands, a full bar, and delicious menu, a stop off at Port Bar Restaurant (36 Charles Street, Parramatta) is the perfect ending to the perfect day. Whether you drop in for a quick drink or decide to stay for dinner, the picturesque views, relaxing ambience, and friendly vibes will put you in a calming and positive mood for the working week ahead. Whether you decide to spend the whole day in Parramatta or just embark on one or two outings, the City is teeming with stimulating and rewarding ventures to get you out and about and away from your couch.

Port Wine Bar

Port Wine Bar. Image: Carla Dibbs

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