It’s not hard to see why The Social Hideout is one of Parramatta’s most popular cafés.
It might not be situated right in the city centre, but the cutely decked out outdoor space and colourful menus is enough to draw a decent weekend crowd.
Though we do have a handful of good cafes in the Hills, my favourites still happen to be the ones much farther away, such a Dining & Co, a good 35 minute drive away in North Ryde. So when I found out that they were opening up a second branch in Castle Towers (replacing Bellacinno) i.e. less than 10 minutes away, I was stoked!
With such a unique name, there’s probably not many Sydneysiders who havent heard of Haven Tailoring Coffee Joyously. And whilst the idea of tailored coffee doesn’t appeal to me (I’m not a big coffee drinker), I am a huge fan of their menu, so when I was particularly excited to try our their new menu with some foodie friends when FCBA invited me along.
It’s been a while since my last visit so the menu has changed quite a bit, although the classic favourites are still there, along with some creative new options.
But first, drinks.
If dessert for breakfast is not your thing, then I’d suggest staying away from the Havenly Affogato. But if you’ve got a crazy sweet tooth like me, then this is the drink to order. I say drink, but this version of affogato is much more of a dessert than a drink, with an impressively large serve of ice cream (two scoops!)
The sunny summer weather is perfect for cafés but when the mercury hits 40 and above, sitting outdoors or anywhere without air conditioning doesn’t make for the most enjoyable experience. This is where cafés like Bare Witness are perfect- it’s indoors yes, but the big open space with glass floor to ceiling windows facing the water means it feels like you’re still making the most of the great weather without constantly sweating.
I tend to plan my free days around food, first picking somewhere nice to eat and then choosing something to do around that area. Today is one of the few exceptions, where it’s the other way around- we’re at Milson’s Point for a Harbour Bridge walk, so we thought we’d find some where close by for a quick bite beforehand.
It’s a bit of a spontaneous catch up so we hop into the first cafe that catches our eye, this being Cool Mac, just across the road from the station.